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I have the radian 65 - rated to 48lbs in Canada. 30 lbs RFing.
Just as an FYI, the Radian is approved to 65 lbs in Canada as of May 2007. Some seats were manufactured before that date and just aren't stickered to 65 lbs. I emailed the company and they said the "new" seats are still the same and the only difference is the sticker itself.

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I also have a giant baby (she hit 30 lbs at 9 months old) and we waited and turned her at 12 months. We have been lucky and she has stayed 30 lbs for the past 7 months.
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Didn't read the PPs, but short answer is when your dc hits the weight limit on your seat to rear face. That usually occurs between 30 and 35 pounds.
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Til the limit of the seat -- and if your babe is still in an infant bucket, get a convertible. Most will RF to 35lbs.

I turned my older dd FF when she was 12 mos and then I turned her back to RF because it's wayyyyyyyyy safer.
Ditto!

I turned my DD forward at 12 mos, before I knew how much safer it was to do extended RF. I didnt learn about it until she was about 3, and I turned her back RF at that time. She's now 3.5 and 33lbs, and will be RF for another pound or so, to the limits of her seat.
My DS is 15 months old and RF, and will be until the limits of his seat also.

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Just thought I'd chime in, I called Britax and they said you can sit a kid rear-facing for as long as you want (within the weight guidelines) I plan of keeping Lucia rear facing for as long as she'll fit in the seat, it's way safer that way.

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Just thought I'd chime in, I called Britax and they said you can sit a kid rear-facing for as long as you want (within the weight guidelines) I plan of keeping Lucia rear facing for as long as she'll fit in the seat, it's way safer that way.
That's wrong though, there are height guidelines as well as weight.

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I just wanted to thank all of you for your messages. And thanks to the OP for posing the question. DS will be turning 1 next week, and we've been so excited to face him forward, because we believe he'll be so much happier that way. But now we see how important it is to rf as long as possible. We have the Britax Marathon, so we are good until he is 35 lbs. We'll just have to keep singing to him for all those car trips

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That's great! But the Marathon RF's to 33 pounds, not 35 :

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I'm glad to see this thread, and feel some camaraderie with my fellow mamas of big babies, though it's left me just as conflicted as before I started. I thought I'd postpone writing, hoping that my DS will stop gaining weight at the rate he's been piling it on, considering he just hit the 6-month mark today.

But, anyway, he's 30.6 pounds at 6 months, and he's typically been gaining a little under 1 lb a week. I'm sure he'll slow down soon, but it's got me worried about RF in our seat.

We have a Britax Roundabout (we had no idea we'd birth an 11 lb, 13 oz, baby -- never had to use an infant seat!), and the RF weight limit is 33 lbs. I'm willing to buy a different $40 seat that allows us to RF till 35 lbs, but is it worth it if the 2-lb difference only buys us a couple weeks? (Of course, it does if it saves our baby's life, but I have to think somewhat practically....) And is a $40 Scenera better for RF at 34-35 lbs than a Britax Roundabout at the same (over-limit) weights? Does the quality of the seat matter at all?

At any rate, my inclination is to RF at least until 1 year, even if it's past the weight limit of whatever seat we have, just because I KNOW how much better RFing is. Rrr... :

I wish I didn't have to make this decision. And maybe I won't, if DS suddenly stops growing!

Anyhow, stupid questions of the day: How can I brace and tether our Roundabout or other seat in a 1997 Ford Escort? Does bracing just mean it's squooshed up against our seats? -- because there's no other way for it to be. I think the tethering requires some major modifications, if I'm not mistaken. Is that something I should have a technician help me with now before he reaches the weight limit, so that s/he will still be legally allowed to help me?

I love our big baby, but I'm jealous of all the other mamas who get to have their kids safely RFing until 2 or 3 years old. Sigh.

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Honestly, in that case I would keep him RF- no question. The radian is rated to 35lbs in the US and it's an IDENTICAL seat.

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Just FYI unless they have been changed in the past year, the radians are rated to 33lbs RF. I am 98% positive my manual says RF 33lbs, FF 65lbs, but I can't get up to check now.

