need an extra seat

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Registered: 08-11-2006
need an extra seat
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 9:31pm

We are looking into getting a car seat for my mom to have in her car for times when she has our little guy.  We have a Britax Marathon in our van but we are looking for something smaller and cheaper.  We are also hoping for something fairly easy to install. 

DS  - he is almost 2 1/2.  He is around 39 inches tall and about 34lb.  Since he is a big boy we would like to get something that would last until he can safely use a booster.

Car - a toyota corolla without latch (although there is a teather) - the seat will be installed in ff in the middle - hence by it needs to be small.

Budget - cheap as possible since he won't be using it much at all

Thanks so much for the input!


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Registered: 10-23-2003
In reply to: sadull
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 11:01pm

Hi there how are you in the US? If so how about the Evenflo Maestro. Its a good narrow seat. It a forward facing only seat. It goes to 50 lbs with the 5pt harenss.It has high harness height and should last awhile. It just doesn't last long as a booster seat though, but the good thing is booster seats are much cheaper then

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Registered: 06-18-2004
In reply to: sadull
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 11:51pm

I was also going to recommend the Maestro. Just know that it won't last long as a booster seat because the headrest doesn't move up to accommodate growing kids. So when your DS outgrows the seat, you'll need a high back booster.

Another option is the Graco Nautilus. It harnesses for a little bit longer than than the Maestro, converts to highback booster and then to a nbb. You'll be able to use it in harness mode or as a hbb for the first 6 years and as a nbb for 3 more years. It costs a bit more than the Maestro up front, but it will last longer overall.


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