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|Sun, 08-08-2010 - 1:23am|
Hey guys! I want to thank you in advance for any guidance you're able to give. Ok, here goes. My nearly 3 year old son has been in a roundabout since he was 3 months old. He was rear facing until he hit the weight max, and he's been ff for a while now. Anyway, he's 38 pounds and 39 1/2 inches, so we have got to switch seats.
I currently have 4 car seats in my living room. The first I bought yesterday from a family friend. It's a Britax Frontier, it was manufactured in January of 2009, bought a year ago, and used in Dad's car, so it looks brand new. Of course, no accidents, etc. I bought the seat before I was able to do any research. So far, the only big complaint I see is that it's difficult to install. My dh is going to try installing it tomorrow.
The other 3 seats I happened upon today in Target. I was buying wipes, turned around and saw 3 pretty Britax boxes with even prettier clearance stickers on them. They were all for different seats, and not knowing which, if any, was going to be a better fit for my son, I bought them all, and figured I'd return them all tomorrow if necessary.
First is the Roundabout 50. It was manufactured in 2010. It was $99 on clearance. My main concern about this seat is that my son may outgrow it in 2 years. He's at the 95th percentile for weight, and at that same percentile, he'd hit 50 pounds at 5 years old. Still, it was so cheap, and we've been VERY happy with our current Roundabout, and so has he.
Next up is the Boulevard (with a 65lb max). This one was manufactured in May of 2009, which I found strange. Didn't know they'd sit on the shelf that long. This one was $154.99. I love the way this one looks, and it looks so cozy. We've been putting Michael on the side of the car, because of the latch system in our 2006 Honda CRV. I love that the Boulevard has extra protection in case of a side impact. That has always concerned me because we haven't had Michael in the middle seat all this time. The biggest concern I saw with regards to the reviews I read on this one was regarding the crotch buckle. Because it doesn't have more than one slot, it's not adjustable the way that the Roundabout 50 and the Frontier are. That might be problematic since my son is a big boy. I'd love to hear thoughts from those who have used it and have big kiddos.
Finally, there's the Marathon. It was $139.99. I think I've ruled this one out, partially because the pattern is a little girlie. I know that's not a great reason to rule a seat out, but if my son is going to be in the seat another 3 years, I don't want him to get grief for it. He's going to have to endure enough grief as it is. No point in setting the little guy up. Anyway, the better reason for ruling it out is that I really like the Boulevard better than this one for the money. It can't all be about money either, but we're pretty strapped at the moment, so it does have to factor in at some point.
Something to factor in is that my son is autistic, and will need to have a great, supportive seat that he cannot get himself out of for some time. I need to make sure that he's not in a position to unbuckle himself until he's completely aware of what the implications of doing so would be.
Ok, so Frontier vs Roundabout 50 vs Boulevard............
and one more question.....PLEASE! I saw on the side of the Boulevard something about not using the latch system once he's hit 40 pounds. Is that right? I've always used the latch system with my Roundabout, and I've been so happy with how securely fastened they are. Hopefully, I feel the same way when they're attached with a seat belt. Can I still use the tether up top with the seat belt install?
Ok, enough questions. I'd appreciate any feedback!!!!
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