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Anyhow, stupid questions of the day: How can I brace and tether our Roundabout or other seat in a 1997 Ford Escort? Does bracing just mean it's squooshed up against our seats? -- because there's no other way for it to be. I think the tethering requires some major modifications, if I'm not mistaken. Is that something I should have a technician help me with now before he reaches the weight limit, so that s/he will still be legally allowed to help me?
Bracing just meants it's up against the front seats. Most of the time that's a given since convertibles take up so much room! Also, RF tethering does not require any modifications. You use the D-ring that came with the seat, and wrap it around part of the car that's bolted down--i.e. the front seat's track.

I was in line at the store yesterday behind a woman with a 36 pound 8 month old :. She said she turned him when he hit 20 pounds....at 2.5 months. In an infant seat. :

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Tethering
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Bracing just meants it's up against the front seats. Most of the time that's a given since convertibles take up so much room! Also, RF tethering does not require any modifications. You use the D-ring that came with the seat, and wrap it around part of the car that's bolted down--i.e. the front seat's track.
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Yea! Thank you so much for your help! I knew I should have looked here instead of somewhere stupid like my car's owner manual. When I saw the tether on the Roundabout, I looked up in our manual how to use it in our Escort. It said that there was no factory-installed tether anchor, so I would have to order the part from Ford and have it professionally welded in. So I just skipped that whole tethering part. The seat was a nice, free gift -- I shudder to think what installing a tether anchor would have run me.

But now that I know it's possible without the anchor -- I'm so on it.

I'm still hoping it won't be an issue, but does anyone else have opinions on whether to turn FF or not if over 33-35 lbs but under 1 year? It seems like there's no consensus, or am I wrong about that?

Can I just complain here for a second? I realize our boy is much larger than average, but this isn't about not being able to find clothes that fit (which we can't) -- this is a SAFETY issue. Why don't they make (in the US) car seats that are rated at higher weights RFing?? Over 33-35 lbs under 1 year is unusual (but not as much as maybe manufacturers think, according to people's stories on this thread), but over 33-35 lbs at 2 or 3 years is more within the range of normal. If it's so safe to RF as long as possible, then shouldn't RFing car seats' limits go up to, I don't know, 50 lbs? 65? Why can't my child be safely RFing as long as other people's children?

Ok, end rant.

I've seriously considered just not driving anywhere with DS if it comes to that. But what if he hits 33 lbs at 8 months, and I'm stuck for 4 months without a car?

Clearly I was not done ranting after all.

Thanks for your help, ladies. I'm going to go tether me a Roundabout. Yeehaw!

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Just to ask: Is there any way of importing (to the US) a seat that can RF to a higher weight limit?

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Just to ask: Is there any way of importing (to the US) a seat that can RF to a higher weight limit?
Not legally.

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Just to ask: Is there any way of importing (to the US) a seat that can RF to a higher weight limit?
If you know someone in Sweden and are willing to pay probably almost $500 after it's all said and done. If I had a child who absolutely needed to be rfing for that long, I'd do it not really caring if it were 'legal' or not.

You can have a tether anchor installed for free from Ford. We had one installed in our old 98 Escort, it was free and took about 15 mins tops.

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You can have a tether anchor installed for free from Ford. We had one installed in our old 98 Escort, it was free and took about 15 mins tops.
Sweet -- where do you go to have it done? I mean, just a regular mechanic, or a Ford dealership?

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If you know someone in Sweden and are willing to pay probably almost $500 after it's all said and done. If I had a child who absolutely needed to be rfing for that long, I'd do it not really caring if it were 'legal' or not.
OK, been researching this on car-seat.org as well, and I'm cross-posting this question there, but I'm not registered so don't know if it will show up soon enough -- I'm visiting our ped tomorrow and wanted to talk with her about a possible prescription for a higher weight RF seat.

I'm wondering if anyone here has actually ever imported a Swedish seat? I can't find anyone (or, at least, not in my keyword searches) who has a Swedish seat who didn't physically go to Sweden.

It sounds like to import legally you need a pediatrician's prescription and then to petition the NHTSA and get approval -- anyone done this and had it work out? What should the prescription say, and how do you petition the NHTSA? I know the NHTSA wants medical reasons. Is there some way to word the prescription so that the undeveloped spine/heavy head reason for RF comes across as a medical condition? (Without lying, just making it sound nice & medically necessary, not just: "chubby baby" lol)

I might go ahead and get my doctor to sign a prescription for me while we're there, just in case we decide to go this route, but I want to tell her what to write. (I think she'll be agreeable.)

