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Old 03-18-2013, 06:11 AM   #1
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Extra carseat help

I'm looking for an inexpensive, easy to use/install spare seat for MIL's car. DD is 1 yr, about 21 lb. she drives a Chevy Malibu.

I'm looking at maybe the guide 65 or the scenera or something similar. Thoughts???

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I love our Scenera for a spare seat - we used it as our primary seat for DS2 and DS3 for a little while as well.
It's cheap (especially in the US), easy to install (that I've had experience with anyways), gets an average kid to 2yrs+ rf. Just a decent, not-so-expensive, seat
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #3
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I read decent reviews on the scenera (looking at the 40rf), so it's good to hear real experience. The only thing that worries me is that you can only use it rear-facing. I mean I plan on keeping her rf, but the thought of a limitation scares me.
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I agree with the Scenera, but we just got the standard (goes to 35rf) that can also FF. It's not "easy" to install, but not super-difficult. Can't really beat the price!

Oh, and DD was still 35lbs well past 2 years, if that helps.
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It's not that you can only use it RF, but that if baby was to get to 40lbs rf you wouldn't have any weight limit left for FF.
I've not known any babies make it to 40lbs RF in one, though. DS2 was 23 months when we had to turn him around, and DS3 has to FF in ours now at 2.5yrs - both because of height, not weight. They are/were only 25-30lbs when they got too tall. But for a spare seat, 2-2.5yrs is a good rf length of time, IMO.
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Personally I prefer the Evenflo Tribute to the scenera, and it is a similar price. For a little more money you can get the Evenflo SureRide, which will last a LOOOONG time, much longer than the scenera. It should fit the average kid until well into booster age.
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I don't know, haven't seen, the sureride. But I've always had troubles installing evenflo seats with their darn bases.
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How does the SureRide compare to the Safety First Guide 65? I see the SureRide goes to 54", but anyone know ease of use or installation ease?
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The SureRide is very new and I haven't actually had my hands on one, but I've heard that it is VERY easy to use. I'm also not sure how it compares to the Guide 65, though if it helps, I haven't really heard much about the Guide 65 since the SureRide came out. It might be because people like the SureRide a lot more, or it might be that people would rather talk about the new seat. Based on the measurements on this spreadsheet, the SureRide will probably last a little longer RF by height, and a couple of years longer FF by height.
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