legs too long for car seat!

Tawny - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I have no idea what i'm going to do! my son is now 10 months and is 20 lbs. and everyone knows that you have to be 22 lbs to get a new car seat and be turned around. but my son was blessed with the tall gene from both sides and his legs are about 2 1/2 to 3 in too long for his car seat. he hates it now because i can imagine they get cramped up. what do i do? do i just sit back and keep listening to his complaints and telling him that it is ok?

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Debby - posted on 12/17/2009

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everyone who has a baby should watch this please do it is important~!

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just wanted to add that rear-facing is much safer for a small child, because they do not have the neck support for if they are in an accident when forward-facing. i plan to keep my daughter rear-facing as long as possible, even though she is almost 1yr old and already above 22 lbs. after all the whole point of a carseat is for safety right? my convertible carseat allows rear-facing up to 40 lbs and i purposely bought one that will let her be rear-facing as long as possible. this is an interesting article about the subject:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article...

good luck doing what is best for you and your little one!

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Crystal - posted on 03/01/2011

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my daughter is 19 month 23lbs and 32in tall RF in a britax roundabout 50 no complaints from her and it's perfectly fin for there feet to touch the back of the seat i would keep him RF as long as possible (joels story on youtube) this video will show you why RF is so important toddlers are very flexible and cn cross,bend or spread there legs apart this is perfectly safe

Laura - posted on 12/28/2009

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Please keep your baby rear facing as long as possible. It's completly fine if they have long legs, most important it their safety. Do a little research and you will find that children should be rear facing for at least 2 years because their necks are not strong enough in an impact and are at a higher risk to be injured if they are foward facing. Convertible carseats go rear facing up to 40 pounds.

Amber - posted on 12/18/2009

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For safety reasons the infant needs to be facing backwards until they meet all the requirements to be facing forward. The seat that we bought for our son when he outgrew the little one says that we can turn the seat around when he weighs between 22-50 pounds, height of 34-45 inches AND is at least 1 year of age. He has met the weight requirement and by the end of January he will meet the age limit but if he is not tall enough I still will keep him backwards until he does, right now he is about 3 inches shy of meeting the height limitations. Does not matter how much happier he would be facing forward so he can see more, I will not turn him around until I know that he meets ALL 3 requirements to be turned around. They make the convertible seats now so that you can have the infant in them at just 5 pounds and use them up until they are ready to be in just the regular seat so your best bet would be to get a larger seat and just leave him backwards until he meets all the requirements to be facing forward for his safety!!

Mary - posted on 12/17/2009

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Wow i can not believe that some of you have turned your childen around so soon. In New Zealand where i come from there is three things to look at before your child can be turned foward facing. 10kg one year and walking. They recomend that all three are achieved before you trun them around. We only use the baby carseats from birth till about 6months longer if you have a small baby and less if your child is big. Most car seats face both ways.
I always go on the side of saftey and would have them facing the back for longer as it is safer in an accident.
In the end you have to do what works for you and what you are comfortable about.
Good Luck

Amber - posted on 12/17/2009

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We had to buy our son a bigger seat about 4 months ago because he too was too tall for the little seat. We ended up getting that is a rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seat all in one so we don't ever have to worry about getting him a new seat and he has had plenty of leg room. This seat says right on the stickers when to turn it forward and then to make it just a booster seat. He seems to be ok just facing backward and getting to look the windows because the seat has him up higher in the vehicles.

Rebecca - posted on 12/17/2009

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Just bought a new car seat that stays rear facing up to 35 lbs, or can be forward facing at 20. I plan on keeping Caden rear facing as long as possible just for the safety aspect. I reccommend the evenflo symphony 65. VERY versitlr. Can be the only carseat you will ever need.

Regina - posted on 12/16/2009

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I seriously can't take it any more! I am an ER Nurse. I work in the Trauma Center. I am also a Mommy. PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD REAR FACING UNTIL AT LEAST THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY & 20 POUNDS. This is the SAFEST way to travel with your child. I do not want to care for your child (or for your broken heart) because your child was not restrained in the most appropriate way! The rear facing seat cradles their tiny bodies upon impact. It keeps their heads from snapping forward & backwards, injuring not only their necks, but also their brains. ALSO please go to your local fire department & have your child safety seat inspected. They will assist you in making sure your seat in installed properly, fit appropriately for your child & your vehicle. NOT all seats work in ALL vehicles! PLEASE be responsible & ensure the safety of your most prized possessions - your children!

Stormy - posted on 12/16/2009

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I am not sure where you are from but I am in Texas and was always told 1 year AND 20 lbs. I was having the same problem (my son is 11 mths) and I called the DPS they told me I could go ahead and turn him around that there is no definite but that is mainly for small infants and ones that can't hold their head up very well.

Angela - posted on 12/14/2009

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When you have children there are always going to be distraction. You have to learn to work threw them in any kind of case. I know. My daughter is a screamer at times so it puts you to the test but rearfacing car seats are made for a reason. That reason is to keep our children safe! You should always put your childs safety ahead of everything else. That's one of the most important things about being a parent.

