Honestly, there are many seats that will cost less and last a lot longer than a britax convertible, so if finances are tight I would recommend looking at them instead. Each one I'll mention has a taller shell than any of the britax seats, meaning they will last longer both as a rear facing seat and later as a forward facing seat.Diono Radian: a little cheaper than a britax, much taller shell, steel reinforced shell and low profile and narrow, so it takes far less space than a britaxFirstYears True Fit: one of the tallest shells on the market and a favorite with carseat tech. Reputed to be easy to use and lasts a long time. The main complaint is that it's large and the rear facing weight limit is only 35 lbs.Graco MyRide 65: very tall, high height and weight limits and a nice budget friendly seat
This exactly. We love our diono Radians.
Also, three seats seems a little extreme, can't you just move one from car to car on the days mom watches the kids?
And I totally agree with penguins second post. When DD went FFing we bought her a Britax marathon, passed on her evenflo symphony65 for DS in DHs car, and bought DS a radian for my car knowing we would be working with a three across, and once he's FFing, new baby will be moving into the radian and we'll be buying him a harnessed booster. Check amazon too we were able to get the frontier for 199 and the radian for 259 by stalking the website and constantly watching price drops, saving about 200. GL!