As I have mentioned in this blog numerous times, I’ve always been safety conscious but have learned even more about car seat safety in the last eight months. I thought I’d share some info about my kids and their car seats.
Little Sister is 17.5 months old and 23 lbs. and will stay rear-facing until she reaches 33 lbs., which is the rear-facing limit of her seat. Once she is forward-facing, she’ll be in the seat until she outgrows the seat by weight (65 lb limit) or, more likely, height (17″ from bottom to shoulders). That will probably when she’s five or six. In our main car, she rides in a Britax Decathlon in the oh-so-girly Tiffany fabric. In our secondary car, she’s in a Fisher Price Safe Voyage Deluxe (manufactured by Britax) in the Circus Dot print.
Big Brother is 6 years (and 8 days) old, currently 43″ and 39.5 lbs. He was already in a five-point harness far past the bare legal requirements (four years old, in Michigan) because he’s so small that he hasn’t outgrown his previous seat yet, though he’s within a half pound and a half inch of doing so. Knowing he was about to outgrow the seat, I planned to get a new one but was still not comfortable putting him in just a booster. I decided to extended harness him. So he’s got a Britax Regent in our main car, which he can be in until he outgrows it by weight (80 lbs) or, most likely, by height (20″ from bottom to shoulders). He probably won’t actually outgrow this seat until he’s 10 or so but we will probably consider putting him in just a booster when he’s about 8. In our secondary car – which he rides in only a couple of times a month for 10 minutes – he’s in a Britax Parkway booster.
Here are some pictures to show how happy and comfortable the kids are in the car seats. Despite comments that people sometimes make about “extended rear-facing” and “extended harnessing,” Little Sister has no complaints about where to put her feet or not being able to see out the front, and Big Brother has never commented about being in a “baby seat.”