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post #41 of 70
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Originally Posted by mommy2two babes View Post
No I know what you mean. DS is a long baby and was out of that at about 4 mos because he was too long according to the height restrictions on the seat.What seat do you have if you don't mind me asking.
I have DS in a Britax Marathon. He's been in it since about 4 months. He currently weighs 24 pounds and is 31 inches tall, so he still has 6 pounds and a long way to go in height before he outgrows it RF.
post #42 of 70
DD is still rearfacing. She's only 19 lbs. Makes it easy...no arguments

She'll stay rearfacing until she literally outgrows the car seats. I expect she'll out grow by height before weight.
post #43 of 70
My son is 22 mos., 27 lbs. and rear-facing. He will outgrow his seat by height before he reaches the 35 lb. RFing limit-- he only has about 1" before he's too tall to rear-face anymore (in a Cosco Scenera). He'll make it at least until 2, and then we'll buy a new seat which he should be able to RF in for a little longer if we're lucky (we'll probably buy a Radian, which RF to 33 lbs.)
post #44 of 70
I wanted to add a tidbit since it hasn't been mentioned generally in this discussion.

Age is more important than weight. I'd feel more comfortable turning a 25 lb 3yo than a 30lb 2 yo.

Having said that, I had to turn my son at 23 months. He has a gigantic head and if anyone needed to continue RFing it was him, but alas it was a no go for us.


Swissmama--I thought there were 40+ RF limit seats available in europe?
Here's a link to some Euro ERF. I don't speak the language, but that first kid is HUGE at 23kg=50.6lb!
Here's the britax website with some seats with special RF feet that extend to the floor of the vehicle. Again, I don't speak the language, but I was under the impression they RF until 25kg. Is that wrong?
post #45 of 70
DD will probably be 4 when she reaches 33 lbs so she'll rearface till then in her current seat. That's 2 years away so we'll be looking at the latest seats then to consider rearfacing her longer.
post #46 of 70
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Originally Posted by Red Sonja View Post
DD is 14 months, ~24 lbs and is still rear-facing, she will remain that way as long as she can. 3 year old DS is forward facing because he has outgrown the rear-facing weight limit on his seat.
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post #47 of 70
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Originally Posted by mommy2two babes View Post
It is not expred trust me I just bought it when 6 mos ago. It is the alpha Omega 3-1 It says on the seat and in the book RF to 22 lbs: ( not one of the recalled ones I checked)
Well, I have good news for you, you misunderstood the manual

The AOE 3-in-1 rearfaces to 30 lbs, period. HOwever, the manual says that you can't turn forward facing before 22 lbs. There is a lapover of 22-30 where the child can face either way. It is ALWAYS best to continue rearfacing to the max....which is 30.
post #48 of 70
I turned my son at a year, at 27 lbs. In the future, I will more than likely wait until my other kids reach the weight limits...for my son, that was 16 months, so unless they come out with more seats with higher RF weight limits, my kids will never be RF for long!
post #49 of 70
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Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
Well, I have good news for you, you misunderstood the manual

The AOE 3-in-1 rearfaces to 30 lbs, period. HOwever, the manual says that you can't turn forward facing before 22 lbs. There is a lapover of 22-30 where the child can face either way. It is ALWAYS best to continue rearfacing to the max....which is 30.
Thank-you thank-you thank-you. I wish I had knwn that with my DD as I could have kept her RF for almost another year.
post #50 of 70
I have a question though - I am Cdn and have a Roundabout and Marathon (well, actually 3 of them). The Roundabout has a height limit of 30 inches and the Marathon of 32 inches (RF). [I think those are the height restrictions, will check again ... my now 21 month old hit those a long time ago. Do we go by the manual or by the child in the carseat??? Rules in Canada are different, for perhaps no rationale reason, than the US.]

Along the same line - my 4 month old is almost 26 inches and his bucket (Peg Perego, older model, not yet expired) only goes to 26 inches - the top of his head has another good inch or so before it meets the top line. I will move him to a rear facing Roundabout but was hoping to use the bucket on our vacation next month but don't think it is the right thing to do because of the 26 inches.

We are well within the weight for RF for both these seats.

