Just curious at what age everyone turned around their LOs car seats. I keep hearing that "they"re saying not to turn the carseats around now until your LO turns 2! Any advice?
Rear Facing vs Forward Facing carseat
My DS is 3 years old and RF. I'll keep him that way until he's at least 4. He has lots of room to grow in his Sunshine Kids Radian! Less room in his Britax Boulevard, but we'll switch him out of that into a roomier True Fit in about 6 months (when our new baby will fit in the Boulevard.)
2 is now the recommended *minimum* for turning forward facing. And since most moms want much more for their kid than the bare minimum, hopefully most parents will choose to follow the best practice recommendation of "as long as they can", which can be 3, 4, 5 years old :) My 3.5 year old probably has another year left in his rearfacing convertible seat :)
With DD1 (who is 11yo) I didn't know any better and turned her at a yr. With DS he was rear facing till 3 1/2yrs when he maxed out his seat for weight. DD2 will be 3yo in 1 weeks and is still rear facing and will be till she maxes out her seat.
It is 5times safer to have them rfing and unless my child out grew there seat I would not turn at 2.
My DD is 2, and she won't be turning around for at least a couple more years. Ideally I would like to get my kids to booster age rearfacing, and skip forwardfacing and harnessed. rearfacing is so much safer, especially because my kids have 80th percentile heads and DD has a 5th percentile body.
Rear-facing is always going to be safer, so of course, the longer, the better! The two year recommendation should be a minimum - but it's something to at least shoot for (even if it means buying a new car seat if it's outgrown by height or weight). After two years, I'd say it depends on individual situations. Hopefully more and more car seat manufacturers will get on board and design their seats to accommodate older riders, then it shouldn't even be an issue. Ideally, kids could rear-face until closer to 4 years of age.