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Super Extended Rear-Facing Carseats

Want to keep your child rear-facing until 2 years for safety?  Almost any current convertible carseat in the USA will allow that for most kids.  A decade ago, Extended Rear Facing meant keeping a baby rear-facing beyond 1 year AND 20 pounds.  Britax set the trend of ERF convertibles over 10 years ago with the original Britax Marathon and Wizard that allowed kids to remain rear-facing well beyond 2-years old.  Today, other models have set the bar even higher.

Here are some of the top contenders for Super-ERF carseats that have among the highest weight and/or height limits in the USA.  They can all accommodate even the tallest and heaviest kids rear-facing beyond 2 years old and many kids rear-facing until 3, 4 or even 5 years old.  These aren’t the only great ERF carseats; we update our complete list of rear-facing convertible carseat height and weight limits periodically.  In no paritcular order:

Diono Rainier

Diono Rainier, currently around $340 at Amazon.com.  Diono’s new upscale all-in-one carseat.  Check out our preview of the Diono Rainier.  Up to an industry-leading 50 pounds rear-facing and up to 44″ tall.  Includes a tether that can be used rear-facing to reduce rebound.  The Diono Pacifica has similar ratings. The Diono Olympia and slightly narrower Diono Radian RXT have a 45 pound rear-facing weight limit and above average rear-facing height limits as well.

 

 

Clek Foonf

The Clek Foonf, currently starting under $380 at Amazon.com.  Matches Diono’s Rainier with a 50 pound rear-facing weight limit, a narrow profile and an anti-rebound bar.  It has a taller shell and rear-facing seated height limit than the Diono models, but a slightly shorter 43″ standing height limit. Please see our full review of the Foonf.  The new Clek Fllo will have similar ratings.

 

 

Graco Size4Me

Graco Size4Me 65, around $150 at Amazon.com.  A more typical 40-pound rear-facing weight limit, but arguably the tallest usable rear-facing seated height limit on the market.  Here is CarseatBlog’s full review of the Size4Me (Previously known as the Size4Me 70).  The Graco Headwise 65, Graco MySize65 and Graco Fit4Me 70 have similar ratings.  All are great values for Super Extended Rear-Facing.  The new Graco 4Ever All-In-One has similar ratings as well.

 

 

Safety1st Elite Air 80

Safety 1st Elite Air 80, under $220 at BabiesRUs.  While rated to 40 pounds rear-facing, it probably has the tallest seated height limit currently available.  Unfortunately, that limit is somewhat hampered by a 43″ standing height limit that may reduce its rear-facing potential for the tallest children.

 

Hot Amazon Carseat & Booster Deals for a Cold, Miserable February

I hate February, I’ll admit it. It’s my least favorite month of the year and the fact that it’s a short month is little consolation. It’s 28 days too long as far as I’m concerned. But Amazon seems to like the month of February since they tend to have really good deals this month year after year – at least on carseats. A few of them are listed below. If you see a good deal on something you want or need – I suggest you act promptly since Amazon is fickle and some of these prices may be here today and gone tomorrow. I’ll update the page throughout the month as I notice new deals pop up so check back often. We have complete and thorough reviews on most of these seats. See a list of all our carseat and booster reviews here.

Infant Seats:

Graco SnugRide 30 Classic - Dragonfly

Safety 1st onBoard 35 in Orion Blue  $83.18 with free shipping and free returns

Safety 1st onBoard 35 in Orion Pink  $88.06 with free shipping and free returns

Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect in Dragonfly, Forecaster or Lexi fashions – each under $90 with with free shipping and free returns

 

Convertible Seats:

Evenflo Sym65 - Porter

Evenflo Symphony 65 DLX in Porter (Green)  $159.99 with free shipping and free returns

Evenflo Symphony DLX in Ocala (Red)  for $168.94 with free shipping and free returns

Clek Foonf in Phantom $333.25 with free shipping and free returns

 

Combination Seats:

Graco Nautilus Matrix

Evenflo SecureKid 300 in Loy fashion  $93.72 with free shipping and free returns

Graco Nautilus in Matrix fashion  for $120 with free shipping and free returns

Recaro Performance Sport (select fashions)  for $199 with free shipping and free returns

 

Booster Seats:

B540 Booster

BubbleBum inflatable booster for $29.99 with free shipping and free returns

The First Years B540 Folding Booster in Sticks and Stones  for $65.21 with free shipping and free returns

 

 

Cyber Monday 2013: Great Carseat & Stroller Deals!

The great Cyber Monday deals have already started so I’m posting this now and I’ll add to the list as I find new deals or better deals. Check back throughout the night and day to see what’s new. Some of these deals may have longevity but most are “while supplies last” so don’t dilly-dally if you really need something.

Did you find an awesome carseat or booster deal that isn’t listed here? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Products sold and shipped directly from Amazon come with FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS (in case it doesn’t work out for whatever reason).

