The new one is very comfy, as is evidenced by the fact that Abby slept the entire way to and from her helmet appointment on Monday. It's very tall, so her short self looks even smaller (length wise...certainly not width wise!) in it, but it will be a great seat to grow with her. We can use it rear-facing until we're ready to turn her around, which probably won't be for a while. She doesn't have the head and neck control of a typical 10 month old, and I doubt that she will catch up by the magical one year mark when she's technically allowed to face the front. The car seat regulations suggest that babies stay rear-facing as long as possible anyway, so I'm not in a hurry to turn her around. When she's ready, this seat can also be used as a booster.
Here are a few pictures of Abby's new ride. :)
She really did love it, despite the sour face she's wearing in all of these pictures! She must have just been in a bad mood when I took these.