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Turning the Car Seat Around

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.

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Re: Turning the Car Seat Around

  • 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.

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  • NVandGZ said:
    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.
    Yep this.  You should keep them rear facing until at least 2 and then, until as long as you can before they outgrow their seat rear facing.  My kids will be rearfacing until a minimum of 3 but I am shooting for 4.  
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  • are they not to big to be 2 and still facing the rear?

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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.
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  • This is what can happen if you FF too early. This moms story is very sad, but she's now a huge advocate for RFing properly and has made this video just for it.


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  • 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. 

     

  • My six year old is rear facing upon her request.  She is pretty small though.
    She stands 42 inches tall and is 40 pounds.  She has a short torso.  I rear face until four usually, but will be turning my 33 month old at 3 as I am done fighting with him in the car.  DD3 and 4 will rear face until four and then as I always do give them the option of forward facing.
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  • We are keeping our son RF until at until he is at least 2 years old.

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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.
    I'm so glad you posted these videos. The one makes me cry every time I see it. 

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  • We have a chicco nextfit that will allow DS to rear face to almost 4 years old.  He would RF til 10 years old if it was possible and I had my way lol.  
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  • Another advocate for extended rfing here. My 3.5 yo is 41" and 37.5 lbs and rear facing in a Graco MySize. DD1 rear faced to 2.5 years, which is when she outgrew the limits of the seat we had then (back in 2008). She was 40" and 32 lbs.
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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.
    Broken legs are more likely to happen front facing than rear facing.  

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