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    After Cosco Scenera??

    What would be the next step after the Scenera? I am looking for a very inexpensive seat to leave at my mother in laws (in Italy). I hate traveling with ours as it is a 24 hour door to door trip with many flight changes and the lugging of a carseat just about puts me over the edge. I was thinking about getting a Scenera and leaving it there but it is only good until 40 pounds. I would like something that will last longer. My daughter is 26 months, 35 pounds and 39 inches tall.
    So what's good after the Scenera?

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    Re: After Cosco Scenera??

    Quote Originally Posted by julia94115 View Post
    What would be the next step after the Scenera? I am looking for a very inexpensive seat to leave at my mother in laws (in Italy). I hate traveling with ours as it is a 24 hour door to door trip with many flight changes and the lugging of a carseat just about puts me over the edge. I was thinking about getting a Scenera and leaving it there but it is only good until 40 pounds. I would like something that will last longer. My daughter is 26 months, 35 pounds and 39 inches tall.
    So what's good after the Scenera?

    Thanks all!!
    the apex 65 if she has head rests in her vehicle
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    Re: After Cosco Scenera??

    Is price a strong consideration? I would maybe say the Radian XTSL because your daughter could be rear-facing until she's 45 pounds in that and then use it forward facing to 80 pounds. That would last her quite a while. They cost about $300.

    EDIT......blonde moment. Totally forgot that you had said inexpensive. The Apex 65 is about your cheapest option for a weight limit above 40 pounds. I think they are around $100. The Graco Nautilus is really nice and it's about $150.
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    Re: After Cosco Scenera??

    Ride Safer Travel Vest would be my first choice, provided she either has a lap and shoulder belt, or a top tether.

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    Re: After Cosco Scenera??

    Quote Originally Posted by toothfairymama View Post
    The Apex 65 is about your cheapest option for a weight limit above 40 pounds. I think they are around $100.
    Not any more. The Evenflo Maestro has a 50 lb. limit and way high top slots, and is about $75-ish. The Evenflo Generations 65 has a higher weight limit but lower top slots than the Maestro, and is $99. Its advantage over the Apex is that it does not require head support.

    However, I'm with Wendy-- I'd go for a RSTV, if you don't want to rear-face her. If you'd like to rear-face, the MyRide is list price $150 but can be cheaper if you work a deal (like the Babies R Us trade in going on right now) and rear-faces to 40 lbs. (more petite/shorter torsoed kids may actually make it there-- longer, skinnier ones probably won't) and forward-facing rating is 65 lbs. (though most kids again will outgrow by height before weight.)
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    Re: After Cosco Scenera??

    Right, I forgot about those new Evenflos. Thank goodness for them. I hate that darn Apex 65! I don't like recommending it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupqueen View Post
    Not any more. The Evenflo Maestro has a 50 lb. limit and way high top slots, and is about $75-ish. The Evenflo Generations 65 has a higher weight limit but lower top slots than the Maestro, and is $99. Its advantage over the Apex is that it does not require head support.

    However, I'm with Wendy-- I'd go for a RSTV, if you don't want to rear-face her. If you'd like to rear-face, the MyRide is list price $150 but can be cheaper if you work a deal (like the Babies R Us trade in going on right now) and rear-faces to 40 lbs. (more petite/shorter torsoed kids may actually make it there-- longer, skinnier ones probably won't) and forward-facing rating is 65 lbs. (though most kids again will outgrow by height before weight.)
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