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Old 10-09-2011, 09:12 AM   #1
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not-too-expensive seat for FF 40" tall 3.5 y/o?

DD is about to outgrow her Cosco Scenera. The FF height limit is 43", but her shoulders are already level with the highest harness position. We bought her a Radian XTSL for our car, but we want an extra seat for grandparents, etc. We don't want to transfer the seat every time she goes in someone else's car, but we also don't want to spend another $225.

What's a good, higher height limit, FF seat? We are looking to stay in the $150 and under range.

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Old 10-09-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: not-too-expensive seat for FF 40" tall 3.5 y/o?

There is the evenflo meastro....I know it is recommended for ffing harnessed boosters. It runs about $80. I don't know how tall it is, but I'm sure it's taller than the scenera.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:34 AM   #3
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I use the first years true fit for my 47" tall ds. It was about $120 at Target om light clearance. I think you can get them cheap on albee baby or amazon too.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:57 AM   #4
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The Graco Nautilus is on sale for $119 at Target, I think... I can't remember...

Anyway, that would be the lasy seat you'd need to but. It can harness to 65 lbs and booster to 100.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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Re: not-too-expensive seat for FF 40" tall 3.5 y/o?

I'd say the Maestro, Nautilus, True Fit, Generations 65 are all great options for you and in your price range.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:55 PM   #6
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Re: not-too-expensive seat for FF 40" tall 3.5 y/o?

I would not buy a convertible for a FF child unless you have another child to hand it down to. You are wasting half of the seat's functionality by never using it RF. There are some great FF to booster seats called combination seats out there. You should be able to find a Nautilus on sale for around $150, I think my Target had them for around that price last time I was there. The Evenflo Maestro is around $80. The booster portion of the Maestro is outgrown quickly because the headrest does not adjust up making it outgrown around the time that the harness is outgrown. Evenflo is coming out with a new seat in your price range that is basically a Maestro with an adjustable headrest making the booster more functional. I would skip any of the Dorel (Safety 1st, Cosco, Eddie Bauer) combination seats as they do not have very high harness heights and make dangerous boosters that place the lap portion of the seat belt over the soft tissue of the stomach that can cause massive internal injury.

The Evenflo Generations is a good seat for a child with a short torso as the top harness height is only 16.25 inches versus the 18" top harness height of the Maestro.
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