Choosing a convertible car seat
We’ve gotten tremendous use out of Levi’s Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat, but it’s finally time to move our little peanut into a convertible car seat. (I’ll bet he’s stayed in his infant carrier longer than most babies.) JB and I are currently debating several options, and since they all seem so similar to us, I’d love your thoughts on choosing a convertible car seat for Levi.
Using the 8th edition of Baby Bargains as our guide, we’ve narrowed the field to five convertible car seats. Here are the pros & cons of each as listed in the book:
Pros: Same as the Marathon (see below), but seat adds height-adjuster knob. Additional side impact protection in headrest.
Cons: Price. Big seat–may not fit into smaller vehicles. EPS foam only in headrest.
Note: This review was for the Britax Boulevard / Boulevard CS.
Pros: Up to 65 lbs. with a five-point harness. Plush pad, EPS foam, same pros as Roundabout.
Cons: Must re-thread harness manually. HUGS harness system gets mixed reviews.
Note: This review was for the Britax Marathon.
Pros: Excellent features–EPS foam, no-twist straps, can be tethered rear- or forward-facing, easy to adjust harness, double-strap LATCH, nice colors.
Cons: Harness slot a bit too high for smallest infants.
Note: This review was for the Britax Roundabout / Roundabout 50.
Pros: Headrest pops off for easier rear-facing installation. EPP foam, easy-off pad for hand-washing, affordable price.
Cons: Harness can be hard to adjust when rear-facing.
Note: This review was for the First Years True Fit (C630)
Pros: Excellent harness adjuster. SureLATCH makes for quick and easy installs.
Cons: 40 lb. limit for harness.
Note: This review was for the Evenflo Symphony 65.
Have we overlooked a superior convertible car seat? Do you have any opinions on my choices above? Please leave your comments below!