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post #21 of 68
How does anyone do this? My kids knees were up by their ears soon after their first birthdays. There is no way I could keep them RFing that long.
post #22 of 68
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Originally Posted by homewithtwinsmama View Post
How does anyone do this? My kids knees were up by their ears soon after their first birthdays. There is no way I could keep them RFing that long.
Where their feet and legs are doesn't matter. Kids are flexible. Dd rf until 3.5yrs old. She crossed her legs or hung them over the sides.

-Angela
post #23 of 68
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Where their feet and legs are doesn't matter. Kids are flexible. Dd rf until 3.5yrs old. She crossed her legs or hung them over the sides.

-Angela
yup. My kids are all taller than average, and are still comfortable rear-facing past two. In fact, the only reason we turned our 3rd child at 2.5 yrs was because he reached the weight limit of his seat, his legs are long but he bent/folded them with no complaints.
post #24 of 68
I agree it would be impossible to say "4 years" but "to the limits" is what the AAP has been advocating since 2001. However, it's easier to grasp "oh ok 2 years" than it is some random "35 pounds." When you are pregnant 35 pounds seems like eons away. My skinny minny almost- 4 year old is too tall for all seats but 2, and she's getting closer to the weight limit as well.
post #25 of 68
Great news! I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing higher limit seats in the states.
post #26 of 68
I thought the higher weight limit seats required the foot which can't be tested in the current us tests?
post #27 of 68
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I thought ppl liked to sit scrunched up. Seriously. I mean I'm sitting here right now in an office chair and my legs are all folded up on it, it's just way more comfortable than sitting "properly."
post #28 of 68
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I thought ppl liked to sit scrunched up. Seriously. I mean I'm sitting here right now in an office chair and my legs are all folded up on it, it's just way more comfortable than sitting "properly."
Ditto. I do the same thing all the time, especially in the car. It really annoys people too and I don't get it. Even the few times I drive I pull the seat all the way up, and I'm not short (5' 7"). : Oh well

I'm thinking now I will keep my LO RFing for as long as possible, whatever keeps her safer. That's most important.
post #29 of 68
Well this is making my day!!! Its probably too late for parents who couldn't wait to turn their 1 year olds around. But for those with newborns, I think this will definitely help keep kids RF longer.
post #30 of 68
Just need a small vent here where people know exactly how I feel.

I just put this link on my facebook and wrote a note, and tagged all the new mamas.

I got one comment that said "Horsepucky! This is far beyond rediculus..."
ugh,
I said, Why do you think so?
And she replied with more "kids with padded walls, no merry go rounds etc". I linked her to some videos showing FF vs RF.

Anyone have more links to share with this new mama...I feel awful too cause she was a client. And, I'm rotten with confrontation, but trying really hard to break that every day, so here we are.
Spam me with education. Please!
post #31 of 68
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Originally Posted by Shelsi View Post
I thought ppl liked to sit scrunched up. Seriously. I mean I'm sitting here right now in an office chair and my legs are all folded up on it, it's just way more comfortable than sitting "properly."
Me too!!! I am much more comfy this way
post #32 of 68
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post #33 of 68
So is this an official guideline that the AAP has revised or just an article suggesting it? So would the new guideline be 2 yrs AND 20lbs?
post #34 of 68
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Originally Posted by caro113 View Post
Ditto. I do the same thing all the time, especially in the car. It really annoys people too and I don't get it. Even the few times I drive I pull the seat all the way up, and I'm not short (5' 7"). : Oh well

I'm thinking now I will keep my LO RFing for as long as possible, whatever keeps her safer. That's most important.
I did this well into my third trimester of pregnancy, made my officemate twinge something awful (he was a tall guy who I think has done it involuntarily one too many times )
post #35 of 68
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Originally Posted by treehugginhippie View Post
So is this an official guideline that the AAP has revised or just an article suggesting it? So would the new guideline be 2 yrs AND 20lbs?
well, it came from their official newsletter

that said, the AAP site has yet to change their information. I think we should all email them and encourage them to hurry up
post #36 of 68
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Originally Posted by lolar2
Here, Britax is the most expensive seat by far. It's a luxury status symbol. (Obviously, it's also used by people who just like it. But people who do look for a luxury status symbol car seat, get a Britax.)
Wow, I never thought about a car seat as a status symbol before.

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Originally Posted by homewithtwinsmama View Post
How does anyone do this? My kids knees were up by their ears soon after their first birthdays. There is no way I could keep them RFing that long.
It doesn't matter where their legs are, bent legs are not dangerous at all.
My two 5.5 yo. are currently still rearfacing, they are tall for their ages, they have their legs to the sides, or cross them.

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Originally Posted by RachelEve14 View Post
Great news! I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing higher limit seats in the states.
Me too. (And I don't even live there.)

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Originally Posted by somelady View Post
I thought the higher weight limit seats required the foot which can't be tested in the current us tests?
Not here, there are seats that RF to like 55 pounds 2 oz here, w/o that foot. Our seats (Britax) have foots, but there are also both Britax seats and other brands w/o the foot.
post #37 of 68
Yippee!!! Now if only my son will stay a skinny minny long enough for the US to get higher weight limit seats. I soooooo do not want to turn him ff. He is tall, and he rides with his legs splayed out in a "V" on the back seat. He doesn't mind one little bit.
post #38 of 68
I was excited over this because I've been trying to find a way to share extended RFing info with a local forum I'm on without sounding preachy about it, so I posted the article with some other links (including the crash test videos). It led to a decent discussion about bent legs, etc, but then it came to light that NY has *no* rear-facing requirement. I always thought 1 year/20 lbs was the law pretty much everywhere? I'm in shock. It looks like it's the case in a lot of states.

I'm hoping the discussions and other links will make an impact on some mamas despite the lack of a decent law! :
post #39 of 68
AS long as they don't make it illegal to ff before 2, then I don't really care what the aap recommends. I don't follow a lot of their recommendations (vax, etc)
post #40 of 68
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Originally Posted by ishyfishie View Post
I was excited over this because I've been trying to find a way to share extended RFing info with a local forum I'm on without sounding preachy about it, so I posted the article with some other links (including the crash test videos). It led to a decent discussion about bent legs, etc, but then it came to light that NY has *no* rear-facing requirement. I always thought 1 year/20 lbs was the law pretty much everywhere? I'm in shock. It looks like it's the case in a lot of states.

I'm hoping the discussions and other links will make an impact on some mamas despite the lack of a decent law! :
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