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    4 yr old Harnessed seat

    DS's (will be 5 in Sept) seat only harnesses till 40 lbs FF. It does convert to booster but he really still needs a harness since he literally sleeps in the car a minimum of two and a half hours a day. I weighed him yesterday and he's 39lbs clothed...so I think asap would be a fine time to get this done. Cost is an important consideration. I'd like something that converts well to a booster when it's outgrown (right now it's an Eddie Baur which I read does not convert well though I have not tried it on him as I really think the harness is important for our situation)
    I was thinking a maestro? He's darn close to 5 and not even 40 lbs yet so I don't expect that 10 lbs to happen all that quick.
    Does anyone have a better suggestion or do you think that would be my best bet?
    Mom to 3 kids... Riley- seat belt (12), Andrew- Nauti (5) and Victoria- MR65 (1) and guardian to Kayla (13)

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    Re: 4 yr old Harnessed seat

    I think a Maestro sounds perfect.

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    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: 4 yr old Harnessed seat

    I would get a Nautilus if you can. It will booster longer than the Maestro. The Maestro is often outgrown by height shortly after harness height is outgrown.
    Mama to Sofi: 7.1 yrs, 46Lbs (47"), Boostered in a Turbo, Vivo, Monterey, Cybex; harnessed in Nautilus
    Nanny to BabyD, 21 months in a RXT, Classic Marathon, Boulevard 70

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    I would get a maestro now and a dedicated booster when you need it. Wish our kids weighed less so I could get a maestro. I really like that seat.
    Stefanie - CPST in Iowa
    mom to dd 11,/00, ds 11/01, ds 3/06, dd 04/07, dd 08/12 (radian rxt) ds 12/13 (evenflo sureride)

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    Re: 4 yr old Harnessed seat

    I agree with a Maestro. We have one and it is pretty easy to install and use.
    Amie
    Wife to Jeremy, Mommy to Chaeli, 10 (9/27/07) boostered roughly 4, 9” inches and 92 pounds) riding in an Evenflo Spectrum in a ‘18 Chevrolet Traverse & a Britax Frontier 90 in a '17 Chevrolet Equinox

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    Re: 4 yr old Harnessed seat

    For the price, I'd say Maestro but you will have to get a booster later. If you have a little more to spend now, I'd go for the Nautilus since it makes a good booster where the Maestro doesn't.
    Brealin
    CPST, doula and mommy to Braedon (9/30/03) Monterey; Regent for long trips
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    Re: 4 yr old Harnessed seat

    Thank you everyone! I got a $50 tip today so I went with the Nautilus (bought from Amazon and I clicked through an advert on this site so that will count for car-seat.org right??)
    The extra 50 dollars made up most of the difference between the $73 Maestro and $137 for the Nautilus. Yay for tips!!
    I figured if it'll last a while longer, it would probably be worth it.
    Thanks for all your help!
    Mom to 3 kids... Riley- seat belt (12), Andrew- Nauti (5) and Victoria- MR65 (1) and guardian to Kayla (13)

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