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#1 Lily-Mouse

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 09:19 AM

at the moment DD is still rear facing in the car and i had planned to leave her that way until she reaches maximum weight.

however when she is in the seat, the belt is situated just under her shoulders and is a bit of a struggled to pull over. if i loosen it any more the whole harness will be too loose.

there is one more lot of slots higher up for the belt to go through but i read somewhere that if you need to go on the highest one its time to turn the seat around? is this right?

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:25 AM

No you don't need to turn them round to go up to the higher slots - I'd do that in the meantime

We turned Amelie to front facing after she was over a year old & she was quite tall for her height and was close to the max weight.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:57 AM

Just throwing my totally uneducated 2 cents in tongue.gif

We had our seat installed yesterday - and the guy who installed it had a biiiig song and dance about making sure I understood I wasn't allowed to turn the seat around until 12 months - no matter what - baby's still not developed enough etc etc.

Poor little buggers must get so friggen bored looking at the back of the seat tho LOL!
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:44 AM

I do vaguely rembember something in our seat instructions about putting them forward if they were at the top set of holes. Some carseats only have 2 slots though whereas ours has 3 so maybe that has something to do with it???

I do know that on my instructions, the slot can be up to 2.5cm below her shoulders before it needs to move.

We purposefully bought one that hada higher rear-facing kg weight though and didn't turn her until after 1yo. She was a skinny shortie too smile.gif

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:35 PM

If in doubt ring the manufacturer. I've called safe and sound a few times about our seat and they they been so helpful smile.gif

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:43 PM

It would depend on the seat as to whether you can use the highest slot before turning the seat around. So I would go back and have a look at the instruction manual to determine that.

Also, on all of my seats, the slot can be upto 2.5cm below the shoulder before needing to move up to the next slot so that is something to consider as well.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:22 PM

I used to loosen off the harness and then tighten each time, I found I needed to anyway depending on layers of clothes etc. You only need to move the straps up if they are sitting more than an inch below the shoulders.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:08 PM

QUOTE(RachelleK @ Mar 16 2011, 11:57 AM) View Post

Just throwing my totally uneducated 2 cents in tongue.gif

We had our seat installed yesterday - and the guy who installed it had a biiiig song and dance about making sure I understood I wasn't allowed to turn the seat around until 12 months - no matter what - baby's still not developed enough etc etc.

Poor little buggers must get so friggen bored looking at the back of the seat tho LOL!

I think more car seat installers need to do this! I am a massive, massive fan of rear facing, Australia is so behind the times when it comes to this. Other countries it's the norm (and they have specially designed seats) for rearward facing up until 2, in America you can rear face until about 6 or 7 I am sure. It's the safest way.
Logan was kept rear facing until about 13-14 months old, and he is a very tall boy. I would consult your manual though and do what you feel comfortable with.


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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:10 PM

QUOTE(bellarosa @ Mar 16 2011, 01:22 PM) View Post

I used to loosen off the harness and then tighten each time, I found I needed to anyway depending on layers of clothes etc. You only need to move the straps up if they are sitting more than an inch below the shoulders.


I do this too with all my car seats. I always loosen to take them off and then tighten once they are on again. It is a pain with the Meridian carseat in forward facing mode but I feel a lot more confident that the straps are tight enough doing it that way.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:54 PM

If there is more than 2.5 cm of hard shell above the top of her head and the straps are above or at shoulder height in rear-facing mode there is no problem. They shouldn't be below shoulder height when rear-facing. They can be in forward facing mode though. DD is 16 months and still rearfacing. She is still just below the weight limit so she will stay that way until I have to change her.

If there is more than 2.5 cm of hard shell above the top of her head and the straps are above or at shoulder height in rear-facing mode there is no problem. They shouldn't be below shoulder height when rear-facing. They can be in forward facing mode though. DD is 16 months and still rearfacing. She is still just below the weight limit so she will stay that way until I have to change her. I always loosen and tighten the straps each time too. It makes it so much easier to put DD in her carseat.

I would call the seat manufacturer if you are unsure if you can use the higher slots.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:35 PM

thanks everyone.

id much prefer to keep her rear facing as long as possible, and she has a mirror and some toys so i hope shes not bored! (she also turns around a lot to look at me driving tongue.gif

i will dig out the manual and see what it says about adjusting the straps.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:52 PM

QUOTE(RachelleK @ Mar 16 2011, 11:57 AM) View Post

Poor little buggers must get so friggen bored looking at the back of the seat tho LOL!


That why they have toys tongue.gif I have a huge collection to keep DD entertained and even then she likes just staring out the window at times.
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