Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
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.
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.
Mama to Toad (08/06), Frog (01/09)... and new baby Newt born on his due date, Sep. 8, 2010
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).
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
DD is 4.5 and still RF and Im just starting to get comfortable with the idea of her regularly FF...
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.
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.
Me (27) DW (28) DD1 (9) DD2 (7) DD 3 (4)
My oldest is turning 8 in a couple weeks and he was harnessed until last week he out grew his Britax frontier height wise. He still uses a booster though.
Ima Sophie + D + J =
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With my youngest, our current goal is to rear-face until at least age 2. If his growth rate is anything like his sibs, he'd outgrow pretty much any seat rear facing by height long before he hits the max weight on it.
With each girl the switch to forward facing was due to space issues in our car. I'm committed to extended rear-facing, but not to the point of selling a small highly efficient car and buying an SUV or a minivan.
When we hit four kids we just went car free.
Reasons that I could see turning her before 3 or so would include outgrowing the seat, seating arrangements re. other children (fat chance!), or if she starts getting horribly motion sick like I do. Fortunately, none of that has come up yet.
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