Moving from a rear to a forward facing car seat?

Maria - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I am thinking of switching my 10 month old son, from a rear facing to a forward facing car seat. Have you changed your car seat or is it early? Any tips on buying a good car seat?

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Sara - posted on 07/31/2009

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Oh and I have checked out the site for my son's seat and considering he is he size of the average 3 year old he is beyond the rear-facing weight alotment and I even called the Community Action people who help with car seat placement and the laws appying to them and they told me to face him forward because there isnt a seat available for his size for backwards facing as of yet. Though when and if the laws change here I will switch him back if necessary.

Sonya - posted on 06/29/2009

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In the US the law is 12 months and 20 pounds, not one or the other. And it is safer to leave them rear facing as long as possible. I am not sure if we are going to leave our daughter rear longer than need be, but that is because I have a 2 door car and it's a nightmare getting her in and out!

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Katherine - posted on 03/13/2011

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The 1 year and 20lbs are the MINIMUM US recommendation for switching to front facing. It's 5x safer for a child to remain rearfacing as long as possible. There are a lot of organizations that now recommend maxxing out either the height or weight limit before turning your baby. My 2.5 year old is still rearfacing.

I've gotten a lot of flack from relatives who worry that because his legs are longish, that something will happen to them in an accident. In reality, any accident with impact great enough to break legs in a rearfacing seat will snap the neck of a forward facing child. I may be overprotective, but I'm choosing to err on the side of safety on this one.

Crystal - posted on 03/09/2011

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i would wait untill he's at least 1yr and thats a bare minimum but never turn a baby before then their legs being bent or touchingthe seat is not a saffety issue there spinal cords are just not strong enough and it's not worth the risk to FF early my daughter is 19 months 23lbs and 32in and still RF in her roundabout 50 saftey #1 comfort #2

Sara - posted on 07/31/2009

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I switched Ben's seat about 2 weeks ago, his Dr said it was safer considering his size for him not to be squished facing rear. But that being said he had been in a rear facing booster since he was 5 months and 24lbs. He is now 36 lbs and 36 inches long(went to the dr today), He loves facing forward and I feel safer because I can check on him with the rearview mirror.

Cara - posted on 07/31/2009

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I switched Scarlett early. We have a britex car seat, the best on the market. It felt wobbly when I had it rear facing so I turned it around and its much more secure.

Amanda - posted on 07/30/2009

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We switched my son's carseat around at about 10mos...the reason being that he was 26lbs and about 33inches long. He was so heavy that having it backwards it felt less stable. Once I switched him around, I was much more confident because the back of his carseat was up against the back of the back seat of the car...so, if your son is as big as mine, do what you feel necessary for his safety :)

Atsuko - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter is using forward facing now (she'll be 11 months tomorrow) because at 9 months she was more than 22lbs. So we bought a forward facing car seat then.

Helen - posted on 07/28/2009

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If you are considering a new seat but are unsure about front facing try this website http://www.rearfacing.co.uk/buyersguide.... they are trying to get the law changed and encourage retailers to stock rear facing seats for up to 4 years in the UK. This is an initiative set up by a Swedish woman living in the UK. Car accidents in Sweden are the lowest in Europe due to rear facing being law for up to 4 years old. Just a thought!

Cindy - posted on 07/26/2009

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My little guy will be rear-facing for a while longer. He is over 20 lbs, but he is perfectly content to chat with his brother in the back. The rule in the US is 20 lbs AND one year. For states that do no have this law, it says to follow the recommendations on the seat. I did not turn my oldest until beyond one year because he was too small.

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I read on the internet the new recommendations are to keep them rear facing as long as you can. One site even said something to the effect of "Broken legs heal....spinal cord injuries usually don't" in regard to their legs being somewhat cramped that way. Blew my mind.

Katrina - posted on 07/22/2009

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The new recommendations are keeping them rear facing until 2 years. All the new infants seats you will see at the stores reflect this switch as they are weighted to 30lbs+. However, we already had bought our forward facing carseats before I read about this new study and talked to my ped. so we will see how long my munchkin lasts in the infant seat. Right now she is 11 months, but only 19lbs. I'm hoping to get part way through her first year rear facing.