I realize the illegal importation option is there also, but either way the next questions are:

Does anyone know where/how best to order the seat? Any info on how much customs would cost? I'm thinking of asking the grandmas if they want to pitch in for a safety-related Christmas present!

I tried searching the archives, so forgive me if this is repetitious! I saw suggestions for sites that gave info about Swedish/Norwegian seats, but I was wondering if anyone had actually done the importing and knew what exactly had happened. Thanks so much! I'm already learning so much from all of you -- thanks!

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The Ford dealership will do it.

Your options are 1) know someone in Sweden to send you a seat or 2) go get one yourself. Not many options b/c you can't just order it online and have them send it to you. I was told by a mom who has one that customs was about $150 w/ shipping on top of like $300 or so for the seat. You still have 5# to go before he'd outgrow any seats here in the US, he probably won't hit that before 12 mos and if he does, I personally would have his thyroid or other things checked out to be on the safe side. Petitioning NHTSA can take a while and I know one mom who tried it on another board and they basically told her to do what she wanted that they didn't care so I'm not sure how serious they even take this. I would probably rather see baby in a rfing Scenera for as long as possible and then move to a Britax Regent over trying to import one w/ his size being the only reason to get one.

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Just as an update, DS is now 34.4 lbs at 10 months yesterday (and, no, he doesn't have thyroid or other health issues). We decided not to go with the hassle and expense of trying to import a Swedish seat, even though our doctor said she'd be glad to help with a prescription, because we worried it wouldn't fit in our car after all the trouble.

So we have about 1/2 a pound to go before the weight limit and 2 months before 1 year. He's obviously slowed down his growth a lot from 6 months on, but he's pretty close to the limit. We'll see! I'm so reluctant to turn him FF. Sigh. Everyone's been telling us how lucky we are because their kids would love to be facing front -- but DS couldn't care less.

With such a ginormous kid, after he passes the weight limit for FF and we need a new seat, would you go with the Britax Regent (for higher weight limit) or Britax Boulevard (for side impact)? This would be for a (small back seat!) 1997 Ford Escort. And this is assuming we can get the grands to help with the cost. We were thinking the Boulevard as a convertible would be nice for swapping possibilities for any future baby if DS moves to a booster about the same time (several years down the road).

Anyway, just thought I'd return to the thread in case anyone was curious! I'd still be interested to hear any Swedish import stories, in case huge babies are my lot in life...

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You might want to consider the Radian 80. It would give you the 80 lb. limit, slightly higher harness slots than the Boulevard, and it's a convertible. Also it has a longer expiration than the Britax seats.
Or, if you have a couple months before you need it, Britax is coming out with a new seat called the Frontier which has SIP, harnesses to 80 lbs. and converts to a booster. Although since it will expire in 6 yrs. you will probably need to buy another booster after that.
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Well, if I were in that situation, you can bet your bootie I'd be getting that imported seat. Saftey trumps convenience for me.

Anywhoo, if you are determined to FF him, I'd get a Regent. It will last you the longest. He needs a new seat right away, since I doubt he will fit into that Roundabout by height or weight much longer.

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You might want to consider the Radian 80. ...
Or, if you have a couple months before you need it, Britax is coming out with a new seat called the Frontier which has SIP, harnesses to 80 lbs. and converts to a booster. Although since it will expire in 6 yrs. you will probably need to buy another booster after that.
Thanks so much for the suggestions -- I'll look into both of those. I saw that the Frontier was in the works. I'm definitely going to hold off on getting a new seat till DS is over the FF limit on our Roundabout, which is 40 pounds. I'm hoping DS will take his time getting up to that -- I've heard weight gain slows even more once they become mobile, which he's not yet.

If we do have another baby, our RA will probably be expired or nearly so, so I figured I could switch out the baby into whatever convertible we get next and DS into a different booster. This is if all goes as planned, baby- and weight-wise, but that's my best idea.

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Well, if I were in that situation, you can bet your bootie I'd be getting that imported seat. Saftey trumps convenience for me.

