Here it goes… I decided right off that bat that I would not get another Sunshine Kids car seat. While I don’t really have too many complaints about it, I just like my Britax Pavilion better; plain and simple. It’s easier to use, to install, and my son says it’s more comfortable. So then it came down to either another Britax or the new Peg Perego convertible car seat.
While I was researching and debating the two, I reached out to Nicole, one of the baby experts at our headquarters in Paterson, NJ, to get her opinion. Nicole is one of the most knowledgeable baby consultants I have ever met and has helped guide me through “baby needs” for both of my kids (8 months and 2.5 years). Full disclosure: I am paid by Bambi Baby to write for their blog. That said, opinions are my own and my relationship with Bambi started when shopping in their store three years ago for my then new baby.
While going over all of the pros and cons of both convertible car seats, the topic of a booster seat for my older son came up. Since we already own two convertible car seats, why not transition my older son, who as it turns out is already big enough, into a booster seat that will take him through the next several years until he no longer needs one? Huh… I never thought of that, but it made perfect sense.
We will move the older and narrower Sunshine Kids car seat to my husband’s sedan and the almost brand new Britax Pavilion into my van for the baby. My big boy will get a new booster seat. Perfect!
I immediately booted up all of the booster seats on our site and went to town reading reviews. Because I am already a big fan of the Britax seats and the reviews were great, I narrowed it down to the Britax Frontier 90 and the new Britax Pinnacle 90. The only difference between the two, besides the Pinnacle being $40 more expensive, is the added side impact cushion technology. This new technology reduces side impact crash energy by 45%, diverting that force away from the child, while also providing extra protection for the passenger seated next to them. I am all for more cushion and more protection. The Britax Pinnacle 90 it is!
The seat has been ordered, so now it’s just a matter of receiving it. In the meantime, I have told my older son about his new seat and showed him pictures of it online. He is super excited about the cup holders (so am I). I’ll let you know how it goes and post pictures when it arrives.