Suggestions for next car seat please


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I'm having a hard time narrowing down which seat to purchase next. We have a seat expiring in September and we'll need a replacement, but I'm not sure which child to buy for.

Stats are current in siggy, we drive a '13 Ody. Open to anything, budget isn't necessarily an issue.

My concerns with getting a FR for ODS is that I might not use it in booster mode (b/c it's huge, I've heard the belt geometry can be a pita) so I don't want it sitting in storage for 1-2 yrs before YDS uses it. On the other hand I could just buy a new convertible for YDS and use the radians (we have 2, one in each car) for ODS, but which convertible is going to be the best 'bang for the buck'? We typically harness until 5+ and then move them to a dedicated booster so I don't need one that can be used in booster mode as well, but if one makes a good booster for YDS that is fine since it won't be passed down ;)


ETA: ODS is 4 36lbs, 41" (FF in RXT currently), YDS just turned 1 and is 19lbs, 29" (RF in MA currently)


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So the Marathon is expiring?

I would pass the radians to the youngest. No sense in buying a convertible when your 4 yo is FF. I love the frontier as a harnessed seat and it does make a good booster in most cars. It gives kids a lot of room and great leg support for bigger kids. I love that it can be latched in as a booster so it's not sliding all over. Especially helpful for new booster riders. When the radians expire or the youngest just seems to need more space, they can move up to the Frontier. So, while it is a beast, I think the Frontier is the best bang for the buck. You can also look at the Pioneer, though I think the added features and easier install of the Frontier are worth the extra $$. There is also the graco nautilus but my kids hated it and it's just not as roomy as the FR.

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