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|Mon, 06-07-2010 - 3:09am|
Hi! This is going to sound all over the place. I have a few questions.
First, some background. My son is 17 months, 33-34"?, and 25+ lbs. I'll know his stats a little better in a couple of weeks at his 18-month check-up. He's in the 95th or so percentile for height, was in the 50th for weight. And he has a big head. :)
He's rear-facing in a First Years TrueFit -- the cheaper version.
We drive an '06 Ford Focus sedan. This is our only vehicle.
The car seat is currently in the center position, LATCHed.
I'm expecting baby #2 in December, when my son will be around 24 months.
We aren't sure if we want to get a bigger car that will have less cramped passenger room, or if we want to try and make it work with what we've got.
You see, I am 5'10" and my husband is 6'1". We have to have the front seats pretty far up to fit our car seat, and again that's in the center position.
Once we have to move his seat outboard, the front seat will need to go up a tad farther.
This SUCKS and is why we are considering a larger vehicle. Unless...
Are there any narrow seats that go rear-facing for 35 lbs. with a good upper height limit for tall kiddos...that isn't as huge as the TrueFit? I ask for narrow just in case we want to try fitting 3 across at some point, in some vehicle.
I also am not a big fan of the seat because I find the harness is difficult to adjust. You have to wedge your hand way down low between the car seat and the seatback, lift a lever, and pull on the straps. Of course we don't need to do this often, but it's just so stinkin' hard! Forward facing, it will be easier.
Another reason why I don't love the seat -- the crotch just seems so snug, and it's in the largest setting. We use cloth diapers, so I'm sure that's a big reason why. But still!
I won't buy a Truefit for my second child.
I probably will get an infant seat to start out with this baby, since it will be a winter birth. We skipped that with my son.
Whew! All that to ask:
1. Is there another convertible car seat I should consider for my son? One that is smaller and thus I can scoot the front seat back a little bit more? Please?
2. Suggestions for an infant seat that will also allow for the front seat rider to not be knees-to-dash? Again, I have tall babies so upper length limit of at least 25" would be nice--get me through winter!
3. Assuming baby #3 comes along while I'm still rear-facing my eldest son...are there some options for me for 3-across, or should I move on to a bigger vehicle?
I know Radians are regarded as fantastic for being so narrow and are good options for three across, but I don't know how large they are in terms of reaching the front seat. Any clarifications on that? It doesn't look like BRU carries these in stores, or I'd run over there and test 'em!
As far as budget, I don't really care. Heck, a couple of car seats are cheaper than the sales tax alone for a decent used car!