The Great Car Seat Debate: The Conclusion

The Britax Pinnacle 90 arrived this week, thus bringing a close to the great car seat debate.

If you missed Part One or Part Two of the Great Debate, here’s a quick recap. We moved my almost three-year-old’s Sunshine Kids car seat to my husband’s car since it is narrower and will take up less space in the sedan, moved the new Britax Pavilion from my husband’s car to my van for the baby, and installed the Pinnacle where the Sunshine Kids seat used to be for my big guy.  Big changes going on at our house.

It was a big move that ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would… I ended up doing a serious deep cleaning after seeing the disgustingness (don’t think that’s really a word) that was living beneath the car seats. I swear some of those cheerios had hair!  It was gross.  A word of advice to all the new Mom’s out there: Invest in car seat seat protectors for your car.  They aren’t expensive and they really do work.

My boys have been in their respective new seats for a week now and we could not be happier. While the cleaning and the shifting of car seats took a while, the actual installation was fairly quick and painless.  I am really impressed at how sturdy the Britax seats are.  If they are installed properly, they don’t budge, which I love.  My Sunshine Kids seat always moved a little… I never liked that.  I also love how comfortable my boys are, or at least appear to be.  While safety is by far the most important aspect when buying a car seat, I think a close second has to be how comfortable they are.  My kids spend a lot of time in these seats, so I want them to be comfortable.

Britax Pinnacle 90

Our new Britax Pinnacle 90 car seat installed.

I love the Pavilion, I always did; I just get to use it a lot more since it is now in my car and my baby’s primary seat.  Now I can say, I love the Pinnacle as well.  It is awesome.  It was easy to install, easy to use, pretty to look at, and the dual cup holders (one on either side) far exceeded my expectations.  My son can keep his water cup on one side, his milk cup on the other side, and there is still space for a few cars and his sunglasses.  To be honest, I think you’d be happy with any Britax car seat. He is one happy kid.  And we all know, one happy kid equals one happy Mommy :)

*A note to people with smaller vehicles: While I love the Pinnacle and would highly recommend it, it is very large.  And by very large, I mean enormous.  It may be too large for smaller vehicles, so make sure you see it in person and do your measurements before you purchase it.

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