|View Poll Results: When did you turn your LO forward?|
|after 24 months||93||62.42%|
|Voters: 149. You may not vote on this poll|
Barbara: an always learning SAHM of Ilana (11) and Aiden (8) living in Belgium with my amazing husband.
He stopped screaming on short trips (10-20min) when he was around two. He started tolerating longer trips closer to two and a half. For really long trips (3-15 hours), we require DVDs and the ipod touch for distraction. One of us always sits in back with him.
Chasing DS since April 2007 and pumping for DD March 2013.
I shudder to think what a crash would do to his sweet little body if he were FF. It's my job to protect him to the best of my ability.
When my car AC went out, I turned him FF *in my car only* because my rear windows do not unroll and my AC had broken, which meant he had ZERO air flow back there. We lived in Texas at the time and this was the middle of summer where over 100* was a daily occurrence. Turning him fwd until we could afford to fix the AC was the only viable option. I had things like dr appointments & school pick up to attend to, not to mention just needing to get out of the house sometimes. (DH was working and driving the only car w/ AC, which was a stick shift, which I don't know how to drive *safely*.)
So, out of necessity and safety, he was FF at 18 mos. We did limit outings in my car, though.
(I'd rather have had him FF and able to get air form the unrolled front windows than RF and suffocating.)
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We have an Evenflo Triumph Advance rated to 35lbs RF and I pushed it to the max RFeight allowance. He's a big boy. 30lbs at 9 months and the ETA was the maximum weight rated RF we could afford then. Later on when he needed turned, our budget allowed for no upgrade at all to keep him RF.
Luckily he spends very little time in the car. 5 minutes on side streets once or twice a week. Some weeks he isn't in the car at all.
DD will remain rearfacing until she outgrows whatever seat is available that has the highest/heaviest measurements. I hear the Radian goes to 45 and has a tall shell so she may be in it until hopefully 4 or 5 years. And then I will harness her FF for as long as possible as well.
This issue is probably the only thing, other than perhaps diet and birthing choices, where parents can so truly and greatly impact their child's health and wellbeing. Everything else is a lottery or a mirage of control.
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When he outgrows his seat rearfacing, I will probably go overseas to get one that rearfaces even longer! (If they dont come out with a heigher limit seat here first)
To the OP, if your child screams in the car maybe s/he's just bored? Jack likes it when I play children's music (children singing) for him. He just babbles back to them, it's very sweet. If the music is driving me nuts I balance the speakers so that all the sound is coming from the rear.
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His sister is now 3.5 and using the same sweat. She still has plenty of room to grow so she will stay Rf another year or so. Personal preferences are all different , I would personally turn a child forward facing before age 4 since there is such a large safety difference.
The strong recommendation here in Sweden is to keep children rear facing to at least age 4 but preferably longer. Most parents follow this advice.
Annika: 3.5 years RF Britax Hi-Way â¢ Daniel: 6 years FF Britax Adventure
I turned my kids around too early and I regret it. Sure, they're fine today but I was not educated and grateful I wasn't in an accident while they were little.
For those with "car seat screamers" who are still in infant seats, try moving them to a rear-facing convertible. They may be lying back to far, looking at too much ceiling.
I can't claim a lack of education, though. I was completely aware of the benefits of keeping her RF, but turned her at 13 months and 25lbs. because we just couldn't live like that anymore. Not a good excuse and I honestly don't know what I would do if I could do it all over again. Probably do as I did before and turn her and take the calculated risk that I had her in the safest seat made at the time... because I remember we were all just about to go bonkers.
We did keep her 5pt. harnessed until she was about 6 and outgrew the seat (the same Marathon, which was a couple of months away from expiring). She'll be in a booster for several more years, I'm sure. She a long way from 80lbs. and 4'9".
My youngest two - who will be 4 in March and 2 in April - are still RF. My almost 4yo is about 33 lbs with clothes on and his seat (which I'm borrowing from a wonderful mama friend) goes to 40lbs RF so I think he'll be RF quite a bit longer. My almost 2 year old is a peanut at 22lbs so she has years of RF ahead of her!
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Hopefully the XTSL will get us to 3 or 3.5.
C.- WOHM, CPST Instructor, and all around busy Mama to A.- 02/04, I. 01/07,E. 09/10 and
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Libby , momma to my precious little girl (6/29/07)
and wonderful little man (12/1/10)
DD (age 4) was just turned last month so we could get a better 3 across fit in our car for the new baby coming any day now. She made it to 4y3m and 28ish lb RF.
New baby DD will be RF as long as she still fits or is at least 4 and expresses a desire to be turned. We have a Graco Snugride for now, and will probably get a Radian when she outgrows that for the 40-45 lb RF limit and high shell.
I turned my son forward the day after his 1st birthday. I wanted to keep him rear facing for much longer, but he was so uncomfortable. The law here is up till 20lbs and 1 year that have to be rear facing. Well, Asher's been at least 20lbs since he was about 6 months old and he's tall for his age too. He was all scrunched up in his seat. Now that he's turned around he's much more comfortable (and loves that he can actually see what's going on!).
Toad is almost 3 years, 5 months and he's still rearfacing (at 35ish pounds). He'll stay that way until his birthday in August at least, at which point we'll reevaluate.
Frog will be a year old tomorrow and is 26-27lbs and he's also still rearfacing. I will buy whatever seat I need to buy to keep him rearfacing to four at least as well.
New baby isn't here yet, but will also rearface until at least four unless he/she is exceptionally large and outgrows every seat available before then.
Mama to Toad (08/06), Frog (01/09)... and new baby Newt born on his due date, Sep. 8, 2010
You should check You Tube videos and should turn your son back around. The AAP recommends 2 yrs now (and CPST's recommend rf/ing for much longer)-the 1yr/20 lbs rule is totally outdated and horribly unsafe for your son.
You can go to You Tube and search for rear-facing car seat or something like that, and the videos come up.
(I didn't vote because my child is still rear-facing and although 24+ is accurate for when she will be turned since she is already over 24 months, 24+ did not seem accurate enough since she'll be at least double that by the time she's turned)
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