What is the right answer???
post #51 of 70
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Originally Posted by wannabe View Post
It's easier to pass stuff when they're RFing because they're so close. I don't even need to turn around to do it.
I've always thought this was true as well. I'm not looking forward to having him so far away when he goes FF! But it looks like a while off for us---he's 2.5 years old, and just about 26 pounds. I think he'll be RF until he is 4!
post #52 of 70
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Originally Posted by AnnD View Post
I have a question though - I am Cdn and have a Roundabout and Marathon (well, actually 3 of them). The Roundabout has a height limit of 30 inches and the Marathon of 32 inches (RF). [I think those are the height restrictions, will check again ... my now 21 month old hit those a long time ago. Do we go by the manual or by the child in the carseat??? Rules in Canada are different, for perhaps no rationale reason, than the US.]

Along the same line - my 4 month old is almost 26 inches and his bucket (Peg Perego, older model, not yet expired) only goes to 26 inches - the top of his head has another good inch or so before it meets the top line. I will move him to a rear facing Roundabout but was hoping to use the bucket on our vacation next month but don't think it is the right thing to do because of the 26 inches.

We are well within the weight for RF for both these seats.

What is the right answer???
Ann - I asked a very similar question not too long ago, as my 10 month old is 31 inches tall and I was very worried about keeping him RF in his Marathon. The techs that weighed in said that while the weight limit is written in stone, the height limit is a guideline.

Here's a link to the thread. You might find some of the info helpful.
post #53 of 70
My youngest was 3 years 11 months old when I turned him FF, this was when he hit 33 lbs. He was never bothered by squished legs, he sat with them crossed, either side of the captain's chairs in the van or up on the back of the seat.
post #54 of 70
DS was turned at 18 months and 28 lbs. I was aware of the risks of turning him but was convinced by DH to turn him. Even so he still RF longer then the majority.

Now that things like Youtube have crash tests of RF/FF readily available.
DD who is 21 months and 24 lbs will RF to the limits of her Marathon which is 30 lbs here in Canada.
And a just in case she hits 30 lbs before I feel comfortable turning her we also own a E/B 3-1 that RF faces till 35 lbs.
If it has not expired by the time she hits 30 lbs even though I hate hate that seat I would use it for the last 5 lbs if needed.
This time around DH is not deterring me from keeping her RF to the limit.
post #55 of 70
AJ was turned ffing at 11 mos, then turned back to rfing about 27 mos when I learned better. He was able to stay that way till 34 mos and loved every minute. He still asks to sit that way, but is 42# now. He's in a Radian 65.

Evan is 34 mos and 26# and still rfing in his Boulevard. He will go ffing when Ilana needs a convertible seat, so in another 10 mos or so maybe. Then I'm thinking of getting the Recaro Young Sport for him.

Ilana will rf until she hits the weight limits as well (33-35#). She's currently in a Graco Safeseat and is about 20# so has another 10 mos or so I bet before she needs to get out of it. We bought it so Evan could stay rfing as long as possible since 2 rfing convertibles don't work very well in the van.
post #56 of 70
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Originally Posted by carla72 View Post
in ontario we turn forward at 21 pounds and 12 months
No - YOU may do so, and you may live in Ontario, but that is where that correlation ends.

Please do not speak for anyone else.

I prefer to keep my children as safe as I can for as long as I can.

My oldest was turned to FF at 23 months, ~28 lbs
My dd was turned to FF at 27 months, ~28 lbs
My youngest is RF, and will remain so for as long as possible (but he's already 27 lbs, so I'm afraid he'll go FF out before I'm comfortable doing so)
post #57 of 70
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Originally Posted by SwissMama View Post
yeah that. And in most parts in europe, you'd be hard pressed to find a legal car seat whose weight limit supports rear facing past SIX months.

I'm torn over whether or not people should be made to feel guilty for that, esp given a slough of factors (social, economical, financial, etc). Even cultural, since I have been picked on for being too fanatic about things like that (as a N. American in Europe). I'm also curious as to whether or not infant deaths or injuries are significantly higher in places where i live (aka, Germany and Switzerland) because of the lack of rear-facing options.
HTS makes seats that can be used rear facing for longer.
post #58 of 70
My daughter is still rear facing at 15 months old. She is just over 20 lbs and is almost 32 inches. I plan to keep her rear facing for a while still.
post #59 of 70
I turned all mine around at 12months. I know it is said to leave them rf as long as possible but the seats we had at the time they did not look comfortable all scrunched up.
post #60 of 70
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Originally Posted by momof2boys1girl View Post
I turned all mine around at 12months. I know it is said to leave them rf as long as possible but the seats we had at the time they did not look comfortable all scrunched up.
You are incorrect. Kids are quite comfortable rearfacing. Please don't put your adult misperceptions over your kids' safety
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