Originally Posted by BlessedbyGodx2
Being that you are the carseat expert... ) What carseat do you recommend once my lo outgrows her infant seat? I would like to keep her rearfacing for a while.
Here are my picks.
If money is not an object, ($200+) I prefer:
Britaxes (Marathon , Decathlon or Boulevard with true side impact protection). Britaxes are notoriously easy to install and work well with almost every vehicle...Expires 6 year from date of manufacture.
Sunshine Kids Radian65s: RF infant - 33 pounds, FF to 65 pounds.
Sunshine Kids Radian80s: RF infant - 33 pounds, FF to 80 pounds. HOWEVER, the harness height on the 65 and 80 are the same, and since most kids outgrow their seats in height before weight, the only time you'd get your money's worth on the Radian80 is if you have a short, stocky kiddo.
These seats are WONDERFUL if you will need to get three across in a vehicle one day, or just want to have enough extra space for adult passengers. They are very narrow on the outside, but are the most roomy on the inside - offering more shoulder room than any other seat, so kids can comfortably grow into them. They are steel reinforced and have an 8 year expiry.
Recaro Como or Signo: Very impressive seats. RF infant - 35 pounds, FF to 70 pounds. The only thing I don't like about the Comos are the headwings - the Signos are spaced further apart and aren't so smooshy, but the Comos really are bulky. They are removable once the child is older, but not to be removed while the child is still using the bottom two harness slots (if I remember correctly). The Signos headwings, on the other hand, are not removable and offer the same true side impact protection the Britax Boulevard offers. Recaros have a 6 year expiry.
If you need something more affordable, then try:
Fisher-Price Safe Voyage Deluxe. Made by Britax, so it's the same seat as the Britax-quality seats, just lower end fabric on the cover.
Evenflo Triumph Advance. RF infant - 35 pounds, FF to 50 pounds. Infinite adjust harness so the harness is always at the child's shoulder level and side-adjust harness knobs. It is a comfy seat, easy to install, but takes up a lot of space because of it's wide shell.
Pretty much all other seats on the market only forward face to 40 pounds or until the child outgrows the harness slots...so I wouldn't recommend any of those just because you won't get the most for your money, and children at age 3.5/4 (when they "graduate" those seats) are not ready for boosters, regardless of what the law says, so you'll most likely just end up buying another 5 point harness carseat anyway.
I would IMHO avoid all 3-in-1 seats. They are outgrown in height too quickly, are not the "last seat you'll ever need" as they boast they are, and make lousy boosters.
That's all I can do right now - kids calling me