We went to my niece's 1st birthday party today and DH needed to leave to do his man-stuff so my parents said they could bring me & DD home. They have a carseat for my nephew in their car, and I asked my mom if it could rear-face and she said yes. So I sent DH on his way with DD's carseat ...
Several hours later I go to the car to turn the seat around, and (luckily my mom had brought the manual) discover that it is a booster-type seat, not a convertible and it does not rear face.
So I go inform her that the seat does not rear-face and she said, well, I guess she's going to have to forward face. I told her absolutely not, that it was not yet safe for DD to forward face. I think I kinda made a scene at the party but I don't care. She was like then well what are you going to do, seeing as we needed to leave and I had no seat for DD to ride in.
My brother ended up giving me his convertible seat since both he & SIL had driven to the party, so they had both their convertible seats.
Easy fix, but my mom's blatant disregard for DD's safety left me feeling so upset.
HOW DARE SHE even THINK to put my DD at risk. Children DIE in carseats if they are not appropriately restrained.
How dare she. This is MY DAUGHTER.
How dare she.
ETA: re: all the posts. My mom and I have had this discussion SEVERAL times, and she has tried to put DD FF for months now. She tried to put her RF only infant seat in the car FF because "she should be old enough by now". I have explicitly explained to her that DD should RF until at least a year and we're going to keep her RF for 2 years or until she outgrows the RF requirements. She has chosen to forget/ignore these, and every chance she gets, she tries to put DD FF. When she found out her seat only FF, she said well, since that's all we have, you're going to have to put her FF. When I refused, and explained to her why, she still insisted that she would have to FF since we didn't have another option. I'm probably being a little oversensitive about this, but my mom is seriously BSC and this is not the first time her judgment has been lax about DD's safety (even after all of our explanations) and it just has DH & myself concerned. I know the rules are different now than they used to be ... my little brother used to ride with no booster in the front seat when he was about 4.