Should i invest into the Britax Car seat?

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Angela - posted on 11/05/2013

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Absolutely invest in a britax!! We are britax fans in our house. We currently have an advocate. It's front and rear facing and goes up to 70lbs so we will be able to use it a long time. The safety features like the side impact technology and steel bars make me feel like my baby is safe. The buckle is made so it doesn't get stuck under their bum which is nice when you are trying to buckle in a wriggly baby.

I am a member of the britax safety squad these opinions are my own

Natalie - posted on 09/04/2011

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I posted here before but following a recall, some too short straps, impending carseat law changes and a great sale we switched our carseats(although our Evenflo's with easy adjust and tension knobs are safely stored in the hall closet to go in grandparents vehicles)we now have 3 Graco MyRide65's asll rf in our mini van for our 3yr old and 2-2yr olds, which are awesome, little hard to adjust in rf postion but when you love every other feature you dont think about that(did I mention I can fit them into a mini van rf and just to check I tried turning our 3yr olds ff and I can fit 2rf and 1 ff across our back bench seat so perfect when he's ready), we got them for $100 each on sale, we're actually waiting on another one to get off back order to buy it for out 9month old who thankfully we spent the money to buy a Graco Safeseat32 for because she's over 19lbs and over 29inches and now too tall for our Evenflo Designer 22 that we kept for a spare.

Shanda - posted on 09/24/2010

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All seats have to pass the same safety tests, so they are all safe. There are a lot of great seats out there and you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to keep kids safe! My younger one has a First Years True Fit and an Evenflo Triumph Advance, and we love both of those way more than the Britax Marathon we had (it was OK but not worth the $$) or the Radian (which I hated.)

Lindsay - posted on 09/24/2010

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The Britax boulevard is what my daughter is in and we both LOVE it! It has the adjuster knobs so the straps are adjusted without removing the seat from the car. They just redid all of the Britax seats so they now all rearface til 40 pounds and 49inches. They forward face to different weights depending on the seat, the new boulevard goes to 70 pounds 49 inches forward facing. I highly recommend buying a britax. If you don't go britax, I would say get a sunshine kids radian or a recaro. I wouldn't put my child in any of the other seats!

Natalie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I'm in Atlantic Canada, we're having trouble finding one anywhere near us right now, in our Safety 1st seat if we so much as go from our son wearing a shirt to him wearing a coat we have to take the seat out and adjust the straps because you cannot adjust it on the go at all. We absolute love our 2 Triumphs especially with 4 kids (all between 18-35lbs) we can switch between kids in under a mintue if we need too.

Shanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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Natalie, Babies R Us sells the Generations 65. They have it in-store at the stores near me as well as online.

I love the Evenflo Triumph Advance with the tension knobs too! It's my favorite seat and ODS says it's more comfortable than his Radian or his Graco Nautilus. We bought the Nautilus for Grandma's car instead because the top slots are quite a bit higher and my kids outgrow seats by height long before weight, but the ETA seems to be very long lasting by height and we love ours!

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by bundled up, but remember not to put them in anything too bulky in the car seat!

Natalie - posted on 03/22/2010

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we have 2 of the evenflo triumph's with the tension knobs(RFing 5-30lbs, FFing 20-47lbs) and 1of the evenflo generations combination booster with the tension knobs(FFing 20-100lbs) and are desperately looking for a second of the generations seat for our other son(currently in the safety 1st 3-in-1 5-80lbs, which we hate). they are awesome seats you know your child is alway in tight enough because of the knobs especially in spring when one day they are bundled all up and the next they may be just in a light sweater, and they take like 2 minutes to put in the van.

Shanda - posted on 02/11/2010

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I wouldn't. I've owned quite a few seats (especially recently as we've been in a number of accidents this year) and my Marathon was not my favorite. There are other seats that will last you longer RF and FF and cost less. I liked my Marathon fine but I like my Evenflo Triumph Advance (I find it easier to use, even though it won't last as long FF by weight-- I like the knobs that adjust the harness tension, I am able to get the harness tight a lot easier-- I doubt my LO will make it past 50 lbs before outgrowing by height anyway) and Radian (lasts longer than the Britax both RF and FF by height & weight); I also seriously considered a True Fit (lasts a long time by height both RF and FF-- taller harness top slots and shell-- and has the same weight limits as the Britax Marathon & Boulevard-- my kids outgrow seats by height long before weight-- but I have the Radian to pass down when YDS outgrows the ETA). If you have a kid that more the shorter & heavier type, a Graco My Ride might be a good choice.

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We have two Britax seats, a Diplomat and a Marathon. They are awesome! I know they have been a good investment for us. The only problem I can think of is that our 13-month-old is close to outgrowing his Diplomat in height (the Diplomat is the smallest Britax convertible seat), and we are going to be replacing it with a Sunshine Kids Radian XT SL, which is much taller, and still nice and narrow. That's important because it will go in my Chevy HHR, which is a compact car. Our Marathon, we use in our Dodge Ram, and it's a great fit for that, and we will get years and years of use out of it.

My ONLY complaint with Britax is that their rear-facing weight limit is only 35 pounds, whereas the Radian has a 45 pound rear-facing limit. Our son is a little big for his age, so he may outgrow the rear-facing limit of his Marathon before we're comfortable with forward-facing him, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. It may mean that when he reaches 35 pounds, we switch the Radian from car to truck when necessary until we're ready to forward face, then use the Marathon again, or it may mean he will forward face in the truck and rear-face in the car (99% of the time, the kids ride in the car).

Over all, though, I'd say the Britax seats are awesome quality, easy to install and use, and worth every penny. We always recommend them to our friends, and many do end up buying one of their own after seeing ours. They really are that good!

Samantha - posted on 01/20/2010

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I agree with Anna. My 4.5 year old who is 35 pounds, and is 40.5" tall has about 1-1.5" of growth left before he out grows it. He is NO where near ready for a booster seat.
I wouldn't spend the money on that seat anymore. There are other seats out there and Rearface longer and have higher shell/harness heights forward facing!

Anna - posted on 01/04/2010

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I wouldn't. There are several other kinds on the market that will last longer rear-facing and forward facing, for less money. My oldest outgrew the Marathon rear-facing by 2.5 and forward facing before 3 years old. Way too much money for such a short lifespan!

If you like the rear-facing tether feature, the Radian seats have that option, and the First Years True Fit Premier has an anti-rebound bar.

Brittany - posted on 12/27/2009

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we love our britax seats here! we have three 2 marathons and a back up boulevard! easisest seat to install and use properly!

Becky - posted on 11/05/2009

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Britax! i have 3, 2 marathons and a frontier. they are easy to install and use. they last a long time too! i recently bought two new Radian XT SL simply because they go a little taller than the marathons, and RF till 45 lbs. The Britax and Radian are crash tested at greater speeds than other seats and are just plain built better. the bottom line: a car seat is the one thing that can save your child in a bad crash is that something you really want to go cheap on?? it is the most important thing you can buy your child!!!!

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