Anywhoo, if you are determined to FF him, I'd get a Regent. It will last you the longest. He needs a new seat right away, since I doubt he will fit into that Roundabout by height or weight much longer.
It wasn't just the convenience issue -- it was more of a complete-impossibility issue. No one on this board or the car-seat.org board could give me any real details on how to get a Swedish seat, even down to how to order one in the first place never mind the customs and NHTSA, etc. But it was when I realized the bigger, deeper Swedish seats most likely wouldn't even fit in our car that I realized it really wouldn't work even after all the work, which I was willing to put in if it was a possibility. I still have yet to hear any true-life stories of anyone successfully importing a Swedish seat (not just bringing one back from Sweden), and I've definitely heard no info on whether one would fit in an Escort. The back seats nearly touch the back of the front seats, so it's a very shallow back seat area.

I'm definitely not determined to FF him in a sense that I want to! That's why I asked about the Scenera to give us some breathing space till 35 pounds. I'm hoping he'll last until 1 year RF at least.

Anyway, I'll see how long we can last with what we have. He's not outgrowing the height yet -- he's not as tall as he is wide.

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Personally.... If I had a kid that big, that young, I would keep them RF past the weight limit and brace the seat. I would use a seat that tethered RF and could be braced against the seat in front. I would brace it as snuggly as I could and tether it and keep him RF at least a few more months.

I know it goes against the limits... but that's what *I* would do.

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And here's hoping he'll just not grow for awhile! The LO I posted about originally is now down to 26lbs since he got moving. (Very healthy, just BUSY!) So he'll be RF for a long while yet. (And Angela is right yet again.) And my own LO is only 20lbs at 7 mo so I don't have to worry for ages yet.

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Personally.... If I had a kid that big, that young, I would keep them RF past the weight limit and brace the seat. I would use a seat that tethered RF and could be braced against the seat in front. I would brace it as snuggly as I could and tether it and keep him RF at least a few more months.

I know it goes against the limits... but that's what *I* would do.

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Unless she buys a new Britax, the seats that can be tethered rear-facing have 33-pound limits. I think it is very dangerous to advise using a seat more than two pounds past the stated limit.

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Sorry, I wasn't insinuating that you WANT to turn your kiddo around FF at 10 months. I encourage everyone to RF to the limits of their seat, which you certainly have. As hard as it is to say, I would advise you to turn your kiddo around FF the instant they hit the RF weight limit of the seat. Make sure it's top tethered, like the PP said.

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Sorry, I wasn't insinuating that you WANT to turn your kiddo around FF at 10 months. I encourage everyone to RF to the limits of their seat, which you certainly have. As hard as it is to say, I would advise you to turn your kiddo around FF the instant they hit the RF weight limit of the seat. Make sure it's top tethered, like the PP said.
Yes. Despite being a huge advocate for extended rearfacing, even if it means rearfacing to 3 and 4 years or more, I would never recommend exceeding the stated limits of the seat.
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Unless she buys a new Britax, the seats that can be tethered rear-facing have 33-pound limits. I think it is very dangerous to advise using a seat more than two pounds past the stated limit.
While I generally agree (and I definitely agree one shouldn't go around encouraging people to use their seats past their stated limits) I think Angela firmly stated that is what *she* would do. It all comes down to a parental decision. Also, I have heard straight from the horse's mouth (Britax) that the 35-pound limit seats are no different from the 33-pound seats, and that they are all tested with a 35 pound dummy. The 33 pound weight limit is simply a 'cushion' for those parents who have an 'oops, Johnny gained 3 pounds in the past month ' moments. Of course, I don't know how much I trust Britax customer service

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Personally.... If I had a kid that big, that young, I would keep them RF past the weight limit and brace the seat. I would use a seat that tethered RF and could be braced against the seat in front. I would brace it as snuggly as I could and tether it and keep him RF at least a few more months.

I know it goes against the limits... but that's what *I* would do.

-Angela
While I would NEVER reccomend a parent do this, I would have to say I probably would do it as well if getting a Swedish seat was not an option. We know the harness holds past 35# so it's not like he's going to fly out of the seat rfing past the limit or anything like that. I would do it just till 12 mos though.

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AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)

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