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    *Pics Added* Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    I just tried my 8yo in her little sister's GN, and she found it too squishy at her shoulders. It actually looks that way to me, too, so I don't think she's being oversensitive. She's a slenderish 8yo--about 51" and 52 pounds, so it's not like she's wide. I'm puzzling over what I'm putting her in next, and considered letting her ride in the GN for now while 5yo rides in our EFTA, but I think she doesn't have enough width in the GN.

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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    me too. my older kids were SQUISHED in it. & i don't see them as big kids they are quite slim but perhaps broad in shoulders. for us it wasn't a good longevity seat. i'd consider it as a 2nd seat but at the time i was looking for a main seat

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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    When I tried my dd in the seat at 6.5yo, 51.5 inches tall and 58-59 pounds, she barely fit heightwise, but didn't complain about feeling squished. She's a very vocal kid about her comfort, too, so she would have let me know if she didn't like the way it felt. I tried her in it again on Saturday, a couple weeks after she turned 7, 52.5 inches tall and 60 pounds. She's an inch over the top slots (guess that whole last inch was torso ) now, but still didn't say she felt squished. I certainly didn't notice she looked squished. I guess I need to put her back in my friend's Nauti next time I see her, and take specific note of how she looks across the shoulders.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    Just thinking out loud, but I wonder if it's something about being an in-between size. Like for a bigger kid, they might be wide enough that their shoulders are more outside the side wings, kwim? Whereas she's small enough that her shoulders are trying to fit between them, and that just looks too narrow. I know a picture might help here, but I don't have one with her in it. I may try to snap one later.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    here are my 2. at the time ds#1 was 8.75yo & ovwer the weight limit too. too tall for the harness but OK still for the booster mode.


    & ds#2 was 7.5 or so & just fit harness in the house. i doubt he'd fit it in the car. he was super close to the weight limit on harness.


    i was really looking for my DD to get this seat & she fit but her shoudlers were already squuezed between the sides. she thought it was comfy but my boys didn't like it one bit. someone had mentioned that the nauti sides are like a captain seat in some vans. where they are contoured a bit but your shoudles don't necessarily fit between the actual sides. but i also wanted actual SHELL for my DD for the extra protection which she wouldn't have later when she grew a bit more.

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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    I agree that the Nautilus is pretty narrow in the shoulder area, but we've never had any complaints and I have a very particular child who moved into the Nautilus from a Regent. In the Regent, she was actually less comfortable because of it's size. I guess she was used to the MA, maybe. She's very tall, but thin, so I am sure that makes a big difference as well. She says that it "hugs" her and she loves it. She's not at all squished in it and I think should could easily stay comfortably harnessed in it until about 7. She really wanted a Parkway and I was very tempted to get one when they were all on clearance. Just for comparison's sake, when we tried it, she actually complained about being squished in the Parkway, but has no issue with the Nautilus.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    Here's a pic of my 10yo in the GN. We have the Frontier also and she said she likes the GN better. She does not use either seat however because they are her 5yo brother's seats.


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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    At almost five my son seems to have a decent amount of growing room in the shoulder area and he continues to say that he likes the GN.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    Here are the pictures of my 8yo who feels squished in the GN:






    My 5yo OTOH has the wings wrap around her nicely.

    And while I'm posting pics, I tried to get a picture of how much room she has left before the tallest slot--my finger is at the slot. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to whether she would still fit harnessed in a Frontier? I'm thinking she may be close to being out of it:



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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    The more pics I see, the more I'm convinced my kids must be narrow, lol. Here's AJ a few wks ago, obviously not squished.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    Okay, when did S get dark hair??? I remember her hair as being super blonde, like G's

    K's 8, too, and she fits well in the Nauti- but her shoulders are really narrow. She does have LOTS more shoulder room in the Frontier than in the Nautilus, though. From the pic, I'd say that S would be pretty darn close to being even w/the top slot in the Frontier.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    Quote Originally Posted by ginny4 View Post
    here are my 2. at the time ds#1 was 8.75yo & ovwer the weight limit too. too tall for the harness but OK still for the booster mode.


    & ds#2 was 7.5 or so & just fit harness in the house. i doubt he'd fit it in the car. he was super close to the weight limit on harness.


    i was really looking for my DD to get this seat & she fit but her shoudlers were already squuezed between the sides. she thought it was comfy but my boys didn't like it one bit. someone had mentioned that the nauti sides are like a captain seat in some vans. where they are contoured a bit but your shoudles don't necessarily fit between the actual sides. but i also wanted actual SHELL for my DD for the extra protection which she wouldn't have later when she grew a bit more.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    Seats fit differently in the house/on the floor than they do installed because most vehicle seats are not perfectly flat like our living room floor. The vehicle seat is smooshy and contoured and slanted, making the seat slope differently, making the child fit differently. It sounds crazy, I know. Kids can fit the exact same carseat differently installed in two different vehicles, too, and the difference can be significant in some cases. My dd was too tall for a certain seat in my vehicle MONTHS before she was too tall for it in dh's truck.

    I got some pics of my 7yo in the Nautilus a few days ago. Her stats are in my signature, she's 97th percentile for height and 90th for weight, over the top slots, so too tall for the harness, but didn't feel squished in the shoulders. I'll start a new thread for the pics, though, because I'm going to compare the Nautilus fit to the Regent fit.
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    Re: Anyone else's child feel like the Nautilus is too narrow?

    None of my kids did... but they aren't THAT broad in the shoulders.



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