Hi! I have an almost 33mo son who is still RF and probably will for quite awhile. He's somewhere under 25lbs and was 34" a couple months ago. He hit a growth spurt recently, but he pretty much flirts with the bottom of the curve (WHO charts for breastfed urchins) for weight and roughly 15-20th %ile for height, so I imagine he's stay wee.
He's rearfacing in a Britax Boulevard. If I were buying a seat today, I'd likely buy a Radian of some sort. The Britax has a lower RF weight limit, lower harness heights, and lower shell heights than other seats on the market today. Of course, my kid way well fit RF until he's of booster age. ;)
My kid was a car seat hater from day one. We switched to a cushy convertible (RF, of course) around 7mo, but it made no difference. He didn't tolerate trips of 15-20 minutes until he was close to two years old. Despite that, I never considered turning him to see if it would make a difference. We just took the bus. Or only drove places after my husband was off work for the day, so one of us could sit back there with him. Now he does fairly well and we can go on longer rides, but it's not always easy. And having an iPod touch with pictures, fireworks, and doodling apps helps a lot.
I have put him FF in my parents RV--he was 28mo. If an RV (they have a 40' diesel pusher, the chassis is really more bus-like
) rolls over, it's all over, anyhow. The only seat appropriate in there was the passenger seat up front--they've removed all the furniture with seatbelts elsewhere (fulltime RVers) and those couches were sideways, anyhow, which isn't an appropriate place to install a carseat. And I couldn't drive five hours alone with him this summer, so he rode in the Phaeton with grandma and grandpa. Loved every second. As soon as we arrived at our destination, he was back in my car. And he didn't object. He understood that the seat only goes in mommy's car RF.
I have a pic, but it's nearly a year old. I'll throw it under the cut and try to take another pic soon. ( pic at 21.5mo hereCollapse )
I might head back out today. If we take the car, I'll snap a pic. Right now, I'm grabbing some desperate me-time while kiddo is happily playing outside at his sand table for the first time in weeks. We had two feet of snow a month ago and our deck is still covered!
*Editing to add a new pic!*( 33mo!Collapse )