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post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by harleyhalfmoon View Post
I have a question- how do you FIT a child who's that big (almost three- much taller than an infant) in a rear-facing position? I've never heard of that. As soon as my son was 20 pounds and a year (or whatever it is- it's been 11 years since I had to remember), I flipped him to forward facing. He wasn't a tall baby- he was average, but his legs and feet would get all crunched up and he was miserable.
My daughter rode rearfacing until she got too heavy to do so. She was over 3 years old at the time. She either crossed her legs or just bent her knees. Children are quite comfortable in that position. We know, because kids who are rearfacing at 3 years old can tell us so!

Here is a good video for you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2DVfqFhseo

ETA: This might also help answer your question:
http://cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbumAll.aspx
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by harleyhalfmoon View Post
I have a question- how do you FIT a child who's that big (almost three- much taller than an infant) in a rear-facing position? I've never heard of that. As soon as my son was 20 pounds and a year (or whatever it is- it's been 11 years since I had to remember), I flipped him to forward facing. He wasn't a tall baby- he was average, but his legs and feet would get all crunched up and he was miserable.

That being asked, if he's within the law's requirements, I don't think there's anything you can do about it but to tell his Mother that you're not comfortable with him forward facing. Maybe you can make it a game with the little boy and your daugher- count birds our the rearwiew window or something like that?
I know you've been bombarded already. I just thought this website with pictures of kids RF beyond the 1yr/20lb mark & a page with the reasons why might be nice to look at
http://www.cpsafety.com/
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by angie3096 View Post
My daughter rode rearfacing until she got too heavy to do so. She was over 3 years old at the time. She either crossed her legs or just bent her knees. Children are quite comfortable in that position. We know, because kids who are rearfacing at 3 years old can tell us so!

Here is a good video for you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2DVfqFhseo

ETA: This might also help answer your question:
http://cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbumAll.aspx
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Originally Posted by Synchro246 View Post
I know you've been bombarded already. I just thought this website with pictures of kids RF beyond the 1yr/20lb mark & a page with the reasons why might be nice to look at
http://www.cpsafety.com/
See, this is very good to know, very interesting reading. Until I saw this post, I was unaware that anyone kept their child rear facing after a year and 20 pounds, Actually, to be honest, my son was a baby 12 years ago now, and he SCREAMED and struggled panic-like the entire time he was in his rearfacing car seat- I was praying for the day he turned one (he was 20 pounds at 5 months old, but as uneducated I was, I wasn't DUMB!) and as soon as he was a year old, I flipped him and he loved the car after that. If I had known then what I know now, I would have kept him rear facing longer and dealt with the screaming. My sister will be having her second child around Christmas time. I'm gonna mention it to her and send her a link to the video.
post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by harleyhalfmoon View Post
See, this is very good to know, very interesting reading. Until I saw this post, I was unaware that anyone kept their child rear facing after a year and 20 pounds, Actually, to be honest, my son was a baby 12 years ago now, and he SCREAMED and struggled panic-like the entire time he was in his rearfacing car seat- I was praying for the day he turned one (he was 20 pounds at 5 months old, but as uneducated I was, I wasn't DUMB!) and as soon as he was a year old, I flipped him and he loved the car after that. If I had known then what I know now, I would have kept him rear facing longer and dealt with the screaming. My sister will be having her second child around Christmas time. I'm gonna mention it to her and send her a link to the video.
You're so welcome, always happy to spread the word. My daughter didn't like being rearfacing either. She said she wasn't physically uncomfortable, she just wanted to sit like mom and see where we were going. And she did cry about it. But I preferred a pissed off child to a dead one, so I never caved!
post #45 of 46
Chiming in late here, but I would definately tell her that in YOUR car, everyone rides as safely as possible, and for that child, RF is the safest. Period. I've done it with friends whose kids have ridden with us (including making a 6yo ride in a harnessed seat when she's used to a backless booster) and it's not always pleasant, but I will not compromise the safety of a child to prevent an awkward moment with a friend. And, if you were to be in an accident and that child were injured or killed (internal decapitation is MUCH more likely to happen to a FF child than a RF one), I can't imagine the guilt you'd feel for the rest of your life because you allowed him to ride in a less-safe position.
post #46 of 46
Here's an album full of kids rfing past 1/20#. Click on the pic for the full picture.
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFalbum.aspx

Here's the cutest kid in the album right before he turned 3 (he went ffing at 34 mos and 34# and 36ish").
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum/AJ.aspx

Here's a child who should be in the album. He's currently 32mos and 26# and almost 34" and still rfing.
http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...t=IMG_1025.jpg
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