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Old 09-06-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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Toddler/Booster seat?

We have a graco comfortsport carseat now but, Bruce is getting too big for it. His head is almost over the seat and the belt is getting very snug. I can't losen the belt anymore either. In winter it will be really tight. So, I need a new carseat. He's only going on two in Oct so I can't get a booster but, can get him a toddler/booster seat. Does anyone know of a good one but, cheap one.
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Re: Toddler/Booster seat?

If you can afford it, I'd go for one of the Britax line. I have a Marathon because that's the only one approved for use in Canada, but I know there are lots of others available in the US. A Britax seat will keep your child harnessed much longer than other toddler carseats, and I love how easy to use mine is.

A much less expensive option is the Cosco Scenara. Both my DS's ride in Scenara's in my parents' vehicle. DS1 is 35 lbs and over 40 inches tall and he still has a bit of growth room in the harness of the Scenara. I believe they're available in the $50 range in the US. I've found that it fits well in several vehicles, including my father's Subaru, which has had trouble with other carseats.

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Old 09-06-2006, 09:12 AM   #3
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Re: Toddler/Booster seat?

On the lower end price wise I'd go with the Graco Cargo-- harness to 40 lbs, harness heights are 17 inches (the top harness slot on the Comfort Sport is 14.5 I think?) so you'd have room to grow. The Marathon would also fit him but it's double the price.
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I think Britax are well worth the money. You will not have to buy another seat. I believe they are the only ones that keep a child harnessed until 65 lbs.

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Old 09-06-2006, 12:54 PM   #5
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Re: Toddler/Booster seat?

I'm not familiar with the size of the comfort sport, but the first convertable car seat we had was the Evenflo Triumph 5. It's safety ratings are right up there with the Britax seats and it's super easy to use. I think it goes up to 40 lbs. I'd take him to BRU and "try it on". This seat is around $ least when we got it for DD #1, it was. Much cheaper than the Britax.

With that said, we got a Britax when dd #2 was born. Right now the baby is still in a infant car seat, but we will likely be putting her in the Evenflo in a week or two (she's a big fatty ) and our toddler is in the Britax. It was more expensive, but it will hold her up to 65 lbs, so we probably won't have to buy another seat for her. We'll see. With that said, the ONLY reason we got a Britax instead of another Evenflo is because we had a store credit at a place that only carried Britax car seats----free Britax of pay for an wasn't a hard choice.
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Old 09-06-2006, 03:52 PM   #6
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The Evenflo Chase and Graco comfort sport would be the best if you are limited in funds. They have the tallest top slots available on a 40lbs harness limit seats, then they make a decent booster. Britax are great, but they are pricey. All seats in the US have to pass the same saftey standards, so don't feel like you are not keeping him safe if you can't get a britax. The best seat is the seat that fits your budget, fits your child, and fits your car and the one you can and will use correctly every time. I would reccomend going to a babie r us or somewhere that will let you take the seats out to your car to put them in. Good luck finding the right seat for you!
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