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Poll Results: When did you turn your carseat FF?

 
  • 21% (31)
    At one year
  • 19% (28)
    Between 13-18 months
  • 23% (34)
    Between 19-24 months
  • 34% (49)
    Over 2 years
142 Total Votes  
post #81 of 89
I turned dd one around at one because I thought that was what you were supposed to do. With this baby, I am not sure what we will do. Rear facing does not work so well in my car, camry, but we have a good car seat tech locally so I will try to get her help to make it work as long as we can.

I feel for those of you with kiddos who HATE car rides. Must be hard.
post #82 of 89
blueirises, since he hates it so much and you believe it's because of lack of contact/tiredness after day care, can you just sit and hold him or nurse him before leaving daycare? Maybe tell him "let's sit here for 10 minutes and snuggle before we get on the road." Then, shorten it to 5 minutes, gradually, you know? It sounds like the poor little guy is just miserable back there, and you must be pretty miserable too. I can't imagine trying to drive like you describe.
post #83 of 89
we just just turned ds FF at 2.9 yrs only because he weighs 32 1/2 lbs and we needed his car seat for the baby who was outgrowing the infant seat. I seriously contemplated buying a scenara for the 35 lb weight limit but couldn't convince dh.

He is pretty tall too but never once complained and just sorta bent his legs or folded them. I think he was more comfy and napped more often rear facing but alas he reached the rf'ing limit of his seat.

eta: ok just read the OP and luckily none of my kids hated being in their car seat so we didn't have your issues, I do think I'd try everything possible to keep them calm before turning any child under age 2.
post #84 of 89
Justin was a year old... I didn't know any better.

Rebecca was a hair under two years old... she was small enough to stay rear facing, but she would kick the seat behind her so much that the carseat would gradually start laying back too much. And it was in TIGHT!

Ideally, I would have kept her rear facing until 33 lbs, but that would have been about another year, and it just wasn't working out.
post #85 of 89
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Originally Posted by _betsy_ View Post
blueirises, since he hates it so much and you believe it's because of lack of contact/tiredness after day care, can you just sit and hold him or nurse him before leaving daycare? Maybe tell him "let's sit here for 10 minutes and snuggle before we get on the road." Then, shorten it to 5 minutes, gradually, you know? It sounds like the poor little guy is just miserable back there, and you must be pretty miserable too. I can't imagine trying to drive like you describe.
I do hold and play with him for about 10 minutes before we leave. This gives me not only time with him but I am able to talk with his teachers too. Sometimes I am early enough that I get there to give him his bottle (I'm pregnat with #2 so my milk dried up about 5 weeks ago) so we sit and rock in the chair together. I have also asked to make sure that for at least the 15 minutes before I am scheduled to come, he is not eating at the snack table but is playing on the floor so he doesn't go from one confining seat to another.

I am counting down the days to Christmas break so I am not making the drive with him and we will be home together...then the count down will be until February break...and then April when my maternity leave begins...I just need to get through these next few weeks.

Thank you Betsy for your kindness!
post #86 of 89
Hoping for some change or improvement in your situation - SOON!

-Angela
post #87 of 89
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
just another notch on the side of going car-free.
while necessary for safety, carseats just arent really attachment parenting.
sigh.
I'm so glad my DD finally accepted her car seat, and now in her booster she freaks out hysterically if she's not in her seatbelt
Attachment parenting involves meeting your child's needs.

One of your child's needs is to be safe.

So yeah, car seats are most definitely AP
post #88 of 89
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
just another notch on the side of going car-free.
while necessary for safety, carseats just arent really attachment parenting.

Maybe if we put an organic lambskin and a plastic boob in there it'd make it a little more AP? Hook a pump to mama in the front seat and run it to a nipple in the back?
post #89 of 89
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Originally Posted by Sancta View Post
It's so "safe", in fact, that in the US the number ONE killer of children age one and up is auto accidents - exactly because they are turned forward facing when it's "legal" and supposedly safe. But no, it's not safe. Forward facing costs lives. Even adults would be safer riding backwards...but that isn't really an option right now.

Before the age of one, the number one killer of children is birth defects.

Interestingly, in Sweden where children rear face to age 5, only NINE...count them...NINE children died in five years in auto accidents.

You might want to do some looking into this.
I am wondering about this.. I fully understand (and agree) that a child should be RF as long as possible and I intend on doing that. But Im wondering about these statistics. What are the speed limits like in Sweden? Are people allowed to talk on their cell phones and drive? (its legal in my state, but not all.) Do people rely on their cars as heavily in Sweden as they do in the US? Nine children in five years sounds like such a low number, there has to be more to it than just RF.
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