This is more of a "Here's my opinion, now what's yours?" post! So feel free to put in your two-cents!
When we went for Baby W's last check-up (about a month ago), he weighed in at 21.5 pounds! We still had him in his infant car seat that was part of the Chicco Travel System, and it says that the maximum weight is 22 pounds!
We knew it was time to make the switch, but I had no clue what to get! I checked on babycenter.com, which I have mentioned here. I got some advice, but no real conclusion.
I did lots and lots of research on my own, and was about to go with the Britax Advocate CS or the Boulevard CS. But they are really expensive, and I couldn't decide whether it was worth the money. The best thing I could think of to do was call my sister! Why didn't I just do that first?!...It's what I did when I was registering for the first car seat! She practically stayed on the phone with me while I walked around the store and registered. She let me know what I would actually need and what I wouldn't! (By the way, she has 2 daughters...one who is 14 months older than Baby W, and one who is 2 months younger!)
Long story even longer...she said that they have the Britax Marathon for her car and an Evenflo for her husband's car. I immediately got on the computer and researched the differences between the Marathon and the other two I had been looking at. Basically, for the others you are paying a lot extra for the "CS" feature. It means Click Safe, and you can hear a click when the harness is tight enough. Well I think I can figure it out pretty well...so I ordered my Britax Marathon and the Evenflo from Amazon! I got free 2-day shipping, and the car seats arrived a couple days ago.
Baby W really loves his "big boy" seat! He constantly looks around and smiles! I can see him a lot better now as well. One thing that the reviews said is that it is very big and might not fit in some cars well. I have an '05 Toyota Camry, and it fits great!
Any other car seat suggestions, stories, or questions?