DS turned 1 a few weeks ago, and he is 26 lbs. We have a Britax Marathon that can stay rear facing up to 33 lbs, but DS has really long legs, and is quite cramped in the RF position. I know the "legal" standard for forward facing is 1yr/20lbs so we're ok there, but I also know the longer they stay RF, the safer it is! Soooo...how old was your DC when you turned their seat around? Thanks!
Her legs also have to be crossed when she's in there but it's really no big deal for them.....it's better to be safer!
This is a post of mine from an old thread like this:
Also some excellent articles, and if you scroll down SCARY crash test footage of each kind.
Other interesting links:
|Crash data shows us that anybody is safer in a crash when riding rear-facing for the reasons we outlined above. Even though your baby's neck is now strong enough to withstand the forward-facing crash forces, he or she is still better protected in a rear-facing car seat because that seat still distributes the force over a greater body area and still gives better support to their young head and neck.
A forward-facing car seat is safe after one year AND 20 pounds, but a rear-facing car seat is safer. According to NHTSA, a rear-facing car seat is 71 percent safer than no restraint at all, and a forward-facing car seat is 54 percent safer than no restraint at all. Keeping your baby rear-facing to the limit of the seat is the safest choice.
I would keep the carseat rearfacing for safety reasons if possible.
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I turned Rivka when she was 2 because it was difficult to get the seats in teh car any other way. I could turn her back around now that the twins are back in the 3rd row, but I am waiting to see how the baby's seat fits in the picture before I make any changes. She's about 23 lbs now.
Honest answer : I'm planning on leaving the baby RF a lot longer b/c we won't be switching around cars / seats / etc. so much.
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
Sad for me, when I turned him forward, he quit napping on the 3 hour trip to my parent's house..hahaha. Too much too see out the front window!
I did turn him forward at a year and then did more research and flipped him backwards again. He never fought me on either
He is MUCH safer.
I never thought to cross his legs! Genious!
I will definitely leave him RF as long as possible.
I would not turn a child before 2 years without other reasons (serious medical conditions, outgrowing seat etc)
In general I will keep my kids RF to the upper limits of their seats.
I'm bummed that I have suck chunky monkeys. I'd love to keep them RF longer.
I'm hoping we can keep the next one RF longer. I feel we made the best decision we could under the circumstances, though, for dd.
Makes me sad I wish I could go out and buy a Britax to keep him RF just a little longer, but I don't think hubby will go for that for 5 more pounds.
He will be getting a Regent though when our next baby needs to move into his carseat. That way I can keep him harnessed for a long, long time
Mama to a 5.5 yr old boy and a 2.5 yr old girl. Expecting baby 3 (another girl!) late June