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I have recently started using disposable diapers, and I'm noticing that when I get my 18mo (25 pounds, 30") out of her seat she is still about an inch below the bottom slots of her seat. In a cloth diaper sometimes it would look like she was a tiny bit below but I was never worried about it. When I put her in she generally seems even with the bottom slots, though it is often a struggle to get her into her seat so it can be hard to tell.<br><br>
Should I be worried about it?
 

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Most 30" children do fit in Marathons, but if she's leggy and short-torsoed, it makes sense that she might not fit. It is not proper use to have a child RFing if her shoulders are not at or above the top strap slots (nor is it safe or appropriate to have her FFing). I would recommend using a different seat.
 

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I would find a different seat as well.<br><br>
Sorry if that's not what you wanted to hear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Hmm. My manual still states that 1" below the bottom harness slots is okay. I know Britax changed that some time ago, but does it apply retroactively? And what if I put her back in cloth diapers, they boost her up to right at the bottom slots? That seems like cheating to me, but I know I have heard time and again that very bulky cloth diapers are safe in seats.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmm. My manual still states that 1" below the bottom harness slots is okay. I know Britax changed that some time ago, but does it apply retroactively? And what if I put her back in cloth diapers, they boost her up to right at the bottom slots? That seems like cheating to me, but I know I have heard time and again that very bulky cloth diapers are safe in seats.</div>
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Sunshine Kids also says that 1" over the top harness slots when FFacing is okay, but lots of people don't "buy" it. I wonder if Britax just threw that in there because it was easier to change the manuals than the car seat shell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Personally, I wouldn't do it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmm. My manual still states that 1" below the bottom harness slots is okay. I know Britax changed that some time ago, but does it apply retroactively? And what if I put her back in cloth diapers, they boost her up to right at the bottom slots? That seems like cheating to me, but I know I have heard time and again that very bulky cloth diapers are safe in seats.</div>
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That used to be the rule. But Britax changed it and made the change retroactive, so now the child's shoulders have to be even with the lowest slots.
 

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thats odd, panda is 23 in/12 lbs and she fits in .he marathon<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span>
 

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Kids are shaped differently. If her shoulders are at or above the strap slots (without inserts or anything else, and you're measuring the actual slot in the harness and not the cover), then she fits. Some 12# children fit. A few 25# children may not. Seats fit differently in different cars, and kids fit differently in seats.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">thats odd, panda is 23 in/12 lbs and she fits in .he marathon<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span></div>
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Some people are torso-tall, while others are leg-tall. For example, I'm only 5'6" but I have a 33 inch inseam. Half my height is in my legs. My husband is 6'0" and has a 34 inch inseam <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
The kid is taking after me, not him -- he wears size 4 pants, and size 24 month shirts.
 

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I think I may have figured out the problem, more than just switching her to disposable diapers. I also installed her seat much more upright a few days ago, she had been almost fully reclined. I would think, though, that installing the seat more upright would have pushed her farther up instead of down? But I had never noticed her being below the bottom slots before I moved her seat.<br><br>
Also, when I put her in today she was very calm and she wasn't below the slots, and she wasn't when we got home (very short trip) but she definitely was the two days prior (after about 1 1/2 hours in the car and a nap)
 

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Seats lose harness height when reclined, so installing more upright would put her further below the slots.<br><br>
I will be honest and say that while it is not allowed to use a RFing seat with the child below the slots, the situation you describe is not making me panic. It's not ideal, but it's not the scariest thing I've ever heard of.
 
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