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    starr_692
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    Easy rear-facing seatbelt installation for toddler

    We just bought a truck with a full back seat that doesn't have tethers (Toyota Tacoma).

    Our toddler is about 30 lbs, average to short height, 2 1/2. We're looking for a seat that's easy to install with a seatbelt and will last rear facing for a while.

    Baby 2 is on the way (November), so narrow width is a plus. shorter front to back is also a plus.

    I'm intrigued by the britax clicktight boulevard - his seat in the other car is the non click tight version that he's been in since an infant. However - is there another, perhaps more cost effective, option that I should be considering? Maybe a convertible that starts at a higher weight limit?

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    Re: Easy rear-facing seatbelt installation for toddler

    The G4.1 Britax seats like the one you have should be easy to install with the seat belt since they have lock-offs. Have you tried installing his Boulevard in the truck? It might just work, and be cheaper than the ClickTight. Is your Boulevard new enough to allow rear-facing to 1" below the extended headrest? If so, it should last until your toddler is 40 pounds.

    Here is an article listing all the seats with lock-offs, which I find make a seat belt install much simpler: https://carseatblog.com/?s=lockoffs&x=0&y=0

    If you would like to spend less, we can give you suggestions. If your Boulevard works in the truck, maybe use it there and we can suggest a cheaper option that is good with LATCH for your other car.
    -Reta
    Former CPST
    Mom of V, born 6/2014, FF in a Pioneer, Boulevard G4, and SureRide
    G dog, rescued 6/2016, in a belted SturdiBag

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    Re: Easy rear-facing seatbelt installation for toddler

    His boulevard doesn't have lock offs - it's the G4. We got it installed fairly well, but I don't trust the installation quite as much. Seatbelt learning curve, likely. It did seem extra vertical because of the slope of the seat - perhaps not an issue, but I was planning to bring it by a clinic to confirm.

    Perhaps the G4.1 is a good option. Is the main difference adding the lock off? If we're having a levelness issue would that probably continue? That is a very useful table. If we know the belt locks if we fully extend it, does the lock off help much?

    I figured it was a good option to keep the Britax G4 with the latch in the '06 pontiac vibe (should last until 40 pounds, with latch, no installation issues). Then, forward face it or use it for the baby and get something different for toddler. We'll need seats in both cars.

    I guess when all is said an done, we'll need two good seatbelt installs in the back of a truck - one for a toddler, one for an infant. Maybe that's what I should be asking! I'd lean towards convertible for both as the first kid would have outgrown most infant seats in months - he grew really fast before he slowed down.

    Perhaps there's a rear facing option without a lockoff that has a good belt path or easier belt installation?

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    Re: Easy rear-facing seatbelt installation for toddler

    All boulevards have had lockoffs, even the originals. Look under the cover in the rearfacing belt path for them.

    The Blvd with lockoffs is probably the easiest install I've had of a rearfacing seat other than the click tights.


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    starr_692
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    Re: Easy rear-facing seatbelt installation for toddler

    I had no idea! Thank you! We'll try to get a good installation with the britax and lockoffs in the truck - I think there's a seat check this Saturday we can stop by.

    So - follow up -

    What seat would you suggest for a second seat in the truck with a seatbelt installation? Could be for either the toddler or the baby - both will rearface til they can't.

    And as a separate piece - suggested seats for the pontiac vibe? right and left sides have latches, center is just belt. two new seats needed. Slight possibility of three across at some point so I wouldn't mind seats that may work for that.

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    Re: Easy rear-facing seatbelt installation for toddler

    I believe all the seats with lockoffs generally fit average newborns well. The Roundabout may be outgrown before 40 pounds because it is shorter, but it is the least expensive, and you can pass down the Boulevard when needed. For lower anchor installs in the Vibe, the Cosco Scenera NEXT, available for under $50 at Walmart, would be a good option for the newborn if you want to start with a convertible. The Graco Milestone is popular around here and would have extended life as a highback booster.
    -Reta
    Former CPST
    Mom of V, born 6/2014, FF in a Pioneer, Boulevard G4, and SureRide
    G dog, rescued 6/2016, in a belted SturdiBag

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