Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Driving from the Back Seat, in a Five-Point Harness

Since we’re starting to look into what kind of seat to get for Q-ster when Buster gets big enough to move from the infant carrier into a seat, my sister forwarded a review of the Britax Frontier from the always awesome Z Recommends. The trend is to make seats that continue to protect children at larger and older ranges, but this is getting crazy. In its ‘booster’ form the Frontier can handle a child up to 100 lbs and 60”.

Dude, I was 102 lbs and 61” when I got my driver’s license.

(Disclosure – I’m a little taller and a lot heavier now.) Laws are changing to require booster seats longer too. Do you suppose you have to drive from the back seat if you have your license but aren’t heavy enough to get to sit in the front?

All kidding aside, this is a good time to be seeing these reviews. We currently have three Britex Roundabouts (my car, SwingDaddy’s car, Nanny J’s car) and it’s been worth every penny of the price to not have to move the seats from car to car. One of our savvy mom friends noted a $50-off sale and alerted us, so we got them at an excellent price, and we’ve been using them for years. The question now is whether we want to shell out for three of the larger car seat/booster models and which model.

Friends have gotten the Regent and the Radian 80, so I’ll check how they’re liking those. Maybe we can just get two seats and move them to the less-used car when needed. Recommendations, anyone?


Mayberry said...

In my state the law is kids up to 80 lbs and/or 8 years old must be in a booster. Our cars actually have built-ins. The only boosters we have bought are the super-cheapos ($20) that just plop on top of the seats and get buckled in with the car's regular belt. These are great for travel, leaving at grandma's, etc.

kittenpie said...

I think there might be a lot of little old ladies who should be in boosters... In about a year, I guess I will be looking for a simpler booster for pumpkinpie to move into when the Bun needs a bigger seat. I think should cross the 40-lb mark by then. I think.

Occidental Girl said...

I agree with things for children getting freakishly big. Aye yai yai!

I've always heard good things about Britax.

Rugger Mom said...

Have you seen the Clek Olli booster? I'm thinking about it for LR when the twins take his Marathons. Here it is at amazon.

I like the simplicity of it and it's getting good reviews. Here's their corporate website.

Alex Elliot said...

MA just changed its law to say that you have to be 8 or 4 feet 9 inches. I think it's a little ridiculous.

Christina said...

We have a Britax large car seat for Cordy. I can't remember the name, but it goes up to 80 pounds, 50ish" and it still uses the 5-pt harness, which is what I like about it. She got too tall and too heavy too quickly for her old seat.

Graco now makes a nice 5pt harness large seat for older kids. If you want the extra security of a 5 pt. harness, you might check that one out, too. It's cheaper than Britax.

Magpie said...

we have a britax marathon in my goes up to 65 pounds, but i think we'll put her in one of those cheapie boosters one day. because i'll going to guess that she's going to rebel against it well before she outgrows it.

i like it though. it seems more secure than the booster that's in my husband's car.