Buy new RF seats, or switch to forward facing?


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Our littlest has always been above the 95th percentile for both height and weight. She turned 3 in January, and is about 38 lbs. fully dressed. We've got to figure out what to do about seats, and we'd love some input! I was targeting 4 years, or at least 3.5 for turning her ff, but she won't make it that long in her seats.

Seat #1 - Boulevard ClickTight. Almost outgrown rf, this will fit her super well forward facing.

Seat #2 - Roundabout 55. She is at the limit for height in this seat, and I checked the fit forward facing today. As expected, she has 1/4" growing room before she hits the top slots. So she's pretty much outgrown this seat no matter which way she faces.

We have to replace the Roundabout, that much is clear. Do we purchase a seat with a 50 lb. rf limit? Two seats? Or look for a ff seat? We have to be careful with funds, but I can see spending >200 for a seat.

Are bigger toddlers more prone to neck/spine injury? I read somewhere that bigger baby= bigger head, but their spine maturation doesn't have anything to do with their size - it is strictly age. So, maybe she needs the extended rear facing more than our other children, not less??


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At this age she'd be wonderfully safe forward facing with a top tether. If you'd like to rear face her longer, she'd be even more wonderfully safe. Your logic makes sense, though I don't know that I've heard of or seen any studies to show it. But we also know that at three kids do well forward facing, regardless of their size.

Do you need recommendations, or just guidance?



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Yes, recommendations, please. She is so big that she will push seat limits, so top slots, shell height, etc. really matter for her.

When I was thinking of rf longer I was eyeing the Graco extend 2 fit. Not sure how that would continue to work once she is ff.

For a combination seat, I really don't know. The Nautilus used to be the go-to seat for high top slots, but there are so many of them now, and I don't really have time to figure out the differences. And maybe there are other options out there now.

Once she is booster age (she'll be on the late side of booster readiness) I tend to prefer dedicated boosters because they are so much lighter and easier to switch around.

We're driving an '03 Odyssey and an '05 Chevy Express.

Thank you!


Admin - CPST Instructor
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For rear facing I'd look at the Graco Extend2Fit and Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air (the EX is important).

For forward, the Britax combos: Pioneer, Frontier, and Pinnacle.



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In your situation at your price point I'd probably forward face her in the Britax and if you want to continue to rearface get a Graco E2F, which has a 50 pound rf limit and an 18 inch harness height. The top harness slot is only .5 inches less than your Britax.

If you are ok forward facing in all vehicles than I'd go with a Britax Frontier or Pioneer (which ever you can afford) which will get you more harness height than either convertible.

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