Monkey is about ready to outgrow her carseat, and is legally ready for a booster seat. She will be three next month and weighs 37 lbs and her carseat only goes to 40 lbs. As I look at her, I cannot imagine her little body being able to sustain a car crash in just a booster seat, so I looked into the whole thing a little more and found a company by the name of Britax which makes 5 point harness seats that go up to 80 lbs.
The Britax Regent got excellent safety reviews online, therefore I purchased one online through Babies R Us. I was so excited when the package arrived within a week. I pulled the seat out of the box and the first thing I noticed is how huge this seat is. When I say big, I mean it. I can sit in the thing! If I didn’t have my large SUV, there is no way I could fit this in. Not to mention if I had two kids that had to sit side by side.
However, that being said the installation was relatively easy (I say relatively because anyone who has used a teather system before knows it’s never EASY). and Monkey crawled right in. The harness is on the smallest setting and she fits perfectly. The seat is also at the perfect recline angle for her to comfortably sleep. No more head bobbing!!
There are a couple of negatives that I noticed, but they didn’t distroy my opinion. First of all, the size. As I mentioned before it is huge. Works for me – may not work for others. Secondly, the price. It was pricey compared to other seats on the market. But, that again works for me because I know it is the safest on the market and it should last a loooooong time. Thirdly, (and this one actually does upset me) the cover is spot clean/hand wash only! What genius thought it was a good idea to make a car seat that you can’t easily wash? Whomever it was must not have kids!
All in all, I have been very satisfied with the Britax Regent, and anyone in the market for a new carseat should consider this seat. I am looking forward to having Monkey safe and sound for many years to come.