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We went to the ped yesterday and she was like "And how's he enjoying his front facing carseat?" I was like "ummmm....well it's hard to enjoy something you don't do" She was surprised "but he's one now." And I said 'well... he ONLY turned one on satuerday and he's not yet 24 lbs...isn't that the rule, the baby has to be 24 lbs?" She said no. They can switch to FF at 20 lb.<br>
So...that got DP all excited to switch DS's carseat to FF, but I said no, we're going to wait untill he's a little heavier...like 24 lbs (like the carseat says).<br>
Am I wrong? Should DS's carseat be FF by now? Isn't it safer to be rear facing a little longer?
 

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I always thought it was 20 lbs, AND one year old...but it is safer to keep them rear-facing for longer. We will probably keep ds rear facing well past his first birthday even though he hit 20 lbs at 6 months.
 

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no you're right. THe longer you keep him rear-facing the better! I believe the law says 1 year AND 20 lbs but that is just a minimum. My son also just turned a year and is above the weight limit but he will remain rear-facing for as long as possible. He's in a Britax Marathon and the rear-facing weight limit is 33 lbs.
 

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here's a good link with info and video...<br><br><a href="http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx</a>
 

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It is *at least* one year and 20 pounds.<br><br>
My son is 21 months, rather tall, and somewhere under 30 pounds. He's rear-facing in his Roundabout, and WILL BE rear-facing in his Roundabout until he's at the rear-facing limit of 33 pounds (or if he gets too tall for the R'about at which point we'll find something else tall enough with rear-facing possibilities).<br><br>
Then and only then will he go forward facing.<br><br>
The doc really should know that it's a minimum, not a "do this by" situation, b/c he's giving lots of people dangerous advice...
 

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you just got a britax marathon right? Well he can be rearfacing in that till he is 33pds. I have no idea why your ped would even ask that. Thats just rude. Our ped would never ever say anything about that.. ever.. huh..weird.. anyway.. Do what ever make you feel comfortable, personally we are keeping Julia backwards till she is 33pds. She has ridden forward in my sisters van but thats all..
 

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Most seats ff at 20# AND 1yr, but some seats you have to be 22#. 3 of the 4we have are 22# seats and Evan is just 21# and 15.5 mos. AJ just hit 34# and was turned ffing a few wks ago (he'll be 3 in May). I'll give you lots of info so you can make a good and informed choice for your baby. I must congratulate you though on keeping him rfing this long and wanting to keep him rfing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The other link posted is my favorite!<br><br><a href="http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html" target="_blank">http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html</a><br><a href="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868/" target="_blank">http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868/</a><br><a href="http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/bsafety/0,,9r5v,00.html" target="_blank">http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/b...,,9r5v,00.html</a><br><br>
Crash tests<br>
RFing: <a href="http://www.britax.fi/quicktime/TWside240.AVI" target="_blank">http://www.britax.fi/quicktime/TWside240.AVI</a><br>
FFing: <a href="http://www.oeamtc.at/netautor/html_seiten/kisitest_2002/videos/test2002/frontcrash/maxicosipriori.mpg" target="_blank">http://www.oeamtc.at/netautor/html_s...cosipriori.mpg</a><br><br>
Older kids rfing still (I submitted my boys and they're working on adding them)<br><a href="http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFalbum.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFalbum.aspx</a>
 

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Peds can be so uninformed on some things. Ours told me to turn DS around at 11 mos because he was "too tall" for RF. Friends have turned there DBs around as early as 9 mos on pediatricians approval. Bleh!
 
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