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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2007
I've seen a lot of complaints about using this car seat for infants beause it doesn't recline enough, but I'm surprised more people don't know that MANY car seats don't recline enough on their own. It all depends on the incline of your vehicle seat, and many times you need a rolled up towel or pool noodle to help recline the baby's car seat enough. My son outgrew the weight limit on his infant seat around 6 months old, and after a lot of research I replaced it with the Alpha Omega Elite. I've used this seat for 6-7 months and I love it so much I'm about to buy another one. The seat is bulky, especially rear-facing, and doesn't leave much leg room for a passenger in my front seat, but I don't mind that. It is comfortable, my son loves it (hated his Graco infant seat), it's easy to clean, and not too hard to get in and out of the car. What I love most is that at 14 months old, my son is 30 pounds but can still be rear facing in this seat. We were just in a fairly severe accident (rear-ended), and the paramedic/car seat inspector said this seat held up great. He said we didn't need to replace it, but I'm buying another one anyway.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2007
We did so much research and this seat passed all the tests. It's comfy and easy to use.

The reason we had to return it was the short crotch strap. My daughter is 2 1/2 and in the 50% for weight (95% for height) and the center buckle dug into her legs. It was just too short. She is tall and thin! When I called customer service, they said that have had "tons" of complaints about this, but there was "nothing they could do." She said they were "aware of the problem" but overall was quite rude about the entire situation. I would not buy this seat unless your child has VERY skinny thighs.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2007
Don't buy this item before you check out the other offering from Amazon through a seller called BabyAge, a company that has been selling things online since 1999. Do a amazon search for "Cosco Alpha Omega Elite 3-in-1 Car Seat" it will come up for $89.99+$7.95 shipping, considerably less. It is the same seat, and the description proclaims that it is similar in design to the Eddie Bauer seat. It also is the same seat that Babies 'R US is selling for $160.00. Plus, you get Amazon's great guarantee as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Wow! What a great car seat! It has everything we wanted +: LATCH, infant head cushion, easy to install, easy to adjust while child is in it, several belt positions, several shoulder belt positions, different positions for the belt that is in the seat too making it a better / safer fit, and it has a cupholder which my daughter adores.. She puts her stuffed friends in it so they have a seat too!

We love it so much that we are going to purchase another for our second child. Highly recommend this product.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2007
I purchased this seat last week after much research and debate. I have a 1 year old who I am bumping out of her infant seat. I was torn between the Graco Safe Seat Step 2 and this Alpha Omega Elite. After comparing the 2 side by side in the store, the Graco seat was HUGE and had a wierd shape to it. I wasn't sure how it would fit in my car, so I bought the Alpha. I brought it home and installed it rear facing. It fit well, was easy to install and my baby had no problems with her head flopping. This seat actually reclined more than her infant seat. And if the recline is not enough the instructions tell you how to put a rolled towel underneath. Most convertible seats do not have a recline feature at all! I then turned the seat forward-facing. It was equally easy to install. It fits great in my Jeep SUV. My little girl has no problem sleeping in it seems really comfortable and safe. I was wondering how happy this purchase would make me, I am not dissappointed at all. Plus since this seat accomodates to 100 lbs, she can use it well into her childhood. I think this is one of the most versatile, safe, inepensive seats on the market today.I would recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2007
This car seat has served us well through two toddlers. We bought it when my oldest daughter was 10 months old, but due to the difficulty in getting her in and out of it in the back of our 3 door Focus, we continued to use the infant carrier car seat until she was 12 months and then we fitted the Alpha Omega Elite in the forward facing position. The recline position was great, although sometimes a little "clunky" to get it to move, but she always looked really chilled and would sleep for hours on long journeys. We later removed the base and it is now serving as a high back booster for our youngest, which means we no longer have the recline position, but it is a lot less bulky and easier to move from car to car. I have cleaned the cover in the washing machine countless times, which is great, although the first time taking it to pieces to get the cover off, and then trying to put it back together again was a hilarious challenge! I am now looking to get a replacement cover as the old one is very worn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2010
Now if you read the instructions and learn from a police officer/ fire station/ car seat safety check person (even babies r us has them) how to install a seat then you will know how to correctly not only install this seat but many others even britax have some of the same installing issues. But once you know how to do it it's easy.

I spent 10 mins today installing mine in my mini van and had not done so in 1 1/2 yrs or more time and just got this van too had a ford focus before. Now I did not go over the instructions before hand because I know how to do this thing in my sleep. So I jumped in and in less then 10 mins from start to finish, with child in the finished installed seat I was all done with seat belt, latch and 5 point harness straps (adjusted) I was done.

This is a VERY safe seat and very heavy duty. You can in fact also clean it 100 % like new easier then other seats on the market. It is a very comfortable seat for a baby to a preschooler. It can be used until 40 lbs for chunky or tall children alike this is true.

