Alright ladies -- I need some help here. My new Acadia is finally about to be here! I want to buy a new car seat for the lowercase to go with it. So...what do I buy?
In Mr. W's car, he has a Britax Marathon that we LOVE. In my car, he has an older Evenflo that I do NOT like (it was my nephews and since we don't often drive the Beetle, it wasn't an issue). It's a safe seat, I wasn't ever worried about that (and in a small car, it's smaller profile was the only thing that fit well and offered a good harness) -- but it's a PAIN IN THE BUTT to adjust the straps! It's just not as good, overall, as the Britax.
We had considered just buying a second Marathon, but then I started thinking -- the lowercase is only getting older and bigger. Am I really going to get the full worth of that seat over time? Will he outgrow it too soon? Or will he get old enough that he no longer wants to be in a "baby" seat and want more of a traditional style booster seat? Obviously, I want him to have a seat with a five point harness -- but I do want it to be something that he can grow with.
That being said, the lowercase is fairly small. He's 36-37" tall, he weighs around 27/28 lbs, and has a seated torso height (butt to shoulder) of 12/13" (Don't you love how you can't get an exact measurement on a kid this age? Seriously! He does not sit still for a minute!)
Right now the main contenders are the Marathon and possibly the Britax Frontier (or other booster...maybe the Regent?)
The final consideration is that while our Acadia will be quite large, with an 8 person seating capacity, we would like to keep all children in the front row of the back seat. So -- we kind of want his seat to be able to fit with 1-2 other seats depending on how things go. (Once all current and future kids are in non-infant-carrier seats, we will, I am certain, have to reassess the situation!)
So. Tell me. Seats. Size. What you like about them, what you don't. If there is a Britax you hate, tell me that, too.