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Old 07-15-2013, 05:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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when the top of his head is 1 inch from the top of his car seat? We will, of course, turn him as soon as it's less than an inch.

Also, how long is an Evenflo Truimph 65 likely to fit a child once he must use it forward facing? Thanks!

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1" is the rule of thumb limit, and I'd say if he's under the overall height limit and has 1" of room left it's OK. Make sure you are measuring correctly, though. Many many parents believe their kids are too tall several inches before they actually are. Here's a great link with a picture which shows how the space is measured (and how it's commonly mis-measured).

 

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Thanks! I think that's the way I'm measuring my son, however, sometimes he slouches and sometimes he sorta scoots up in the seat so it doesn't always look alike. We really don't want to turn him until he's four--or closer to it at least. He has just turned three..

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I feel your pain. My daughter is hovering near the RF limits of her spare car seat and she turns 3 next month and I'm very stressed out about it. LOL!

 

I suppose if your budget allowed for it, you could consider a taller convertible. Evenflo seats aren't known for their rear-facing height capacity.
 


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How tall is your child?  The Triumph 65 has a rear-facing height limit of 37" so you might already be there.

 

It has a relatively short shell with adequate harness heights for forward facing.  How long you get will be primarily dependent on how much height your son carries in his torso.


 

 

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As far as ffing limits, torso growth is usually 1/2"-1" per year.  You'll get a bit more height ffing without the recline.  So you can estimate how much longer he might have (so for example, if he has 1" to go before his shoulders are even with the tops slots you have 1-2 years approximately until it is outgrown).  The seat is also outgrown if the tips of his ears go above the top of the shell, but usually the shoulders are the first to go over.


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Thanks! Billy is almost 38 inches tall, but we got the seat before they made that rule so I don't think it applies.

 

It helps to know that we'll have about 1 or 2 years use of the seat still once he's no longer rearfacing.
 

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As far as ffing limits, torso growth is usually 1/2"-1" per year.  You'll get a bit more height ffing without the recline.  So you can estimate how much longer he might have (so for example, if he has 1" to go before his shoulders are even with the tops slots you have 1-2 years approximately until it is outgrown).  The seat is also outgrown if the tips of his ears go above the top of the shell, but usually the shoulders are the first to go over.

 

I've heard it's 1-1.5" so that time might go faster.  The top slots are 16.5-17" which will definitely get most kids to a size 5/6 shirt size and maybe even a 6/7.


 

 

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I've heard it's 1-1.5" so that time might go faster.  The top slots are 16.5-17" which will definitely get most kids to a size 5/6 shirt size and maybe even a 6/7.

Before 3 it is  1-1.5".  After 3 it's 1/2-1" (growth slows down).


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Before 3 it is  1-1.5".  After 3 it's 1/2-1" (growth slows down).

 

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