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Clicky poll about your 3 year old (re: carseat)

Are they still RF or are they FF in the car? (I'm especially interested in answers if your LO is under 30 lbs).

Sorry to be annoying.  I'm just getting a different board's thoughts/opinions on the topic.  DD is 24 lbs and still RF (Britax Marathon).  I'm debating re-evaluating at 3 (July) and possibly turning her around but i'm unsure... Barring a miracle, I know that she will definitely not be 30 lbs by her birthday.

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Re: Clicky poll about your 3 year old (re: carseat)

  • We switched DD1 about a month after her third birthday. She was 28 lbs. at her 3-year check-up.

    She was content RFing, but it was getting harder for me to squeeze her in there. Plus, with DD2 about to outgrow her infant seat, we needed to get a new carseat and opted to get a five-point booster for DD1 (which meant she has to FF now) and pass down the convertible seat to DD2.

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  • DD was almost 40 lbs and very tall around 2.5 years, so we switched her then.  I did try to hold off as long as poss.
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  • DS is teetering 30 lbs.  Yesterday, he was 29 at the doctor's office--he has also been sick for the last 6 days (so I picked under).   He has been FF for a while.  He is 3.5.

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  • if my child was under 30lbs i'd keep him rear facing.

    Griffin is 41lbs and is forward facing... he has been since 18mo.  The twins will be rear facing until 2y/o at least.  Gibby is 37lbs so I will likely turn him around at 2y/o, but Gray is only 24lbs right now so he might stay RF longer than 2y/o.

    do what you feel is best for your child - we all know RF is safer extended... and your child is quite small for 3y/o so i see no reason to turn.

  • DD is 25# on a heavy day, and still RF at 3y3m. She'll stay that way as long as she's under 35# and her head is 1+" below the top of the shell.
  • I only switched ds to ff because he maxed out the weight limit at 35 pounds for rear facing (at 2 1/2 years old).  If I had my way, he'd be RF until he was 12!!!  It's so much safer.
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  • DS is 2.5, 27 lb and we are ERF. We hope to keep him RF until his 4th b-day.
    P - 9/2008
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  • OP, the benefit to extended RF has less to do with the child's weight and more to do with skeletal maturity. A child's skeleton doesn't completely ossify until approximately 6 years of age. At that point, you have complete vertebrae around the spinal column. The longer you can keep them RF, the less of a risk there is of there spinal cord being stretched in a crash. There are no seats on the US market that will take the average child to six RF, but a seat with a 40 lb rear facing limit [such as the Graco MyRide 65, Safety 1st Complete Air, or Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL (with a 45 lb RFlimit)] will take many to age 4.

    Best practice would be to keep your child RF to the limits of her seat. If you have no compelling reason to turn her at 3, I wouldn't.

    P - 9/2008
    A - 8/2010
    L - 1/2013
    S - 3/2015
  • Maybe this is a silly question, but for those of you whose kiddos are still RF...where is there room for their legs?  We just moved our older DD (29 lbs and 36 inches) out of a Britax Marathon (she had been FF for awhile) into a Frontier 85, and we now have the Marathon RF for our younger one.  I think the RF limit of that seat is 35 lbs, but I just can't see where there would be any leg room once their feet hang over the end of the seat.  I drive a Honda Pilot, which is not exactly a small car.  I have an appointment for both seats to be checked this weekend, so I will ask the question then, too.
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  • We turned Sam when he was 3.25 this summer b/c he outgrew the weight limit of the seat.  It went to 35 lbs rearfacing, the older Marathon.
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  • imageJillAly:
    I only switched ds to ff because he maxed out the weight limit at 35 pounds for rear facing (at 2 1/2 years old).  If I had my way, he'd be RF until he was 12!!!  It's so much safer.

    Ditto this.  We only turned him when he hit 35 lbs at about 2 and 9 mos.

  • imagesal32:
    Maybe this is a silly question, but for those of you whose kiddos are still RF...where is there room for their legs?  We just moved our older DD (29 lbs and 36 inches) out of a Britax Marathon (she had been FF for awhile) into a Frontier 85, and we now have the Marathon RF for our younger one.  I think the RF limit of that seat is 35 lbs, but I just can't see where there would be any leg room once their feet hang over the end of the seat.  I drive a Honda Pilot, which is not exactly a small car.  I have an appointment for both seats to be checked this weekend, so I will ask the question then, too.

    DD has various leg positions- crossed, straight with her feet up on the seat back in front of her (by the head rest), hanging over each side of the seat. DD is 35" tall with really long legs (3T length) for her height, and she finds a way to be comfortable.

