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post #21 of 47
The new rfing foot on the new Radians is supposed to make it easier to make them more upright. You might call and ask if you can order one.
post #22 of 47
We have a Boulevard, and DD is 3 years old, 27 pounds. She will probably be 4 before she hits 35 lbs.
post #23 of 47
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Originally Posted by thepeach80 View Post
The new rfing foot on the new Radians is supposed to make it easier to make them more upright. You might call and ask if you can order one.
How long have they been doing that? I just e-mailed the company to see what I can do about the rf situation, hopefully they'll send me one or suggest I buy the new one, I guess...
post #24 of 47
These threads make me tempted to guy buy a higher shell seat (River will need a seat anyway) to see if I could theoretically still put my almost 7 year old rear facing. I just have a hard time imagining a 35lb kid rearfacing, just cause at 35lbs kincaid was 45"...Janelle still isn't 35lbs and is 47"....but we just had boulevards, and didn't get the boulevards till they were older (4 1/2 and 3)...I know at 3 Kincaid couldn't rearface in the boulevard, I tried, but maybe something would of let him. He is all torso though.
post #25 of 47
At my son's size - he will be rear facing until he's married. 26 lbs at almost 3. Our Marathon may even last that long - he has another couple of inches to go before its too short.
post #26 of 47
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Originally Posted by tine1973 View Post
At my son's size - he will be rear facing until he's married. 26 lbs at almost 3. Our Marathon may even last that long - he has another couple of inches to go before its too short.
Janelle was smaller than that, 21lbs at 3 years old, 27lbs at 4, 29lbs at 5...but she couldn't fit rear facing in a blvd at 5 anymore due to height.
post #27 of 47
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Right, but with the exception of the TrueFit and Radian, it's quite common to outgrow seats by height before weight RF'ing.
I honestly didn't realize that... but I'll totally admit that I usually open threads with topics that are Radian and TrueFit related since those are the seats my kids are in 99% of the time
post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
How long have they been doing that? I just e-mailed the company to see what I can do about the rf situation, hopefully they'll send me one or suggest I buy the new one, I guess...
I emailed them a while back to see if the new foot was compatible on the older radians. They of course didn't answer that question, but did say the new foot won't be able to order by itself until the end of June or sometime in July. The one on their site to order now is the old one.
post #29 of 47
There is no way in hell my kid will make it to 4 - she's just too big and tall. I REALLY hope that they will come out with heigher weight limit seats with tall shells - I know the MyRide is out there, but she's getting close to outgrowing the Marathon by height, so I don't think she will last too much longer in the MR65 by height. She was 30 lbs. when I last checked at 10mo... so yeah.
post #30 of 47
Kids have to be pretty small to rearface that long.

My 33 month old isn't that big of a kid. But, with clothes on, he's 39 pounds. So, he can't rearface in any seat.
post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by kalamos23 View Post
There is no way in hell my kid will make it to 4 - she's just too big and tall. I REALLY hope that they will come out with heigher weight limit seats with tall shells - I know the MyRide is out there, but she's getting close to outgrowing the Marathon by height, so I don't think she will last too much longer in the MR65 by height. She was 30 lbs. when I last checked at 10mo... so yeah.
Holy cow! She must be a very long torsoed kid!

My 4 year old daughter is not short (she's in the 71st percentile for height) with an average sized torso for her age, and she still would have a little room to grow heightwise rear-facing in the Marathon if she hadn't outgrown it by weight.

Hopefully, the rumors that Sunshine Kids is going to test the Radian to 40 pounds will turn out to be true (although they've been talking about it for years, so who knows). That would be good for kids with long torsoes like your daughter.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by BetsyS View Post
Kids have to be pretty small to rearface that long.

My 33 month old isn't that big of a kid. But, with clothes on, he's 39 pounds. So, he can't rearface in any seat.
actually, that's pretty big, a 33 month old boy that's 37lbs is like 95th percentileish, 39lbs is 97th%. For a girl 39lbs is off the charts.
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by BetsyS View Post
Kids have to be pretty small to rearface that long.

