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Rear for a year? What if bub is too big?
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:51 PM
My ds is 6.5mths old and it doesnt look like it will be too much longer before his shoulders reach the markers to be turned forward in his Meridian Tilt and Adjust.
So then do i ignore the markers or ignore the rear for a year advice?
I dont even think he is that tall really so not sure how babies are lasting a year or more rear facing in this kind of seat?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:56 PM
I didn't think it was that you had to turn them once they reach the line, just that you can't turn them beforehand. DS has been in a the Meridian AHR and we only just turned him at nearly 12 months although he's been over the line (although still fitting in the chair in rear-facing mode) for months.
ETA: RACV explains it (for Victoria anyway):
The rules require that:
Children aged under 6 months must use an approved, properly fastened and adjusted rearward facing restraint.
Children aged between 6 months and under 4 years must use an approved, properly fastened and adjusted rearward facing child restraint OR a forward facing restraint.
Children aged between 4 years and under 7 years must use an approved, properly fastened and adjusted forward facing restraint OR an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened.
What can I do if my child is too big for the restraint for their age?
The laws aim to cater for the majority of children, however there is a provision to allow a child who is too heavy or tall for the recommended restraint to use the restraint in the next age category.
Edited by Joey11, 18 February 2013 - 04:01 PM.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:01 PM
I know nothing about that seat, but my 3.5 was 16 mths when we turned her around (old SNS Compaq DLX) She is on the 75th percentile for height. I though the new seats had a lot longer torso?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:06 PM
It will depend on his growth rate. If his legs can keep growing but his shoulders are still be at the same level, you can keep him rear facing.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:12 PM
Have you taken the insert out?
ETA the manual for that seat states once they are over that lower marker they have to be turned forward facing.
Edited by K+M+A+P, 18 February 2013 - 04:15 PM.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:19 PM
You have to turn them. All 3 of mine out grew RF before 12 months. They reached the height and weight limit around 9/10 months. Shoulders were above the RF slot and they weighed more than the weight limit- 12kg.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:31 PM
Maybe someone here will know, but this document from InfaSecure say you can continue to use the seat until the top of the label rather than the dotted line. I'm not sure if this applies to SnS seats or not.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:07 PM
My DS when he was three years old could have RF in the Meridian AHR, he is small I admit but you should be able to get at least a year out of it.
Have you taken out the infant insert and moved the headrest up so that the shoulder straps are just above his shoulders?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:50 PM
Check with SnS. Earlier models had lower height markers than current seats. You may be able to continue using longer with the current seat or get new covers with higher markers.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:31 PM
Both my children are really tall - and they were both RF in the Meridian until 14 ish months. I agree - have you taken out the insert and extended the headrest as much as possible?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:44 PM
My meridian AHR I bought manufactured in early 2010 has a lower shoulder marker but no upper marker. They must face rearward when below that marker and should be turned once they hit 12kg or when the headrest was at maximum height.
My son reached 12kg at 15months and was 97% for his height.
The newer models have a lower and upper height marker to guide you but I would assume they would fit for at least 12 months.
Personally I would leave them rear facing if their height is fine as rear facing is safer anyway.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:12 AM
Bazinga if your seat has no upper height marker that it not right. The seat is meant to have both (as part of Aust Std requirements).
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:03 AM
OP here, well i feel a bit dumb!!!! Just checked my seat again after reading the replies here and i had not noticed the other label higher up with the upper shoulder height limit. I had only seen the bottom label saying : must be rear facing when shoulders below this line, and just assumed that meant they must turn when they reach that!! The other label further up says: shoulders must be below this line!
So looks like there is still plenty of time until ds reaches that height!
Dont know why they dont put the labels innan easier place to see rather than tucked away behind the headrest?
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:10 AM
OP I'm pretty sure that the second height marker is telling you when they need to move onto a booster. Has nothing to do with rf.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:22 AM
For convertible RF/FF seats, there should be two markers. You should rear face until the baby's shoulders reach the bottom marker, then turn to forward facing. You then keep FFing until the child's shoulders reach the top marker, at which time you need to look at a convertible FF/booster (if you want to try keeping them in a 5 point harness longer) or a dedicated booster.
To the best of my knowledge, you should not continue RFing after the shoulders reach the bottom marker. It's why seats like the SnS Compaq are popular as they have quite high markers comparatively so they can stay RFing and then FF in a harness for longer.
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