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February 25th, 2013, 11:11 PM
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How do you know when you are supposed to move the straps up another level higher? They are starting to get really snug on my 19 month old son.

The problem is, I would like to keep him rear facing. I read in the manual that it isn't supposed to be used RF with the straps at the top level. The seat goes up to 30 lbs RF and he is currently 24.5 so he has time left in there weight wise, but I was just wondering if there was a good way to tell when the straps absolutely need to be moved up?

I really wanted to keep him RF as long as possible so it looks like I might have to find a new seat for him.
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February 26th, 2013, 06:45 AM
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You always want the straps at or below the shoulders for RFing. If the next slot up from the one you're using is still below his shoulders, move them up. If the next slot up from the one you're using is above his shoulders, leave them.

What seat are you using? What is your son's height and weight?

ETA: You mentioned his weight already, so height.
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February 26th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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He's currently in an Evenflo Titan Elite, it is about 4 years old now. I don't think his shoulders are at the top height yet but I'll check for sure when I buckle him in today. So maybe I can use this one longer!

And yes he's 24.5 lbs but I am not sure of his height. I'm going to try to measure him!
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February 26th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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The Titan is always outgrown early. If you want to RF longer, then a new seat is definitely in order!
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February 26th, 2013, 10:23 PM
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Even the scenera should last you longer, and it costs $40. My son is 36 inches with a 15ish inch torso and fits in the scenera. You can use all the slots RFing and the head can go to the top instead of the 1 inch rule. I know the 40 pound models are that way, I am not sure about the older ones.
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February 26th, 2013, 11:48 PM
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Looks like that seat is almost $100 in Canada I think I can actually get more time out of the one he's in. looking at him today his shoulders are only slightly higher than the second strap spot, definitely not as high as the top slots!

I still really doubt this one will last him RF as long as I want to keep him that way though. So I have time to research and save up
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February 27th, 2013, 05:44 AM
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OP is in Canada where the Scenera (and every Dorel seat) has a 36" strict RFing limit.

From what I know, your options are the Graco MyRide, Diono Radians (any model), or Britax convertibles (depending on your son's shirt size). Sadly, the "cheaper" seats in Canada are so limited for RFing use.
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