Kylee - posted on 07/21/2009

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Her in Australia it is 6 months and 8 kgs. Jasmine is not yet quite 8 kgs so she is still rear facing

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2009

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My son is almost 11 months old, and his feet touch the back of the seat when rear facing, and cries everytime he gets in his carseat. For those that are keeping their kids rear facing til 2yrs, how do you keep ur child's legs from cramping, and the possible protest?

Meghan - posted on 07/18/2009

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My June 2007 baby is still rear facing and will be until he hits the weight or height limit for the seat(Britax Boulevard)...I plan to do the same with my August 2008 little one. Research it online before you turn them!!

Jhonteil - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have already changed his carseat but after watching those videos on youtube i am definately changing it back

Paige - posted on 07/06/2009

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Please do look at the videos on rear facing vs. front. I did and my daughter will be in rear facing until 35lbs. It could save their life! Their is no advantages to switching their seat to front facing so why take the risk. As a mom i would always rather be safe then sorry!!! Do some more research online. Ultimately youre the only one who can decide.

Erica - posted on 07/01/2009

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My mother and I have had a disagreement about this very issue. She thinks my daughter is "big enough" and "it'll be fine" to turn her around because she "gets bored looking at the back of the seat". She doesn't understand because when I was born, you didn't even need to have a carseat at all! She brought me home from the hospital just in her arms.
I will wait though until she is at least a year (as is the law). I'd rather she be bored than unsafe! My daughter is tall and outgrew her newborn carseat months ago so the one we have now does both rear and forward facing.

Suzanne - posted on 06/30/2009

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Babies need to be in rear-facing seats until they are at least 12 months (& 22 pounds) because rear-facing seats re-distribute the impact of a crash differently (due to their postion and angle) and protect their necks more. When a crash occurs the impact will disapate through their bodies and not cause as much trama to their neck.



My husband is a police officer and is certified in car seat installation. Please just wait until your baby is 12 months old. It's only 2 months away.

Abbigail - posted on 06/30/2009

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Don't change yet unless your child weighs about 30-35lbs..I forgot the name of the car seat I have. It's really great, it reclines and everything and very safe. I'll go to the car and check.....

Maree - posted on 06/30/2009

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Here in NZ Plunket recommend rear facing until 12 mths and 12-14kg (26-30lb) although we will be leaving our wee girl rear facing for a while as she is only about 9kg (19lb) at 11 mths

Plunket also hire car seats so this is an inexpensive way of keeping our kids safe.

Adele - posted on 06/30/2009

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I live in Canada as well, and as mentioned it is recommended that a child remain in their rear facing car seat until 12 months of age AND 22 pounds. I have also been told that you should wait for your child to begin walking before turning them around, because this shows that your child's spine is strong enough to be forward facing. Try and keep your baby rear facing for as long as possible, because it is the safest for them.

Stacy - posted on 06/30/2009

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Check out the video on youtube about rear facing vs forward facing...beware, it will make you teary eyed. I will keep my son rear facing for awhile.

Lauren - posted on 06/30/2009

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I am going to leave her rear facing as long as possilbe (longer than 1 year). My car seat goes to 30lbs or 32". She is 18lbs and 29" now. Until she hits 32" she will stay rear facing. My husband is a police officer and has taken the car seat classes. He says rear facing is the safest.

I did already buy a forward facing seat though. They had a really good deal at Sam's. It is about $50 cheaper there than at the other stores. I got a forward facing seat that converts to a booster. It is the Safety First Alpha Omega 3-in1. This will be the only seat she will ever need. It goes up to 100lbs as a booster.

Kayla - posted on 06/29/2009

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We turned ours around already...it made a world of difference! The hospital we were at said that he had to weigh at least 20 lbs and be a year old, or if his feet were touching the back of the seat we could turn him.

Stacey - posted on 06/29/2009

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my little boy has just gone into a forward facing car seat and i was a bit wary at first because although he meets the weight requirement he looked a bit small to be going in one from my point of view but he loves it because he can see more than just a back seat lol also i got mine fom halfords it was around £130 but it was worth paying it for my little mans safety but it last up untill the age of four my advice is shop around and maybe try the your little boy in a few before purchasing the normal age that is on the forward facing seats is 9 months but make sure u check as this can vary hope this helps

Holly - posted on 06/29/2009

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They have to be twelve months and weigh at least 21lbs, at least in Canada. I personally like the car seats that also change to a booster.

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