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Lorelai_Nicole
Outgrowing Car Seats
October 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM
I've seen a few car seat posts lately, and I wanted to share some info about when they are outgrown. The weight limit is OFTEN irrelevant--a great majority of kids outgrow their seats by height first. So, here is the breakdown:

REARFACING seats are outgrown by height when there is 1" or less of hard shell left above the baby's head. The exception is if there is a strict height limit--both the Cosco Scenera and the Safety 1st Complete Air65 have them. (Always check your manual to be sure.)

FORWARD FACING seats are outgrown by height when one of two things happens. 1) their shoulders are above the top harness slots; or 2) the tips of their ears are above the shell.

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  • Lorelai_Nicole
    October 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM
    Britax seats are AWESOME as long as your little one doesn't have a long torso. The Britax seats are on the shorter side, so they're outgrown quickly by long-torso'd kiddos.

    How old is your baby and what size clothes does she wear?


    Quoting shellyote:

    I definitely have more homework to do on this. Thanks for the info on the radian. I've heard good things about britax. I've got some money saved especially for her carseat, so I'm not using price as a main criterion.




    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    I have the KF30 a well for my twins. Awesome seat! I would recommend against the Radian. It's not a super tall seat, and it's outgrown quickly both FFing and in booster mode. The weight limits are completely unrealistic, as no one will make it to them without outgrowing it by height . The company is incredibly shady as well. The SuperLATCH is dangerous--it loosens on its own--but they havent recalled it yet. A friend I know from the car seat group called the company after having this happen, and they told her to use DUCT TAPE to fix it! In my opinion, and the opinion of many car seat techs, the only thing a Radian is good for is a tight 3-across (three car seats side by side) because it's super narrow. Otherwise, there are MANY better seats that are cheaper in price. I would recommend the Graco Size4Me70 (MySize70 at Babies R Us) because it is the longest lasting seat available right now. Tall shell for RFing (tallest on the market) and tall top slot for FFing (1-1.5" taller than the Radian).





    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a car seat Nazi or anything...Just trying to help. :)






    Quoting shellyote:

    The chicco keyfit 30. I like it. I know no other. Sometimes the straps tighten unevenly, and that is annoying to deal with. I want to get a radian. It seems like the best fit for us- but I haven't busted out the tapemeasurer yet.

  • Lorelai_Nicole
    October 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
    Overall height isnt as important as torso length. You said he is 15.5mo...What size shirts does he wear?

    I would honestly get two Size4Me70/MySize70s. They are fairly narrow so they fit nicely side-by-side usually--you could likely keep DS RFing and have baby RFing as well. They also fit newborns well, so you wouldn't need an infant seat for the new baby unless you really wanted one.


    Quoting Firenygirl180:

    I was looking into getting the Radian seat as well.  But I have had a hard time finding any reviews.  DS was 20lbs at 6 months old and has been above 30" since around 8 months.  He is 15.5 months 25 lbs and 33". He has a cheap seat right now that has worked, but I hate it.  I can't remember what seat we have in the truck but we bought it on clearance so we won't be getting another one.

    I am due in April with #2 and we are looking for good seats where DS can rearface longer than he currently will, most likely he will be turning ff at 21 months to make room for baby.  And we would like seats we can fit next to each other.  We have been talking about looking into becoming a foster family and we might need to fit 3 seats across the backseat of the truck or whatever car we end up getting to replace my tracker.

    Any help is appreciated!


    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    I have the KF30 a well for my twins. Awesome seat! I would recommend against the Radian. It's not a super tall seat, and it's outgrown quickly both FFing and in booster mode. The weight limits are completely unrealistic, as no one will make it to them without outgrowing it by height . The company is incredibly shady as well. The SuperLATCH is dangerous--it loosens on its own--but they havent recalled it yet. A friend I know from the car seat group called the company after having this happen, and they told her to use DUCT TAPE to fix it! In my opinion, and the opinion of many car seat techs, the only thing a Radian is good for is a tight 3-across (three car seats side by side) because it's super narrow. Otherwise, there are MANY better seats that are cheaper in price. I would recommend the Graco Size4Me70 (MySize70 at Babies R Us) because it is the longest lasting seat available right now. Tall shell for RFing (tallest on the market) and tall top slot for FFing (1-1.5" taller than the Radian).



    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a car seat Nazi or anything...Just trying to help. :)




    Quoting shellyote:

    The chicco keyfit 30. I like it. I know no other. Sometimes the straps tighten unevenly, and that is annoying to deal with. I want to get a radian. It seems like the best fit for us- but I haven't busted out the tapemeasurer yet.


  • shellyote
    October 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
    She is almost 13 months. She wears 12 month clothing. I put her in 18 month because I buy ahead. She is very slender but long limbed.


