I noticed today that Nicholas has just about outgrown his back-up convertible car seat that we have as a spare in my car. Instead of getting another convertible we are thinking about getting a booster that can be our main car seat once Nicholas outgrows his current regular convertible (or rather, once Emily needs it LOL). Any recommendations? I would like one with a 5 point harness if they are available.
Both my 3 year old and 5 year old are in the graco Nautilus. My 3 year old has been in it since she was 2. It is technically a convertible but its an older kid one. It does a 5 point harness booster up to 65 lbs and then a high back booster with seatbelt to 100lb and a low back (the back comes off) booster till 100 lbs.
its even on sale at TRU
I looked into the Britax Frontier which is a 5 point and a seatbelt boster but its more $$$ and all the reviews on the Nautilus (on the carseat websites ect) say its a great carseat. I like that it goes to 65lbs in a 5 point, my 5 year old is still in the 5 point and is no where near the limit.
Angela - what kind of convertible do you have that he's outgrowing it this fast? Just curious because I thought most convertibles at least went to 45lbs.
No recommendations on a booster, but have you looked into the Radian carseats? They go to 80lbs and should get you until you can just get a low back booster which is really cheap. Just a thought!
We have an el cheapo cosco seat that I got from Kmart. It goes to 30lbs and 36'' so Nicholas has just outgrown it.
Thanks Kim for the recommendation on Nautilus. That is the one I was leaning towards as there are all of 2 choices and the Evenflo doesn't have the best reviews. I don't mind spending a decent amount of money as Nicholas' current "good" carseat (The first years convertible) will turn into Emily's once she outgrows the infant seat.
We just had this issue last week. My 10 month old needs to move to a convertible, so I'm giving him the Britax Marathon that Kieran was in. Actually I was going to just buy them both new seats because the Marathon is old (my cousin gave it to me after her LO grew out of it) but the ones I chose (Evenflo Titan Elite) were too small!! Not weight-wise but in height. Kieran is very tall and his shoulders were just even (maybe a little above) the top shoulder slot. Even Rowan was on the second one down from the top and surely he will grow more.
So anyway. I ended up going with the Graco Nautilus that pp posted. It's very tall so no worries about him growing out of it any time soon, and it has a high weight limit too. Since it converts to a high back and then low back booster, he basically will never need another car seat! It also seems comfortable and I like the cup holder.
Rowan is in the Marathon, which Kieran did still fit in height-wise. There's nothing actually wrong with it, so I am not sure when I'll get another one. I don't know if there are convertibles that go from RF to booster seats so that I wouldn't have to buy another one in a year or two (the nautilus only FF). Or if I should just keep him in that until I'm ready to FF him (I'd like to wait as long as possible) then get another nautilus or one like it.