Carseat suggestions

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Carseat suggestions

My DH works for a company that makes carseats. They are looking for some suggestions from parents. What kind of things do you look for in a carseat? Things you would like to see in a carseat that you haven't seen before? Things you do not like?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can give Smile

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I really like a few features on our Radian like the narrow, lower profile seat and the Taller harness heights. Drew used an Evenflo seat long ago and outgrew the harness at 3 years old - way too soon! When I was looking for Daisy's seat I found that there are still too many 'too small' carseats. When someone hasn't had the experience before they don't even know to check, then kids outgrow the seats and are put in boosters too early.
Also with kids staying in carseats longer, I see that people are looking for narrower seats to fit three across the backseat.

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My thoughts are the same as Julie's. My ideal carseat is one that is narrow, has a tall shell with high shoulder strap placements, and at least a 40lb rear facing limit. I know that there are some out there- I've heard of the Radian, but I have never seen one in stores here. I'd love to see a carseat like that among the choices at a place like Babies R Us. I really like being able to go in and fully check out the carseats before I buy- as well as install in my car before making that choice. We are on baby #3, and we currently have two Britax seats, which we love. However, I am pretty positive we will not be able to fit the third carseat in my husband's subaru, which means we will have to rely solely on my car. The Britax's are just too big

Another superficial thing, would be having covers that are easier to remove and wash. It is a PAIN in the butt to remove the covers off our Britax seats!

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Ditto what pp said - especially Tonya's comment about washing.

I also like a removable snack/sippy cup holder too.

Good for your DH wanting to ask the people who really count - moms!!

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What Julie said, especially the narrow seats! Trying to fit three carseats in the back seat bench is tough!

I don't know if it's possible, but if there's some way to scotch guard the straps so they keep their safety but allow spit-up, throw-up, snot, and sticky foods to be wiped away easily, I'd love to have that. I know you're not supposed to launder your straps, but mine get atrocious.

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"TonyaN" wrote:

Another superficial thing, would be having covers that are easier to remove and wash. It is a PAIN in the butt to remove the covers off our Britax seats!

AMEN!

We have a marathon, a roundabout, and a frontier 85. The best thing in the world is the Britax easy release things for the LATCH system. Do you know what I mean? The red button? Makes switching seats between cars a breeze. Big fan.

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Maximum rear facing limits in both height and weight. Also, to do that it has to accommodate smaller cars, too. Other countries with better child car safety manage it. We need to as well.

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Thanks for the great suggestions! I will pass them along to DH. Smile

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"Potter75" wrote:

AMEN!

We have a marathon, a roundabout, and a frontier 85. The best thing in the world is the Britax easy release things for the LATCH system. Do you know what I mean? The red button? Makes switching seats between cars a breeze. Big fan.

OMG, YES. We have the Britax Frontier 85 for Luke and the Boulevard 70 for Jake, and the easy-release for the latch system is amazing. Worth every penny--I used to have an Evenflo for Luke (an older one, purchased in 2008) and the latch was SO hard and cumbersome to use. Usually resulted in cursing and broken nails, LOL.

Here's what I love about the Boulevard:
-Smaller shell so it fits RF in our Subaru Outback, which doesn't have a huge amount of room in the backseat. Also supports RF to 45lbs.
-Despite the smaller shell, it has high maximum weight/height requirements
-Great side-impact protection
-The HUGS system on the 5-point harness so the straps never get tangled
-Steel reinforcement on the side bars--extra safety
-The thing is built like a TANK. When I install it I can literally shake my car back and forth trying to see if it's in tight enough. Smile
-The extra side impact protection by the head acts as a pillow for Jake (ha). If he falls asleep his head doesn't bob forward in that horrible "limp doll" position, know what I mean?
-Easy to install, move between vehicles.
-Easy to change the height of the harness--just pull on the top. No need to uninstall, remove the shell, all that horrible stuff.

The only thing I don't like is that it's not super easy to tighten/loosen the harness when RFing. The Evenflo was better with that with the knob adjustment on the side where it's easy to reach.

With the Frontier 85...I LOVE IT for almost all of the same reasons as the boulevard, with these changes:

-Highest maximum weight for harness on the market of 85lbs, also with a very high max height (can't remember what it is).
-Also super easy install and it's VERY secure in the car
-Extra side impact protection by the head
-Luke loves his armrests and cup-holders. Smile
-Expiration of 10 years I think?

Anyway I absolutely love our Britax seats. I became a convert after we bought the Boulevard.

OH AND--Britax carseats are all built in the USA. I like that, and if you call their customer service line with a question, you are immediately connected to a real live person. That's hard to come by these days. Smile

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Love the scotchgaurded straps idea! The car seat we have now is fully adjustable while in the car and I LOVE it! You can adjust the shoulder straps height and tightness while the baby is in the seat. No more re-threading straps!! It also helps to get the best fit since there's no guessing at what height is best. It was one of the biggest deciding factors in getting the seat. I also like a seat with good padding.

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