  • DD is 24 pounds and we swtiched her around her 3rd birthday.  I would prefer her RFing but DH put her seats FFing and I just haven't fought it.
  • imagesal32:
    Maybe this is a silly question, but for those of you whose kiddos are still RF...where is there room for their legs?  We just moved our older DD (29 lbs and 36 inches) out of a Britax Marathon (she had been FF for awhile) into a Frontier 85, and we now have the Marathon RF for our younger one.  I think the RF limit of that seat is 35 lbs, but I just can't see where there would be any leg room once their feet hang over the end of the seat.  I drive a Honda Pilot, which is not exactly a small car.  I have an appointment for both seats to be checked this weekend, so I will ask the question then, too.

    I can't speak from experience but it's my understanding that the Britax seats off less RF leg room than other seats. We have a Graco MyRide and Safety 1st Complete Air and DS has plenty of leg room in both. He's comfortable to cross his legs or prop them on the seat back. Most children prefer to have a place to put their feet as opposed to having them hang in front of them. Also, children are flexible. They fit into positions that are comfortable for them that would never be comfortable for an adult. 

    P - 9/2008
    A - 8/2010
    L - 1/2013
    S - 3/2015
  • My dd is 29/30 lbs depending on the day, so I put here over 30. She will be three in less than 2 months. She is forward facing.

  • The whole RF thing must be a big thing in other places cause in my neck of the woods we turn our children as soon as they turn 1 and are 20 lbs and can go in a FF car seat. 
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    imageshellybird101:
    The whole RF thing must be a big thing in other places cause in my neck of the woods we turn our children as soon as they turn 1 and are 20 lbs and can go in a FF car seat. 

    Same here! I have been reading this all over these boards lately and it seems strange to me because everyone that I know switches to FF at 1.  I have never ever heard this whole waiting thing.  We switched DD on her first birthday.  My mom is a foster parent for babies only and switches every child on their first birthday (as long as they are 20lbs) and the health units/doctors all say to switch at age 1.

    The AAP now recommends keeping children RF until their second birthday--preferably longer. Many pediatricians are not even aware of this change and more are not car seat experts as it is. If you do a Google search you will find numerous resources explaining exactly why RF is preferred over FF. The benefits are irrefutable. Also, there are many seats on the market that RF to as high as 45 lbs--well beyond a child's first birthday.

    Best practice would be to keep them RF beyond one year, to the limits of their seat. Turning a child at one year and twenty pounds is not in the best interest of the child, and it's not the requirement--it's the legal minimum for FF.

    P - 9/2008
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    L - 1/2013
    S - 3/2015
  • imageChoicesMom:

    imageshellybird101:
    The whole RF thing must be a big thing in other places cause in my neck of the woods we turn our children as soon as they turn 1 and are 20 lbs and can go in a FF car seat. 

    Same here! I have been reading this all over these boards lately and it seems strange to me because everyone that I know switches to FF at 1.  I have never ever heard this whole waiting thing.  We switched DD on her first birthday.  My mom is a foster parent for babies only and switches every child on their first birthday (as long as they are 20lbs) and the health units/doctors all say to switch at age 1.

    I guess maybe it is what is done in Canada. I am Canadian and everyone I know switches around 1 year to FF.  A playgroup mom was talking the other day about hearing that it is better to keep them RF until 2.  So I guess it may start to be the norm here soon once it catches on here. 

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    imageChoicesMom:

    imageshellybird101:
    The whole RF thing must be a big thing in other places cause in my neck of the woods we turn our children as soon as they turn 1 and are 20 lbs and can go in a FF car seat. 

    Same here! I have been reading this all over these boards lately and it seems strange to me because everyone that I know switches to FF at 1.  I have never ever heard this whole waiting thing.  We switched DD on her first birthday.  My mom is a foster parent for babies only and switches every child on their first birthday (as long as they are 20lbs) and the health units/doctors all say to switch at age 1.

    I guess maybe it is what is done in Canada. I am Canadian and everyone I know switches around 1 year to FF.  A playgroup mom was talking the other day about hearing that it is better to keep them RF until 2.  So I guess it may start to be the norm here soon once it catches on here. 

    It's not just Canada. Everyone I know IRL turns their kid at one and 20 too. Well, some, I suspect turn at one OR 20, but that's a different story. ERF is slowly catching on but the information is just starting to get out there. And, like I said, I would venture that most pediatricians are still telling parents to go ahead and turn their babies at the one and 20 mark because they're not aware of the new recommendation. I was also told that at my son's 12 month well child visit, which was after we had made the decision to keep him RF for as long as possible.

    P - 9/2008
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    L - 1/2013
    S - 3/2015
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