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This video does a really good job of explaining the importance of rearfacing. I thought it would be reaqlly important for us preemie parents to watch as well.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2DVfqFhseo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2DVfqFhseo</a>
 

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I kept my DD rear facing till 3 years old and my DS rearfacing till 18 months old. DD could of actually stayed longer, but DS had outgrown the rearfacing height limit (his head was a tad bit over the top of the seat frame) at 18 months and it just seemed mean to make DD stay rearfacing when we turned her younger brother around.<br><br>
Weight wise they could both still be rearfacing now at 4 1/2 and 3...
 

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thanks elaina! I think we will wait to turn Maggie around a while!
 

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I turned my oldest around at a year old, but then learned of the importance and turned him around again at 20 minutes. He was rearfacing until 3 and then went into a britax husky (now regent) which harnesses to 80 lbs. Lily was turned about 4 months ago so she was rearfacing about 20 months. Emma will be rearfacing to the limits of her seat which is 33 lbs.
 

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Amy rearfacing is great, donh't fall into the traps and lies people tell you. Like in the video there are no known cases of broken legs, but i'd rather my kids a broken leg than a broken neck! We've all been through too much to lose our kids to something which can be prevented.
 

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Angel, what makes you feel she was too tall? There is really no length/height limit on rearfacing. Kids get created with the way they fold/place their legs. I'm not condemning you, just curious.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Angel, what makes you feel she was too tall? There is really no length/height limit on rearfacing. Kids get created with the way they fold/place their legs. I'm not condemning you, just curious.</div>
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The car seat has a height limit printed right on it. So yeah, there IS a height limit.
 

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I have been trying to find a rear-facing height limit for the Marathon and can't find anything - just 49" total. Not that my girls are anywhere near any height limits for anything - they're still on the lowest strap setting. I definitely will not turn them before 1 year adjusted, and as long as they are not complaining I will keep them rear-facing even though it's something of a pain in the butt to get them in.
 

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Great video. Lilly will stay rear facing for as long as possible. Her current infant seat holds up to 25 lbs, so it will be awhile before she out grows it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have been trying to find a rear-facing height limit for the Marathon and can't find anything - just 49" total. Not that my girls are anywhere near any height limits for anything - they're still on the lowest strap setting. I definitely will not turn them before 1 year adjusted, and as long as they are not complaining I will keep them rear-facing even though it's something of a pain in the butt to get them in.</div>
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They have a height limit but I believe that its more important as to where the ears are at on the seat for rear facing. I can't remember and my user guide is not with me today. But I know in the user guide it states that once your child ears hit a certain spot they need to be turned foward facing. HTH.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Rachel was too tall to rearface around a year.</div>
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Really? That would be a TALL baby, my son was off the charts in height and didn't get to tall till 18 months.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The car seat has a height limit printed right on it. So yeah, there IS a height limit.</div>
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If you read the manual it will tell you those are there for a guide, not an actual limit like the weight limit.<br><br>
The carseat tech told us that for rearfacing the height limit was that the tops of their heads need to be below the carseat frame (that is the hard shell, not counting the fabric and padding) and for forward facing their ears can be equal to the top of the carseat frame.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you read the manual it will tell you those are there for a guide, not an actual limit like the weight limit.<br><br>
The carseat tech told us that for rearfacing the height limit was that the tops of their heads need to be below the carseat frame (that is the hard shell, not counting the fabric and padding) and for forward facing their ears can be equal to the top of the carseat frame.</div>
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I read the manual many times. It certainly didn't say it was merely a guideline.<br><br>
And I know about the head needing to be below the carseat frame. Hers was above.<br><br>
Like I said in my first post, she was too tall for rearfacing.
 

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Was she still in the infant carrier? Cause yea, most kids outgrow those by 1 year old, I think we are talking about convertible seats.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Was she still in the infant carrier? Cause yea, most kids outgrow those by 1 year old, I think we are talking about convertible seats.</div>
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She was out of her infant seat by about 5-6 months. The one I am talking about IS a convertible.<br><br>
Now try to follow this, this time... she was too tall for rearfacing in her seat by about a year. Head up past whre it should be for rearfacing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She was out of her infant seat by about 5-6 months. The one I am talking about IS a convertible.<br><br>
Now try to follow this, this time... she was too tall for rearfacing in her seat by about a year. Head up past whre it should be for rearfacing.</div>
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I think it's jus thard for people to understand how a 1yr old could be too tall for a rear facing convertible carseat since many of them go up to 40in. My 4yr old just hit 40in and she's in the 60% for her age so a 1yr old that tall would be hard to come by. All convertible carseats are different however and some have lower limits.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it's jus thard for people to understand how a 1yr old could be too tall for a rear facing convertible carseat since many of them go up to 40in. My 4yr old just hit 40in and she's in the 60% for her age so a 1yr old that tall would be hard to come by. All convertible carseats are different however and some have lower limits.</div>
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Mine only went to either 31" or 32". I stated she was too tall for it, and she was. I don't get all the questioning.<br><br>
I've never set eyes on a car seat that rear faces to 40". And I looked at all the carseats sold around here, before deciding on one.<br><br>
I didn't imply that all the people who had kids rf longer than me were lying, I just assumed they had different seats, or they're kids were smaller or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Mine only went to either 31" or 32". I stated she was too tall for it, and she was. I don't get all the questioning.<br><br>
I've never set eyes on a car seat that rear faces to 40". And I looked at all the carseats sold around here, before deciding on one.<br><br>
I didn't imply that all the people who had kids rf longer than me were lying, I just assumed they had different seats, or they're kids were smaller or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:</div>
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I'm guessing you're in canada from the flag and that's probably why. Here in the States I haven't seen one that only goes to 32in. All the ones I've seen go to at least 40in or don't even have a height recomendation. My kiddos have all been able to stay rear facing until about 3yrs due to the higher limit but obviously if it was only to 32in we wouldn't have been albe to do that. I don't think anyone was doubting you, I know I was simply just curious how a kid could be too big to rear face at 1yr. So often people don't realize the improtance of keeping a kid rear facing and they assume that if their legs are squished they're "too tall" when in fact that's not true. I know I didn't mean to offend you and I doubt anyone else did either.
 
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