Originally Posted by marymiss
totally agree. glad you brought up the issue with the height and being rear faced. when they get tall to the point that there is no more leg room being rear faced, it's time to turn around. I also think that as parents, we should put ourselves in out kids' shoes and think of how we'd feel if we were in the exact same position. no view, car sick and no leg room. no wonder they scream!
No view: This one always mystifies me. Do people not have rear windows in their cars? When she was RF in a car, DD had a panoramic view of the rear and side windows. Now she's in a van and can't see as much out the rear, but she can see more than she can when she's FF and gets a spectacular view of the back of my seat. No matter which way she's facing or in which car, I hear an endless stream of what she sees, so I'm quite aware of her exact view. She also yells at me if I make a "wrong turn" ie turn towards home instead of, say, the park where she wants to play.
car sick: Definitely something I'd take into consideration, if it were to affect one of my kids. However many, many children do not feel carsick while rear-facing. Including my own. RF is much safer than FF, so I'd try other solutions first, but if the motion sickness was severe enough and nothing else worked, yeah, I'd turn a kid who I'd otherwise want rear-facing.
no leg room: Most kids don't seem to care about this one either. Ever seen the weird and awkward positions kids sit, play, and sleep in? They are more flexible than us. If I were to squat to play with a bug for two hours straight, I wouldn't be able to walk for a week. My DD does this all the time. My son just fell asleep with his head resting on his leg. I don't bend that way. I have pics of myself as an older child sleeping in my own lap on a bus. I don't bend that way anymore. Also, in my van, DD is in a captain's chair which I have reclined for her. When she puts her legs up on the reclined seatback it's really not that different from an adult's recliner.