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lonegirl's Avatar lonegirl 08:53 AM 06-05-2010
We were another turn early (18m). Unless someone was sitting back with him he would cry and scream the whole trip (we do 10 hour road trips every few weeks). So lucky mommy spent 18m riding in the back all the time. Then around 17m he would become violently car sick (more actively looking outside). We had to pull over on a major highway because he was beginning to choke on his own vomit. From the moment we turned him we have never had another issue with car sickness or reluctance to travel.

Mom2M's Avatar Mom2M 08:57 AM 06-05-2010
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Originally Posted by urchin_grey View Post
Yes, please turn those little ones back around! Like someone said, it might help if you install the seat more upright so they can see.

I don't know if anyone posted this, but this is a very good video that shows what can happen to a small child FF'ing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gU9zzCGA8

FWIW, my 5yo son and almost-3yo nephew are both still RF'ing. Neither has complained one bit and in fact, they sleep in the car a lot better RF'ing too.
Every time I see this video it makes me cry. I wish I could keep all my kids rear facing!
But for sure my baby is staying that way as long as possible.
Koalamom's Avatar Koalamom 10:11 AM 06-05-2010
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Originally Posted by urchin_grey View Post
Yes, please turn those little ones back around! Like someone said, it might help if you install the seat more upright so they can see.

I don't know if anyone posted this, but this is a very good video that shows what can happen to a small child FF'ing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gU9zzCGA8

FWIW, my 5yo son and almost-3yo nephew are both still RF'ing. Neither has complained one bit and in fact, they sleep in the car a lot better RF'ing too.
Thanks everyone! I am turning the seat around before we go out today.
Roxswood's Avatar Roxswood 11:20 AM 06-05-2010
Both my girls were car screamers. My first was the worst by far, and she was turned forwards facing at 9months and 9kg (as UK minimums were at the time when I had never heard of extended rearfacing or had a clue where you could buy seats as they certainly weren't available in the UK except as super expensive special needs seats then). She continued screaming regularly in the car until around 18 months when there was steady gradual improvement until she became truly happy in the car around 3 years old.

My second screamed every journey until around 18 months when we bought the rearfacing Group 1 seat for her which was much bigger, roomier and much higher up so she could see out of the windows of the car. She was instantly a lot better and funnily enough when we had to put her ff on a trip back to visit family for a day or two last month (at 2y2m) she screamed and vomited much more often than she now does in her rearfacing seat.

Its just a matter of maturity and finding a seat that works for them.
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