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Thanks for this!

I've a couple friends expecting their first -- and many friends/sisters with young children who'd fit this age range.

I posted the BMJ link to my facebook page. I kept dd1 rear-facing 'til she hit her weight limit for her bucket, and kept dd2 rear-facing even longer (different bucket) - 'til she was past two years of age. Both of my sisters with little'uns have been ecstatic to turn their babies front-facing as soon as they hit one (one even earlier because he was 'so long.').

IME, with little babies, having a mirror they can look in to see their parents' faces while driving can help a lot with their fussing while rear-facing. And when dh was driving, I would sit in the seat next to the car seat, so babe wasn't all alone. Neither of our girls had a problem with being rear-facing (once we got mirrors and me sitting near them figured out ) -- and in fact, dd1 didn't get carsick 'til she was forward-facing.

In terms of carsickness, a mom here on mothering recommended folding a square of newspaper and putting it between tummy and shirt when buckling kids in -she said she didn't know why it worked, her Ped told her to try it. But it does absolutely work!! DD1 has only been carsick once while wearing it - when we forgot to put the paper in 'til she asked for it, and I suspect that was too late. And she got reliably carsick otherwise. Hope it's helpful for someone, as it has been wonderful for us!
post #102 of 102
We had already planned to leave ds rfing until he hit the limit on his seat (it's a convertable). I know when I aksed his pedi at his 9 month appointment about turning him, she said "I can understand where your question comes from since he's a big boy, but, we would like to keep him rfing for as long as possible". I'll have to bring it back up at his 12 month appointment next month as he's close to or over 30 pounds by now and his seat has a limit of 35 pounds rfing.
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