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I am having a really hard time choosing a car seat for my preschooler. He is currently in a True Fit Premier and fits fine in there as he is on the smaller side. I also have a very LARGE 5 month old who is RF'ing in a Britax Decathalon.(originally my 3 year olds)
We are having issues with remembering to leave car seats at daycare at drop off when whoever takes the kids to daycare so we are thinking of investing in a combination high back booster with a 5 pt harness for my almost 4 year old and then he can ride in either car seat in each car and we'd only have to remember 2. We want to get a booster/harness combo b/c he will be 4 soon and can grow into it.
I know that the Britax Frontier 85 is probably the safest and most highly recommended but I can't afford that!
I am going to do the BRU trade in and will have 25% off to use but only on select brands.
The Graco Nautilus is recommended quite often and there are several members who have one (or more than one lol). My kids aren't old enough for a Nautilus so I can't share first-hand experience but I will tell you that the price of a car seat doesn't mean it's safer or better than the more economical models. All car seats have to pass the same safety testing. Hopefully a Nautilus owner will chime in here, too.
ETA: BRU does not carry the Maestro and Apex 65. If you wanted the Nauti from BRU, it would be 135 after the 25% off plus tax and gas to drive to the store. You can get it at Amazon for 139 with free shipping and no tax. The Frontier 85 would be 210 at BRU after 25% off plus tax and gas. It is 210 from Amazon with free shipping and no tax. BRU is almost never the best deal even with the 25% coupon.
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Last edited by amylynne01; September 12th, 2010 at 10:38 AM.
Michelle, we have the Nautilus and I LOVE it! Matthew still has a little room to grow in it (he is 5, 48 pounds and 44 inches tall) but we have recently moved him to a booster so Evan could take over the Nautilus.
Lurking on this board but just wanted to add... I also have a Nautilus for my DD and I love it. I bought ours when they first came out 2 years ago and I plan to buy another one for my DS when he out grows his Chicco keyfit 30. We travel a lot and I have used this car seat on the plane with 4 different airlines, and taken a 15 hour road trip. My DD is comfortable. Plus the seat had great saftey ratings. Also, my DD is 2 1/2 (36" tall) and the back of the seat is still on the lowest setting. So there is plenty of room to grow.
If you haven't already chosen a combination car seat, then I suggest the Britax Frontier 85. This car seat is, in my opinion, the best combination car seat at it's price. See this review for reference:
My cousin has this car seat for his son and he loves it! It is very simple to use and it is very comfortable for the baby. It is also very good quality and it gets very good feedback from all the reviews around the internet. Plus, it is on sale, if I do recall.
Last edited by cjdj3; February 1st, 2013 at 07:23 PM.