Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Have you turned the car seat around?

It's getting harder & harder to get DS into his car seat. He is huge & the space between the car & the car seat seems to be shrinking daily!! I know we are supposed to keep them rear facing till 2 years old now, but I just don't know if we are going to make it. When did/are you ladies turning the car seat around??
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Re: Have you turned the car seat around?

  • We turned the seat around about a month ago!
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  • I haven't.  I have no idea when I'm going to turn him around.
  • Nope. He'll be rear-facing at least until 2yrs.
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  • Nope, not yet at 2.3 years. She just bends her knees or straddles the carseat.

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  • I still rear face my 2 year old, granted her legs are long but better a broken leg than a broken neck! The safety of their legs isn't nearly as important as their spine/neck and head and of all the horrors if we were in an accident that bad I would much rather deal with a broken leg!

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    I still rear face my 2 year old, granted her legs are long but better a broken leg than a broken neck! The safety of their legs isn't nearly as important as their spine/neck and head and of all the horrors if we were in an accident that bad I would much rather deal with a broken leg!

    Just a clarification- there is ZERO evidence that RFing an older child has any impact on their leg safety. No reports of broken legs caused by extended RFing on record ever. Plenty, plenty of reports of broken legs caused by the collapse of the front seats onto a FF child's legs, though- it's one of the most common injuries to FFing children.

    Gwen's 2nd birthday was Wednesday and she's absolutely fine RFing. Our son RFed until his sister was born- roughly 27m. He's 4y, 3mo now- and can technically still RF in his sister's seat (he's outgrown his own seat's RFing limits, though- and was turned around because we couldn't fit two RFing seats in our car).

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  • We did At 13 mo before reccs came out due to her height. She's so much better and still safe this way. Think I'll see a personal post calling me a terrible parent ( little giggle from yesterday)
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  • We haven't turned it yet and don't plan on it until at least 2.
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  • DD's car seat RF's up to 35 lbs, which will be well past age 2. We're going to keep her RF'ing as long as possible.
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  • No. She's been rear-facing for 17 months and doesn't know any different, so it is fine for her.  She is average size - 50th %ile.

    She spent about 2 months straightening out her legs because she wanted to stand in the car seat, and I had to force her to bend to put the buckles on.  But she has finally stopped that.  I just stayed consistent.

  • I turned the car seat around with DD when she turned 12 months old.  A month later, they came out with the new carseat recommendations but I didn't turn her back around.  This time around I will be waiting to turn DS around at 18 months old, unless they change the law to 2 then.
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  • We will turn him around 22 months when his little sister is born. We can't fit two RF in my car. He may stay RF in my husband's car at that point but we're not sure yet.
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  • I have no idea when we'll turn DD around. Not any time soon! She's still in a RF infant seat.
  • When he was 18lbs...he was too long to sit backwards. It is only a recommendation to keep the seat turned around, not a law.
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  • We turned Snuggle when he was about 13 or 14 months old.  It had nothing to do with him, but the way I had to put him in the seat RFing caused me to constantly throw my back out.  It took 6 weeks of physical therapy to get me back to normal and the safe way for me to get him in the seat meant not lifting him, but sliding him in.  Can't do that RFing, so we flipped him around.
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  • No but I am considering it real soon.   We have such a busy schedule with 2 in school & extra curricular activities and at least once a week dinner is on the go and I really prefer to see him if he is eating in the car.  
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  • In my FI car (which she only rides in maybe once a month or so) she is FF. However, that is due to the fact that we just cannot fit her convertible carseat in his car RF. Trust me. We tried multiple times. However, in my car she is still RF. I don't know when I'll turn her around though. She is a hefty kiddo. So my guess is probably going to be when it becomes so much of a pain in the butt to put her in RF. So my guess is probably about 18 months. Maybe longer if she will cooperate.
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    When he was 18lbs...he was too long to sit backwards. It is only a recommendation to keep the seat turned around, not a law.

    Be careful saying that or someone will link you the internal decapitation video. C is over 31 inches, and outgrew his infant seat at 6 months. We got a new convertible that can RF up to 35lbs, and he just curls up his legs or straddles the seat some already so will continue doing that as he gets taller. We wont take any chances with the crazy drivers here. And at 18lbs, C was only 4 months old and could not sit up well yet.

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  • We did when he was 12 months. He has a swivel car seat though, it does 360 on the base. So it was one click.

    He prefers to watch TV while we drive.

    I also am a professional driver with over a million miles logged on the road, so I feel fine turning him around. (flame away)

  • Nope. We will wait until 2.
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  • Weight and hight permitting, I'm hoping to hold out turning her around until she's at least 3.5-4 years old.  Longer if she hasn't reached the limits yet.




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  • Yes, we turned DD around at about 15 months. It has made such a difference. She's in the 95% for height and she has much more room. And she doesn't scream nearly as much because she can see so much more now. :)
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  • Still RF here. She'll be 2 years old in 3 weeks but Ihave no plans to turn her around yet; although DH keeps asking when we can turn her around. She's off the charts in height but weight hasn't hit 30 lbs yet so we'll keep her RF until she maxes out or DH annoys me to death. 

    My car is a 2 door coup so keeping her RF is an extreme PITA for me. But I know she's safer that way so I suck it up. But I am sooo looking forward to turning her around because getting in and out of the back seat to secure her and remove her lost its charm about a week after we switched to the convertible car seat. 

  • I'm not there yet, but starting to consider it. DS is 2 pounds from the 35 pound RF weight limit, and close to height limit as well. I don't care about folding legs or not, no big deal, but RF isn't so safe if baby exceeds weight limits. I still dont know.

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  • image adelepickle:
    When he was 18lbs...he was too long to sit backwards. It is only a recommendation to keep the seat turned around, not a law.

    Are you sure you had the carseat installed properly? My son is 3 feet tall and fits RF.

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  • Nope. DD is tall but tiny and barely 20#. Just not something I feel I need to do right now. She just crosses her legs.
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  • 22 months, and DS is still happily rear facing. He just bends his legs. We have no intention of turning him around anytime soon.
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  • We haven't yet but plan on doing it soon. She is very big/tall and we may change her at 18 months.
  • I plan to keep DS RF until he outgrows the RF limits of his seat.
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