In WA it's 1yr & 20lbs. :( DS is still RF'ing and will be forever since his seat RF's to 45lbs
Originally Posted by mayakas
Our pediatrician has been telling us this for I it seems like a year now so I was kind of surprised to see it on CNN now. In fact I think if I asked her about it again she would probably recommend DD who is 2 to stay rear-facing until the max limit of the car seat (35 lbs? on mine).
Just the other day I found out a family friend is putting her 2 year old weighing 30 lbs, who btw has already been forward facing for months now, in a booster seat. Our state recommends a booster seat when kids turn FOUR. I'm horrified!
First off Super to your pedi! mine has a DD who is a couple weeks older than my DS and she'd turned her at a year and it was me begging her not to. She chuckled when I told her I planned to ERF like how could you get a toddler to do that. Uh... you get a toddler to do what you want because you're the parent and it's what's safest.
Second your friend is . Id gently pass along this kind of information to her. it's 5 times safer for a 2yo to be RF'ing than FFing.
Have her visit http://car-seat.org. our WA website, and where I learned to be a CPST, is BUCKLUP.org
There's also a printable flyer on Twinkie Physics and how it relates to wearing a seatbelt. Plus there are lots of checklists on how to know if your child is able to be in a booster.
I know I'm preaching to the choir but my heart breaks when I hear about/see stuff like that.