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Convertible Car Seats
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mercurykitty wrote in parenting101
We're currently in the market for a convertible car seat because our 8-month old son is rapidly outgrowing his infant carrier. Our must haves include a rear-facing weight limit greater than 30lbs, continued use forward facing (65lbs or more), good reviews, and under $200. One with the ability to fit into a Subaru Legacy 2011, Subaru Forester 2001, and a mini van without difficulty would also be nice too. While we do plan on buying three seats (one for each vehicle so we won't have to switch the seat three times a day), it would be nice to only have to buy as few different seats as possible. Less 'change' for the kiddie and less research for the adults!

We're leaning toward the Evenflo Triumph LX because it has a decent price, good safety ratings, and fairly good customer reviews. However, it does seem a bit big. We're taking the Legacy (the smallest vehicle) to Babies R Us tonight for a test fit. The other cars will have their fittings later this week.


Edit: The Evenflo Triumph LX fits well in the Legacy and our son did not mind being strapped in. In fact, he loved it!

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My husband, however, fell in love with the Graco My Size 70, which has a smaller footprint but a higher weight/height limit. It also costs a bit more. Safety wise they seem to be the same. Review wise, people complain about the harness buckle being difficult to undo. I guess this can be a blessing and a curse. One one hand, it'll be difficult to get him out of the seat. On the other hand, if it's hard for us it'll be hard for him and he won't be able to escape on his own. Babies R Us had the harness straps wire tired together so little dude didn't get to try it out. I'm hoping Buy Buy Baby will have one we can try, since we're headed that way today.



After much research, I decided on the Graco MyRide 65. It has a really good safety rating, RF up to 40, and FF up to 65. They also make a version that FF up to 70. Plus the price is pretty reasonable.

this is what we have. I can't speak to how it will fit in the cars you mentioned, but ours is in a Honda Civic Hybrid (so, pretty compact) and fits just fine.

Yep, we have a Graco MyRide 65 in my husband's tiny Chevy Cobalt. I think it has more rear-facing legroom than my Britax Boulevard in my Kia Optima, which is a bigger car than the Cobalt.

My husband fell in love with the Graco MySize 70. It's base is a bit smaller than the MyRide 65 but it has a higher weight/height limit. Now we're torn between the MySize 70, the Evenflo Triumph LX, and the MyRide 65. Decisions!

I'm pretty fond of our Britax Marathons. (Target has them for under $200.)
If you get your seat to fit in your Legacy, it will probably fit great in any of the other cars! I've had my Britax Marathons in a Legacy, Forester, and a minivan. :) The rear-facing seat fit best in the middle seat on the Subarus.

We're currently carseat shopping and I've been really unimpressed with how a lot of the seats buckle/unbuckle. (Something else to test out!) If budget weren't an issue, I'd totally get two more Marathons!

Not supposed to put a car seat on the middle seat of any Subaru... all of them have a "hump" in the middle past a certain model year.

Our Legacy doesn't have a hump. What it doesn't have is bottom latch in the middle. My husband was going to use latch and install the infant seat on the driver side but the DMV installer put our in the middle via seatbelt. He said it was safest.

Huh, that is not what our installer said! But our Impreza has a hump, so it was kind of a moot point anyway. Plus I'm not sure our installer did it correctly. We have a Symphony, not a Triumph or a Britax, but every car seat I've come across has been difficult if not impossible to install correctly. Latch has improved things, but not nearly enough.

As long as you can install the seat properly, it's totally fine to install the seat in the center. The combination of the hump and the ceiling seat belt with long buckle stalks can make it annoying and a challenge, but that's the only reason Subaru says that. And the LATCH anchors are only for the outboard positions, which is the other reason.

Both my cousin and my SIL's (newish) Legacy's are humpless too. And my cousin has three across the back, so one is in the middle.

It may be more of the "sporty" and newer models, like the Impreza that have the humps. Right now my husband is driving an older Impreza and it also has no hump. But even their brand new Crosstrek doesn't have a hump from what google images shows. So I think it can be hit or miss that you find a hump? (I have only driven older models, but many of them, and none had humps.)

Fortunately that has not been my experience.

I have an evenflo triumph 65 lx and I really can't rave about it enough. It is super easy to install and to use. I hope it fits your car well, because it really is a wonderful seat.

We have two of these as well. I liked my son's so much that I replaced my daughter's with the same one.

I do have a big car, though. I thought all car seats have roughly the same footprint.

I love my evenflo triumph, it's easy to use, easy to clean and yes it is a bit large, although it fits my hubby's car, he has a 2001 Buick century (only smaller is the two door)

He looks great in the Triumph! The MySize is a really nice seat as well - more expensive, but it's the tallest available RF seat right now. My 4 year old fits RF in the MySize with like 3" above his head still. The buckle is kind of annoying, but otherwise it's a great seat. The typical complaints about the Triumph are that people don't like the knobs, and the harness straps sit close together so they can rub on a child's neck. The Triumph is much cheaper though, I'd probably get a MySize for your primary car and Triumphs for your 2nd and 3rd cars. Then you're still at the same overall budget. Check Wal Mart.com - the Triumph is usually like $120 there.


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