We got this as a Christmas gift but we were planning on buying it ourselves. My son was about to outgrow his infant carrier so I had looked into convertible car seats since I wanted to continue rearfacing. He was only 8 months old at the time so he legally couldn't be forward facing anyway. However, with him being a little on the taller side, I didn't want to buy something that he would outgrow sooner than necessary. I talked with a few car seat technicians online about my situation and they recommended this one and another one. We were very happy with the decision we made and the price was fairly reasonable too. The only thing that's negative, which really isn't a negative, is that when you install the removable head extension, it makes it quite big for rear facing in the back seat. But it fits back there and I can't complain. We love that it has easy to adjust straps that don't require rethreading. The padding appears to be very comfortable for our son as well and we've taken 5 hour car trips with him in it just fine. But the thing that really sold us on this car seat was the great ratings it got from Consumer Reports. Ease of Installation I think most car seats are always a bit difficult to install, but that's because you want to be sure that it's in there very securely. Child's Comfort The padding is just the right amount. Support and Safety I feel very sure that my son is safe and well supported in his seat. Ease of Use When forward facing, it's great. But when it's rear facing, it is extremely difficult to tighten the straps because the pull strap is right against the back of the seat and you can't easily loosen the straps either. Design We have a gray one and it's a great neutral color. Durability It is very durable and it has stood up to some diaper leaks and spills as well.