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. , Richmond, VA, United States 75060 posts
19th Jun '13
Quoting salem's mama:" Thank you. We currently have a Britax Marathon, but it's becoming uncomfortable. It says it goes to 49" but there's just no way. Any input on a Diono Radian RXT?"

I love it. It's my favorite carseat.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
19th Jun '13

If you're not harnessing that's a good one. The radian would be a waste of $ if you're not harnessing or using it for a smaller child someday.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" No a child that young still needs to be in a harnessed seat."</blockquote>




The child is 5. Shocking as it may be 80% of kids are in just a no back booster at this age. If they are in a seat at all (smh).

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" No a child that young still needs ... [snip!] ... child is 5. Shocking as it may be 80% of kids are in just a no back booster at this age. If they are in a seat at all (smh)."</blockquote>



My 5 yo is harnessed in a Britax frontier :?

The Masochism Tango 1 child; New York 108 posts
19th Jun '13

Thank you all. I think I'm leaning toward the RXT for now!

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:</b>" I would look into a harnessed seat, not just a booster due to how small they are. The Britax frontier ... [snip!] ... My 4yo is taller & heavier & in a graco nautalis. I have one for my 6yo. He still fits (barely) in the harness at 50lbs & 48in."</blockquote>



My 5 yo is about the size of your 6yo and also in the nautilus. I think I just moved it to the top slot.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting salem's mama:</b>" Thank you all. I think I'm leaning toward the RXT for now!"</blockquote>



Are you rfing a child in a radian? If not I'd go with a frontier or nautilus.

The Masochism Tango 1 child; New York 108 posts
19th Jun '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting salem's mama:</b>" Thank you all. I think I'm leaning toward ... [snip!] ... toward the RXT for now!"</blockquote> Are you rfing a child in a radian? If not I'd go with a frontier or nautilus."

No, not RFing.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting salem's mama:</b>" No, not RFing."</blockquote>




If you're never gonna use it rfing its kind of a waste u less you'll use it on another child down te road. If you're gonna spend well into $200 for a ffing harnessing seat I'd go frontier. If you're budget is in the 100s and you want to harness id go nautilus.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
19th Jun '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting salem's mama:</b>" No, not RFing."</blockquote> If you're ... [snip!] ... into $200 for a ffing harnessing seat I'd go frontier. If you're budget is in the 100s and you want to harness id go nautilus."


All of this. The radian is a fantastic seat but if you're past the point of RF it kinda looses it appeal considering the price tag.

user banned SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 24574 posts
19th Jun '13

I agree with lolajessup...at this point an RXT would be a waste. I would highly recommend a Britax Frontier 85...our 6yo is still harnessed in hers. It has the tallest shell on the market and higher harness slots than the Diono, so it will last you longer!
67216_10151249203452452_2034227244_n.jpgIf you aren't planning on harnessing, the Monterey is a great booster and I'd also add the Britax Parkway to the list...we have the sgL model and I love that it LATCHs in!

The Masochism Tango 1 child; New York 108 posts
19th Jun '13

Thanks for the input.
I'm pretty clueless about this stuff.



As to whether we'll use it again down the road, that's all up in the air so I'm not buying with that in mind. Money isn't a concern for a carseat.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
19th Jun '13
Quoting salem's mama:" Thanks for the input. I'm pretty clueless about this stuff. As to whether we'll use it again down the ... [snip!] ... use it again down the road, that's all up in the air so I'm not buying with that in mind. Money isn't a concern for a carseat."

I vote britax frontier since you're past the RF stage.

Andie. 3 kids; Oregon 7883 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" I vote britax frontier since you're past the RF stage. "

:!:



Since kiddo is so small, I recommend a harnessed seat as well. I prefer to keep my kids harnessed until they are mature enough and at least 40lbs, even if they are older. Under 40lbs is at higher risk for submarining (sliding under the lapbelt). And, if the child is not able to sit properly 100% of the time, they will not be optimally protected. We can't tell the future, and if the child is moving, leaning to get a toy, sleeping slumped over, etc. the belt can end up in the wrong place during a crash, putting them at risk for serious injuries. Most kids aren't ready until age 5 or 6, some take even longer.

Tara plus 3! Due October 10 (girl); 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Missouri 2773 posts
20th Jun '13

My 3 year old is in a graco nautilus. I love it! He's 31 lbs and 35 inches. That seat goes to 100 lbs :)