Originally Posted by yamilee21
The manufacturers would have to make seats with MUCH higher rear-facing weight limits. My son was 30 pounds with clothes at 20 months, which was the limit on the seats we have. He was also at the height limit for rear-facing on the seats. He's been over 40 pounds since turning three. When you factor in clothes and shoes, to keep him rear-facing until he turns four, the car seat would need a 45-50 pound RF limit.
They are working on it.
The graco myride will probably get most kids to age 3 or so. The true fit and radian have very tall shells and 35 lb limits. I don't doubt more manufacturers will start testing to higher weights because now they have to compete with the myride.
With the seats out now, most kids could get to at least 3, even the big ones. That's a huge improvement over just 5 or 6 years ago when most only went to 30 and an even bigger improvement from when seats only went to 20 lbs.
I can't find the pic of my son at age 4, just barely over the weight limit of the radian. He was about 37 lbs and had several inches above his head. He could have easily rear-faced until 3.5 in that seat and he's not a little kid at all. He fit in the EFTA until a little after 3. He outgrew it by height at 33 lbs.
He still asks to sit rear-facing. Even with a my ride he's still too big though.
I let him sit in DD's seat just when we are parked in the driveway. He thinks it's cool.
They fit, maybe not all until 4, but we're getting closer to that every year.
. I think many people still assume the scrunched legs thing is an issue but it's not.