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    Mine would be stringy and tough.....too skinny

    I am trying to pick out or next new carseat for the baby. We already have a rear/front facing, a front/booster, and a booster but they are all in use. With the daycare kids I use both front facers as front facing. I am thinking of getting one of the britax that go up to 65lbs (my biggest only goes to 47). Then baby can use it rear facing, then switch with DS so he can stay in a harness longer, then switch back so baby can stay in a harness longer. Blah! I hate picking carseats though. This is the first time I have the space for a britax, but I'm not sure how all the seats will fit together. Doesnt help that I would have to order it online and then pay return shipping if it doesnt work.
    I know it is my kids safety, but 3-4 hundred just seems like a lot of money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    Mine would be stringy and tough.....too skinny

    I am trying to pick out or next new carseat for the baby. We already have a rear/front facing, a front/booster, and a booster but they are all in use. With the daycare kids I use both front facers as front facing. I am thinking of getting one of the britax that go up to 65lbs (my biggest only goes to 47). Then baby can use it rear facing, then switch with DS so he can stay in a harness longer, then switch back so baby can stay in a harness longer. Blah! I hate picking carseats though. This is the first time I have the space for a britax, but I'm not sure how all the seats will fit together. Doesnt help that I would have to order it online and then pay return shipping if it doesnt work.
    I know it is my kids safety, but 3-4 hundred just seems like a lot of money!
    Anyone have any suggestions that wont cost $300? Or a really good argument on why I need one that does DH is not convinced that we need that pricey a seat, when we have never needed to buy one before. Maybe I am just buying into all the hype? Arg! I hate this
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    I have britax seats for my 2 young ones. My dad used to be a car seat installer so he insisted that they only have the britax. I also just recently moved my 5 year old to a high back booster (she is little, only 40 lbs and almost 6yrs) So I liked that I could move straps around with her seat
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    We did the Britax because we knew we could use it for both kids, so it was worth the money. It was really only in that toddler-y stage, we went Graco when we needed something bigger. If you can find a good Britax that can go from one kid to another and last a long time, I'd do it, the cost spreads out over time. Otherwise, honestly, the Gracos are totally fine. I have never in my life heard of an accident in which the type of car seat made the difference.
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    Mine are all in Britax's. I'm a bit of a carseat dork, though, they are all still in 5 point harnesses, which is overkill, its just habit and they have never complained so I haven't bothered changing it up. We invested knowing that all three would get use out of them as they won't expire before each successive kid can use it. The only drawback is that the Frontier (which I think is the booster you are talking about?) is a PITA to move between cars, IMO, if you are not using the latch. We use it in our third row and I find it a pain to transfer. We finally just bought a different seat to use in my husbands car or parents car because it was so heavy/unweildy. I have several friends who rave about the sunshine radian (i think its called?) which I think is really well rated and maybe a little less expensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Mine are all in Britax's. I'm a bit of a carseat dork, though, they are all still in 5 point harnesses, which is overkill, its just habit and they have never complained so I haven't bothered changing it up. We invested knowing that all three would get use out of them as they won't expire before each successive kid can use it. The only drawback is that the Frontier (which I think is the booster you are talking about?) is a PITA to move between cars, IMO, if you are not using the latch. We use it in our third row and I find it a pain to transfer. We finally just bought a different seat to use in my husbands car or parents car because it was so heavy/unweildy. I have several friends who rave about the sunshine radian (i think its called?) which I think is really well rated and maybe a little less expensive?
    We have 2 Radians, and I love them. The Radian XT goes to 80 pounds. I think ours was about $240 or so when we bought it a couple years back. There's a new model now but I can't remember...RXT or XTS or something like that. What I like about them is that they aren't as wide as a lot of seats so you can get 3 across a seat (my bro had 3 Radians in his backseat), and they fold down if you have to travel with them. They have a steel frame too, and have a high safety rating. There's my plug for Sunshine Kids Radian

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    This week has been a long week. My Inlaws just left after being here for a few days. It went well, but always makes for extra stress. The biggest problems have be with DH's work situation. DH works in the school system as an interpreter. (He also has part time jobs as an interpreter free lancing and video relay) After working with the same student for 6 years, the student withdrew to go to a different school this week. This left DH's job up in the air. They ended up telling him they would keep him on as a parapro for the remainder of the year and next year (His same pay, which is the same as a teacher). Today was the first day in the new school. It did not go well and he does not think he wants to stay there. There is unlimited hours of work available for interpreters in the area, so he would do fine if not better not in the school system. It is scary though to branch off on his own. There is also the issue of health insurance. There is also the risk of although there are unlimited hours available now, there is no guarantee that the hours will be steady.

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    Bonita, my mom's an interpreter too and she had a similar situation. She intervened for years for the same student and then that student went on to another school. After years of working for the CHS she found herself in unfamiliar territory, but she ventured out on her own because of all the work available and has been freelancing and running her own business for years now. She has so much work she has to turn a lot down. But, you said DH has only had one day so far at the new school? Maybe ask him to give it a couple of weeks and then re-evaluate and if he still feels the same then maybe it's time to start thinking about a different path.

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    Today is the last day before Spring break so he will have a week to think about it. The student they put him with though is not Deaf. He is a hearing child with behaviour problems. DH said he is very violent. I know right now there is much more work than DH could accept, but it is not as guaranteed as the school system is.

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