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    Ideas for harnessed seat

    I need a harnessed seat that can work for both my 7 year old and my almost 5 year old, and switch between them easily. Bonus for low cost, easy to use, low profile (not filling too much of the rear window), and long lasting, particularly for the younger one.

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    7 year old: 55 lbs, wears boys size 6-7 shirts

    Almost 5 year old: 45 lbs, wears size 4-5 shirts

    We have a Radian filling the role today, but itís expiring in 6 months, I donít love it, and the 7 year old is really cramped in it. His shoulders are slightly above the top harness slot, and his shoulders are cramped.

    Iím thinking Sureride. (I own one. It got lost during a grandma to grandma transfer a couple of years ago. ) Anything else I should be considering?

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    I just realized that the harness would have to be on the top slot for the 7 year old, and would be ridiculously high for the younger kid. Other ideas?

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    I have and love my graco milestone. I'm not sure if the harness would be high enough but it adjusts up/down so easily. I switch one between a 2.5yr old, almost 5 and a 6.5 yr old depending on the day.

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    I really donít need a MilestoneóIím using it FF only. Iím considering a Tranzitions or an Atlas. Opinions on those, or suggestions for anything else in that price range?

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    How tall is the 7yo and how long do you see this set up needing to work for? What vehicle will it be in? All the Graco harnesses will max out at 49Ē. That could be an issue for many 7-year-olds. Could you do something like a BubbleBum or Graco RightGuide for the 7yo and store it on the floor when not being used?

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    3rd row of a Mazda 5, where I canít get a booster to work at all. It needs to work for the 7 year old for about a year. Heís too tall for the Gracos already, good call there.

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    Oh, and I want it to last as long as possible for the youngest. I pretty much need a new car once I canít harness anyone back there.

    Now Iím thinking Harmony Defender.

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    With the shoulders above the top harness height in the Radian, you're not getting much time out of a Defender. Probably not a year. But maybe. My guess would be maybe six months, tops.

    If you want low cost, I'd go with the SureRide.

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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: Ideas for harnessed seat

    Is it ok to have the younger kid in the Sureride with the harness on the top slots, even if his shoulders are like an inch below the second slots?

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    Re: Ideas for harnessed seat

    Evenflo says at or above and closest to.

    There really isn't a unicorn seat that does exactly what you want. Unless you can get your hands on a Britax Frontier before they sell out of stock, but that isn't low cost.

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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: Ideas for harnessed seat

    A Chicco MyFit could work. You can usually get them for about $160 from places like Albee Baby with a 20% off coupon code.

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