Extended rear-facing

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Extended rear-facing
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 12:31pm
The AAP now recommends extended rear-facin your children until 2yrs old, minimum. For those who haven't seen the reasons behind this, or those who are FTMs, or returning to babyhood after a few years off, here's a concise link to catch you up!

My son is 23 months and will RF indefinitely, until he reaches the weight limit on his seat. :)

http://carseatblog.com/5168/why-rear-facing-is-better-your-rf-link-guide/
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 1:53pm
I ERFed my DS until 16 months in his back-up/ Daddy's truck seat when he out-grew it by height for RFing. And we compromised with Daddy and went to 2 years in his main seat, but he just recently outgrew that one by weight with only a couple of inches of height to spare for RFing. And even more recently he has completely outgrown his back-up seat, at perfect timing to hand it down to his little brother. And he's on the 4th (and last) harness slot in his main 5pt harness seat. I figure/hope he will make it until 5ish in that seat.
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 1:59pm
That's great!!! Billy is my pocketbaby; his seat RFs until 65lbs! So he'll be RFing until kindergarten. Lol!!
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 4:54pm

Thanks for this. We're getting either the Britax Advocate or Marathon -- haven't decided which just yet. Zoë will be able to be ERF for a very long time in either of those, I'm hoping!

By the way, not sure if any of you have the Britax Chaperone, but it's on recall. You can see all recalls for Britax products here: http://www.britaxusa.com/support/safety-notices


Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 5:00pm
Where are you? The longest ERF seat in the US that I know of is from Sunshine Kids and its only 45lbs. Swedish seats are the only ones that I know of that RF any longer.
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 6:36pm
My boys are 13 months and we flipped them as soon as they turned a year old. The car that we have / the seats that we have just can't handle the rear facing without making it nearly impossible to drive or sit comfortably in the front seat at all. We will be getting a SUV or van this summer, and we may reevaluate RF then, but until we are pretty much going to have to stick with what we've got.
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Registered: 12-30-2007
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 9:15pm

We flipped DS at just over a year because he could push his feet against the back of the seat and I was fearful that he would rock the car seat out of position even though I know it was installed correctly. He is now just shy of 2 1/2 and I could not imagine still having him RF. He has long legs that he could certainly push the carseat out of position with. I will again be playing it by ear with DS2- if he follows DS1 growth pattern, we will turn him when he's too long for the seat.

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 8:25am
"rear-face = cast it, forward-face = casket."

Broken legs or internal decapitation?

We have Subshine kids Radian XTSL. I believe thy go to 65. They're now Diono brand. I'll double check.
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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 8:35am

I just wanted to mention, that I like this board b/c it has been so peaceful & people have been very respectful of each other.

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 9:27am

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 10:10am
Sara - I checked my seat, and it is 45 lbs RF and 80 FF. thanks for catching that!
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