When are you suppose to turn the car seat front facing, my son is 9 months and is 23 pounds and sits up
great and crawls and pulls up all on his own, he is not walking. Everything we go to the Doctor that's the one question that slips my mind.
The new recommendations are for at least 2 years. Extended rear facing I believe is as long as possible (when LO outgrows the RF limits). The reasoning being is that their bones need more time to ossify, and otherwise risk internal decapitation by FF too soon.
We got the Diono Radian RXT seat so we could rear face long past 2yrs (45lbs).
The whole, turn at 1yr, 22lbs and when they are walking is a time of the past. Research clearly states that children are by far safer rear facing.
You'll notice the vast majority of car seats now have rear facing limits of 35-50lbs. Aside from the infant bucket seats (meant for first few months of lugging sleeping infants in and out of car) very few convertible seats only go up to 22lbs now. This is due to the research and realization that children should remain rear facing. Sweden and other European countries have long had their children rear face until age 4-5yrs then turned them at booster age.
Not all parents are aware of the risks of forward facing too soon and the benefits of rear facing, spread the word.
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This is why you keep your child RF. This is a regular toddler sized crash test dummy. This is a 20MPH front end collision. Look at the difference. Internal decapitation isn't something unheard of. It's something that kills. Please keep your child RFing as long as possible. Little broken legs are much better than a dead child.