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Poll Results: When did or will you turn your child FFing?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 4% (10)
    Less than one year old and 20 lbs.
  • 15% (39)
    At one year and 20 lbs.
  • 12% (31)
    At or around 30 lbs.
  • 16% (42)
    At or around age 2
  • 7% (18)
    At or around age 3
  • 43% (108)
    At the weight or height limit of my child's seat
248 Total Votes  
post #21 of 85
as much as i'd like to say i would extended rear face...our two door car with a rear facing seat makes every trip agonizing. and yes, we do opt out of some trips and get togethers because of this, but we don't want to opt out of all of them. my babe has already hit and passed 20 pounds...but we're counting down the days to the year!! i can't wait to be able to feel my feet at the end of a car ride again!!
post #22 of 85
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Originally Posted by chirp View Post
as much as i'd like to say i would extended rear face...our two door car with a rear facing seat makes every trip agonizing. and yes, we do opt out of some trips and get togethers because of this, but we don't want to opt out of all of them. my babe has already hit and passed 20 pounds...but we're counting down the days to the year!! i can't wait to be able to feel my feet at the end of a car ride again!!
Google "extended rear facing". Rear facing is 500% safer than forward facing. That's worth any inconvenience that RF creates
post #23 of 85
i realize how much safer it is... hence my first statement which was that i wish we could go that long. but it's not safe with me sitting the way i have to in our car at this point. my feet fall asleep, i can't wear a safety belt, i'm in the backseat behind my husband whose seat is not in the ideal situation for him either, in fact, if we DO get into an accident, happily, baby will survive both of his parents.
post #24 of 85
His carseat can be installed more upright which will give you a lot more room. The risk of spinal and neck fractures in a FF carseat at such a young age is so paramount that I would encourage you to try absolutely everything before turning him FF.
post #25 of 85
We made it to 42 months (LOL) but she hit the weight limit once she had her winter gear on, sob!! Im almost crazy enough to just heat the car before we get into it and not put her in her boots/coat ect until we are getting out of the car!
post #26 of 85
DD is 26.5 lbs in a Marathon (she is 22 mo). Plan to keep her RF till we hit the limit.
post #27 of 85
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Originally Posted by hookahgirl View Post
We made it to 42 months (LOL) but she hit the weight limit once she had her winter gear on, sob!! Im almost crazy enough to just heat the car before we get into it and not put her in her boots/coat ect until we are getting out of the car!
She shouldn't be wearing a winter coat in her carseat, regardless
post #28 of 85
We'll keep ds rf until the weight limit of his Boulevard. He's almost two and 26 lbs. I doubt he'd outgrow it in height first. We actually bought the Boulevard to keep him rf because he was too tall to rf in his Roundabout.

With dd, I turned her ff around 13 or 14 lbs because I didn't know any better and was getting encouraged by my MIL and SIL to turn her. I don't know why they cared.
post #29 of 85
Thats the thing, its not even a winter coat its a thin canvas zip up that is thin as a sweatshirt but weighs 3 times as much LOL
post #30 of 85
So far, DD is 24 months and about 25 lbs and still RF. When babytwo gets here in March (DD will be 28 months, probably 28 lbs) we will re-evaluate. I want to keep her RF, but I need to see how everything fits in the car first.
post #31 of 85
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Originally Posted by hookahgirl View Post
Thats the thing, its not even a winter coat its a thin canvas zip up that is thin as a sweatshirt but weighs 3 times as much LOL
sorry for the threadjack but where did you get this? i'm looking for a thin but warm jacket for my DS.

on topic: DS is 2.5 y.o. still rear-facing in a 33lb car seat (old-er Radian80). He's around 30lb now so he still has several months to go, I assume.
post #32 of 85
We moved DD FF around 18 months. . .she was around 30lbs and was very tall. She hated being RF and was a much happier child when we faced her forward. We were also way more comfortable since we drove a small car at the time and I had to sit with my knees touching the dash all scrunched up when she was RF. DS was over a year, but I'm not sure exactly his age. We were going to keep him RF longer, but since we moved to Japan where the max speed in our town was 70km (around 43mph) and he was so miserable we moved him FF. Oh, BTW, both my children were over 20lbs before 5 months so we were well beyond this measurement when we changed them.
post #33 of 85
We turned DD at 15 months - the first time she reached 35 lbs. She turned back to RF when she went back down to 28lbs around 2 and stayed that way until just before her third birthday - when she reached the RF weight limit again.
post #34 of 85
Hannybanany I am sending you labor vibes!!:::
post #35 of 85
DD is 26 months and about 27lbs, 33 inches. She's RF in a Boulevard and at the moment, I plan to keep her that way until we reach the limits of the seat. We're TTC#2, and there's a chance I'll flip her when #2 is born even if she could still RF. We drive a civic and I don't think I can fit 2 RF carseats in the back. However, we've talked about buying a van once we have #2, so maybe I won't have to flip her then.
post #36 of 85
dd is 3 yrs, 4 months, 33 lbs, and still RF'ing.
post #37 of 85
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Originally Posted by chirp View Post
i realize how much safer it is... hence my first statement which was that i wish we could go that long. but it's not safe with me sitting the way i have to in our car at this point. my feet fall asleep, i can't wear a safety belt, i'm in the backseat behind my husband whose seat is not in the ideal situation for him either, in fact, if we DO get into an accident, happily, baby will survive both of his parents.
Is baby in the back middle? that is sort of what it sounds like, and that you are squished into a tiny partial seating position beside him behind your husband?
Because, if that is the case, might i suggest you put the baby's seat behind the passenger seat, and then you sit behind your husband. that way, you get a full seating position, and so does your husband. Your baby gets to remain rearfacing, and the slightly increased risk of being in an outboard position is WAY less risk that turning a 1 yr old forward facing. WAY LESS.

I'm not sure what car you have, but we have a Metro. So i know all about how to make carseats work in tiny little tuna cans..i mean, cars.
post #38 of 85
DD was turned because I didn't know any better (which started me on my journey to be a tech....!). ds will be Rfing to the limits..whic, given his miniature stature, could easily be well after 4. i would proably be okay with him being FFing occasionally in other vehicles like grammas car 3-4 times per year after the age of 3.
post #39 of 85
I voted a lot of different ways . DS1 was turned at 1 year and about 26 lbs. He was a car seat screamer. that combined with the fact that I didn't know how much safer it was to RF and I was in a hige hurry to turn him. DD stayed rearfacing until she was 18ish months old and outgrew the rearfacing limits of her seat (she was huge ). DS2 turned 3 in September and is still rearfacing, but is getting close to the limit. I will probably turn him as soon as DH has some free time to help me reinstall the seat (I can't do it myself and dh has is working a lot of hours - I'd rather turn him a couple of lbs early than leave him rearfacing until the seat is unsafe.)
post #40 of 85
I voted "to the limits of the seat" and "at or around 2 years." DS is over 33 pounds and going through another growth spurt, and his 2nd birthday is only a few short weeks away. I don't think we'll make it much into the new year without having to turn him because he'll have reached the 35 pound limit on his True Fit.
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