My 33 month old isn't that big of a kid. But, with clothes on, he's 39 pounds. So, he can't rearface in any seat.
Actually, unless he is too tall, he could RF in the Graco MyRide 65 - it is a new seat and RFs to 40 lbs.
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by Mommybree View Post
Holy cow! She must be a very long torsoed kid!

My 4 year old daughter is not short (she's in the 71st percentile for height) with an average sized torso for her age, and she still would have a little room to grow heightwise rear-facing in the Marathon if she hadn't outgrown it by weight.

Hopefully, the rumors that Sunshine Kids is going to test the Radian to 40 pounds will turn out to be true (although they've been talking about it for years, so who knows). That would be good for kids with long torsoes like your daughter.
Yeah, she's not only tall, it's all in her torso. Ugh. I'm SO hoping she will sprout legs any day now and slow down on the torso growth (and overall weight gain while she's at it!).

DH and I are both tall, so she really had no chance
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by kalamos23 View Post
Actually, unless he is too tall, he could RF in the Graco MyRide 65 - it is a new seat and RFs to 40 lbs.
In my case, that only buys me one pound. And, I know that around here, folks are always like "well, with a toddler, one pound could be 6 months..." But, that's not my experience. He usually holds steady at a weight for about 6-8 weeks, then jumps 1-2 pounds. So, for us, it's not worth it.
post #36 of 47
Cadence was RF untill her 4th birthday. She is a petite girl and still fits in the same carseat FF but not RF bc of the wieght limit.
post #37 of 47
Many kids outgrow seats by hight before weight. Parents who like to rear face longer than otherwise possible usually use the Swedish rear facing car seats. With a rear facing weight of 55 lbs and high seat shells there is no problem rear facing almost any kid to at least 4 years of age which is the norm and recommendation in Sweden.

Using a Britax Two-Way or Britax Multi Tech means rear facing to 4-5 without trying hard.
post #38 of 47
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Originally Posted by Adventuredad View Post
Many kids outgrow seats by hight before weight. Parents who like to rear face longer than otherwise possible usually use the Swedish rear facing car seats. With a rear facing weight of 55 lbs and high seat shells there is no problem rear facing almost any kid to at least 4 years of age which is the norm and recommendation in Sweden.

Using a Britax Two-Way or Britax Multi Tech means rear facing to 4-5 without trying hard.
what are the shell heights like? when we were looking to keep my son rf longer a couple years ago the shell heights were either the same as or close to seats available here (not that it matters now - he is 4 years old and very tall torsoed so i doubt he would fit in one regardless - and my other kids are all rf).
post #39 of 47
Shell height depends a bit on the seat. Standard is 57 cm (23 inches) which is from inside seat to top of seat shell. But Multi TEch has an expandable seat shell which is 68 cm (27 inches). Also keep in mind that the "1-inch rule " does not apply to Swedish seats.

Most US seats require 1 inch of space above head to top of seat shell. Swedish seats allow tip of ears to be at top of seat shell before changing seat. that means about a third of the head can be above seat shell. This alone makes a large difference in rear facing time. Seats are of course tested and certified this way.

Multi Tech can handle a 18 inch torso which means most kids can sit Rf to age 5 if they want to. Most other Swedish seats handle a 16 inch torso.

One good thing is that seats can be used in regular or smaller cars despite keeping kids rf to age 4+
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by aja-belly View Post
what are the shell heights like? when we were looking to keep my son rf longer a couple years ago the shell heights were either the same as or close to seats available here (not that it matters now - he is 4 years old and very tall torsoed so i doubt he would fit in one regardless - and my other kids are all rf).
I was reading that one of them had a shell height that extended to 27" which is comparable to the radian and true fit, but the swedish seat allows for the head to go over the top, which buys you another 3 or 4 inches.
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