Best Car Seat for a toddler?

Bertina - posted on 05/09/2012 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Ok mommies.What are the best Car Seat for a toddler i'm actually gonna be buying my little one another car seat cause i think he's growing out of his convertiable one and i've been researching a few so what would you suggest?

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Christina - posted on 06/12/2012

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I have Britax Marathons in all over my cars.. comfy, easy to wash, very stylish, work from rear facing to 100lbs, and have top notch ratings!

Becky - posted on 05/20/2012

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We have an evenflo car seat that we got once our daughter turned 1. I loooove this seat and it will last her until she doesn't need to be in a car seat anymore! I can't remember the exact name but it has a circle design on the fabric. It's very easy to install and move from one car to another.

Shante - posted on 05/11/2012

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Graco nautilis (not sure of the spelling). I have my 2yr old in that and I LOVE it. My older one used it from 3-5yrs old also.

Medic - posted on 05/10/2012

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My 5 year old has the Alpha Omega Elite.....Love them and our 2 year old has a Britax marathon and a Britax roundabout 50.

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Bertina - posted on 06/12/2012

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Thanks everyone I got him the 3-n-1 Graco Nautilus which you can use a harness till he's 65lbs but I will keep him in a harness as long as I can and he's 2 by the way(:

Barbara - posted on 06/12/2012

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We have the Britax Roundabout 55 in my hubby's car, she's just in there for a half a mile ride home from daycare about 4 days a week. Then we got the Britax Boulevard 70 CS for my car which is our primary vehicle for running around town, camping, roadtrips, etc. We love them both. The Boulevard has a bit more cushion to it and more ease of use for adjustments, etc. It also has better side impact protection.

Merry - posted on 05/19/2012

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If you can prevent a broken neck but choose not to that's your judgement call, personally I choose to asses the risks and act accordingly, car rides are some of the most dangerous things we do with our children and a broken neck can be deadly and perminent"
Falling while playing is not deadly (usually)
Drowning IS a serious concern, so I use life jackets when kids are small, and watch them closely, and then teach them to swim and still watch closely
As for independence my two year old was able to climb into his rearfacing seat on his own just fine. And as for the clasps Its safer he not be able to do those as I've never had to deal with a child unbuckling himself!
Not to be out of line myself, but I feel front facing at a year is under protecting. We can not trust the laws to determine what is or is not safe. Cigarettes are legal right? As is alcohol. As is questional medications etc.
The AAP just revised their recommendation to say a minimum of two years rearfacing but then after as long as they fit in a rearfacing seat that is the safest option.
And finally, my son is 3, and in the 95% for height. And he is happily rearfacing.
It's not overprotection, it's just doing my best to keep him safe in the few situations I can control.

Erica - posted on 05/19/2012

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Rear facing till 4? Sounds a little drastic to me. How do you teach your child to get in and out of his/her seat independantly? It's also safer to wrap my kid in bubble wrap and make her wear a helmet when ever she goes outside to play but I don't do that either. Not trying to be out of line but I've never quite understood why we overprotect our children. In Ohio the Law is 1 and 20lbs for forward facing, 4 and 40 lbs for booster. I can see if your LO is smaller than most prolonging these but you can't alway hover over your children to make sure they are as "safe" as possible. I can keep my child away from water for most her life in fear she may drown, but do I miss letting her enjoy the water?

Merry - posted on 05/18/2012

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Diono will last rearfacing til 45lbs
Harnessed til 80lbs
And booster til 100lbs.
Each stage they move up is a decrease in safety so never move up a stage unless absolutely necessary.
Forward facing should be held off until at minimum two years but best bet is 4 years!
The booster is considered safe enough at around 5 years but best bet is not til 7 years!

Bertina - posted on 05/12/2012

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Thanks everyone i think i'm going for the Graco one ;) We're going to the beach June 15th and i wanna make sure my little one is comfortable on the ride up

Erica - posted on 05/10/2012

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I got mine at sam's club. It's a huge discount if your already a member. At Target it's $166 (last time I looked) at Sam's we purchased it for $98.00 this past winter :) happy shopping!

September - posted on 05/10/2012

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We actually have a Marathon 70 in one car and the Boulevard 70 on the other car. Both are great!

September - posted on 05/10/2012

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It has great reviews. It's a little on the pricey side but it’s well worth it! :)

Bertina - posted on 05/10/2012

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@September I've never heard of that one. Guess i'll have to research that one too(:

Bertina - posted on 05/10/2012

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@Erica thank you i seen good reviews about them (: I'm also thinking about the Graco 3-n-1s since they also had good reviews

Erica - posted on 05/10/2012

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Both my kids are in a safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite they grow with the child fom 5 - 100 lbs :) they are kinda bulky but super comfy for the kids!

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