i did it a bit earlier.....
it is BEST to keep them rear facing.
if they are happy rear facing there is NO NEED to turn them around early!!!!! i'd keep them rear facing as long as the manual says it is safe. heck, id keep them rear facing until they are in highschool!
we turned him around early because he would FREAK out when he could not see me. he screamed as if you were beating him from the moment he was put in the car until the moment you took him out of the car.
it was very dangerous for me to drive with him screaming.
my car seat said it was OK to turn around at 20 pounds and before a year.
my doctor said that it was also ok. because alex was big and strong. he said that they say one year to encapsulate ALL babies even the small and premies.
we turned him around at like 11 months, maybe 10 months, but he was walking....well....etc. very sturdy with his muscles and strong.
you have to read the manual though, NOT ALL car seats are safe before a year AND 20 pounds. be sure what yours says before doing anything.
if he didn't cry he'd still be facing back
to nora B
I had same issues as you! im glad we did it early, but our doctor and manual said was ok.
another option. = earplugs you can wear when you drive, will keep the noise of the screaming to a minimum...or if summer you can roll down windows and that minimizes the noise of their screams...
i hated it. i was SO GLAD when he was able to enjoy the car. it will happen for you too