Rebekah - posted on 12/13/2009

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Hi girls im from australia and the laws here are different too. Our rearward facing should be turned between 8-12 kgs (18-26 pound). I thought I was going well having only just turned our daughter at 10kg (11 months), now am frieking out abit after havign read your posts. We were in a head on accident when she was 5 weeks old I was black and blue for months and still have some marks from the belts. She didnt have a mark on her so I can certainly attest to the safety and protection the rearward seats give! I kept her rearward facing for ages after people were telling me to turn her (even my doc encouraged me to turn her around at 8 months old cos she has a strong neck and was able to sit on her own). I will probably leave her forward facing now as she fusses too much backward. A screaming baby in the back could lead to more accidents cos the driver (mummy or dady) is distracted

Vanessa - posted on 12/13/2009

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i#m guessing all of you are from america and areas like that, because here in uk we use forward facing carseats when the baby reaches about 22lbs. my son reached that weight about 3 months ago, when he was about 9 months old and he much prefers to be forward facing because he can watch us and see what we are doing better

Melinda - posted on 12/13/2009

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We had to put my little one in a big car seat that faces backwards when he was 7 months old! I was reading about car seats and how tall they are suppose to be but if their head is less than and inch from the top that they were too big. I also read up on how it's safer for them to be backward facing til the age of 3 or 35 lbs because their necks are so flexible that when they are in a car accident that it can actually break. I don't know why noone tells us this but in some Europe countries the car seat rule is 35 lbs. or around there I don't know the exact numbers. Anyways we got a Radian cause it fits better in our van then the Britax. Look into convertable car seats that last up to 100 lbs and can face backwards til 35. They are expensive but a couple 100 bucks are nothing compaired to what it's protecting right?

Brenda - posted on 12/12/2009

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I totally agree with Regina!!!! You should care more about the safety of your child than their comfort. I would buy a convertible so that it is a rear facing and a forward facing SAFETY seat! They call it a safety seat for a reason!! DUH!!!



My daughter is 11 months and 23lbs. but that doesn't mean she is ready for a front facing car seat. So she will get a convertible and stay rear facing for at least another five to eight months.

Regina - posted on 12/12/2009

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I am absolutely freaking out reading all these posts! You MUST keep your baby rear facing until AT LEAST their 1st Birthday & 20 pounds! It is now recommended for the safety of your child that they remain rear facing until after their second birthday. (Even if this means they sit with their legs crossed.) Their little bodies are not built like adults and for them to survive the impact of a car accident rear facing is MANDATORY for their safety. I am appalled to see people post things saying they would rather have their child comfortable than to make them suffer! Suffering will be the ONLY result of not completing you PRIMARY job as a parent, and that is to protect your child!

Katy - posted on 12/12/2009

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the weight is usually 20lbs. my 11 month old was forward facing at about 9 1/2 months because he too got the tall gene. plus he was 21 lbs. i would rather know that he is comfortable then make him suffer back there. plus, if you think about it, if there were to be a head on accident, their legs would get jammed up. i personally think its a choice you as a parent get to make.

Nichole - posted on 12/12/2009

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I was told you can position the rear facing car seat frontwards to avoid the feet and legs being unconmfortable.

Chantelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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Both my son and daughter are tall... By the time they were 9 months they were taken out of a bucket seat and put in a rear facing seat... The bucket seats are to be used til the child is 1years old, or 29"tall, or 22-23lbs... The rear facing carseat can go from 5lbs-40lbs... It can both sit forward and rear. Most places say that children cannot be forward facing until they are 1 years old and/or 25lbs. Children under 1years old should not face forward becasue it may cause the neck to break.



I hope that helps.. it is hard to get things but I do know Wal-Mart you can order online I dont know if there is any across the seas but I really do hope you can figure things out :)... Good luck to all!

Sarah - posted on 12/04/2009

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our sons also on the tall side.
we put him in his forward facing seat at about 8months we he reached the required weight of 20lbs.
i literally couldn't carry him anymore in his infant carrier!
and they don't really sell many convertable seats in england...
i also agree with courtney .. i feel that my sons forward facing seat seems a lot safer than his infant carrier .. its a britax evolva and britax is a highly recognised company so i believe you can trust them.
his carrier came as part of his travel system .. maxxto .. i think thats only an english company so its not well known .. i hadn't heard of it.

Sara - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son is 10 months old and 31 inches tall, and we have turned him forward facing. In ontario where we live the law states 20 pounds, but it is reccommended that you wait until 22 pounds, 1 year. But as a parent only you know your child. All three of my kids were forward facing early, but they are all very tall, and very strong. I knew that with the seats they had, and our truck being so large, they would be fine.

Tanya - posted on 12/01/2009

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My son was already 20 pounds by 7 months so we had to buy him a bigger car seat. The bucket seat for newborns doesn't fit all babies till their first year. We bought a big booster seat that goes both rear facing and forward facing. For now it's rear facing and my son has lots of leg room. It's really comfortable too. He was hating his car seat and car rides before but now he loves the car and always sleeps. I would imagine if you found a rear and forward facing booster seat that your child would have enough leg room.

Angela - posted on 12/01/2009

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Before turning your baby around just yet you may want to see what your state law says about the age and weight. My son is almost 11 months old, 27 lbs(because he was 12lbs 6 oz at birth) and with our state law I can't turn him facing forward yet. The new carseat that faces both ways and is bigger is what we had to do also. Hope you find something that works for you!

Cassie - posted on 12/01/2009

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my son is too long as well. So we went out and got him a bigger carseat that later will be flipped around. We still have him faced backwards but the new carseat helps with those long legs. And when he is ready i don't have to buy a new carseat, i just flip this one around. Hope this helps!

Aaden 1/13/09

Courtney - posted on 12/01/2009

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I put my 10 month old daughter in a forward facing car seat a couple of months ago. I did the same thing with my son when he was younger. In my older car, I felt the car seat was more stable, and more comfortable for them. That made me feel safer even if it is against what most people say to do.

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