 

INFANT SEATS:

Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect in “Dragonfly” or “Lexi” for $85.35

Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect in “Rittenhouse” for $134.29

Britax B-Safe in “Red” for $118.78

UPPAbaby Mesa in “Teal”, “Orange” or “Wheat” for $223.20

 

CONVERTIBLE SEATS:

Britax Marathon 70-G3 in “Onyx” for $167.58 (Cowmoo & Waverly fashions available for a few bucks more)

Britax Boulevard 70-G3 in “Onyx” for $184.92 (Aztec fashion available for a few bucks more)

Britax Pavilion 70-G3 in “Onyx” for $195.12 (Sophia fashion available for a few bucks more)

Britax Advocate 70-G3 in “Opus Gray” for $219.56 (Zebra & Onyx fashions available for a few bucks more)

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Paxton” for $79.99

Graco MyRide 65 LX in “Rane” for $97.99

Combi Coccoro in “Chestnut” or “Licorice” for $159.99

Toys R  Us:

Graco MySize 70 in “Odyssey”, “Thunder” or “Tina” for $149.99

Target:

Britax “Classic” Roundabout 50 in Charcoal for $99.00

 

COMBINATION SEATS (Forward-facing only harness & booster):

Evenflo Secure Kid 300 in “Loy” for $93.75

Graco Nautilus in “Matrix” for $119.99

Britax Pioneer 70 in “Redwood” for $145.77

Britax Frontier 90 for $195.07 – ALL FASHIONS!

Britax Pinnacle 90 in “Broadway” and “Manhattan” for $218.36

Recaro Performance SPORT in “Vibe” and several other fashions for $190.43

Target:

Graco Nautilus in Black for $112.00

 

BOOSTER SEATS:

Graco Affix Highback Booster in “Atomic” for $55.99 

Britax Parkway SG (no LATCH) 2013 in “Gridline” for $81.82 (Knight & Confetti fashions for a few bucks more)

Recaro Performance BOOSTER in “Sapphire” or “Marine” for $93.27

 

TRAVEL SYSTEMS:

Save 25% on select Chicco Travel Systems with Promo Code CHICCOTS

Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System with SnugRide 30 Click Connect carseat in “Finley” for $175.99

 

STROLLERS:

Save 30% on Baby Jogger Strollers

Britax B-Ready in Black and several other fashions for $288.98

UPPAbaby Cruz in “Denny” or Maeve Lavender for  $367.99

UPPAbaby Vista with bassinet in “Mica” for $583.99

 

Happy Cyber Monday Shopping! :)

 

New Baby? New Car Seat? Check out the Baby Registry on Amazon!

I remember when I was first pregnant with Liam. Shock and awe aside, I vividly remember the combination of excitement and total confusion as I wandered up and down the store aisles with the beat up yellow scanner, covered in the fingerprints from the past of other new mamas in the same position. Ten million baby items available to buy, although the secret that first time moms are sometimes left in the dark on is that of those ten million items, only a handful are necessary, or even make any sense.

One of those items is the car seat.

For those of us not swimming in the thick seas of car seat safety, buying a car seat is overwhelming. Infant or convertible? What brand? What weight limit? Does the canopy actually function? Is it heavy? Will it fit in my car? Is it cute? Can I install it without a base or will I have to buy a second one? How long will it last? Will it fit in the stroller I want? What stroller do I want anyway? Oh my god, I’m going to sell my car and become a nomad in the wilderness where I won’t need a car seat!!!

The good news is you don’t need to become a wandering nomad. Unless you want to of course. But for those of us who enjoy using motorized wheels to get from location to location, it’s easier than you think.

nomad

 

First, decide if you want a convertible or an infant seat. An infant seat is obviously outgrown sooner than a convertible, but you get the benefit of being able to move a baby still strapped in from location to location without taking them out of the car seat, which is a blessing when they have FINALLY fallen asleep and you just need ten seconds to run in and get that jug of milk! A convertible is nice because it saves you money by skipping the infant seat altogether. There are numerous pros and cons for choosing either option, but once you’ve made this decision, logging on to CarSeatBlog and checking out the Recommended Car Seat List will make your life so much easier. It has recommendations for both infant and convertible seats, as well as measurements and information on fit for newborns in the convertible seat recommendation.

The car seat is one of those bigger yet necessary expenses; therefore, it is common to register for the one you have chosen. As a first time mom, and I’m sure many others felt the same, my automatic choice was Target or BabiesRUs. The excitement of going to the store and picking out what you like and pushing that trigger is exhilarating. But is it the best option available to you? And as a mom expecting her second or subsequent child, are you scoffing at the idea of creating a registry or finding it pointless if you aren’t having a baby shower?

I found the Amazon Baby Registry to fit my needs the best now that I’m expecting v2.0, and probably would have been much easier the first time around. No, I’m not browsing the store picking up every little thing but heck, I’m sitting on my couch with a box of cookies while my toddler careens through the house naked except for some sunglasses. Plus, you know, it’s Amazon. It’s like the endless black hole of items. You can find just about anything on there, many items that you wouldn’t be able to find in a brick and mortar store. It has the same benefit of any other registry with the 10% off discount of items on your registry right before you are due. It also offers free returns, so you can’t use the ease of returns excuse for brick and mortar stores. Plus, the cool thing is, you aren’t limited simply to Amazon. You can add items to your registry from other websites simply by downloading an add-on program for free. So that infant seat that you are just dying to have that can’t be found in the color you want at the store? Amazon! All Great Aunt Betty has to do is search your name, click, and buy, even if she doesn’t even know what in tarnation that thing is. Darn newfangled things.

So, in short, when you pee on that stick, your adventure begins. Choosing your kid’s first ride doesn’t have to be hard. And us second (or third, or fourth. Or ninth) time moms? Don’t sell yourself short. There’s a lot out of new stuff out there! In the world of babies and car seats, nothing is stagnant. Or easy. But it’s always a lot of fun.