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convertable car seats?

Dalton is almost ready for a new car seat. Everetts will last him forever so I need to just buy 2 new ones for D for my car and DHs truck. I dont LOVE everetts car seat and I think I'd like to try something different but I want to pay less than $200. What do you have? Do you love it, like it or hate it?

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In my car I have a Britax BOULEVARD CS Like the seat for the most part. Easy to install, Fits DS pretty well, Easy to adjust the harness. I don't like the placment of the crotch buckle. DS complains that it is hurting him.

In DH car we have a Britax Decathlon. No longer made Sad but other then the rethreading of the harness and the straps seem to twist easy. We like the seat. the crotch buckle can be moved.

In my carpool van we have an Evenflo Triumph Advance. We like this seat as well. But DS can move the chest clip and get his arms out of the harness. It also doesn't seem to recline as much as our britax, but it could also be the difference of a mini van vs a car.

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We were using the Boulevard too and Savannah complained about the crotch buckle too - to the point where she figured out how to unfasten it. Until then, though, I loved it.

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Joshua hasn't figured how to unbuckle it yet. It seems like our ETA has a longer crotch strap so it doesn't bother him.

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This is what Lexi has and I really like it and bonus...it's cheap! Zayne will be getting one in the next few months since he's about to outgrow his car seat (Lexi's old car seat)

Lexi's is red instead of pink though
http://www.target.com/p/Evenflo-Chase-LX-Booster-Car-Seat-Elise/-/A-12202682

Ok excuse my "stupidness" obviously this won't work for Dalton since he's still RFing! DUH MEGAN!

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we have the Britax Boulevard too. Stephen has not complained about the crotch buckle yet.

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I have the Evenflo Triumph Dlx. Love the carseats. They fit the boys great, strap adjustment is super easy. The only problem is they are big seats. I also have an Evenflo Titan Sport. Its under $100 and still is a good carseat. Its not as easy to adjust the straps and sucks for rear facing IMO.

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"larsnamber" wrote:

I have the Evenflo Triumph Dlx. Love the carseats. They fit the boys great, strap adjustment is super easy. The only problem is they are big seats. I also have an Evenflo Titan Sport. Its under $100 and still is a good carseat. Its not as easy to adjust the straps and sucks for rear facing IMO.

The ETA is a huge seat.

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I have an eddie bauer that i spent almost 300 0n and i prefer the one in DF truck instead. We got it on sale for 120 and its made by the same company as eddie bauer. Its an alpha omega elite, straps adjust super easy, crotch strap moves, a little big but easy to install and move around.

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"synergy05" wrote:

In my car I have a Britax BOULEVARD CS Like the seat for the most part. Easy to install, Fits DS pretty well, Easy to adjust the harness. I don't like the placment of the crotch buckle. DS complains that it is hurting him.

In DH car we have a Britax Decathlon. No longer made Sad but other then the rethreading of the harness and the straps seem to twist easy. We like the seat. the crotch buckle can be moved.

In my carpool van we have an Evenflo Triumph Advance. We like this seat as well. But DS can move the chest clip and get his arms out of the harness. It also doesn't seem to recline as much as our britax, but it could also be the difference of a mini van vs a car.

We have the Evenflo triumph and E complains of crotch troubles, and I have troubles with the red knobs to release the straps. Otherwise I think it's a great safe seatbelt. I'm thinking I will have to go to BRU and look at how the straps adjust on all the carseats before I spend the money.

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"Kriskj" wrote:

I have an eddie bauer that i spent almost 300 0n and i prefer the one in DF truck instead. We got it on sale for 120 and its made by the same company as eddie bauer. Its an alpha omega elite, straps adjust super easy, crotch strap moves, a little big but easy to install and move around.

I agree. I also have a Alpha Omega Elite for both Josh and Leah. I find that the seat is easy to install and you are able to adjust all the straps. I also like that it's convertible, so we can use it right up until the point where the kids no longer need a car seat.

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I don't mean to hijack the post but I was wondering if anyone ever used a convertable instead of a carrier car seat for a new born? Lexi's old carrier expires before the baby comes which means we will have to get a new one and I was thinking (hoping) that we could save some money by just getting a convertable from the get go. Do you think they would lay back enough for a new born???

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My eddie bauer carseat goes from 5 lbs - 100 lbs. It has 3 levels of recline in the rear facing position and it definately would be reclined enough for an infant..... however i loved being able to leave the baby in the carseat. Now you need to think about how you will transport baby without the carrier car seat. Are you a baby wearer? will you just carry baby in your arms everywhere? just use stroller? I think with 3 kids under 4 the carrier would be the best, but thats just my opinion Smile

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I agree with Kris. Dalton at 7 months old still sleeps in the carrier and it's nice to just take him, seat and all in/out of places. Dalton is just now sitting up in the grocery cart and stroller. I had the same thoughts as you b/c I thought we were going to be short a carseat.base when D was born.

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Megan. by the time this baby is ready for a convertable seat, will Lexi be ready for a booster and zayne can have Lexi's and new baby have Zaynes??

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"MrsRiggert" wrote:

I don't mean to hijack the post but I was wondering if anyone ever used a convertable instead of a carrier car seat for a new born? Lexi's old carrier expires before the baby comes which means we will have to get a new one and I was thinking (hoping) that we could save some money by just getting a convertable from the get go. Do you think they would lay back enough for a new born???

Yes, we used the Britax boulevard in DHs, car, the base for our Chicco Keyfit was 75 bucks!!! We started using it when he was maybe 3months old. Stephen was really tall as an infant and fit well in it, there was in infant insert that it came with. My firend is doing the same thing for her 6 month old, he is also really tall. I think they can start using it as little as 5 lbs.
http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/boulevard

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"AmyJo86268" wrote:

Megan. by the time this baby is ready for a convertable seat, will Lexi be ready for a booster and zayne can have Lexi's and new baby have Zaynes??

Ok I had to think about this one LOL!

By the time the baby "needs" the convertable Lexi will be over the age of 4 so yes, she can go to a booster.

The one Zayne is in now only goes up to 40 pounds I think (I'm going to have to double check) so Zayne will most likely need something different sooner (he's already 30 pounds) which really sucks!

I don't know what I"m going to do!

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I put Austin in the convertible carseat when he was about 3 months old. At that point he was beyond too heavy to carry in the carrier. I wore him most of the time on outings though to free up my hands for Russ.