I'm sorry if this has already been posted but, I just recently started looking into these so, they're fresh on the brain. Does everyone already know which model they're going with? Standards have changed since DS2 was born so, I'm a little unfamiliar with which ones can stay rear facing for at least the first 2 years-do you have any suggestions? (I'm trying if possible, to avoid the $300 models.) I checked out the Consumer Reports but, the one they recommended as a Best Buy has some pretty mixed reviews from actual owners. (The Cosco Scenera-which was only priced around $55.) Any input you've got will be a huge help!!! ;o) I think Baby Girl will be getting her car seat for her Christmas present.
My kids are all in cosco seats... DS1 is in a booster, Ds2 is in a high back (only forward facing, but still has the 5 pt harness) and DD is in a convertible. I dont remember the name of the models, but I know they were around the $55 mark for the convertible. DD just switched to forward facing... she turned 2 in July
Ellie is in a my ride 65, RF. Owen will go into a snug ride 35. I like the my ride, but it is big! When I turn Ellie next summer I will go with the Costco seat. Not only are they inexpensive, but they are compact when FF, a much easier fit! It's a basic seat, no bells and whistles, but I like that! When she outgrows it, I'll put her in a grace turbo booster.
Katherine 7/5/02 Olivia 8/2/04 Freddie 5/31/07 Ellie 5/24/11 and Owen Benjamin 10/31/12
We had a $200 seat in one car for DD and a $100 seat in the other car. We much preferred the $100 seat, so we opted to buy the same model for this baby. The problem was that the price has gone up a bunch. But we used a coupon we got in the mail for Babies-R-Us, so it ended up being only $120 + tax. Yay!
The seat we got is the Evenflo Triumph. I just love this seat. I can't gush enough about it. It's not hugely expensive, it's SO easy to adjust, and it is rear-facing for 5-40lbs and front-facing from 20-65 lbs.
The biggest downside that I can see is that it is bulkier than many other car seats, but that won't matter for us - two of them should fit easily in our Accord. It doesn't have all the padding the super expensive models do, but it's the best of the cheaper car seats, in my opinion, definitely one of the easiest car seats to operate. And when you're dealing with young children easier is better!
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We have the Evenflo Triumph as well and really love it. It's so easy to adjust and both my kids have used it now. It expires in July of next year and I am going to be sad.
It is bulky at the top though. My back seat is not as wide as DH's (I have a Hyundai Santa Fe and DH has a Honda Ridgeline) so he is going to take the Evenflo and I will take the Cosco that we have in his truck. Otherwise I can't fit three car seats in my back seat.
DS is rear facing in a Britax Marathon 70. He is no where near the limits for rear facing! Love the seat. SUPER easy to install. No rethreading of straps needed. It's pretty dummy proof. I've seen the Marathon and the Boulevard for around $200 (sales, coupons, etc). It is a wide seat, so no 3 across with them but the narrowest convertible seat (Radian) has been redesigned recently and I'm not a big fan of it (has a lower height limit than the Marathon now! ).
And consumer reports is not the people to go to about car seats at all. They lack IMO. I usually turn to car-seat.org forums and blog instead. Better information. Remember ALL carseats are safe and no one can claim they're safer than the rest (they all have to meet the same minimum testing and beyond that you can't directly compare at all). Just look at height and weight limits for both rear facing and forward facing, find out if it's a good fit for your car, and of course meets your price point.