Jump to content
Rear for a year? What if bub is too big?
14 replies to this topic
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.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.
While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?
Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.
As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.
Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.
A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.
You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.
The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?
Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.
Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.
The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.
A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.
A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.
Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.
A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.
A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.
Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.
Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?
I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.
February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.
This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.
Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.
A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.
She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?
With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.
We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.
Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.
If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Win a KitchenAid Mixer
To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.