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I am due with our last baby in a few weeks here. Our infant seat is expired and we have a Britax Boulevard that expires this summer that I can tell would not properly fit a newborn. So I have beat hubby down on buying a new carseat. I would like to get one that will fit this child until s/he can be in a booster (i.e. rear facing for at least 2 yrs, then FF until the min of 40 pounds, which for my kids happens around age 6!)
I saw one review that said that the new britax boulevard, which I just bought today and haven't taken it out of the box, doesn't recline much so it's not well suited for an infant. I initially wanted the true-fit but it's out of stock everywhere until at least April 2. I'm already pretty far progressed so I'm worried I won't make it that long. I really don't want a huge car seat, which is why I steered away from the Evenflo/Graco. I also got the impression looking at the radian that it doesn't recline much either. I'm overwhelmed and fear I'm making a bad decision! Any suggestions?
Britax convertibles (the next generation line) are ok for newborns. You can used a rolled up towel or a foam pool noodle to help you get that 45 degree recline that newborns use. There is also an infant positioning insert that you can purchase from Britax, it will help the newborn fit in the seat even better.
You say you want to stay away from a huge car seat, but most of the Evenflos and Gracos are actually smaller than the Britax seats. There are also some Evenflo seats and Graco seats that are very similar in size as the Britax.