|View Poll Results: When will/did you turn your carseat to forward facing?|
|Before 12 months||7||11.67%|
|At 12 months||19||31.67%|
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Here is a link that I found helpful in deciding to keep her rearfacing and find a seat that would go up to 35lbs.
This is usually a hot topic so I am sure you will get lots of replies soon. I personally don't care if my baby will be happier facing forward. Yes, I love her and hate for her to be unhappy, but I would rather know she is in the safest position! Plus, since she hasn't ever been forward facing, she has no idea what she is missing.
My friend turned her son before he was a year because she was tired of him crying. She faced him forward even though I tried to convince her to keep in rear facing. She even bought a DVD player for him to keep him occupied. Guess what?? He still cries. Some babies just don't like to be restrained and by themselves back there.
Good luck in your decision!!
With DS #2, he will be rearfacing as long as possible, he's 11 months now, I'm hoping he'll fit both weight and height wise in his seats(I have a Fisher Price Safe Embrace, and a Century Accel) until at least 18 months.
people are starting to ask me why she is still rear-facing at almost 2, and i just say, it's safer. everyone i know turns the seat around at one year, some even earlier. if shosh is like her cousin, she may not hit 30 pounds until she's 4! but i'll turn her around before then, if that's what it looks like the case will be.
anyway, i'll keep her rear-facing as long as she fits.
I understand those who want to keep their child rear-facing.
Mamastace, honestly, I can't see how the techs at that check had gone thru any of the NHTSA training. It is drilled thru your skull that you should NEVER forward face before 1 year of age, and the new curriculum says to rearface as long as possible(I took the training in 1999, and started to re-take it in Dec. 01, but had to drop out of class due to my oldest being sick). And, all the check up forms I've ever used point out that if the child is under 1 year, and forward facing, it is a mistake, and the parent isn't allowed to leave the check with the child installed in the seat that way.
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
We were planning to turn her forward facing at a year, certain she would reach the weight requiremnet (at the safety clinic we were told 22 lbs min.), but also at the clinic, we were advised to keep her rear facing as long as possible, despite conerns of her legs being bent. My biggest problem is that it is extremely difficult to adjust the car seat straps in this position, so I wonder if it really is safer...
Ds is now over 2y8mo and still facing rear, at just over 22lbs 33". His legs cross in front of him, which for kids is no biggie - they're much more flexible than we are. We have a mirror set up on the back of the car's seat so that he can see the driver and, when there are two adults in the car, one of us usually sits with him in the middle seat (we have a minivan).
Now, w/ baby #2 due any second, we had to figure out where to put the seats and where I should sit. If ds were facing forward, we'd put him in the back seat, w/ baby and I in the middle. However, ds is still facing rear, so he's still in the middle seat. The baby's seat is in the middle of the back seat w/ a mirror, and I've been sitting there when dh drives. I don't like the idea of baby#2 being so far away from me when I drive alone, but I'll plan my trips more efficiently/wait for dh when I can.
I wouldn't be surprised if the baby is in a convertible seat as well before ds is out of his (ds is tiny), so we may switch ds to forward-facing in the back seat at that time, as the Roundabout does not work in the middle of the back seat where there is only a lap belt. Or, we may buy a different convertible for him that will work rear-facing in the back and give the Roundabout to the baby. We'll see.
I don't know what we'll do if/when we have a third baby, as I don't think you're supposed to put two car seats in the middle seat - it's only seats two, and I can't sit in the middle of the back seat with only a lap belt. Maybe by that time we'll have a different minivan with separate seats in the middle and baby #3 will be in the middle of the back seat, with the other two in their own middle seats and me in the back.
What a book!
I was able to turn my DD back rear facing for a couple of months last winter. I turned her front facing for good when she was 34 months old. I hope by the time DD2 is 2 years old, there are even more options so I can keep her rear facing to age 3!
Edited to add: Oops! I see that Sarah already posted that link. Oh, well. It really is a good one!
Roman (3/98), Evalina (3/00), Nadia (3/03), and Kira (11/07)
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
But I do plan to do more reading.
-Able to pull self to standing at furniture (by themselves, with no help).
He me the standing and 20lbs a month ago (7months), but we won't be moving the seat around until he goes over the 35lb limit on our seat.
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