Need Help w/ Decision

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Registered: 04-11-2008
Need Help w/ Decision
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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 10:48pm

Hello ladies!


I am a first time mom to a great 7 month old boy that is 22lbs and 27''.  My husband drives a Jeep Grand Cheroke and I drive an Acura TL.  We plan to TTC next fall so we would need to be able to eventually fit TWO car seats in both cars (we share drop off and pick up for day care).


I am choosing btw Britax Marathon and Britax Boulevard.  I've heard that the Boulevard is huge and if you get it you will not be able to put another seat back there - in either car.  Is that true?   I like that the Boulevard has the better side craash protection, but really, I need to fit two car seats in the back.


So, I need your help - and quickly as I'm tired of lugging that infant carrier out of day care and into the house! 


Thank you!

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 11:19pm
Hi. I had a Wizard (similar to the Blvd) and I loved it and the headwings. I had it in both an Expedition and Toyota Avalon with another smaller Britax (the Roundabout.) Is there a store nearby where you could try it out?
 
Véronique (38)
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Registered: 06-18-2004
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 11:38pm

Why are you choosing between the Britax Marathon and Britax Boulevard? Both of these seats are similar in size so I think size will or will not be an issue with both seats. We have been able to put 2 rear-facing Britax seats in our Ford Taurus without any issues.


I would actually recommend several other seats over the Britax seats. The Britax seats only have a 35lb rear-facing limit and other seats have a 40 or 45lb limit. (Let me know if you need to don't know why it's so important to get a seat with a 40lb+ rear-facing limit.) There are other seats that give children a lot more leg room in the rear-facing position. I actually realized that my DD also has less legroom forward-facing in her Britax seat because of how the base sits so high in the car.


About 3 or 4 years ago, the Britax seats were really top of the line. That's the reason we own 3 of them.


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Registered: 04-11-2008
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 8:27am

I would love to hear about other options.

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Registered: 05-24-1999
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:02am

Doesn't the new Britax Marathon 70/Boulevard 70 go to 40# rear-facing? They are not in stock yet, but will be by the end of the month according to online stores.

I love my Marathon (other than the lower RF weight limit-I have an older version), but haven't tried Radian seats.

Cathie mom to Libby 2 yrs
Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Registered: 04-11-2008
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:35am

Yes, per the Britax website the RF limits are higher, however, so is the price.

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 10:49am
You need to get a convertible carseat with the highest RF weight (40 lbs.) My babies have always been small to average, so I haven't had that issue, but I can see where that would be frustrating!
 
Véronique (38)
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Registered: 06-18-2004
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 12:26pm

Most babies will slow down in their weight gain as they approach their first birthday and as one year olds. They become more active as they crawl and walk and run. Some kids stop gaining weight and just keep growing in height. So your baby probably won't hit 40lbs until after his second birthday even though he is so big now.


Here's a new video that is short and to the point... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssIsceKd6U. This video mentions rear-facing to 4 years old which probably won't be possible for your DS. It was made in Norway where they have seats that rear-face to 55lbs.


Best bet is probably the Radian XTSL or SL with the 45lb rf limit. If you decide you need a 40lb seat only, look at the other Radians or the Complete Air. The Graco MyRide also has a 40lb rf limit, but it has a shorter shell than the Radian or Complete Air. If you baby is short and chubby, it's also a good choice. But if your baby is tall too - especially if you and/or your DH are tall - you probably want the extra shell height of the Radian or Complete Air. My DS outgrew the MyRide by height before he outgrew the Britax Decathlon.


If you need a budget seat, I'd suggest looking at the Cosco Scenera. There are new ones at Target with the 40lb rf and ff


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Registered: 10-27-2003
Thu, 08-05-2010 - 2:01pm
I have both the Marathon & the Boulevard.
 
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