Lucy hit a big milestone at her seat check - time to switch from rear facing to forward facing! We know she's ready because even though she's just under 40 pounds, her height has reached the rear-facing limit. Because of her weight, though, we had to check a few more boxes on her forward-facing install.
Here are the 7 things we adjusted, or the rainbow "Roy G Biv" of her big switch! You can also find this info in a post on a Facebook.
# 1/red: When we switched this seat to forward facing, we needed to move the lower anchors of the LATCH system out of the rear-facing belt path.
# 2/orange: (continued from # 1) The lower anchors are now in the forward-facing belt path. Lucy will only use the lower anchors until she hits 40 pounds. At that point, we'll remove the lower anchors and store them in slots on the seat back, then use the lap-and-shoulder belt to install the seat through the same forward-facing belt path. It's important that the seat beat locks the car seat in place so that it moves less than one inch at the belt path.
# 3/yellow: For this seat (Diono), the rear-facing angle is adjusted using the detachable rear-facing plastic foot and the foam block angle adjuster. The foam block is inserted once babies can sit at a less reclined angle. When we move to forward-facing, BOTH these angle-adjusting items can be removed. On newer Dionos, you'll find an "adjustable bottom" which must be up completely (so it is flush with the seat bottom) for forward facing (and for rear-facing children under 25 pounds as well).
# 4/green: Because Lucy weighs less than 40 pounds, we need to install Diono's SafeStop on the back of the harness. When Lucy reaches 40 pounds, we'll remove this accessory.
# 5/blue: When rear-facing, the harness should sit at or below the top of the shoulders. Now that Lucy is forward-facing, her harness can sit at or above her shoulders.
# 6/indigo: Diono's harness pad is required for all forward-facing harnessed passengers, regardless of weight. It is optional for rear-facing and is not to be used as shoulder padding.
# 7/violet: This one has nothing to do with rear- or forward-facing, we just needed to move Lucy's headrest up to accommodate her growth in height!
** Not pictured: the top tether at the back of the seat is also in use now, secured in the tether anchor for this specific seat in the vehicle.
Lucy loves her new set-up in her familiar seat. Not long now and we'll switch # 2 to a seatbelt install when we remove the SafeStop harness (# 4) at 40 pounds. A fun mini milestone to look forward to!
Our seat checks can be scheduled just 24 hours in advance, with appointments available from 6am to 10pm. Find out more at adjoyn.com/car-seats!