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I am sure this question comes up on here all the time and if I weren't feeling lazy I could google it or search mdc- but since I am feeling very lazy I will ask it again!!

How do I know the right time to turn ds to forward facing in his car seat? He is 23 months and we have a Britax roundabout- still rear facing. The problem is that his legs now seem to be getting scrunched. I forget his exact height right now but I kow he is around 30 lbs and on the tall side somewhat. So I think  perhaps his legs are getting uncomfortable and dont have enough rm to stretch out at this point. Does this mean I should turn him forward facing? I am kind of nervous to forward face him and don't want to do it prematurely. thanks

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No, it absolutely doesn't mean he should be turned forward facing.   "Legs scrunched" is an issue of parent perception, NOT an issue of safety and rarely an issue of child comfort.  (Parents incorrectly assume their children are uncomfortable.)

 

In fact, it's so very important for him to continue to remain rear facing that I would rather see you buy an entirely different car seat than turn him forward facing.   Two years is a baseline bare minimum for forward facing, three and four is a much better and more physiologically accurate goal.   

 

Your seat has a rear facing limit is 35 lbs and I highly suggest you take advantage of every last ounce.  That should get you close to three, or more :-) 


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In addition to what Maedze said, his seat is also outgrown rfing when there is less than 1" of hard shell above his head.  A lot of kids outgrow their seats by height before weight.  At that point it's a new seat or ffing.
 

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No, it absolutely doesn't mean he should be turned forward facing.   "Legs scrunched" is an issue of parent perception, NOT an issue of safety and rarely an issue of child comfort.  (Parents incorrectly assume their children are uncomfortable.)

 

In fact, it's so very important for him to continue to remain rear facing that I would rather see you buy an entirely different car seat than turn him forward facing.   Two years is a baseline bare minimum for forward facing, three and four is a much better and more physiologically accurate goal.   

 

Your seat has a rear facing limit is 35 lbs and I highly suggest you take advantage of every last ounce.  That should get you close to three, or more :-) 



 


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Google photos of extended rear facing, so you can get an idea of what it looks like for bigger kids. They usually cross their legs or dangle them off of the sides.

One thing that helped me keep my kids RFing even when their legs were bent like that was a question I came across online somewhere. Someone was asking if it's safe in an accident to have their legs bent or criss crossed. The answer was, "In a bad accident, it's possible that it could break their legs. But if they were FFing in that same accident, it's possible they could break their necks. Which would you rather, your child having a broken leg or a broken neck?"

Kind of gruesome and shocking, I know, but it has often run through my mind when I've been tempted to turn my kids FFing before it's necessary.
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You know, I just assumed she had a Roundabout 50 but now I see she says she has a Roundabout.  OP, which seat do you have?  

 

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In addition to what Maedze said, his seat is also outgrown rfing when there is less than 1" of hard shell above his head.  A lot of kids outgrow their seats by height before weight.  At that point it's a new seat or ffing.
 



 



 


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I've heard a lot of kids are more uncomfortable in their legs while FFing. It makes sense that they would be. Their legs usually aren't long enough for their feet to rest on the car floor. So the weight of their feet and calves causes their thighs to push firmly against the seat, sometimes causing that pins-and-needles or "asleep" feeling caused by reduced circulation. But since kids are so darn flexible (seriously, how are they so flexible??? it baffles me sometimes), their legs being scrunched in RF doesn't bother most of them.

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The answer was, "In a bad accident, it's possible that it could break their legs. But if they were FFing in that same accident, it's possible they could break their necks. Which would you rather, your child having a broken leg or a broken neck?"
 


I hear this a lot, but it is not exactly the full truth.  Kids who are FF have an infinitely greater chance of having leg injuries than RF kids do.  It would be more truthful and more convincing to ask, "Which would you rather choose, having your child's entire body be well-protected, or having him be at great risk for broken legs and a broken neck?"

 


 

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I've heard a lot of kids are more uncomfortable in their legs while FFing. It makes sense that they would be. Their legs usually aren't long enough for their feet to rest on the car floor. So the weight of their feet and calves causes their thighs to push firmly against the seat, sometimes causing that pins-and-needles or "asleep" feeling caused by reduced circulation. 


This is true for my FF son.  He usually puts his legs over the sides of the car seat in order to rest his feet on the seat of my car.  I've heard of parents putting lightweight foam coolers on the floor to give their kids a place to prop their feet.  Makes sense.

 


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