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Not for Infants....
on May 21, 2007
I am a mommy that does ALOT of studying before a purchase for my babies. I have a 5 yr old already and I know that the most expensive doesn't necessarily mean the best. So I went online to review the top rated car seats from mom's all over. There were the Britax (Of course, $300), Evenflo Triumph 5, and the Cosco Alpha Omega Elite 22155 and the Eddie Bauer version 22758, and the Graco Comfortsport. I looked into all of them starting with the lowest price which was the Graco, however, this seat doesn't recline and so I kept on looking. Next, was the Eddie Bauer 3-1 covertible car seat, now this was great and according to my hubby he loved it because our son looked great in it, however, we tried this out in the store and not in our vehicle so we kept this seat in mind and moved on. Next was the Evenflo and Alpha Omega Elite, the Evenflo didn't have any head rest or padding so that my son could get comfy in so I passed on it and moved on to the Alpha Omega Elite. I tried it in the store in Babies R Us where they have an actual car seat in the store so that you can try the seats out and the Alpha Omega looked great but we didn't have our son with us to try it out and so it became a choice between the Eddie Bauer 3-1 and the Alpha Omega Elite and while I was comparing the two I realized that they were both the same from the same maker Cosco. (The Eddie Bauer did look a little nicer though) There was a $20 difference between the two and so I went for the savings. I purchased the Alpha Omega Elite, installed it in my minivan which was easy but when I placed my 6 month old into it and he fell to sleep my 5 yr old and I had a hard time keeping the babies head from falling into his chest. I was very upset. Although this seat does have 3 recline positions it wasn't enough recline to keep my babies head from falling down while he slept. I am going to see if there is any way to make it so that the seat is tilted a bit more for my baby so that he can get comfortable in the rear facing position and I will have to wait till he can go forward facing to enjoy this purchase. To tell you all the truth though, if my husband would not have thrown the box out, I would have immediately took the seat in for an exchange and purcahsed the Evenflo Triupmh 5 or the Evenflo Triumph Premier because when I tried these out in the store they both reclined very well and the Triumph Premier had enough padding to keep any baby comfy but the Triumph 5 you would have to purchase some padding for the head and neck seperate but it is worth the purchase. So as you can see, although Cosco did a great job in the making of this car seat in providing the EPP Foam for babies protecting in case of impact, the seat does grow with your child, and is easy to intall, the seat needs at least 1 more position of recline for newborns and infants to be perfect. So good try Cosco Co.