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    Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    I am looking for a convertible car seat for rear facing use for now, and forward facing in the future. I was hoping to get some suggestions on which seat will fit best in our car before puchasing one. Thank you.

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    Re: Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    It would help us to know how old and heavy your child is, what your budget is, and if there are any other considerations (two other kids back there, your 80 pound dog rides back there, you fly every other week, etc.).

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    Re: Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    If no budget, then Radian, hands down. We have the same vehicle and it installs great RF & FF. The only downside is that I have an older 65 with the old style RF boot, so it takes up a little more room front to back than I'd like, but hopefully with the new boot you'd be able to get a more upright install. FF with the recline foot out is the easiest install I've ever done, even with leather seats. The Radian & '99 Explorer were made for each other .

    ETA: I've also had the Truefit in there RF & FF & it fits great too! The lockoffs make it a bit more of a PITB to install, but it takes up less room front to back than the Radian. I still prefer the Radian though.

    The Scenera is do-able but is hard to get a good install using pool noodles.
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    Re: Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    Sorry...My son is 5 1/2 months, about 16.5 lbs and 27.5 inches. Our last pediatrician visit was one month ago and he was 13 lbs 11 oz and 25.5 inches. His weight is only in the 25th percentile, but 75th for height. I am not sure if we will be purchasing or if my parents will be...they offered previously but not sure how serious that offer was. If we purchase it then it will need to be around $100-150 and if my parents purchase then there is no budget. Also, the rear seat seems to have an angle to it, do the seats allow for that or do we need to get something to make sure the seat it level? I am a first time mom and not real sure about all this stuff. I just want to make sure that Zach is as safe as he can be. Thank you.

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    Re: Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    There are no other considerations for the seat. I had been looking at the Safety 1st Alpha Omega before I came across this website and realized that it might not work in our car. Thank you.

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    Re: Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    At 5.5 months he likely doesn't need a 45 degree angle anymore. That's for a newborn. So you may need to work with the slope of your backseat, but not like you did at birth. If you cannot get a decent angle with just the seat, you can use pool noodles or a tightly rolled towel. Not a big deal.

    I dislike the AOE's quite a bit. The box says 5-100 pounds, but really it's 5-40 or 5-50, depending on the model. And it's not five pounds, since no five pounder will fit in it. And most kids outgrow the 40 pound versions around 2.5 or three years old. The 50 pound versions get kids to 4 or 5. Then they're honestly lousy boosters and horrid fits. They can also be a pain to install. So yeah, no love lost between me and these.

    In the $100-$150 range I'd look at the Learning Curve True Fit, Graco My Ride, Evenflo Triumph 65, Cosco Scenera (that's actually below the $100). If your parents are buying and you can go higher I'd add to that list (not remove those, as the first three are three of my top five anyway) the Safety 1st Complete Air and the Sunshine Kids Radians.

    Are you aware of the longstanding recommendation to keep kids rear facing well past their first birthday?

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    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: Convertible car seat for 1999 Ford Explorer

    Thank you so much!! My husband and I will go check these seats out and make our decision based on this list.

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