Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Not to start anything--just out of curiosity (car seat related)

I'm not trying to start anything here--just curious how many have flipped their toddler forwards in the car a little before the age of 2 and why?

With DS1 (who is 4) the rule was 1 yr--we flipped him around 14-15 months

For DS2 who is ginormous and people can't believe he's not 2 when I tell them, I feel like it's just 'time'--but then I've seen those youtube videos and such and I feel super mommy guilt about it.

He will turn 2 beginning of May--but thinking (somewhat) of turning him in the next week or two. 

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Re: Not to start anything--just out of curiosity (car seat related)

  • I'd think about what, specifically, is making you feel it's time.  I know you said he's really big but there are kids who rear face until 4!  I think one thing that influences parents is that they THINK their kids are uncomfortable and unhappy b
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    I'd think about what, specifically, is making you feel it's time.  I know you said he's really big but there are

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  • I won't do it becuase it simply just isn't as safe, regardless of how big or strong DS is for his age. I think we project our feelings onto them when we say they look cramped or feel too squished.  Unless they're crying and complaining abou
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  • I did not and will not unless she miraculously outgrows the rfing limits before 2. DD1 was 3 and I plan on waiting until at least then. Both are on the tall side but middle of road on weight.

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  • our plan has always been to keep them rf as long as their seats allowed. i wouldn't switch my child just because they were big for their age personally. i think your guilt is pointing you in the right direction. i wouldn't compromise safety just because.
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  • We're about 4m shy of the 2 year mark, and I am DYING to flip the car seat, just because (like you mentioned in the OP) my kid is enormous. It is a huge PITA to get an enormous child in and out of a rear facing car seat, in an already tight back seat.

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  • DD will be 3 in May.  She's not small - well above 50th percentile for both height and weight - but she's not ginormous either. :)  She is still rearfacing.  I can get her into the carseat rearfacing and she has hit neither the weight or th
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  • See, I actually think it's easier to buckle kids up when they are rearfacing. An average 3 year old is probably still bigger than a big 1.75 year old, but it was still easier.

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  • I believe that buckling is easier, but she can't go in the middle seat, so getting her into the space between the top of the door and the carseat is kinda a pain, and it's no easier for her to do it on her own.
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  • DS is 18 months and still RFing. In fact, he seems very comfortable. He is 29lbs. I will switch him when he gains 11lbs. That is when he will reach the limit for his seat. If that magically happens before 2, I guess he'll be flipped before then but I high
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  • We flipped DD at right about 12m.  We'd done it on vacation and just kept it up because she liked it and it was SO much easier to put her in.

    We'll turn DS, who is much shorter, at 16m when the new baby arrives.  We'll have to turn him

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  • Were in the minority here I know. We just switched last weeks. DD is 20 months. she is about 80%for height and weight. I have tremendous guilt about it but we just couldn't do it anymore. She would throw these crazy fits when we were putting her in the ca
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  • We plan on waiting till he is 2 but I feel that you need to do what you feel is right for you and your LO depending on weight/height.  My son also seems pretty comfortable RF so we may try past 2 if no issues arise.
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    Were in the minority here I know. We just switched last weeks. DD is 20 months. she is about 80%for height and weight
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  • I turned both of mine around at 12 months and 20 pounds. I wouldn't let anyone make you feel bad about your decision. Do what YOU are comfortable with, whatever decision that may be. 
  • We are still RFing at 25 months. Our carseat goes to 40 lbs or 46" RFing, and my 50th percentile kid is 27 lbs and 35", so he'll be at least 3 or 4 before we have to flip him.
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    I turned both of mine around at 12 months and 20 pounds. I wouldn't let anyone make you feel bad about you
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  • My son just outgrew the height limit for RF (I wasn't expecting him to at all--we have a Britax Boulevard 70). He is really tall (DH is 6'8") so I guess it was to be expected, but I was planning on waiting to turn him around. Seeing the height limit on ou
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    I disagree with this. RFing vs. FFing is not like CIO vs. co-sleeping. It's not a personal prefe

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  • Honest question, not meant to be snarky - how big are these children that are too big to RF before age 2? 

    DD1 was RFing to 2y9m, at which point she outgrew her seat RFing by height. She was 38in and 29lbs. Had she not been too tall for her

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    Not really, since that is illegal. In most places, the law is that they can FF at 12m and 20lbs so

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  • DD will be 2 at the end of June.  We will turn her to FF around the middle to end of May as we are due with DS the middle of June.  As much as I would like to keep her RF, my car won't allow for an infant seat and a RF Britax and a new car is

  • we are going to stay RF as long as possible. I was finding it very tough with the Britax Boulevard so bought a Diono Radian RXT for our main vehicle and it made a huge difference... so much more room between the seat and the roof of the door.
  • DS is only 14 months so I haven't even entertained flipping him but he's so stinking thin he won't max out on weight for a long time. I'll flip him when he hits the height limit since that will happen before the weight limit.
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    Honest question, not meant to be snarky - how big are these children that are too big to RF before age 2? 

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  • My DD was 1 year when we flipped. We were moving from Colorado to Florida and did not want her to be uncomfortable for the long road trip. She is rather tiny, but very long so we decided it would be best for us to flip her seat. She loved it! We bought th
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