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Dd and ds have the new Britax Roundabout - with LATCH. They are still rear-facing. The carseat manual says the seats can be rear facing until 30 pounds and forward facing until 40 pounds. Great. BUT... the sticker ON the seats themselves, says rear-facing to 30 pounds <b>and 30" tall</b>!!<br><br>
I know that the longer children are rear-facing, the better, but at dd's and ds' 15 month checkup last week, they measured 32.5" & 31.5" respectively, which is over the stated height limit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> (Though they are both well under the 30 lb. limit.)<br><br>
Time to turn the seats around, or are these guidelines incorrect (or unclear)? [p.s., I searched this forum and couldn't find the answer, so forgive me if this is a repeat Q]<br><br>
And while I'm on the subject, do you all turn the seats around at 30 pounds, or is this not necessary??
 

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Britax has some specific info regarding rfing limits for both height and weight on their website. I found this on their FAQ page....<br><br><a href="http://www.britaxusa.com/support.cfm?id=7884113F-3F58-4E63-80138F9A3398CF08" target="_blank">http://www.britaxusa.com/support.cfm...138F9A3398CF08</a><br><br>
Q. Is there a standing rear height limit on the Roundabout?<br>
A. There is NO "standing height" limit for rear-facing on the Roundabout or Advantage (old-new, LATCH-non-LATCH). The child is too tall rear-facing when the tops of the ears are even with the top of the shell.<br><br>
Q. What is the maximum rear facing weight limit for my Convertible seat?<br>
A. The higher (33lb.) weight rear-facing is now approved on the Roundabout, Advantage, and Marathon. Children are now able to go to 33 lbs. on ALL Roudabouts, Advantages, Marathons.<br><br>
Britax is the ONLY seat manufacturer that currently has the rfing height limit of the tops of the ears being even w/ the top of the shell....the general recommendation is that the top of the child's head be more than 1" under the top edge of the shell. That said I took the middle road and turned my 2yo dd when the top of her head was even w/ the top of the shell.<br><br>
Oh and both the height and weight linstructions are good on ALL of the above seats no matter what the stickers on the seats say....Britax made the instructions retroactive.<br><br>
HTH<br><br>
Christine<br>
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YAY! That is a huge help - thank you so much.<br><br>
I'm glad dd and ds can stay safely rear-facing for a while longer as we had originally hoped...
 

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It is my understanding that for most any carseat the height guidelines aren't really accurate for actual height, it depends on if they have long legs or torsos. The carseat should have more specific limits like how their heads compare to the seat back (as with this one) or how thier shoulders compare to where the straps come out.
 

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I've had very good luck with the Britax customer support by phone. We turned DD only because her feet were getting jammed into the seat behind her!
 
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