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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 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Yes, absolutely. Once his head has only 1" of shell left, he's outgrown the infant seat and needs a convertible.

    Quoting MommyO2-6631:

    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


  • emkirkley
    October 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I agree with the original poster about the graco size4me70/mysize70, there's a 20% off coupon for TRU/BRU that makes it 145ish before tax right now.  I have a graco myride65 and if I had the money I'd definitely buy the mysize70 from TRU, but I have good seats and my kids are safely buckled, so I'll just encourage it for others...

    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.


  • emkirkley
    October 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    here's how to measure to see if there is enough room above his head.  If it's a regular snug ride, they often outgrow them before they reach the height or weight limits.

    http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=30201

    Quoting MommyO2-6631:

    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


  • emkirkley
    October 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I know you said money wasn't a deciding factor, however, there is no reason to buy Britax just for the name either.  the Mysize70 will get you much longer use both rear and forward facing, especially if she's all limbs and not very wide, they are both side-impact tested (though this is not governement tested as the US doesn't test this for a seat to pass) and they all pass the same testing for our government, since this testing is pass/fail there is no way to know which seat is really safer.

    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.



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