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What surprised me most about the Orbit Toddler Converible Car Seat G2 is how cool the spinning feature is. Heather reviewed the first-generation Toddler seat a couple years ago, and it is one of our recommended convertible car seats.
This seat arrived at my doorstep the day before my six-month-old son had a little diaper incident in his Coccoro. While he did fit (barely–the bottom slots were right at his shoulders), the seat installed so upright I decided it might not be the best choice for him right now. Because it’s tall and upright, I thought it might interfere with my view, but I had no problems. There are three ways to install the seat: rear-facing with the base, rear-facing without the base, or forward-facing without the base.
I won’t go into a lot of detail about the Orbit Baby Car Seat G2 Base here, mostly because people interested in the Orbit Toddler seat probably already have the base from the infant seat. One thing to note is that in order to use the Orbit Toddler G2 seat with the base, the base MUST have a green sticker on it. As I mentioned before, even with the base, the seat sits very upright, which is great for older kids. It sounded confusing to me until I actually tried to use them, and then it was extremely easy. The braces have color-coded spots that correspond to the desired installation direction: blue for rear-facing, red for forward-facing.
To make sure you’re putting the braces on correctly, you line up the appropriate tab with the colored line on the seat. Once you have the braces on, you set the seat in the car and pull back the seatpad marked with a blue dot. For a LATCH install, you open the appropriate lockoff, then retrieve the LATCH strap from the compartment in the back of the seat and route it through the rear-facing belt path.
The lockoffs are recessed into the seat, so if you get the belt too tight, you won’t be able to close it.
I mentioned checking the angle, which is very easy to do thanks to the ball-indicator on the braces. You can see that the ball is just about in the center of the acceptable zone–and you can see how upright the seat is. Pull back the part of the seat cover that has the red dot to reveal the forward-facing belt path and lockoffs.
For forward-facing with LATCH you use the lockoff closer to the center of the car or, if installing in the center, either one.
You buckle the belt and tighten as usual, then close the lockoff closer to the buckle first, then the other one. The Orbit G2 has a nifty little compartment in the back that holds the LATCH strap and tether, and conceals the harness. From Heather’s review of the previous generation, it sounds like Orbit used to have two loops at the end of the harness, but that’s no longer the case—there’s just one now. The seat does have little magnets embedded under the cover to hold the crotch buckle and harness out of the way so you don’t need to dig around under your kid. The cover removes for cleaning without needing to take out the harness, which is always nice. My husband freaked out a little bit about the lack of rear-facing legroom, especially without the base. Since the Orbit Toddler Seat sits very upright, you want to make sure your child has good head control. Extended rear-facing  The Toddler G2 manual is REALLY heavy on pushing extended rear-facing, which is awesome! Longevity  The height of a Radian, but a much more upright install, without tricks or foam wedges. Extra parts  I’m always a little wary about seats that have detachable-yet-sometimes-required parts, like Orbit’s side braces. My conclusion is different depending on whether or not you already have the Orbit infant seat. Given that, is it worth it to spend $400 on a car seat (plus potentially another $200 on a base)? The Orbit Toddler G2 Toddler Convertible Carseat, Orbit Baby Car Seat Base G2 and Orbit Baby Strollers can be ordered from Amazon and found at other fine retailers.
Without having played with the foonf for more than a few minutes, I’m not sure I can give an educated opinion yet.
There is a law at least in most states I can think of that state a child must be 1 and 20 lbs in order to face forward. The thing that appeals to me about the rotate feature is that if I end up with two RF seats in my van (very possible) I could hopefully rotate this one to access preschoolers in the third row?

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Although many aspects remain the same, quite a bit has changed, some for better, some for worse. He just met Orbit’s 15-lb minimum, so I decided he could take it for a spin, so to speak. He still sleeps in the car on almost every trip, plus I had another kid who would be a much better candidate. I put the harness in the third-from-the bottom slots, but after Anna climbed in (a bit of a feat considering that the Orbit does sit up very high on the base), I realized that l actually needed to move the straps down a set. I thought for sure the seat would interfere with the back-of-the-seat protector we have to ward off footprints, but it was just fine, plus Anna found the spinning lots of fun. The MyRide always wound up millimeters from the bar on the back of my Odyssey’s passenger seat. It also sits very high, but acrobatic kids probably won’t have too much trouble getting in or out.
The same set of braces is used for rear-facing and forward-facing, but they go on different sides of the seat depending on orientation.
The hardest part was getting the braces separated from each other (they come stuck together, and the manual recommends storing them that way, probably to avoid losing one). If you’re installing in an outboard seating position, you use the lockoff closer to the center of the car. You line up the center of the LATCH strap (marked with a yellow line) with the center of the belt path, then close the lockoff.
You open the same lockoff as you would for LATCH, but don’t close it until you have routed the seatbelt, buckled it, and tightened. These are just a bit more difficult to access because the harness is right there, but it’s pretty simple to shove it out of the way. This type of compartmentalization probably appeals to people like my husband who coil up, zip-tie, and label all the cords coming out of our computer. Heather mentioned that her harness was nice and thick, non-twisty, and fit through the buckle tongues with room to spare. It is required at all times, but the interior is very flat so it doesn’t shove heads forward like some others do. I don’t have a first-generation seat to compare it to, but Orbit says they updated the padding in the G2. Orbit has a 15-lb minimum on the seat, but children may very well reach that weight before they’re ready to sit that upright on a regular basis. The seat is pretty heavy, and I can’t even imagine lifting it out of the base with my 30-pound daughter in it.
Remember how I said that the manual stresses rear-facing as long as possible on, like, every page? She said that the company didn’t put a minimum on there specifically because they WANT to encourage extended rear-facing, and the age minimums can confuse people. On its surface, the Toddler G2 alone might be worth it even without the base just because it’s so tall. Well, some people are getting ready to spend $450 on a convertible from a different manufacturer, and that product doesn’t rotate. My DD is 3.5 years and still rear-facing and the ability to swivel the seat to reach everything is a real lifesaver (and back saver!).
My husband and I are tall and have the seat all the way back in a Toyota Corolla, we have about 26 inches from one seat to the other. Because I am neither as young, thin or agile as I once was, and I cannot figure out a way to manage with a rf seat in the 3rd row. It features built-in MP3 speakers to keep the riders entertained, and a spring suspension delivers a smooth ride. I just never really understood the appeal of the rotating feature, at least for people with 4-door cars and no physical limitations.
She typically uses a MyRide (which I always install as upright as possible, but which always settles back into the maximum allowed recline no matter what I do). That’s when it became apparent that the Orbit Toddler is more comparable to the Radian than the MyRide.
When the base isn’t used, you must use the included Side Impact Braces that clip onto the seat. I don’t have an Orbit stroller, so once I had the seat in, I had no reason to take it out. Then you attach the connectors to your LATCH anchors and tighten each side of the LATCH strap while putting pressure on the seat. You route the lap portion ONLY through the first lockoff, and both the lap and shoulder portions through the second lockoff (the one nearer the buckle).