I also used this seat from 2-3 months post birth (child was out growing infant seat in height) until 3 yrs old. But could have continued to use it until the child is out of seat as we are now. It says height max

Back then we got a different one as we wanted something light weight for day care/ school and are now in kinder so we can just drop off and pick up and use the better seat again with ease. My child is about 3'5" at least and 34 lbs and big belly and long legs and arms. She fits great and has plenty of room in the harness. She wears 5 t length and size 10 shoe with size 5 tops to get an idea and is 5 yrs old. She is also special needs and has a gtube and we personally love this seat for her since the beginning. But it's to hard to lug this thing around we did once on air plane to and from NY and after that is when we got a evenflo 5 pt booster seat which is good for a back up or day care but NOT every day driving esp highways! I would never trust it in a crash test at high speeds vs a more bulky model. This seat how ever I know my child is safe in. I also own a britax a friend gave me for my other child its a round about and honestly it's just as safe as this seat and just as well built. It's almost the same thing just styled different and I think this one has more options as arm rest/ cup holder/ booster and so on for WAY less money and its just as safe as the more $$$ models out there.

I have cleaned every nook and cranny of this thing and made it shine like new at least 4 times in 5 yrs. This bad boy still yes has some stains on the fabric it's not black it will stain esp with food or drinks from a child or accidents. But hey it all comes off from washing by hand/ gentle cycle and air drying. I have taken every part apart to from the bottom to the top and you normally can not do this being a house wife with most other seats and be able to put it all back together after so easy.

If the harness 5 point straps aren't fitting right sounds like you need to check our your seat and find the snag in the under part where it reclines or the back by the latch parts and fix where it's snagged or maybe you have it in recline which is made really for rear facing and when it's forward I noticed you need more slack and to get this you need to un-recline it as to get that like 2 extra inches on each side of harness.

Straps on all seats can twist but with this one I can easily untwist them and fix things like the clips being backwords facing easy due to the material the straps are made of. I can also fix it almost perfectly with out trying that hard. I also know most car seats to adjust height you need to manually feed the straps to do so. With this seat you do not! Which is partially why the straps can become tangled as I said above you must check all the straps with seat out of car on a table is best to ensure no twisting or tang-lining has occurred and no snags. What I do is take child out of seat tighten straps and fix them if needed and then loosen slowly and ensure no twisting and place child back in seat but this hardly happens with mine. I also love you can place a different child in the child and adjust it with the new child in it height and strap wise with ease.

To remove base you will need two people to do so and in doing so it's quick and easy. This is so use it with out recline for air plane and we did this no tools at the airport. You can also clean the bottom this way too if trying to clean it well.

Ok for fitting in cars or vans. You need to make sure you do not attempt to install a large car seat like this one and other models that convert as they will not fit well in a compact car unless forward facing only. If using rear facing you need a sedan or larger car or van. It will fit rear facing with latch installed in a ford contour or rear of a truck if it's one with the large extended cab, a van, Yukon or expedition and so on. It will not fit in a ford focus, reg. truck's rear or ford explorer and so on in rear facing just forward facing and not much leg room for child. So the bigger the car seat the bigger the car needs to be.

I also say screw driver flat head is idea for full cleaning to get things like the head rest out for example you will need to use one. I also say you should always use a latch system properly with any car seat when possible and it's safest in case of an accident. You never know whats going to happen and what other bad drivers may cause to happen to you or your family on the road.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2007
I bought this seat for my son when he outgrew the Evenflo Truimph (which I loved). He was over 2 years old, so I don't know about the infant issues other say they had. This has been a great seat for my toddler, who is about ready to use it as a booster now. It's roomy enough for him to bring things in with him, easy to get him in and out of, and still looks good (a miracle in my van of boys) after a couple of years of use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2008
My 9 month old weighs 24lbs so it was time for a new car seat. I found this one and decided, after reading reviews and comparing it to other convertible car seats, that this was the one for us. What made this even more special was that it shipped to my APO address! I received it 6 business days after ordering it. After struggling for 20 min to install it rear facing in my 2 door Honda, I decided to give it a test run with my son. I popped him in there and he LOVED IT! It was the first time he didn't struggle or cry while I put him in his seat. He sits up high so he can actually look out the windows. His feet don't reach the back seat either. I only had to drive around for 10 minutes when I realized that he was passed out back there and his head did NOT slump forward even though we were only in the 2nd recline position. Now, this has to be a great seat because my son Never and I mean never sleeps in his seat. The arm rests are great and the cup holder is good too. Ours clips on either side of the seat so I'm not sure why another review posted differently.

Overall, GREAT buy!!!! I will buy one again once we have another child. :D
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