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Reclining car seat for a 5 year old?


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Initial post: May 24, 2008 4:42:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2008 2:10:12 PM PDT
J. Bauer says:
My 5 year old (38 lbs & 43 in) daughter has outgrown her car seat and I am looking for a seat that will keep her in a 5 pt harness as long as possible, but I really want it to be able to recline for our annual LONG car trip. I am considering the Safeguard Go, I really like the size and portability of but it only reclines if seats do, my car does not have this option. Or the Britax Regent or Frontier. I like that the Frontier is smaller than the Regent, but the Regent goes higher for taller kids. Does anyone know if you can recline these seats w/o having the entire seat of vehicle recline? Reclining feature with a 5 pt harness is my deciding factor. Thanks, from a Mom desperate for peace on our upcoming car trip!

I think I may have found the answer!!!! I ran across this in someone else's posting and can't believe I didn't find it sooner. Check out the Graco Nautilus 3 in 1. I went to Wal-Mart and measured the highest strap setting and it's 18 in, same as the Britax Frontier and half the price! The recline is almost non existent though. It looks very sturdy and comfortable. It's pretty nifty too with cool cubbies and a cup holder.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2008 5:25:07 PM PDT
yosemite sam says:
Sorry no answers to your questions. Only same type of Question. Looking for a five point harness that may go over 40 pounds, but is also light and convienent for dropping off at pre-school etc. Would also love a reclining seat been looking and not finding much. Anyone know of one?

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2008 5:24:32 AM PDT
Radian 80, has a carrying strap to help balance load and folds flat (also makes transporting it easier). Goes up to 80 pounds but 47 inches (I think, you may want to double check the height). We just purchased this for our 4 year old that had just about outgrown her toddler booster seat, wish we would have gotten this instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2008 10:52:17 AM PDT
Flipper says:
The Nautilus does "recline" however it is not a big (barely noticable) recline. Of the high harness weight seats, the Regent probably reclines the most, however ALL car seats MUST be installed in seats that are basically upright. The back and base of the car seat need to be flush with the vehicle seat. The more the vehicle seat is reclined, the more likely a gap will exist.

As far as sleeping in the car, your daughter can use a small pillow, rolled towel or blanket to lean to the side or you could try the u shape "neck pillows" as long as the open part is to the back. The key is to not let anything interfer with the harness or push the head/neck forward.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2008 9:39:42 PM PDT
Heather says:
I'm a huge fan of keeping my kids in 5 point as long as possible. My 6 year old is 60 pounds already and I've finally gone to a booster seat and thought I'd share what I found when you're ready for the next step. I researched a ton trying to find the right booster seat that allows a reclining feature. Those backless boosters are pointless with my son as he'd never stay in place. The one he and I both absolutely love is the Sunshine Kids Monterey. http://www.elitecarseats.com/Sunshine-Kids-Monterey.pro Elite car seats had a wealth of information about all car seats and provided 'real life' info which was helpful. It easily adjusts, has plenty of padding for a cushy ride and best is that he looks and feels secure in it. We love it! Plan to put the recline to good use on our 18 hour trip next week. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2008 8:03:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2008 8:07:09 AM PDT
Eddie Bauer Alpha Omega 3 in 1 convertible seat. It does recline in the forward position.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2008 6:31:38 PM PDT
L. Santiago says:
This seat will not fit an older child of this size.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 11:15:23 PM PDT
T. Tidby says:
Just FYI i borrowed an Eddie Bauer off of a friend ages ago and washing it was a nightmare!

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 11:15:24 PM PDT
T. Tidby says:
Just FYI i borrowed an Eddie Bauer off of a friend ages ago and washing it was a nightmare!

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 6:12:53 AM PDT
Jasmine says:
I have found a bebe confort/maxi cosi axiss to recline in 8 positions... looks quite neat. I'll test it and let you know. 9-18 kg group 1.
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