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August 24th, 2010, 05:31 AM
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I'm getting this seat for my MIL since she'll be watching the baby some. I figure I'd rather spend $40 on a seat that will last a little while than on another infant seat base that won't last too long.

Is this an easy seat to install? She drives a big early/mid 90s van, I think maybe its a Dodge, but its the kind people had little tvs in way before tvs were in lots of minivans and suvs.

Is there any differences between the current Sceneras and the new ones with the 40lb RF limit, other than the extra 5 lbs RFing? Will that extra 5 lbs make much of a difference?
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August 24th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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I am far from an expert on car seats, but yes, that 5lbs actually does make a difference. That can often be a whole YEAR in extended RF for a child. Granted, it is often the year from 3 to 4 or even 4 to 5. But when the kids are that age, they gain weight so slowly that it really extends the life of rear-facing by a lot!

As for the actual seat. I found them very easy to install and to actually move from car to car (if needed). The latch is just like the one for Graco (clips), but i assume in that old of a van she will be using the seatbelt. I found the seatbelt very easy to use in that seat. I have to say it doesn't hold up really great. I used mine for a year, about three days a week and it sorta started really getting testy on me (the straps would not adjust easily, the clip was really hard to get open, etc). But for a $40 seat, it was worth it for me to have my own seat (I was a part-time nanny to a little girl).
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August 24th, 2010, 12:30 PM
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The weight limit is different, but the height is the same. So if weight is not an issue for you (ie your child is of average weight or less), it is more probable that a child will outgrow the seat by height first. The increased weight limit is good for kids who are on the higher end of the spectrum, not for a typical kid.

For example, my older DD1 (30lbs and 35") is in the 50th percentile for weight, so she would outgrow the 35lb model and the 40lb model at the same time because their heights are the same. Someone with a 30lb 35" 16 month old will most definitely need the 40lb limit to RF longer.
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