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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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So when does rear-facing get ridiculous?

Rob is 3.5, maybe 37lbs? He's in that Radian seat and perfectly fine rear-facing. Can he stay in it until he outweighs the weight restriction? I'm a little confused as to the height restriction. The manual says that his head can be up over the top edge of the seat but I assume that's just for forward facing. I know the weight limit for RF on the seat is 45lbs but what's the height restriction? How many inches below the top of the headrest?

They've stopped doing car seat clinics in my area because they weren't getting turnout or someshit. One of the ones I went to we had to wait for over an hour after our appointment time so it didn't seem too underbooked. I went to a couple of others that were quieter but still obviously had 'customers'.

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Yes, head over the top of the seat is just for FFing. RFing he still needs one inch of shell above his head. If there is a height in the manual, the 1" above their head rule generally overides it because 2 kids of the same height might not have the same torso height. I don't know why manufacturers don't just put that in there instead of trying to assign a specific height.

As to when it gets ridiculous? That's up to you, if he fits and he's happy and you're happy, it's fine. My personal minimum is 3, my goal is 4 for DS but anytime in between I figure job well done. Click here to enlarge
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Okay, cool.

He still fits in there fine. It'll be interesting to see if he outgrows it before he's four. I have no problem leaving him in after then either (though we got another comment this weekend along the lines of "tell your Dad to switch you around"). The guy's wife told him to shut up so that was nice. She's quite smart and a very caring mom so she probably knows about the suggestions regarding car seats (their son is 6).

Thanks for the info.
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you are right

Oh, that's Great Sir !!
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