The reason we bought the Britax in the first place was b/c it had such outstanding reviews (in fact, it's the Blvd, not the Marathon - I was mistaken). The head padding seems more intrusive than other carseats I've seen, which also impacts his view when rf'ing. Along with his placement in a 4-door sedan, he sees pretty much nothing from his angle. So, this will be a matter of me trying to gather enough toys to entertain him, or something, whereas ffing for a brief amount of time offered him something to look at & talk about. Also, what is the recommendation with children having toys in their hands/laps? I thought I had heard about a sippy cup nearly scalping a child during an impact. so, is it not recommended for him to have toys, for fear that they will injure the child?