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My 6 month old baby is over 20 pounds. His doctor told me I could turn his carseat around now. I usually don't correct the doctor when he gives me incorrect info, but this was just scary to realize he's been telling parents this. So I did correct him and he said he would research it further.
 

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Wow! How can anybody be THAT misinformed? Just from reading the instructions on the box would tell you more than that!
 

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Sadly it's not unusual. I had a mom come into my last check w/ a ffing 7 mos old b/c her dr said it was o.k.
 

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Jeez, sometimes I wonder what issue peds are *not* commonly ignorant about...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
The ped we saw at Nora's 1-year appt. reminded us that we "needed" to turn the car seat around now (even though she wasn't 20 lbs. yet!). I quickly "reminded" her that it was 1 year PLUS 20 lbs. and that that was a MINIMUM, and told her that since our seat rear-faces to 33 lbs., we'd keep her rear-facing as long as possible, "since it's so much safer."<br><br>
She just kind of looked at me, like, oh wow. She was a young resident with no kids of her own. I'm sure she just had the carseat thing on a checklist for the 1-year appt. If most people are being told they NEED to go FF at 1 year, it's no wonder people think I am odd to keep RF my 2.5 yo.<br><br>
I think some peds think it is actually *safer* to FF once they are 1 yo and 20 lbs...they have misunderstood.
 

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Yes, I have seen many 10 month olds whose parents turned them around because the doc said they could. Scary!
 

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is actually Pro Extended Rear Facing. I have a handout from another forum that I keep in my glovebox for misinfomed individuals. I had a bad experience with a nurse at the 9 month appt. I'm coming prepared this time! I'm also giving it to MIL since she is a nurse in the office. I'm hoping they will include it in the packets of info that are handed out at well checks.
 

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YIKES! That is very scary. I hope the doc actually gets it straight so he can tell parents the truth from now on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> That's just terrible. I'd hate for some poor baby to be injured in an accident FF, because some ignorant doctor said to turn it around.
 

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I've had a lot of parents tell me that I "needed" to turn ds around since he was 1. One woman had been a car seat tech years ago. I passed on the info to her, but some people seem to want to stick with the info they were given first.
 

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Wow, I'm glad you corrected him. It's not a matter of "research", just simply reading the carseat or its box. I hope none of the ignorant parents he told that have their 20-lb babies forward facing. My dd2 was 20lbs at like 3.5 months.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The American Academy of Pediatrics is actually Pro Extended Rear Facing. I have a handout from another forum that I keep in my glovebox for misinfomed individuals. I had a bad experience with a nurse at the 9 month appt. I'm coming prepared this time! I'm also giving it to MIL since she is a nurse in the office. I'm hoping they will include it in the packets of info that are handed out at well checks.</div>
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I remember our Ped in Colorado saying keep them turned rr as long as possible past a year. He would rather a kid with broken legs come in than a broken head/neck in an accident. He said it was very important to keep them rr.<br><br>
I am really sad to see other Peds are wrong on this.
 

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I'd print out the state law (if it's one AND 20 in your state, or if you have a proper use clause) and the AAP recommendations and give them to the doctors, and see if you can post them on the bulletin board.
 

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Another good tip is for states that don't spell out the ONE YEAR part, the law also says "properly restrained". All carseat manuals say 1yr AND 20/22#, some even have a 34" height requirement.
 

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With my first son, my ped advised me to turn the carseat ff when he could stand unassisted. Which was 9 months and 18 pounds. I didn't know any better but I do now and haven't ff any of my little ones until they outgrew the rf limits. My 10 month old will be able to rf for a long time because she is so little.
 

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i know a girl who turned her DD around FF when she was 5 mos because "her dr. said it was okay". granted, this came from the mouth of the same girl who says "i have a higher chance of wrecking due to a screaming baby RF, than a 5 mo old content baby FF". all i could say to that was "yeah, and your calm FF 5mo can prevent OTHERS from wrecking into you too, right?"
 

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Not surprising unfortunately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Have you spoken with the store manager and/or corporate?
 
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