After a lot of research this winter, I decided that the car seat I wanted to get Tillie was the Graco MyRide 65. I had picked out a cute gray and purple print. I figure this is one thing that I could get super-girly because Tillie would be the only one to use it. (Car seats have a 5 year expiration date.)
Tillie's current carseat, the Graco SnugRide32 has a weight limit of 32lbs and a height limit of 32". We're no where near the weight limit, but that 32" is slowly creeping up on us. During the middle of January, I decided to watch for sales on the MyRide.
Yesterday I looked it up on various sites to see the prices. No sales, but what I did notice was that it was out of stock at most places -- Target, Amazon, Albee Baby, etc. I conferred with an internet friend who is a carseat guru. I was worried that there was something wrong with it causing it to be discontinued. Nope, it's just that popular. I knew that Babies R Us has them when I was there last weekend. Since I had a 20% off coupon and was having dinner at Applebee's with Dykho, I decided to see if they had any in stock. They did! They had three! A worker kindly helped me get one down from the high, high shelf and met me at the checkout.
This was great, until I got to my car and realized it would fit in the backseat, trunk or front seat without me taking it out of the box. Oops. I took it out of the box, folded the box flat in the front seat and put the car seat in the trunk.
I picked this one because it's a great price, rear faces to 40lbs and front faces to 65lbs. It also has a higher back, which is good, because it seems like Tillie will be pretty tall. Bonus is that it has two cup holders!
Tillie seems to like it!
A lot of people will say that Britax makes the best car seats. And, a few years ago, they did. So far, they haven't release a convertible that rear faces to 40lbs. Also good to remember is that all car seats have to pass the same safety tests. It's either pass/fail.