Originally Posted by Eclipsepearl
I turned my kids around too early and I regret it. Sure, they're fine today but I was not educated and grateful I wasn't in an accident while they were little.
For those with "car seat screamers" who are still in infant seats, try moving them to a rear-facing convertible. They may be lying back to far, looking at too much ceiling.
I did, too. This would have been back in 2003. I had a car screamer, too. From about 4mos. we simply didn't drive anywhere by ourselves. It became a fairly desperate situation. We bought the best seat at the time, a Britax Marathon, but she still screamed, even sitting up. We bought hook-on toys (which I know you're not supposed to) and she still screamed even though she had some things for entertainment including mirrors to see me. When we would try to go in the car with me driving, just the two of us, she'd scream until she would throw up and I was scared that she would choke - and we travel mostly interstates around here, so it wasn't easy to just pull over. I'd sing and talk to her the whole way. Nope, she was miserable traveling backwards. She did the same thing in a stroller that had her facing me and riding backwards. She's still miserable traveling backwards - rides at amusement parks that go backwards make her throw up even now at nearly 8 yo. It was a combo of not seeing me and motion sickness. When I was back with her, I could distract her from her motion sickness sometimes. Not always, though, which made the situation worse.
I can't claim a lack of education, though. I was completely aware of the benefits of keeping her RF, but turned her at 13 months and 25lbs. because we just couldn't live like that anymore. Not a good excuse and I honestly don't know what I would do if I could do it all over again. Probably do as I did before and turn her and take the calculated risk that I had her in the safest seat made at the time... because I remember we were all just about to go bonkers.
We did keep her 5pt. harnessed until she was about 6 and outgrew the seat (the same Marathon, which was a couple of months away from expiring). She'll be in a booster for several more years, I'm sure. She a long way from 80lbs. and 4'9".