Question Best (inexpensive) Rear Facing Car Seat?


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We currently have a Graco 4Ever AIO for 1 vehicle and a Graco Extend2Fit for another but I am looking for a 3rd seat for my mother's SUV. It's pretty rare that she will need to take my son anywhere but we would like to have a seat for him, in her vehicle, just in case. It won't be used much which is why I am looking for something good but not too pricey. My son is 10.5 months old, 29" & 24lbs if that makes a difference. Thank you.

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The two main ones I would consider:

1) Cosco Scenera NEXT. About $45. Very compact, installs well just about anywhere, especially if LATCH is available. Maxed out at 40 lbs or 40 inches, pretty much for both rear facing and forward facing at about the same time.
2) Graco Contender. Price varies by color/seller/etc., generally can be found under $120 if you aren't picky, occasionally as low as $99. Rear faces to 40 lbs with effectively no height limit, and will be usable forward facing for a long time, to reasonable booster age for most kids.

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