I keep hearing people feel bad because it "seems" like their child is uncomfortable. Is your child expressing discomfort? Pain? Or is it just your perception? What kind of pain? How are they sitting? Most kids are pretty bendy and flexible. Usually rearfacing children can simply cross their legs or sit in a half lotus, which is a normal sitting position. My son used to just bend his knees upwards or put his feet up. What makes it so cramped in a carseat? I am sitting cross legged now. My son often goes into positions that do not look comfortable to me, but as long as he is ok with it, I am too.yoginisarah:
I am also confused but what you mean when you say you "wish there had been another way." It sounds as if you feel you do not have an option. Why not? It seems to be yours was a choice, which means there are others. If your child is under the limits, there is another option. This thread offers a bunch of different perspectives. It's the general consensus kids can sit this way fine to the RF weight limits on a seat. Safety trumps my son appearing to me "cramped."
I posted some links with some videos, and those should be evidence enough to consider your child's safety versus their perceived comfort and research the benefits of keeping your child rear facing for an extended period of time.This has 4 video links all worth watching about the benefits of RFing carseats.
Includes crash test data.
Originally Posted by titania8
my 2 year olds are 28 and 23 lbs and are both rf (until 33 lbs- fisher-price safe voyage). we have to cross their legs, but they are totally comfortable. much more comfy than dangling legs, imo.
This is a great point. I never thought about how uncomfortable it would be to sit with legs dangling. I dislike sitting with my legs dangling. I always sit cross legged or with my legs up if I am not sitting on the ground. I even put my feet on my backpack at school or sit in a half lotus. A masseuse suggested I ditch the desk and chair at home and sit on the floor because my feet never touch the floor. It was bothering me, and I had a lot of pain in my neck. He thought the more natural position would be comfortable, and it is. No neck pain. It was the best thing I did.