It does keep things neat, but because the compartment doesn’t come completely off, you have to reach in a little to get the harness onto and off of the splitter plate. The magnets are actually a fabulous idea, though, and I wish I had remembered to use them more. Taller, skinnier kids will get more benefit from the shell height than heavier, shorter ones. As a side-note, the seat can be used in the stroller with the braces attached, but it can’t rotate in the stroller that way.
The rotating aspect is really handy, the seat will last longer (by height) rear-facing than almost anything else on the market, and you probably already have the Orbit stroller.
However, given the problem I noted with tightening the harness, I’m not sure I would recommend rear-facing use without the base. I did try my 7-year-old in it, and he looked like a very uncomfortable giant in it, but he’s also the size of a 9-year-old, so not surprising. If you have a light child or a very tall one who isn’t likely to hit 35 pounds any time soon, the Orbit is a great choice for the money. Thankfully more pediatricians and parents are getting on-board with the new recommendations, so maybe someday it will be a moot point.
I was wondering if we could fit it behind one of the seats, because our infant seat is too big to fit behind one of the seats, so that is taking up the middle seat. Large pneumatic wheels with extra-thick tires and a lightweight aluminum frame provide optimum performance. Maybe I had gotten too used to side-loading kids for 7+ years, but I didn’t see how loading a kid facing me would really be that much easier. In the MyRide, she has about two inches of shell left over her head, meaning one inch until it’s outgrown. Until I had that for comparison, I hadn’t realized what I had been missing out on all these years. It sounds confusing but makes more sense when you actually do it, although I would be concerned about people accidentally routing it wrong. Other than that, though, the harness height adjustment is handled the same as it is on most other seats: Take the ends off the splitter plate, re-route through the appropriate slots, and loop back onto the splitter plate. Orbit says they have made the harness thicker, but I found that it folds over in the tongues, and I had to be very diligent to unfold the straps on almost every use, lest the harness start twisting. Even better, Orbit uses fabrics that meet flammability standards without the use of the brominated fire retardants typically used in car seats. The seat itself also has a QR code on the side you can scan to get directions if you need to. We also have a Roundabout & DD is much more cramped in that RF (and is outgrowing it height-wise).
Then I close the door on that side of the car, go around to the infant’s door, pick her up and settle her into a stroller or babysling, then help toddler(s) out of the car. This sport stroller is easy to fold and transport, making it the perfect choice for parents on the go! It sort of is a pain it is to try to lift a 3-year-old out of a seat sideways, especially while another kid is strapped to my front.
I talked to Orbit about it, and they said that they were getting fewer reports of twisting with this new harness, so your results may vary. I suspect within a couple years most seats will have something similar, but Orbit is ahead of the curve on that one.
I could see parents worrying about the lack of legroom in such an upright seat, and turning their children too soon. If you have a heavier kid or one who you’ll want to rear-face beyond 35 pounds, then obviously the foonf is a better long-term choice. Sometimes I go back around to the other side, more often I just have them crawl under the back of the infant seat to me. We were in the process of moving.) You can also see the comparison of size in the second photo.
Obviously this continued to be a problem when I had the seat rear-facing without the base, meaning I couldn’t rotate it anymore. Just before I uninstalled the Orbit for good (without the base), I tightened Anna as much as I could rear-facing, then unlatched the seat, turned it toward me, and sure enough, I was able to tighten it the last little bit.
It seems that you need to be able to pull the adjuster straight out or down, which is hard to do when you have a seatback in the way.
This was enough of a problem that I wouldn’t use the seat without the base if I were the type of person who loosens and tightens on each trip (and I am).

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