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Old 04-21-09, 09:10 PM
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DD is tall and she is outgrowing our second seat. She has only been in it about 5 times (she is already 18 months) but we need to have something in dh's car. Eventually when I go back to work in about a year and a half she will probably ride in his car a lot more because of sharing drop offs and pick ups from day care. I have a britax marathon in my car for everyday use so when she outgrows that we will just need a booster in my car.

Right now it is the graco comfortsport she is outgrowing. I was looking at the graco nautilus (about $150)and the britax frontier(about $250). Both convert from harnessed car seats to booster seats and should be the last seat I need to buy for his car. In the graco she can use the harness up to 65 pounds and in the britax up to 80 pounds. Since she is tall for her age but not heavy for her height I am not sure the extra weight makes a difference as she will probably outgrow the harness height before she makes the weight anyway.

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Old 04-21-09, 09:52 PM
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The frontier is for 2+ yrs. It sounds like you need something now! I'd get the Nautilus for her. The shoulder heights are a bit higher so she can remain harnessed longer.

Most kids outgrow the seats by torso height then by weight. The Nautilus fits thin kids better then the Frontier which is designed for older kids. The Nautilus is also known for an easier install. I love my Britax seats, but the Fontier just isn't as wonderful as it could be! There have also been issues with the mesh covers currently on the Frontiers and having them look awful quickly. I've done a lot of research on them recently when looking for boosters for my girls when they outgrew their Britax seats recently and trying to decide if I should keep them harnessed or go to a dedicated booster.

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I was just wondering -

That seat is recommended for children up to 40 inches - is she really ready at 18 months to outgrow that for height?

I know the feeling my DD was really tall at that age and she slowed down in height and we didn't have to move her until almost 2 1/2. DD is still at the top of the growth chart and was over 3 feet at 2 years old.

Can you just adjust the straps to take advantage of keeping the seat longer?
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I was just wondering -

That seat is recommended for children up to 40 inches - is she really ready at 18 months to outgrow that for height?

I know the feeling my DD was really tall at that age and she slowed down in height and we didn't have to move her until almost 2 1/2. DD is still at the top of the growth chart and was over 3 feet at 2 years old.

Can you just adjust the straps to take advantage of keeping the seat longer?
Hopefully her growth will slow a bit now-thanks for the info! I am doing the research now so I can run out and buy a seat once she definitely needs it. Unfortunately dd is all torso so her ears are almost to the top of the seat and her shoulders are almost up to the straps, so the seat will be unsafe soon-even though she is only about 33 inches.

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Old 04-22-09, 09:34 AM
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I agree with Laura - I say go for the nautilus. (They have lots of cute girly covers out now).
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