I first started using this car seat when my son was 6 months old and outgrew his infant seat. Now my son is 2 years and 4 months and we have finally replaced it due to a car accident. The seat worked well and still looks like it is in good condition but Maryland state law says you must replace a seat after an accident. I can tell you though this seat would have lasted me until my son was 3 or more. It is such a great seat! It has all the must have features, 5 point harness, front adjustable strap, good and durable padding, and latch! It is also a seat with no frills. So, as most children don't need a cup holder, that is fine with me! I also think that is where the money is saved..so please don't think because it isn't expensive it isn't safe. It is really safe and comfortable for your child! Great seat, and I will buy this seat again when child number 2 outgrows the infant seat!