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Just curious at what age everyone turned around their LOs car seats. I keep hearing that "they"re saying not to turn the carseats around now until your LO turns 2! Any advice?


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Definately not until age 2! *We* won't be FF until at least 3 y/o


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we just turned our four-year-old around to forward facing because she reached 33 pounds (the rear-facing weight limit for her car seat).

 

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My little guy turns 3 in July and is rear facing.  He's on the small side, so he's nowhere near the weight limit for his seat yet and we won't turn him forward until we need to.  :)

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My DS is 3 years old and RF.  I'll keep him that way until he's at least 4.  He has lots of room to grow in his Sunshine Kids Radian!  Less room in his Britax Boulevard, but we'll switch him out of that into a roomier True Fit in about 6 months (when our new baby will fit in the Boulevard.)


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Our car seat allows rear-facing until 12kg. At this rate our LO will be rear-facing until after she is 2.


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At the earliest 2. But we will go to the weight/height of the seat. I am hoping to buy one for my car that will RF longer and move the current one she is in to DH's vehicle. 

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My oldest is 3, and rear-facing.  She will stay that way until she hits about 40lbs (limit of her seat).  I hope she makes it to her 4th birthday, but I dont think it will happen.  She's 37lbs, 38".  


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2 is now the recommended *minimum* for turning forward facing.  And since most moms want much more for their kid than the bare minimum, hopefully most parents will choose to follow the best practice recommendation of "as long as they can", which can be 3, 4, 5 years old :)   My 3.5 year old probably has another year left in his rearfacing convertible seat  :) 


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With DD1 (who is 11yo) I didn't know any better and turned her at a yr. With DS he was rear facing till 3 1/2yrs when he maxed out his seat for weight. DD2 will be 3yo in 1 weeks and is still rear facing and will be till she maxes out her seat. 

 

It is 5times safer to have them rfing and unless my child out grew there seat I would not turn at 2.


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My youngest is still RFing at almost 2 1/2, and he has 4 more pounds to go in his true fit. My others I turned at 2. DS2 because at that time he had outgrown the seat rf-ing, and with DS1 and DD that was pretty extreme!

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My 29m old is rear-facing and still has about 3" and 11lbs of growth in her seat before she'll turn FF.


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I turned my DC around at age 3. I wish I had left her rf a bit longer though.

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dd1 turned 4 last Friday; she's still rear facing and will until she asks to be turned. her seat rear faces to 45 lbs but she's only about 35 currently. at this rate, she'll be ten before she maxes out her seat! I wanted to keep her rear facing until she wad at least 4, then when(if?) she asks, we'll talk about it. honestly though, she loves it. she's only asked once (about a year ago) to turn forwards.

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My DD is 2, and she won't be turning around for at least a couple more years. Ideally I would like to get my kids to booster age rearfacing, and skip forwardfacing and harnessed. rearfacing is so much safer, especially because my kids have 80th percentile heads and DD has a 5th percentile body. 


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I RF'd my 5 yr. old until he outgrew his seat at 2.5, and my little one will be RFing until 3 or 4. 

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DD was rear-faced until 2.5.

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I turned her around a little while ago (a few months past her 2nd birthday.) I had planned to go till 3, but didn't for several reasons. I would not, however, FF before 2 if I could avoid it.


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DS is still RFing at almost 3.  I plan to keep him there until he either maxes out the height or weight or until his baby sister moves out of the bucket next year and then we'll get him another harness seat that converts to a booster.


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Rear-facing is always going to be safer, so of course, the longer, the better!  The two year recommendation should be a minimum - but it's something to at least shoot for (even if it means buying a new car seat if it's outgrown by height or weight).  After two years, I'd say it depends on individual situations.  Hopefully more and more car seat manufacturers will get on board and design their seats to accommodate older riders, then it shouldn't even be an issue.  Ideally, kids could rear-face until closer to 4 years of age. 


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Thank you for all the feed back. I understand the need to keep the LO rear facing as long as possible but I'm just curious about the LO's legs being squished when they remain RF as they start to grow. Our DS is still RF but his legs seem to be really scrunched up! Are there not concerns about that aspect of being RF?


