I need your help. We (maybe just me) are mired in a big bog of indecision re: Wyatt's new carseat. I've pestered everyone in real life about this ad nauseum, but still....STILL can't make a decision and I just need to order something already!
If you like me at all, you'll weigh in on this topic. Here are the seats being debated:
1. Britax Roundabout. Yes, it's their "low-end" seat, but it's still a great seat! And its price tag doesn't make me stutter. Rear-facing to 35 lbs., forward-facing to 40 lbs. No extreme bells or whistles, just a solid seat with great safety ratings.
2. Britax Boulevard. Yes, we're skipping the in-between options because (1) the Marathon's safety ratings aren't as good as even the Roundabout and (2) I see no reason to buy the Decathlon for only a $15 savings over the Boulevard. I mean, if we're going whole-hog, shouldn't we just go whole-hog? Rear-facing to 35 lbs., forward-facing to 60 lbs. Full side impact protection in the form of extra padding, easier-to-adjust harness, etc.
3. Britax Diplomat. This one's new and available for pre-order. It's a little less expensive than the Boulevard ($40) and the only difference is its weight capacity (it goes to 40 lbs. instead of 65). The expected ship date is 8/24, so we'd be betting against Wyatt growing another inch between now and then.
Here are my sticking points:
1. Wyatt is a (well-documented) small guy. He'll be 65 pounds in what...maybe the 4th grade? And I'm not going to make him sit in a carseat until he's a 4th grader. Do I really need to pay more for the extra weight allowance?
2. To those of you with older children - you know, like my sister and my best friend, ahem - don't Andrew and Jack want "big boy" chairs instead of a baby carseat? Am I placing too much emphasis on helping my son feel like a big boy when I should only be worried about his safety?
3. Is it worth the extra $100 so that if we, God forbid, get in a bad accident we never have to worry that we didn't have Wyatt in the safest seat we could find?
How about this for some incentive: if you give me the most convincing argument for getting the best all-around seat, I'll send you a cool Japanese prize!
And if you haven't noticed, I'm grovelling, so please help me.
UPDATE: Crud! Perhaps the Decathlon is in the running after all? Elitecarseats.com suggests it's "better suited for long driving trips" because some kids don't like the "wings" of the side impact padding in the Boulevard. Hmmm....do they mean, like, driving from Florida to Virginia? Or from Virginia to Kansas? Now what?
Does anyone just have a crystal ball I can borrow?