What age do you face a child forward in a carseat?
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Liz - posted on 02/11/2011
It's best to keep them rear facing to the limits of your seat (some of them will RF up to I think 40 pounds and a certain height)....but legally you can turne them at 1 year or 20 pounds (I'm in Ontario though). RF is the safest choice though - I bought a convertible seat that can RF much longer - I had my son RF until he was 2 1/2 when he finally got too big.
Liz - posted on 02/24/2011
Yeah I have to say I don't really understand why people are worried about their kids' legs getting cramped, these little beings are so flexbile and are more than comfortable crossing their legs. I am much more concerned about the safety of my baby's spinal cord...watching you tube videos showing the difference really sealed it for me - my 12 month old will be RF for a long time still.
Jody - posted on 02/23/2011
interesting thread, in australia, the rules are they need to fit both categories of being over 8 kg ( about 17lbs) and to be older than 6 months. But I would agree that the longer you keep them rear facing the better. My daughter was not 8kg, till 10 months, and at that time, I needed to hand over my car seat to my sister who just had a new born. I would have prefered to keep her rear facing for longer. She had a mirror, where she could see me and that kept her happy at that age. But she much prefers forward facing I think. Check your states guidelines and if he is past the minimum but is still happy to continue to be rearfacing, leave it that way.
Brooke - posted on 02/22/2011
You CAN turn your child around at one year and twenty pounds.... Legally. But the question is.... Why would you? Rear facing is many, many times safer. Please do a YouTube search on extended rear facing, watch the videos and make an educated decision. Your child "doesn't like" facing backward? Get a rear facing DVD player and Velcro it to the seat like we did. His legs are crossed? That's okay! Kids are flexible and I'd rather have a broken leg in an accident than a broken neck and parilyzed child. Kids heads are very, very heavy and their necks snap in accidents when forward facing. Don't take my word for it... Go to YouTube and do some research... Your child's life is at stake... Which is far more important than whethe they "don't like" facing backwards. My child doesn't like getting dressed or diapered or having his teeth brushed...but we still do it!
Emily - posted on 02/20/2011
Here in NZ it seems to depend on the car seat you have. I had to face my son forward at 9 months but this was as we were traveling after the earthquake and he wasnt coping with not being able to see me. But most here turn them round at 1 year old.
Ashley - posted on 02/16/2011
Honestly. When my son was 9 months old we put him in a facing carseat, but that was because he was too long for a rear facing one, his doctor "ok' ed it, he's 13 months now and still in the 30 percentile on weight, but he's as long as an 18 month old. I'd still suggest checking the state laws and checking with the doctor first.
Therese - posted on 02/16/2011
TX laws are 1yr & 2@lbs - my 13 mth old is long & lean so she is only 18lbs but her legs are long so they don't look very comfortable because she can't have her legs straight facing the back seat....so ready for her to hit 20lbs so I can put her in a big girl car seat!
Anna - posted on 02/16/2011
There is an older thread on this too--I'll try to find it--with good links. Most places in the US are 20lbs *and* one year, but RF longer is definitely safer.
Here's a video from that thread:
Sarah - posted on 02/15/2011
California law is 20lbs AND 1 year to flip to forward facing. They love to sit that way. SO much more to look at. Technically, you should leave them rear-facing as long as possible, but my 13mo. old is about to stomp through the seat cuz she pushes off with her feet so much so we are going to flip her this weekend.
Renee - posted on 02/15/2011
look at the age / weight for rear facing for your carseat and also the laws where you live. My carseat says rear facing to 15kgs (not sure what that is in lbs) but not to rear facing if you use the top straps in the carseat.
Damyanti - posted on 02/14/2011
Hi there, i keep listening to this ad on the air about proper restraints , and it says rear facing for infants and toddlers. I used rear facing for my 13 month old till he was ten months. During this time I went through some hard times especially while going out in the car. James would cry all the way, it would be a relief only when he slept. He hated the rear facing position. Finally I turned him around and till now he is being so good , watching me while I drive, no tantrums at all.
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