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    Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    Hi, will be flying to Europe soon (night flight) with my almost 3 year old. Then renting a car. She is still RF in the car but would be FF on the plane.
    I have access to a Cosco Next, an Evenflo Sonus or a Graco Contender/Dimensions.

    Which one would you pick and why, or have you tried any of those, what did you like or not like?

    Main factors: Comfy to sleep, if the tray table can be usable on the plane it's a plus!

    Thanks

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    Re: Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    The tray table won't be usable with any of those.

    How big is she? (My almost 3 year old is too tall for a Scenera NEXT and a RF Sonus, but he's tall.) If she still fits in a Scenera NEXT, I'd go with it. They're so easy to travel with. If not, then the Contender.

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    Re: Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    She is 34-35 inches tall.
    How did your's outgrow the seat RF, his head is to close to the top of the seat?

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    Re: Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    She is 34-35 inches tall.
    How did your's outgrow the seat RF, his head is to close to the top of the seat?
    Yes, but he's also over the 40" standing height limit.

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    Re: Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    If she fits the NEXT ff, I'd take that, because:
    1. Both light and compact for carrying
    2. If she can't sleep or has issues with kicking the seat ahead or comfort, you can turn her rf without worries about fitting
    3. No issues with angle or space in rental car (just make sure you bring and know how to use a locking clip in case you end up in a car with hard to access ISOFIX. Call Dorel get one sent to you free. But applies to three seats)
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    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
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    Re: Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    Thank you!
    For now her shoulders are still below the top slot but would it be ok if ever the harness came slightly from below her shoulder if I FF her, (on the plane only of course).?

    Also, the Next takes less room RF than the Contender?

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    Re: Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender

    If you considered it "at" it would be ok. Below, we can only say no. You'd need to think about your comfort level with that.
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    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
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