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We have read the manual so many times we are dizzy, yet it still seems a little funny...If you have a Britax Boulevard, please help!<br><br>
Do we have to use the tether if the seat is rear facing? I just can't see how I can maneuver dd through all those straps up top to get her in the seat.<br><br>
DD is little...6 1/2 mo and 13 lbs, 24.5 in, yet, her feet totally hit the seat back. Are we doing something wrong? What happens as she grows?<br><br>
Our back seat has quite a slant to it, so we rolled a towel (per the manual) under it to help level the seat. Anyone else do that?<br><br>
We have the seat in the recline position, we're installing it in a VW passat wagon, behind the passenger seat, using LATCH.<br><br>
I know it's a really safe seat, but I miss the portability of our infant seat and the convenience of the base! Can you help me love my boulevard?
 

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Ok- for rear facing tether you want to go to the FRONT of the car, not the back. Find something fixed under the seat in front of the carseat to tether to.<br><br>
Feet hitting the seat back don't matter at all.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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If you can get a good fit in the middle of the back it is the safest. Then use the D-ring thing that came with the teather and attach it to the base of of of the front seats. The teather rear facing is optional, but is safest. It prevents the recoil that happens in most seats after a collision. Don't worry about feet hitting the seat, no problem at all. And as long as the seat sits at a 45 degree angle the towel should be fine.<br>
As for loving it, I hated (and DS hated) our infant seat. I never took it out of the car anyway after the first month or so, because DS was always in a sling (plus that thing was HEAVY.) There wil be a period of adjustment, but then I am sure you will love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> HTH.<br>
You can always contact your local fire department and have them install it too!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As for loving it, I hated (and DS hated) our infant seat. I never took it out of the car anyway after the first month or so, because DS was always in a sling (plus that thing was HEAVY.) There wil be a period of adjustment, but then I am sure you will love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> HTH.</div>
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Yes, dd is always in the sling when we are out, I just liked keeping the seat inside the house at room temp instead of car temp for those hot summer days and cold winter days. But I guess I will get used to leaving it in the car, especially cause it is so heavy!<br><br>
We can't put the seat in the middle b/c then both the driver and passenger seats have to be too far forward for dh to drive.<br>
Behind the passenger seat, can we attach the tether to the back of it?<br><br>
Thanks mamas!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We can't put the seat in the middle b/c then both the driver and passenger seats have to be too far forward for dh to drive.<br>
Behind the passenger seat, can we attach the tether to the back of it?<br><br>
Thanks mamas!</div>
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Oh, that stinks. In our car it fits perfectly so that both seats have full range of motion. Sorry! It will still be safe on the side. Don't connect to the back of it, connect to where the seat is anchored to the floor with that extra piece that came with the tether. It explains how to use that peice in the manual. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I would take out the towel and use the rfing tether to adjust the angle. Of course make sure the seat is in it's reclined position. This site is a little outdated, but has good pics. I have more if needed. <a href="http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/isakswings/ratetherrf.html" target="_blank">http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/isakswings/ratetherrf.html</a> You can always recline the back seat a tiny bit too to give her more leg room. My 26mos old sits great in his BV rfing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Those pics are very helpful...thank you!<br>
One more question...how long did you use the infant support pillow?
 

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I think that's up to you. Evan is 2 and obviously doesn't need it, but Ilana would. I would say till 20# or a year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> There is a good use for that phrase! Sorry, that was a little OT. Try both ways and see how she looks. At 13#, I would still use it.
 

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I really don't want to hijack the thread... but since I saw that a tech posted I wanted to ask. We had our BV installed by a tech and they said that it doesn't matter that the clips on the side when the seatbelt goes don't clip. Just wanted to make sure that you agreed. I guess it just kinda doesn't make sense that they would put them there if they didn't need to be used.<br><br>
We still use the infant pillow and DS is almost 10 months. It looks comfy!
 

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Are you using a lap/shoulder belt?
 

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Yes. He is in the middle in the back, so we can't use LATCH.
 

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It won't close at all? Usually it will at least close over the lap part (leaving the shoulder part out). I would do that on the one side that is farthest from the buckle and leave the other open or close it if at all possible,
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It won't close at all? Usually it will at least close over the lap part (leaving the shoulder part out). I would do that on the one side that is farthest from the buckle and leave the other open or close it if at all possible,</div>
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You know, I didn't try to close it on only the lap part. It is definately the shoulder part that is keeping it from closing. I will do that. Thanks.
 
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