Thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts and advice on child car seats! It was such a huge help to be able to read through all your comments and narrow down the best choices for our family. We still had a tough time deciding but ended up ordering two Diono Radian R100 Convertible Booster Seats in Shadow for our four and six year old. They were the least expensive option in the Diono line - we saved well over a $100 by going with this model instead of the most highly recommended RXT, but we don't need the rear facing option any longer, so these made the most sense for us at this stage. They will be able to use these until they have completely outgrown carseats and boosters! Rose is especially excited to finally be able to unbuckle herself - something that was so frustrating for her in her old car seat.
"Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.… Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives." - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI