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    Progression of seats

    What is a good outline of what seats will be needed until they are big enough for just a seatbelt.

    I have dd(3, 30#, 36in) in a CA and a TF. They both harness to 50, right? So what will come next? A highback booster or a higher harness seat? It seems like she will 9 or 10 before she hits 50 pounds. Does a radian fit taller kids than the CA or TF?

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    Re: Progression of seats

    Is she rear-facing or forward-facing?

    The TF is RF to 35lbs, the CA to 40. Some CA's FF to 50, some to 65, so you would need to check your manual or the stickers on the seat to tell. The TF goes up to 65lbs FF.

    The recommendations:
    RF to the limits of your seat. Outgrown when child reaches the weight limit, OR has 1" of shell left above their head.

    Then FF to the limits of the seat (not always feasible if you have a 40lb 8 year old etc). FF is outgrown when the weight limit is reached OR the tops of the ears are even with the top of the seat shell.

    Booster seats: high back first, once the child outgrows the FF harnessed seat or is mature enough to sit properly in it at all times. (Usually age 6 or so, but could be a bit sooner, or even later). Once the child outgrows the HBB at age 8-9 (again approximate) you go to a no back booster until they are 4'9" AND can pass the 5 step test (approximately age 11-12 or so)

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: Progression of seats

    Quote Originally Posted by jourdysmom View Post
    Then FF to the limits of the seat (not always feasible if you have a 40lb 8 year old etc). FF is outgrown when the weight limit is reached OR the tops of the ears are even with the top of the seat shell.
    Also, it's outgrown FF when the shoulder goes over the top harness slot (this usually happens before ears approach the top of the shell).

    Basically, best practice is rear facing to the limits of the convertible seat (birth-3 or 4 usually), forward facing until the child is emotionally and physically mature enough for a booster (5-7 years old, usually), boostering until the 5 step test in passed (10-12 years old, usually). High back boosters are preferred for younger booster riders because they give more support to kids when they sleep. Many people put a 40 lb minimum for riding in a booster- in some countries and some states this is the law, but most people here are comfortable with a 35 lb 6 year old in a booster.

    At this point, for you, your seats may last until she is booster ready, probably around 5 or 6. In that case, you can expect to buy a highback booster at that point. You might buy one that converts to a backless booster, in this case it may be the last seat you ever buy.

    If she outgrows your current seats before she's booster ready, you will buy a combination seat (harness to booster). Some combination seats make good boosters, some make poor boosters, so you may or may not have to buy a booster after she outgrows the harness. Also, if the booster does not have a backless mode, you may have to buy a backless booster when she outgrows highback mode.

    Oh, and I wouldn't get a radian. There's no need, you have two convertibles, both of which she should fit both rear facing and forward facing.
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    Ok, so I should figure that our seats are good until booster. I just didn't know if I wanted to harness as long as possible if there would be another seat before booster.

    What are the seats with the highest top slots?

    Yes, she is still rf- seems it will be a while before she hits 35# or gets too tall.

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    For convertibles, the complete air, true fit and radians have the highest top slots, with the complete air being the highest of all (18 inches).

    For ff only seats the frontier 85 has the highest top slots (around 19.5-20 inches).
    Caleb Joshua: 8/17/2007; 45.5 inches, 46-47lbs, 17 inch torso; FF in a FN85 and Complete Air Sarah Rose: 05/15/2011; 22lbs, 31 inches; RF in a Britax Roundabout 50 and Combi Coccoro

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    Re: Progression of seats

    In two or three or four years, when she outgrows these seats, it's likely what's on the market will be very different. It doesn't make much sense to worry about what's available now .
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