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post #21 of 45
Our plan was to FF ds when he hit 36 pounds. In reality we switched when he was 35 lbs because it was easier when were traveling in taxi's and such on our vacation to D.C. and when we came back we figured we might as well leave him instead of turning him for a couple months and then turning again.

So for us, ds was 2years 3 months. I'm sure we will do about the same with the next kidlet. We are happy with the Marathon and did not want to invest in another car seat just to rear face longer. I think 2 is a lot longer than most around here.
post #22 of 45
When she hits 35 pounds, which will max out both her signo and her boulevard. She's 2.5 and about 28-29 pounds, so I am guessing about another year, unless she has a massive growth spurt. I would like to keep her longer, but I think at that point we'll just get her a FF new seat rather than spend the money for a few more months of RF.
post #23 of 45
Thread Starter 
Do children normally outgrow their seats by weight before height? And is it overall height or just torso height? Ours says "until 36 inches" and DS is 31, but he has plenty of space because, well, he has legs.
post #24 of 45
Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
Do children normally outgrow their seats by weight before height? And is it overall height or just torso height? Ours says "until 36 inches" and DS is 31, but he has plenty of space because, well, he has legs.
It depends on the kid and the seat which they'll outgrow by first. It's torso that matters. For RFing he needs one inch of hard shell above his head, if he has less it's outgrown. The 36 inches is a guideline, but every kid grows differently.
post #25 of 45
Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
Ours says "until 36 inches" and DS is 31, but he has plenty of space because, well, he has legs.
post #26 of 45
I am trying to be okay with turning my 4.5 yo FF. I always said it would be fine any time after 4 but I get nervous even now. It's funny because originally I said he could be FF at 2... now I panic about 4.5. How things change... my older girls all turned FF at 12 months because I didn't know any better.
post #27 of 45
My bare minimum would be three and thirty pounds. We turned Ds1 around at 3 and 33 (decathlon limit) We have Marathon now as well. But he like s being ff in the other car so we have kept him that way. Plus with cloths he is 35+.
post #28 of 45
To the limits of the seat and if needed/possible get another seat.

My third was a big baby and I had to turn him at 10 months. There was no way around it because he was even over the weight limits for the seats that were available at that time... (just 3 years ago)

I wish I could have kept him RF because I knew the benefits but I couldn't...
post #29 of 45
I'm keeping ds RF until he outgrows his Radian, regardless of his age.

At this rate he will be at least 6 when he outgrows it RF.

For me, you RF to the max limits of the seat, doesnt matter how old the kiddo is.
post #30 of 45
Originally Posted by leighi123 View Post

For me, you RF to the max limits of the seat, doesnt matter how old the kiddo is.
I took the question to be what if the seat you have is outgrown early.

Many seats currently on the market can be outgrown rf easily by 18months.

post #31 of 45
I turned my 18 mo FF because he and his (then 3 yo) sister kept kicking each other and I couldn't rf both of them because the seat wouldn't fit in my car. The kicking and fighting was really distracting to me driving, so i figured it was probably the safer option rather than the higher chance of an accident. When we moved to a new car where both could RF I turned them both around, though now they don't fight quite so much, anyway.
post #32 of 45
My DS is 2 and RFing in a Radian XTSL. He's a pretty big kid (about 33 lbs and 36"?) so I'm just going to keep him RFing as long as the seat will hold him. I'd really like for him to make it to at LEAST 3 in it.

I think that I would continue to buy new seats to keep him RFing until about age 4.5 if they were to come out with higher RFing limit seats. If the next seat we buy has high enough limits, I think it would be great to have him RFing till 5 or 6 but the fact is that seats in the US just aren't really made for it.
post #33 of 45
My bare minimum is 3 years old, even for short trips in a secondary vehicle. 4 years for main vehicle.

At 4 I am comfortable with their input as well... although I will say that my oldest turned four last Monday and he totally doesn't care rearfacing or forward facing, he never even seems to really notice when it's different

There is no max age I wouldn't rearface anymore. If they are happy in the seat (again, only after 4 is this a consideration for me... before that safety trumps wants too much to be negotiated) and still within limits they can be rearfacing.

I'd buy a new seat to rearface a child who outgrew their other seat if they were under 3.5.
post #34 of 45
this will very much depend on how many kids and what kind of car i'm dealing with in a couple years. we're in canada, so the kinds of seats available are somewhat limited (and way more expensive). currently, i'm dealing with a pretty tiny 6 mo old who will likely be well over 3 before she hits the weight limits, but depending on her growth pattern, may hit the height limits before 2 of her current seat. past 3, i think the limitations of our current car and whether or not i'm trying to fit multiple car seats into it (it's a ridiculously small back seat) might convince me to ff at that point. 3-4 yrs old is my goal though.
post #35 of 45
My goal was to max out the weight limit of the seat (35lbs) but unfortuantely both seats I have that go that high to RF do not work in our vehicle we have now.
So DS2 is now FF'ing at 28lbs and 28 months.
It's not ideal, but I cannot budget for 3 new seats (the other two NEED new seats again).
post #36 of 45
3 is my absolute bare minimum. 4 Im more comfortable with and would do everything I could to get seats to accommodate to at least age 4.

DD is 4.5 and still RF and Im just starting to get comfortable with the idea of her regularly FF...
post #37 of 45
I wouldn't FF (now, that is--I turned my oldest too early because I didn't know better) before 3.

My middle child is nearly 4 and desperately wants to FF. I'm considering turning her when she turns 4, despite the fact that she could RF for at least another year in her Radian XTSL (45 pound limit; she's about 35 pounds). I haven't decided for sure.
post #38 of 45
We turned all our kids FF by around 15 months. Never before 12 months, but I can't remember exactly how long after that. And for future kids, I feel okay with doing it the same way. I understand all the safety issues to be concerned about, but couldn't imagine my now 3 year old still RF.
post #39 of 45
I don't mind turning a child over 2 FFing for a once in awhile thing in certain situations. I have let DD ride FFing in the past because she was sick and we were going to be late to the doctor (who won't see you if you're late) and because she was vomiting horribly and I needed to be able to see her and guide my DH at the same time.

Other than that, it's to the limit of the seat. We're in the market for a Radian (hoping to trade our new in the box complete air for it!!) and that should keep her RFing to at least 4 or 5. She's 30lbs and 2y8m old.
post #40 of 45
I turned my two oldest at about 15 months (and 18ish pounds). I figured it was okay because they were over a year, just little peanuts. They are 9 and 7 now. My 17 month old is still rear facing and will be until at least 3 because that is the only way we can fit all three of them in the back seat: 7 year old harnessed in Generations 65 (will not use as belt-positioner--he's autistic, so harness is safer as he tries to get out of regular seat belts. When he outgrows, I will have a harness-type seat belt installed in the car. I actually bought a new seat so he can be harnessed past 40 pounds); 9 year old in seat belt; 17 month old rear-faced in a Scenera.
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