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Thank you for all the feed back. I understand the need to keep the LO rear facing as long as possible but I'm just curious about the LO's legs being squished when they remain RF as they start to grow. Our DS is still RF but his legs seem to be really scrunched up! Are there not concerns about that aspect of being RF?



I think you'll find that there are zero (or very few?) documented cases of extended rear-facing children suffering broken legs, and even if they did, a broken leg can be fixed much more easily than the sort of injury that can occur when FF'ng too early -- in small children with still developing spines & necks, I think risking a broken leg is better than risking a broken neck if you have the choice, within the limits of your seat, or the seats available to you :)

 

DS is FF'ng now, he's over 4 (and 2lbs away from legally boostering in our area, but he doesn't know that, and I'm not going to tell him!), but he STILL sits with his legs up much of the time, or sprawled to the sides ... I don't think the 'dangling down the front' would be more comfy than the support of RF'ng.


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Broken legs are common injuries in forward facing children who are involved in accidents.  Their legs (and arms) are flung with considerable force into the seat in front of them or the door to the side of them.  This is not a risk when RF.

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Thank you for all the feed back. I understand the need to keep the LO rear facing as long as possible but I'm just curious about the LO's legs being squished when they remain RF as they start to grow. Our DS is still RF but his legs seem to be really scrunched up! Are there not concerns about that aspect of being RF?

my kids either cross their legs, have them over the sides or prop them up on the seat back. neither of the two older ones (4 years old and 2 years old) have complained. they've just done whatever works for them and they don't know any different!

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DD iust turned 3 and is still RF.  She is very tall for her age, but we still have 6 or so months in her complete air.  We are good on weight for a long time.


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Thank you for all the feed back. I understand the need to keep the LO rear facing as long as possible but I'm just curious about the LO's legs being squished when they remain RF as they start to grow. Our DS is still RF but his legs seem to be really scrunched up! Are there not concerns about that aspect of being RF?



No, there are no legitimate concerns or risk in regards to legs for an older rear facing child.  Some convertibles offer a lot of leg room (The First Years True Fit, the Sunshine Kids' Radians, the Graco My Ride 65 and the Safety First Complete Air are all good examples).  And some seats offer really poor or limited legroom (Britax and Recaro convertibles).   

 

If you have an average to large child, or a very complainy child, you might want to invest in a seat that fits legs better than the Britax or Recaro convertibles.   However, it is *not* a safety or development concern in the least.  


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No, there are no legitimate concerns or risk in regards to legs for an older rear facing child.  Some convertibles offer a lot of leg room (The First Years True Fit, the Sunshine Kids' Radians, the Graco My Ride 65 and the Safety First Complete Air are all good examples).  And some seats offer really poor or limited legroom (Britax and Recaro convertibles).   

 

If you have an average to large child, or a very complainy child, you might want to invest in a seat that fits legs better than the Britax or Recaro convertibles.   However, it is *not* a safety or development concern in the least.  


Thank you! I was wondering if it might be our carseat that was just not allowing for some much needed leg room. We have a britax! Maybe we'll look into getting a different seat if the complains start coming. thanks.gif

 


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I don't think the 'dangling down the front' would be more comfy than the support of RF'ng.


i agree, in fact, i think it's probably more uncomfortable.  i think it would cut off the circulation.  just turned my 4-year-old dd around to forward facing and i hate to see her legs dangling there.  i prefer it when she props them up against the passenger seat.
 

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my kids either cross their legs, have them over the sides or prop them up on the seat back. neither of the two older ones (4 years old and 2 years old) have complained. they've just done whatever works for them and they don't know any different!

 

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 Maybe we'll look into getting a different seat if the complains start coming. thanks.gif

 

 

i doubt it will.  mine never complained.


 

 


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Until the limits of your seat! For DS that was 2.5. For DD it will be a LONG time (she is 19 months and about 22 lbs and her seat goes to 45 rear-facing)


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