Convertible car seats

Marie - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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We have a Subaru Forrestor and are looking to purchase a convertible carseat for our 8 month old daughter. I'm looking at the Maxi Cosi Priori and Britax Marathon. I'm concerned about rearfacing space since my hubby is 6'8. Anyone have recommendations or pros/cons to either of these seats or other options? It is so tough. Thanks!

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Vicki - posted on 08/26/2009

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I've been looking at car seats lately as my son has reached the max height and weight for the infant seat... I don't have a car though. Ideally, I want to get the type that goes up to 65 lbs in the 5 point harness, and I will for sure be keeping my boy rear facing up to the maximum as well!! Broken ankles heal more easily than a broken neck.

Karine - posted on 08/26/2009

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I just got a Safety 1st Air Protect convertible seat. They're brand new and have the highest rating for side impact collisions than any other seat by alot.It fits comfortably in our Subaru hatchback (we're still in rear facing mode). Goes up to 45 lbs forward facing. Looks good too.

Amanda - posted on 08/22/2009

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I also have the First Years True Fit....I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I coudl not say enough good things about all the features it has. It is a big seat but it was super easy to install and it's VERY easy to keep clean, and adjusting the straps is so simple. I have a Nissan Altima and I have three kids. We have the true fit in the middle seat and each of my other kids sits on each side. I can actually buckle myself into the back seat and I'm not really skinny. My husband is over 6 ft tall and fits just fine in either the drivers or passenger seat. We've had the car seat since my son was born and I really do love it.

Ukiah - posted on 08/21/2009

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I've been looking into the First Years True Fit convertible. I'm just wondering how it fits in a sedan/sports type car rear facing? My son is quite long but still needs to be rear facing but I don't want his legs cramped up against the seat of the car.

Hannah - posted on 08/21/2009

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My man is 6'7 and we have the baby in a '95 Nissan Maxima.. we are still trying to figure out what car seat is safest, and also allows my man to sit comfortably in the front seat. I have heard good things about the sunshine kids radian... but I have heard good things about so many other ones, so it's confusing.

Lesley - posted on 08/19/2009

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I'm getting the Evenflo Triumph as well. I have a toyota corolla so space is limited for me as well.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/17/2009

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If you are looking to invest for a good seat I HIGHLY reccomend going with a Recaro seat. I am a firm believer in research and I am a member of a family that is very into cars. We drive imports and know just about everything about safety. Recaro is the only company on the market that actually makes seats for an actual car. They specialize in seats for racing which in turn means the testing they run on their product is FAR superior to any other brand on the market. NOW, I have heard one negative complaint--- someone didnt know how to use it, you can always take a seat to the fire department if you are frustrated and they will help install. The recaro seats have the deepest sides on the market. If you compare it to a britax (I own one and refuse to let my child sit in it) you will be SHOCKED to think the britax has a side impact protection, there is just no way if a baby was in an accident that they would be saved because it is clear that the child would be touched in the britax. The Recaro sides are so deep there is no way a car would get to the baby, makes me feel really good knowing my baby is extra safe!

Brooke - posted on 08/17/2009

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We have a Chevy Tahoe and my hubby is 6'2"..the convertable seat does not fit behind his seat. And my 4 year olds seat is in the middle spot, so I have it behind the front passenger seat..I have the Britax Boulevard..I love it and it is super easy to install. The two seats you stated are both great seats. The only reason I went with the Boulevard was because it has the true side impact protection and that made me feel so much better since her seat is installed near a door.

Jessie - posted on 08/17/2009

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theEvevflo triunph Advance Is the highist rated on consumer reports I got it and love it very good price and very safe

Samantha - posted on 08/16/2009

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I have the Evenflo Triumph Advance. I really like it! A great feature I love is the adjusting knobs instead of a strap. I like to loosen and tighten them when I put my daughter in and out and the knobs are so much nicer than the straps. My inlaws have the Eddie Bauer Deluxe for their car and I don't care for it at all. The EFT weight limit is 5-30lbs rear facing and 20-47lbs forward facing. I have an older Volvo sedan and I have pretty long legs and there is lots of room with the car seat in the middle. Your husband's quite tall so you might want to test out a few to see how well they work in your car. Good luck! I know I researched forever, I actually spoke with people on here too! I am very happy with my decision on the ETA.

Melissa - posted on 08/16/2009

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we have the first years true fit convertible and LOVE it. my daughter is very comfortable in it and it holds up to 65lbs!

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