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!
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.
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