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I read that in Sweden, children ride rear-facing up to 55 pounds. Has anyone thought buying a Swedish carseat so they could keep their kids rear-facing longer?
 

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I would totally do it if this was an affordable option. My not yet 2 yr. old is close to the limit on his seat and seems WAY too little to turn around. (he's 31 lbs. and 35.5" as of today)
 

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Sometimes I've thought about it, like its crossed my mind. If you do a search on the forums at <a href="http://www.car-seat.org" target="_blank">www.car-seat.org</a> lots of threads should come up. What I've read is that technically it would be illegal since the seats aren't tested by US standards. So if you were pulled over you could be fined by a cop, but it's extremely unlikely that the cop would actually know if the seat is ok in the US or not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've also read that its expensive to have the seat shipped over here and it may or may not install well in an american car. Hopefuly RFing that long will be possible in the US later. I would certainly get one then! Right now dd is small and will be easily rfing in her blvd until 4 so I'm not worried.
 

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interesting. never heard or thought of this.
 

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I don't think this is true--a Swedish friend of mine said they RF till age 3 or 15 kg (33 lb). I think there would be technical issues in having an RF seat to 18 kg.<br><br>
I wish I could get a Swedish car seat--UK goes straight from bucket to front facing! DD will have to go FF before a year (her seat limit is 13 kg but she'll outgrow it by height first).
 

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Most Swedish seats rf to 25kg, so 55#. They only harness ffing till 18kg. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I would love to get one of those seats, but according to another mom I know online it was at least $150 just to ship the seat here and then another $300 or so for the seat. Then you'd have to know someone over there to get it sent to you and it would have to go through customs etc. It's not an easy process, but if I had a child who severely needed one of these seats (special needs) I would do everything in my power to get one.
 

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huh. interesting. just found the multilingual manual for the Maxi-Cosi mobi, and it's actually RF only, 9-25 kg. No English for the Britax!<br><br>
There's EU-set weight groups for car seats; 18kg is the standard limit for a group 1 seat.
 
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