What kind of car seat is best?

Jessica - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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So, my little guys is too big for his carrier car seat. I'm overwhelmed by the amount car seats to choose from. I want something safe, comfy, and not super expensive. Any suggestions?

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Randi - posted on 02/14/2011

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No, the Eddie Bauer seat usually harnesses to 40lbs or 50lbs. It turns to a belt positioning booster seat until 100lbs. No harness beyond 40 (or 50lbs, depending on the model) though.


Those 3 in 1 seats make VERY dangerous booster seats.

Lisa - posted on 02/14/2011

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Graco MyRide is available at Target and isn't super expensive. It'll let you rear-face him until he's 40 lb and then forward-face until 100 lb, so you'll definitely get your money's worth. We also have a TrueFit that rear-faces to 35 lb and forward-faces to 65, I believe. The Scenera is definitely cheaper but won't last nearly as long with regards to weight limits, and it's definitely lacking in the padding department. The TF and MR are more comfy with good safety ratings.

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2011

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I have a friend that is a carseat safety tech and she recommends the Cosco Scenera which is good up to 40 lbs and $49.99 at Target right now. Or the Graco MyRide 65 which goes up to 65 lbs about $140. The Britax are very good but VERY costly. The Boulevard is about $200 and the prices just go up from there

Joanne - posted on 02/02/2011

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We had the Britax Boulevard for my son. He loved it. It has great safety rating and I think it isn't too expensive. Plus you can practically use it till they don't need a car seat. I believe the max weight is 70 lbs.

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Randi - posted on 09/02/2011

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C- The Cosco Scenera and the MyRide 65 are both cheap, affordable seats. They don't have a lot of extras like some of the other seats, but they meet the same basic requirements.
If I had to choose, I would go with the MR over the Scenera as it will last most kids a lot longer. Both have a shorter shell than most other convertibles.

Katherine - posted on 09/02/2011

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we have a evenflo symphony, it's great, convertable, I complain about the rear facing limits (only up to 30lbs here in canada, my son is just about 6 months and 25lbs), forward facing up to 65lbs, and booster up to 100lbs

C - posted on 08/30/2011

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I have been looking at the cosco scenera and the myride does anyone have any comments on the 2 as which one is safer etc

Kristen - posted on 02/16/2011

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personaly I love our Recaro car seat I know that its not cheap by any means but it is one of the safest seats out there and I feel that spending a little more money to ensure my childs safety is worth it... I had a friend who got in a HORRIBLE car accident with her baby who also had the recaro carseat and they told her that if it wasnt for that carseat her child most likely wouldnt have lived through the accident... its kinda up to you...you get what you pay for.. what price would you put of your childs safety?

Ani - posted on 02/15/2011

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i use the mothercare one. quite reasonable since its from 3months to 4 years old!!!

Laurel - posted on 02/14/2011

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Actually the eddie bauer deluxe convert carseat goes to 100lbs! its a really nice car seat and a great price, very safe cup holder and different styles to choose from I got mine at target!

Lisa - posted on 02/14/2011

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My mistake about the harness weights, Randi :) And that's another thing a love about the TrueFit, it's so easy to change the harness height! In my vehicles it's a PITA to install initially, but not having to rethread the harness makes it all okay.

Randi - posted on 02/14/2011

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Also, there is NO seat on the market that allows a child to be harnessed until 100lbs. They turn into a booster seat (but the Myride doesn't, that seat only goes to 65lbs)

Britax used to be considered the best brand, but a lot of seats have definitely surpassed them as far as limits and certain safety features go.

Randi - posted on 02/14/2011

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We use True Fits for all of our babies, from birth :)
They rear face to 35lbs (my son made it past 3.5 years rear facing, my daughter will be 3 in April and is still riding rear facing) and harness to 65lbs. They have a 7 year lifespan before they expire, seat belt lock offs, a snap on/off cover that's super easy to wash, no rethread harness for fast adjusting...
WE LOVE THEM :)

Stephanie - posted on 02/11/2011

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I seen one at babies r us and it holds up to 100lbs and u can switch it from backwards to forward facing my cousin had it so in getting it and it's only 100.00 dollars and I love it so I'm getting my daughter it when she gets out of her infant carseat

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