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post #21 of 73
Wow- I'm so glad to see so many mamas leaving their little ones rear facing!! I'm a car seat phantic and it seems that people are always looking at me like I'm crazy when I tell them my almost 14 month old is rear facing at 23lbs
post #22 of 73
Right before Christmas I went and had my son's car seat checked by a certified person, since we were going on a far drive. I was ready to put up a fight to keep him rear facing, but she confirmed that you should keep them RF for as long as possible. And this person is trained by the state....so feel free to use that info against anyone you wants YOUR child FF
post #23 of 73
We turned DD when she reached the weight limit (33 pounds). She was nearly 3 years old. She just crossed her legs. In fact, when we turned her, she complained loudly because her legs just hung down and she didn't have anywhere to put her feet!
post #24 of 73
I turned DS forward facing when he wa 2. 17 month old DD is still rear-facing and will be for quite some time.
post #25 of 73
Ds turns 4 yrs in 4 weeks and he is still RF. He weighs 31lbs so I still have at least a lb to go.
post #26 of 73
Mine just turned 2 and I am going to turn DS FF this week as he is hitting the RF limit for the Marathon. DD might get another month or so. They just fold their legs and though it might look a little odd, it doesn't seem to bother them at all.

I'm bummed that I have suck chunky monkeys. I'd love to keep them RF longer.
post #27 of 73
My DS will turn 3 in a couple of months, but weighs 28lbs. He is still RF, first in a Britax Rondabout and now in a Radian. It is so much safter, now that I know more, so he is staying that way till he reaches the limit of the seat. In addition my 7 and almost 6 year old still travel in 5pt harnessed seats, (although the 7 year old has a booster seat for school trips etc.)
post #28 of 73
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Originally Posted by Mpenny1001 View Post
We turned DD when she reached the weight limit (33 pounds). She was nearly 3 years old. She just crossed her legs. In fact, when we turned her, she complained loudly because her legs just hung down and she didn't have anywhere to put her feet!
I've actually heard this that they are less comfortable with the dangling legs. We are 23 months old, 24 pounds and pretty tall RF in a Boulevard. She'll RF to 33#, although I may re-evaluate around age 4 if she's still small.
post #29 of 73
We have a Britax Boulevard. I wanted to keep her RF until the weight limit. It didn't work out. I posted all about it here and got a lot of support for the decision to turn her. She was 20-21 mos when we turned the seat (so just in the past month or so) and things have been going much better. Mainly, my escape artist can no longer get herself completely out of the seat and up to standing; and she no longer screams herself in absolute hysteria and misery every second we're driving.

I'm hoping we can keep the next one RF longer. I feel we made the best decision we could under the circumstances, though, for dd.
post #30 of 73
My 28 month old is still rear facing. The limit on my seat is 30 pounds and he is at 28.5, so I think we're going to turn it around this weekend.

Makes me sad I wish I could go out and buy a Britax to keep him RF just a little longer, but I don't think hubby will go for that for 5 more pounds.

He will be getting a Regent though when our next baby needs to move into his carseat. That way I can keep him harnessed for a long, long time
post #31 of 73
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Originally Posted by rach03 View Post
My 28 month old is still rear facing. The limit on my seat is 30 pounds and he is at 28.5, so I think we're going to turn it around this weekend.

Makes me sad I wish I could go out and buy a Britax to keep him RF just a little longer, but I don't think hubby will go for that for 5 more pounds.

He will be getting a Regent though when our next baby needs to move into his carseat. That way I can keep him harnessed for a long, long time
It's very likely you will need a britax or other higher limit seat soon anyway. What seat is your child in? Where are the top strap heights? Remember that ff their shoulders must be BELOW the top strap height (the straps must be above their shoulders)

-Angela
post #32 of 73
DD is 36", 29 lbs, and will be rear facing til she is 33 lbs. She either crosses her legs, puts them up on the seat back, or dangles them over the side. She is perfectly comfortable.
post #33 of 73
DD1 is 30 months, 27 pounds and is still quite happily RF. She will be RF until she reaches the 33 pounds, which is the RF weight limit of her Radian.

DD2 is 10 months and will be RF to the limits of her seat, as well
post #34 of 73
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Originally Posted by Romana9+2 View Post
We have a Britax Boulevard. I wanted to keep her RF until the weight limit. It didn't work out. I posted all about it here and got a lot of support for the decision to turn her. She was 20-21 mos when we turned the seat (so just in the past month or so) and things have been going much better. Mainly, my escape artist can no longer get herself completely out of the seat and up to standing; and she no longer screams herself in absolute hysteria and misery every second we're driving.

I'm hoping we can keep the next one RF longer. I feel we made the best decision we could under the circumstances, though, for dd.
We were in the exact same position so I turned the carseat around sooner than I would have liked. I think #2 will be able to play with #1 RF so I am hoping it won't be such a challenge. There were a lot of tears when DD was RF but over 1 (and 20 lbs) and cutting the tears made life a lot less miserable for everyone.
post #35 of 73
We turned around at 28 months when one of my dd's reached 33 pounds. Wish we could have been rear-facing longer
post #36 of 73
I turned dd1 and ds around at about 14 months... too early in hindsight.

Dd2 is still RF and will remain RF for as long as possible... she's petite so she will likely be 3-4yo before she outgrows the RF weight limit.
post #37 of 73
Sounds like we need a leg-rest in carseats for all the FF babes complaining about their dangling legs! I don't blame them...as a short person, I hate how my legs dangle every time I sit in a chair!
post #38 of 73
What have people done in my situation. I will have two dc in just a month. My 18 month old son is still rfing but once I put the infant carseat in, he will have to go frontfacing, it is the only way he can fit in my toyota corrola....what have you done if you have two young ones in a smaller car?
Sarah
post #39 of 73
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Originally Posted by busybusymomma View Post

Dd2 is still RF and will remain RF for as long as possible... she's petite so she will likely be 3-4yo before she outgrows the RF weight limit.
DS is almost 4 and we still have 2 lbs to go. He may be close to 5.
post #40 of 73
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Originally Posted by seamama11 View Post
What have people done in my situation. I will have two dc in just a month. My 18 month old son is still rfing but once I put the infant carseat in, he will have to go frontfacing, it is the only way he can fit in my toyota corrola....what have you done if you have two young ones in a smaller car?
Sarah
I thought I would face the same thing... then I found out that RF carseats can be very upright- especially britax seats as they are allowed to be touching the front seats.

-Angela
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