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I didn't learn about the values of RF until reading in the Family Safety forum. DD1 is in a Britax Blvd FF w/ LATCH (we have her tethered). She is 2.5 & small for her age so I want to make the switch BUT am wondering if anyone has any strategies for dealing with it without a freak out?<br><br>
We are getting ready to shop for a minivan so I was thinking of tying it into the new car & making a big deal of her "new" position, in the "new" car BUT we were also thinking of getting the factory DVD player. If we went with a non factory DVD player, can it be used on the headrest of the captain's chair she would be RF in? That might solve our problem of her accepting switching to RF??<br><br>
Also, when they are RF in a minivan, can they still climb in & out of their seat themselves? That's a big deal to her as well.
 

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I turned my DS1 around back to rear facing right around then too (I forget if it was just before or just after ds2 was born - ds1 was 29 months then), and he didn't freak out at. all. In fact he likes it that way better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> (and we flipped him at 15 months cause' he was a screamer... every car ride from the day he was born till the day we flipped him he screamed...). I'd just give it a try and see what she thinks. You never know, she may prefer it that way!! Good luck!!
 

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My ds2 can get in his rfing seat (CA in a Sienna) no problem.<br><br>
I don't think a dvd player on the headrest is safe. In an accident your child could rebound into it.
 

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I know many parents who have turned kids around Rf around age 2-4 without any problems. I would recommend asking for some input in color choice for your new seat to make things more interesting. Using a good RF mirror would also be a good idea IMHO.
 

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My ds was turned ff at a few monthes before turning 3 yrs old, when he outgrew his marathon rfing limit. I bought him a radian xt and he turned back to rfing a few monthes after he turned 3, he loves it and can climb in and out just fine. Our van has a built in dvd and they all enjoy watching movies on long trips, I put up a mirror that straps on the headrest of the seat and he can watch it in the reflection.
 

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You might be surprised. RF'ing allows for more a comfortable, reclined position - my older kids wish they could sit like that. Not sure about the DVD thing - we have a built in one that can't be seen RF'ing, but we also have portable ones that can be strapped onto the headrest - but i agree with them being a dangerous projectile. I download shows on my iphone for DS, but letting him hold it means I have to go without. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I might get him a ipod touch someday so we don't have to share.
 

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We also turned a 2.5yo back to RF. No problems. My kids whine about all kinds of things but I think they have the message that car safety is non-negotiable...that's about the only place I don't have trouble! I think you can be honest with her at 2.5; "Mommy learned about a new safer way to ride in the car and I want you to be as safe as possible so we're going to do it that way now".
 

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I personally would be comfortable with a headrest mount DVD monitor if the RF BLVD was tethered. I'm not a tech, but I'm a parent with a RF BLVD and no headrests (booo!). Alternatively, you could let her hold onto something very small and handheld, like an iPod Touch.
 

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I just turned my older two back to rear facing. They think it's hilarious to be riding backwards. what I did: I just mentioned to them offhand one day that I was thinking of turning them backwards in the car and asked if they'd like to try riding backwards. They both got all excited and proceeded to hassle me until I did it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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DD1 didn't have a problem re-RF'ing at 18 months, and she still prefers to RF at nearly 5 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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