So at what age would you switch if there were car seats avalible to let you rf until they are much older (like 6 or 7)? Is there an age where developmentally they are ready for ff?
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I've had this same question. My niece has brittle bone disease and will likely remain very tiny for the rest of her life. She's 4 years old right now and is about the size of a normal 2 year old (her almost 2 year old sister is in the same size clothing and shoes as her right now). Because of her condition, if she were mine, she'd remain rear-facing pretty much indefinitely. Now, if I could just convince her mom of that.
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My DS is 15 months and just hit 17 pounds so he has a long way to go before he'll be FF as well. I'll aim for 4 with him as well.
BTW, my 5 yo is 43" and 37 pounds and she is in kindergarten this year, and rides RF. She loves RF and was RF'ing even when her little sister was FF.
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He was 20lbs on his 2nd bday and 24lbs on his 3rd bday. He is 3yrs, 3months now and 25lbs. And 35" with a short torso. So I'm guessing he will make it to 6 in his Radian. The 5yr old I babysit for once in a while fit and she is average height and 40lbs.
Ds is decently tall (about 3ft 1 or 2 inches) but he is super skinny, so were I keep him rf to the weight limits of the seat he would probably still be rf in first grade! And I personally don't see a real need to rf past 3.5 or 4, so I will definitely turn him permanently by next september, I think.
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I too hope to RF - straight-to-booster, so I'm shooting for 6.
OP -- my dd was a little over 3, I think, when I turned her ff. She had reached the height and weight limits to rf in her seat and we couldn't buy another seat then. She just outgrew that seat ff and I got her a harness booster.
Ds is quite a bit bigger than dd was at his age, so I'm guessing he'll outgrow the same seat before 3, so I'm in the process of deciding what seat to buy him to keep him rf until at least 3yo.
I knew it was better to keep them rf as long as possible, but I didn't know about the higher limit seats when we bought dd's seats...or maybe they weren't even around yet? Now that I know better, I'll try to keep ds rf longer. I almost want to splurge for a new seat now and put dd back rf -- she's 3y8m and although she's big for her age she still has a pretty big head.
Sunny - there is no data to indicate that and older child who is mature enough for a booster is safer in a harness. Most people who want to go rfing to booster believe that ffing harnessing is not idea (the Swedes for example believe that ffing harnessing is not as safe due to increased neck loads). I personally prefer my kids to be harnessed ffing as minimally as possible, and will move them to a booster as soon as they are mature enough (already did with ds1, ds2 is a year or two away yet).
I've heard that they had tried rear facing kids on school buses somewhere, but there were safety issues with the driver not being able to see what the kids were doing and problems with kids getting carsick. It was felt that the day to day issues with rear facing outweighed the benefits.
We turned our girls shortly before they turned three. I'm committed to safety, but not to the point of buying a new car when the only thing wrong with the one we had was that it couldn't hold three rear facing carseats.
I'm really glad you asked, I have been wondering about this with my 27 month old, she is 21 pounds, at this point it seems like she could be rearfacing "forever". I am committed to keeping her RFing as long as possible although she is starting to show GREAT interest in FF. So I too was starting to wonder at what point I can feel okay about turning her if she starts to throw fits about being RF. Seems like most people feel 4 is pretty appropriate?
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If size wasn't a concern then I would like to make it to around 5ish then have them in a five point harness until 6ish then a booster. My girls are a bit of a set of trouble makers so I think they would need the transition time between the two so that they know how to act. As it is Im having to have a conversation with my oldest every time we drive that I dont' care if we are pulling into the parking lot she can't be undoing her buckle.