    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    Britax seats are AWESOME as long as your little one doesn't have a long torso. The Britax seats are on the shorter side, so they're outgrown quickly by long-torso'd kiddos.



    How old is your baby and what size clothes does she wear?




    Quoting shellyote:

    I definitely have more homework to do on this. Thanks for the info on the radian. I've heard good things about britax. I've got some money saved especially for her carseat, so I'm not using price as a main criterion.






    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    I have the KF30 a well for my twins. Awesome seat! I would recommend against the Radian. It's not a super tall seat, and it's outgrown quickly both FFing and in booster mode. The weight limits are completely unrealistic, as no one will make it to them without outgrowing it by height . The company is incredibly shady as well. The SuperLATCH is dangerous--it loosens on its own--but they havent recalled it yet. A friend I know from the car seat group called the company after having this happen, and they told her to use DUCT TAPE to fix it! In my opinion, and the opinion of many car seat techs, the only thing a Radian is good for is a tight 3-across (three car seats side by side) because it's super narrow. Otherwise, there are MANY better seats that are cheaper in price. I would recommend the Graco Size4Me70 (MySize70 at Babies R Us) because it is the longest lasting seat available right now. Tall shell for RFing (tallest on the market) and tall top slot for FFing (1-1.5" taller than the Radian).







    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a car seat Nazi or anything...Just trying to help. :)








    Quoting shellyote:

    The chicco keyfit 30. I like it. I know no other. Sometimes the straps tighten unevenly, and that is annoying to deal with. I want to get a radian. It seems like the best fit for us- but I haven't busted out the tapemeasurer yet.


  • Lorelai_Nicole
    October 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM
    Okay, so her torso is pretty average. Knowing that, a Britax Boulevard would be a great seat. :) The average child, if I remember correctly, get to about 3 1/2 years RF and 5 1/2 FF in Britax convertibles. Definitely respectable ages. :) If she's not mature enough for a booster at 5 1/2, you can always put her in a combo (harness-to-booster) seat at that point.

    Quoting shellyote:

    She is almost 13 months. She wears 12 month clothing. I put her in 18 month because I buy ahead. She is very slender but long limbed.




    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    Britax seats are AWESOME as long as your little one doesn't have a long torso. The Britax seats are on the shorter side, so they're outgrown quickly by long-torso'd kiddos.





    How old is your baby and what size clothes does she wear?






    Quoting shellyote:

    I definitely have more homework to do on this. Thanks for the info on the radian. I've heard good things about britax. I've got some money saved especially for her carseat, so I'm not using price as a main criterion.








    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    I have the KF30 a well for my twins. Awesome seat! I would recommend against the Radian. It's not a super tall seat, and it's outgrown quickly both FFing and in booster mode. The weight limits are completely unrealistic, as no one will make it to them without outgrowing it by height . The company is incredibly shady as well. The SuperLATCH is dangerous--it loosens on its own--but they havent recalled it yet. A friend I know from the car seat group called the company after having this happen, and they told her to use DUCT TAPE to fix it! In my opinion, and the opinion of many car seat techs, the only thing a Radian is good for is a tight 3-across (three car seats side by side) because it's super narrow. Otherwise, there are MANY better seats that are cheaper in price. I would recommend the Graco Size4Me70 (MySize70 at Babies R Us) because it is the longest lasting seat available right now. Tall shell for RFing (tallest on the market) and tall top slot for FFing (1-1.5" taller than the Radian).









    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a car seat Nazi or anything...Just trying to help. :)










    Quoting shellyote:

    The chicco keyfit 30. I like it. I know no other. Sometimes the straps tighten unevenly, and that is annoying to deal with. I want to get a radian. It seems like the best fit for us- but I haven't busted out the tapemeasurer yet.


  • auntangelofsix
    October 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM
    Thanks for the info..we are looking for a new too..he is going to be 10 month the 28th and is still in the inf carseat..
  • Firenygirl180
    October 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    we have the infant seat we used with DS. we only used it for 3 months with him and I will probably need it in the beginning with this baby.  he is in 18-24 month shirts.

    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    Overall height isnt as important as torso length. You said he is 15.5mo...What size shirts does he wear?

    I would honestly get two Size4Me70/MySize70s. They are fairly narrow so they fit nicely side-by-side usually--you could likely keep DS RFing and have baby RFing as well. They also fit newborns well, so you wouldn't need an infant seat for the new baby unless you really wanted one.


    Quoting Firenygirl180:

    I was looking into getting the Radian seat as well.  But I have had a hard time finding any reviews.  DS was 20lbs at 6 months old and has been above 30" since around 8 months.  He is 15.5 months 25 lbs and 33". He has a cheap seat right now that has worked, but I hate it.  I can't remember what seat we have in the truck but we bought it on clearance so we won't be getting another one.

