Description: The Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat accommodates children rear facing from 5-35 pounds and forward facing from at least one year old and 20 pounds, up to 65 pounds. It features a 5-point harness with 4 harness height adjustments to ensure a correct fit for each stage of your child's growth. The Britax Marathon Convertible Baby Car Seat offers Side Impact Protection and is made in the USA with U.S. and global components.
Why we like it: Britax is the Cadillac of car seats. This company consistently makes products offering superior comfort and safety. The Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat can be used for babies as small as 5 pounds all the way up to a 65 pound child! It has one of the highest weight ratings among convertible car seats, meaning it will last you longer before needing to purchase a booster car seat, especially if you have a bigger child. It boasts "tangle-free" harness straps that easily adjust to your child's height. Most importantly, the Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards. The Britax company states: "All Britax products undergo the most rigorous testing in our industry at five Britax testing facilities worldwide." This car seat provides Side Impact Protection and features premium push-button LATCH connectors for easy and tight installations. The Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat also has this nifty feature that keeps the harness straps to the sides while you place your child in the seat. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns with washable covers. (What child wouldn't love a cow-print car seat?! We love that this design is called "cowmooflage"!!!) This is undoubtedly a 5-star car seat!
Things we wish were different: Oooh, that's a tough one. Truly, most everyone who owns a Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat gives it five stars. Perhaps some parents might argue that it's a bulky seat, but honestly, all convertible seats are relatively bulky. The width of this car seat is 19.5". We compared a few other convertible car seats and most were about 20" wide. So this seat is not any wider than most and in some cases, it's even narrower. Plus, since this is a convertible car seat, and not an infant car seat, you won't be carrying it around. Most likely, once it's installed in your car, you won't be moving it much.