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#1 of 16 Old 11-09-2008, 06:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi - just curious...

We have the Britax MArathon carseat and love it. DD (now 20 months) is only about 24-25 lbs, but has always been between 50th-75th percentile for height.

Is anyone out there with similar sized kids at that age who can tell me how old their kids were when they outgrew the height limit for this seat?

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My 2.5 year old is still in his. He is 38 pounds and about 38 inches tall. He was always big for his age, always in the 95th+ percentiles. I hope that gives you a small idea as to how much longer you can use it.
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My son will be 4 in February, and he is still fitting comfortably in his. He has always been about 50-75% for height and weight. I don't know for sure how big he is now, but I suspect close to 40lbs and 40inches, so he'll still have a ways to go before he outgrows it. We aren't even on the top slot yet for the harnesses.
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DD1 has always been completely average height, around 50%, and out grew the MA at age 5.

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DD1 is in a Decathlon, which is essentially the same seat. She is 3y3m and tall for her age (noticeably taller than all my friends' kids of the same age). She is nowhere near growing out of it. In fact, we just turned it forward facing a few months ago, when she hit 33 lbs.

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I keep meaning to put AJ back in our BV to see where he is. I'm sure he's outgrown it by now, he's 5.5yo. Evan can still use it rfing, he's almost 4, 32# and 37". Ilana is on the 2nd slot of the MA rfing, she's 26# and 32.5", but has almost the same torso as Evan so I doubt she'll last as long as he would.

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My 75-90% for height dd outgrew the marathon in kindie, so fairly close to 6. She's only 58lbs now, at nearly 8 and is way too tall for it.
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My son is (and has been) in the 50th percentile, and he still fits in height wise at 5.5 years. It's been a great seat for us. In fact, we just bought a second one for his little brother.
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Thanks! So great to hear it will last us a long time.
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Most kids will outgrow it by age 5, if not in height than in width, and thigh support. My five-and-a-half-year-olds are only in the 20th% for height, and they technically fit the limits of the seat, but really they LOOK way too big for it, and find it uncomfortable at this point. We switched them to Sunshine Kids Radians, and they're much happier. I wouldn't expect the seat to last past age 4.

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My 5.5 year old is still in it. 47 lbs and 46 inches. No complaints. I think the height limit is 49 inches but does anyone know if there are any other guidelines for maximum height in the Marathon, lke ears at a certain point? My kid has a long torso.
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My 5.5 year old is still in it. 47 lbs and 46 inches. No complaints. I think the height limit is 49 inches but does anyone know if there are any other guidelines for maximum height in the Marathon, lke ears at a certain point? My kid has a long torso.
I believe ALL seats are outgrown (Forward Facing) when the tops of the ears are at the top of the hard shell of the seat. Or when the shoulders are above the top slot.
The total height thing really is pointless since leg length has nothing to do with the seat being outgrown (beyond comfort of course if the seat is only midthigh on the kid....but it's still safe to use that way just no fun to ride in)

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Our son is 5 and still in it. He's around 47lbs and 45inches tall. No complaints from him and he still looks fine in it. We had our seats inspected for our new car in Oct and she said when his ears are in line with the top seat to put him in a booster. I love the seat!
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I'm liking the responses! I'm glad to know most likely my ds2 will be using his Marathon for years to come. Right now he's still rear facing at 26 mths and 26 lbs, I'm not sure how tall he is right now (he recently moved up to the second shoulder slot). I think he'll be out growing it as it expires.

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Good to know we will be in this seat for a long time too. My DD is 32", 26 lb, 25 months and rear facing.
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I'm not sure what the height and weight limits are on the Marathon. We have Wizards/Boulevards and my 6 yo and almost 5 yo and still in their's. I will have to move my 6 yo out of his soon (he has always been in the 75-90% range), but ds2 will still have a long time in his.

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