    I am due in April with #2 and we are looking for good seats where DS can rearface longer than he currently will, most likely he will be turning ff at 21 months to make room for baby.  And we would like seats we can fit next to each other.  We have been talking about looking into becoming a foster family and we might need to fit 3 seats across the backseat of the truck or whatever car we end up getting to replace my tracker.

    Any help is appreciated!


    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    I have the KF30 a well for my twins. Awesome seat! I would recommend against the Radian. It's not a super tall seat, and it's outgrown quickly both FFing and in booster mode. The weight limits are completely unrealistic, as no one will make it to them without outgrowing it by height . The company is incredibly shady as well. The SuperLATCH is dangerous--it loosens on its own--but they havent recalled it yet. A friend I know from the car seat group called the company after having this happen, and they told her to use DUCT TAPE to fix it! In my opinion, and the opinion of many car seat techs, the only thing a Radian is good for is a tight 3-across (three car seats side by side) because it's super narrow. Otherwise, there are MANY better seats that are cheaper in price. I would recommend the Graco Size4Me70 (MySize70 at Babies R Us) because it is the longest lasting seat available right now. Tall shell for RFing (tallest on the market) and tall top slot for FFing (1-1.5" taller than the Radian).



    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a car seat Nazi or anything...Just trying to help. :)




    Quoting shellyote:

    The chicco keyfit 30. I like it. I know no other. Sometimes the straps tighten unevenly, and that is annoying to deal with. I want to get a radian. It seems like the best fit for us- but I haven't busted out the tapemeasurer yet.



  • Lorelai_Nicole
    October 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM
    Sounds like his torso is a bit longer than average. I would DEFINITELY go for the Size4Me70 then. It has the longest shell (for RFing) available right now, and 18" top slots for FFing--the highest you can get on a convertible.

    Quoting Firenygirl180:

    we have the infant seat we used with DS. we only used it for 3 months with him and I will probably need it in the beginning with this baby.  he is in 18-24 month shirts.


    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    Overall height isnt as important as torso length. You said he is 15.5mo...What size shirts does he wear?



    I would honestly get two Size4Me70/MySize70s. They are fairly narrow so they fit nicely side-by-side usually--you could likely keep DS RFing and have baby RFing as well. They also fit newborns well, so you wouldn't need an infant seat for the new baby unless you really wanted one.




    Quoting Firenygirl180:

    I was looking into getting the Radian seat as well.  But I have had a hard time finding any reviews.  DS was 20lbs at 6 months old and has been above 30" since around 8 months.  He is 15.5 months 25 lbs and 33". He has a cheap seat right now that has worked, but I hate it.  I can't remember what seat we have in the truck but we bought it on clearance so we won't be getting another one.

    I am due in April with #2 and we are looking for good seats where DS can rearface longer than he currently will, most likely he will be turning ff at 21 months to make room for baby.  And we would like seats we can fit next to each other.  We have been talking about looking into becoming a foster family and we might need to fit 3 seats across the backseat of the truck or whatever car we end up getting to replace my tracker.

    Any help is appreciated!



    Quoting Lorelai_Nicole:

    I have the KF30 a well for my twins. Awesome seat! I would recommend against the Radian. It's not a super tall seat, and it's outgrown quickly both FFing and in booster mode. The weight limits are completely unrealistic, as no one will make it to them without outgrowing it by height . The company is incredibly shady as well. The SuperLATCH is dangerous--it loosens on its own--but they havent recalled it yet. A friend I know from the car seat group called the company after having this happen, and they told her to use DUCT TAPE to fix it! In my opinion, and the opinion of many car seat techs, the only thing a Radian is good for is a tight 3-across (three car seats side by side) because it's super narrow. Otherwise, there are MANY better seats that are cheaper in price. I would recommend the Graco Size4Me70 (MySize70 at Babies R Us) because it is the longest lasting seat available right now. Tall shell for RFing (tallest on the market) and tall top slot for FFing (1-1.5" taller than the Radian).





    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a car seat Nazi or anything...Just trying to help. :)






    Quoting shellyote:

    The chicco keyfit 30. I like it. I know no other. Sometimes the straps tighten unevenly, and that is annoying to deal with. I want to get a radian. It seems like the best fit for us- but I haven't busted out the tapemeasurer yet.



  • Baby_Avas_Momma
    October 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM
    Bump!
    People need to know this! :)
  • Lorelai_Nicole
    October 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM
    Bump :)
  • MommyO2-6631
    October 23, 2012 at 7:32 AM
    My son is in an infant seat.. graco snug ride. He has 2 inches to go before he reaches the heighr lumit but his head is very close to the top of the shell. Should i be looking into a convertible seats

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