My daughter recently outgrew the 40 pound weight limit on her car seat, so it was time for us to look into booster seats. At first I was very overwhelmed by all of the different options. I wasn’t sure where we should go next which was the safest choice, which would be the most comfortable for my daughter, and which would last us the longest (I don’t ever want to buy another car seat!). I decided I needed to investigate and share my findings with you in case it might help. I tested out many different seats, and have three favorites to share with you. First up was my review of the Britax Parkway SGL. Next up was my review of the Evenflo Symphony 65 e3 All-in-One. Last, but definitely not least, is the Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR Booster Seat. The name Maxi-Cosi says it all with this booster seat. It’s safe, comfortable and parents are loving it.
Let me tell you why…
The Maxi-Cosy Rodi XR booster seat is for children between 30-100 pounds and 34-57 inches tall. Like all the booster seats we chose, it meets all safety standards. So I will share with you the high points that made us choose this as one of our top three boosters:
Easy to Adjust and Move
Its easy to make room for guests or make way for big loads of stuff because while this seat fits snugly and securely against the back seat, it also pops in and out easily without the latch system. We use it as our extra seat in case we want to bring friends over. And it lays flat to toss in the trunk. The headrest moves up and down like most boosters, but uniquely, the side wings also adjust in and out, allowing for extra comfort for extra wide or tall kids.
The shape of the seat is designed beautifully but also very efficiently, as unlike most other seats I tried, it doesn’t block the seat belt latches in my car. I drive a wagon so the seat belt clips are not unusually close together, but most car seats fit right up to the edge of the clip, making it harder to fasten and especially unfasten (hard for me, impossible for the kid). This seat leaves enough space for the kid to latch and unlatch their own seatbelt. A minor plus, but as long as you know your kid won’t try to unlatch while on the road, it really does make life easier when you can finally let the whole process of leaning-over-a-big-kid-to-fasten-their-seatbelt-before-the-air-conditioning-is-on go.
When we switch to a backless booster, this will be our seat of choice. The back pops off, leaving a lightweight booster that holds the seatbelt in the just-right position low across the lap, yet without the edge of the belt chaffing against a kids waist or clothing. Ideal for my sensitive daughter. But her favorite deature is the enormous cupholder. It does an excellent job holding all kinds of crazy shaped stuff without spilling, but the things is gigantic, like the entire middle seat gigantic, but gigantic has it’s uses, and holding kid crumbs while preventing spills is one of them.