Ok, so I know the recommendation is waiting for as long as possible and preferably at 12 months or 12kg, but what about height? The new seats have height indicators, but my old seat doesn't. My dd is pretty much at the point where she is meant to be turned on the meridian, so I suspect I'm meant to be turning the Compaq too, but I'm not sure as it's 5 years old & doesn't have a height indicator. The SnS website doesn't have the manual for the seat, so I'm a bit lost.
So, is it when her shoulders are AT the level of the belt in the 2nd top hole? Or the top hole? Or what? I vaguely remember it being something like that, but it was such a long time ago that my ds was in the car seat.
And yes, my dd is only 8 months, but is very tall and NO I do NOT want to turn her, but I want her to be safe and if she's too tall to be rearfacing then so be it.
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01-06-2012 12:53 #1
*spin off* when do you have to change from rear facing to forward facing?
01-06-2012 13:10 #2
Before 5 months, but that was when she outgrew the seats available at that time. Had the gone to 12kg it would have been 8 or 9 months. Yes she was a big baby until she was more active.
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01-06-2012 13:12 #3Senior Member
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I turned DD2 at 21 months- she was still under the RF weight limit, but I needed to fit a 3rd carseat in, which couldn't fit without turning her.
With the older carseats, I just follow the instructions they came with- so keep them RF until they hit 12kgs and then turn them around. It would be too confusing to follow the "guidelines" for new seats when the older seats don't have the same features.
The shoulders will be at the same height regardless of whether the child is RF or FF, so just adjust the straps up as needed. It doesn't matter if their legs are bent. And turn her based on weight.
01-06-2012 13:14 #4
DD is just over 15 months and around 10.5-11kgs I 'think'. She's still RF in our SnS Compaq. The seat was for DS previously so doesn't have height indicators either but she'll say RF until she's 12 kgs. I'll wait until her 18 month MCHN check up to have her weighed. She still fits it fine though.
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01-06-2012 13:19 #5Senior Member
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I've just checked my compaq manual and the bottom three slots are for RF (up to 12kgs), but belt has to go over the bar at the back of the seat. The middle two slots can be either FF or RF, and the top slot is for FF, but bub needs to be at least 8kgs. When FF, the straps have to go under the bar at the back.
02-06-2012 19:42 #6
My dd is already almost 10kg and 71cm tall. She's in Size 1 clothes and yet only just 8 months old. She is just at the point where she could be turned now, but hopefully her growth will slow down and I won't actually need to turn her for a little while yet.
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