Radian or Clek Foonf? I am hoping for some help.
My car is a Volvo SUV and my son is three years old and 38 or 39 inches and lean and narrow.
I'd like to keep him rear facing as long as possible.
we have a radian that goes to 40 or 45 pounds RF, I forget which. My son is 3+a couple of months, about 37 or 38 inches maybe, 29 pounds. He has tons of room left, no way will he outgrow it RF before he turns 4 (which was my goal to keep him RF).
It does take up a lot of room RF-i.e., I have to keep the passenger seat up pretty far for it to fit, which is not a big deal for me since I rarely have a passenger, but is worth considering if you tend to have tall passengers :)
I don't know anything about the Clek, sorry!
How lean and narrow?
The tallest rear-facing seat on the market right now is actually the Graco Size 4 Me/ My Size/ Headwise. If your child is thinner, it will fit longer than the Foonf or the Radian (the Foonf has a 43" rear-facing height limit, the Radian a 44" height limit but a 2" shorter shell. Longer torsoed kids will outgrow the Radian starting around 38-39" rear-facing, longer legged kids will get the full 44". With the Foonf, longer torsoed kids have the advantage because it has the taller shell so they'll get to 43" while longer legged kids will have a lot of space over their heads but hit the 43" and have it be outgrown).
What seat is your son in now? How does it fit him (where are his shoulders in relation to the top harness slots, where is his head in relation to the shell of the seat)? A weight (even within a few pounds) would be very helpful when deciding on the seat, as would a shirt size (which will give an idea of torso, or you can measure his torso--- have him sit cross-legged with his back to a wall, measure from the ground to the top of his shoulder).
Skycheattraffic-No, I had no idea there was such a thing! It hasn't been much of an issue for us, but it is so cheap I might just pick one up! Thanks for correcting my misinformation :)
I should have mentioned also that my kids are tall in the legs, not torso, and lean as well, so we have tons of room for RF still even at 3+ years old.
He's outgrown the Boulevard rear-facing by height then. It requires 1" of space from the head to the top of the shell (not the extendable head-rest).
But if his head and torso only measure 20" that doesn't make sense. That is cross-legged and make a pencil mark at the top of the head--- measure from the floor to the mark? When you said "nearly" how nearly did you mean? (It should have a 24" internal height, so a 23" seated height, though I know that some height is lost due to recline).
Assuming he is newly 3, 34 pounds puts him under the 75th percentile for weight while 38.5" would put him around the 75th percentile for height (if he is actually 3.5 or closer to 4 those percentiles would change). He would be predicted to hit 40 pounds just after 4, 45 pounds just after 5 and 50 pounds right after 6. Meanwhile, he would be predicted to be 43" and 4.5 years, 44" around 5 years.
So, based on his stats, it *looks* like a higher weight limit seat would gain him time. That said, if he has a longer torso then the height limit of the Radian would be hit before the height limit of the Foonf.
It's hard to say for sure, but I think he'd get more use out of the Foonf. If he's under 40" tall but already that close to the top of the Boulevard, that indicates to me that his torso is relatively long. So he may get too tall for the Radian before he reaches the Foonf's stated 43" height limit. A longer-legged child may hit 43" standing height but still have room to grow in the Radian. What size shirt and pants does he wear?
Please keep us posted! The Foonf is so new, it's nice to hear about kids actually using it (esp bigger kids!). I hope it keeps working out for you :)