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- Diono Radian 3R Latch All-in-One Convertible Car Seat and Booster
- Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat
- Graco Extend2Fit® 3-in-1 Car Seat
Diono Radian 3R Latch All-in-One Convertible Car Seat and Booster
Great for using three across a back seat with the slim profile. The rear facing mode is ideal for 5-50 pounds, the forward facing for 22-65 pounds, then the high back booster position for up to 140 pounds! This is one of the most popular and highest revered options not only for safety but for value due to the ten year lifespan that grows with children!
Fits babies from 5 - 50 lb in rear facing, 22 - 65 lb for forward facing, and 40- 120 lb for booster seat and up to 57 in tall. If you are using LATCH it's only good up to 35 lb rear facing and 40 lb forward facing. It's a slim fit so good for smaller spaces.
Slim, low profile and basic model that grows with baby from birth through booster seat. Designed to keep child rear facing longer.
Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat
Fits children from 5 - 30 lbs and up to 32" tall. Sun canopy with flip out visor for added shading. LATCH compatible. Easily installs without a base. No fire retardant chemicals. Machine washable.
Rear Facing 5-30 pounds and up to 32 inches. LATCH system, can be belt secured. Weighs 8.11 pounds. UPF 25+ sun shade. Side Impact Protection. Airplane Certified. Flame Retardant Chemical Free.
Features an ergonomic handle, expandable shade canopy and infant pillow for the smallest of passengers.
Graco Extend2Fit® 3-in-1 Car Seat
This is an extended rear-facing car seat with 5 extra inches of leg room. It fits from 4 - 50 lbs rear facing and up to 65 lbs forward facing. It has excellent safety features and also reclines for comfort. The headrest and harness are easy to adjust.
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