: bimmergal, you are awesome!!
I've got a question here too. I'm one of those terrible mama's that turned my son's carseat around right after he turned 1. He's over 20lbs too. He was one of those kids that screamed constantly in his carseat until we turned it around. I wasn't going to turn him around until the guidelines indicated I could, but I did the second it was legal.
Can't some of you give any validity to the very upset child being a major distraction while driving. I'm a very nervous driver to begin with, and hearing my baby cry. . . . just amplifies that nervousness exponentially. I sympathize with those mamas. And yes, we did try everything, special car only toys, singing, reciting his favorite books, if there were two adults, one of us back there with him. . . . .rubbing his arm(that probably wasn't safe)
That said, I am considering turning our carseat back to rf. I feel like, now, after riding ff for awhile, he's gotten more comfortable riding in the car, and might not freak out so much.
oh, one more glitch though. we can't put our seat rf in the middle, and I was told the middle is safer.... we can put it ff in the middle. So, at first, we thought it was safer when we put him ff in the middle. Has that played a part in anyone else's desision. I think a rear ending accident is probably more likely than a side impact accident, so the side rf, would be better, but not sure. Are there any other reasons why being in the middle is safer?