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post #21 of 25

I know everyone here is gaga for rf.  I wonder what you think of this: an acquaintance who is an occupational therapist turns her kids around at one year.  She says she is concerned about the developmental issues of zooming around backwards all of the time.

 

I plan on turning my little guy around to ff at 2 years old.  I look forward to it.  I feel bad for him facing the seat and not seeing much! 

 

Feel free to convince me to keep him rf longer.  I am open to that.

 

Cheers.

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Chamsia View Post

I know everyone here is gaga for rf.  I wonder what you think of this: an acquaintance who is an occupational therapist turns her kids around at one year.  She says she is concerned about the developmental issues of zooming around backwards all of the time.

 

I plan on turning my little guy around to ff at 2 years old.  I look forward to it.  I feel bad for him facing the seat and not seeing much! 

 

Feel free to convince me to keep him rf longer.  I am open to that.

 

Cheers.


There have been no studies that I know of that show there are developmental issues with children riding rfing.  In fact in Sweden children ride rfing until 4-6 years, and have for a long time, and no one is reporting developmental issues there.

 

There have been documented cases of children being injured in accidents because they were ffing too young.  Google Joel's Story.  I go with what HAS happened as a basis of evidence over a theoretical idea that has no basis.
 

 

post #23 of 25


She is making stuff up to bolster her own preference.  There is no justification, no study, no legitimate opinion, to validate that sheer idiocy.     

Kids see plenty rear facing.   Trust me, there is not reason for you to turn forward facing.  He sees out the side windows, he sees out the back windows, and he sees everything that happens when he isn't, you know, in the car.    

Ideally, children should be rear facing until they have exceeded the age in which the brain can be separated from the spinal cord in a forward facing impact due to immature vertebral development.  This generally happens by around four years.   (Ask your friend about the developmental issues of being paralyzed from the neck down and spending the rest of your short, painful, miserable life on a ventilator being fed through a tube.)  

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Originally Posted by Chamsia View Post

I know everyone here is gaga for rf.  I wonder what you think of this: an acquaintance who is an occupational therapist turns her kids around at one year.  She says she is concerned about the developmental issues of zooming around backwards all of the time.

 

I plan on turning my little guy around to ff at 2 years old.  I look forward to it.  I feel bad for him facing the seat and not seeing much! 

 

Feel free to convince me to keep him rf longer.  I am open to that.

 

Cheers.



 

post #24 of 25

I turned my DS at 2 years when I realized he was over the weight limit on his seat, even though I had planned on doing ERF.  Since he was already ~40 lbs at 2, I wasn't going to spend the money on a 45# seat only to outgrow it in a couple months.  Although he was close to the height limit regardless.   But his legs were never really a concern.  He knew how to fold them to get comfortable.  If you have a high weight limit seat, then I'd go until you get there, or outgrow by height, whichever comes first.  It really is the safer option. 

post #25 of 25

DS has always been above the 95th or 97th percentile for height. He outgrew his Roundabout, and I bought him a True Fit, which was the seat on the market at the time with the highest RF height limit. He stayed RF in the TF until he was within an inch of the top of the seat, which happened at about...38 mos? He was over 3 years old.

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