Rear Facing or Forward Facing??

Celena - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Its been a long time since I had a lil one, and I know carseat rules have changed. My oldest was forward facing at 7 months... What is the suggested age for babies now?

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Kerri - posted on 09/16/2009

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My daughter is pretty fussy in the car seat. We have lots of toys and even a DVD player for her. I usually end up having to sit in the back seat with her and entertain her while her dad drives. We considered turning her front facing a little early since she meets the weight but not the age. Once I did do a little reading online and seen this video on youtube.

I then decided I will be keeping my daughter rear facing as long as possible no matter how much entertaining I will have to do.

Ashley - posted on 09/14/2009

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its also illegal to turn ur son or daughter forward facing if they are under a year old. my son was 20 lbs at 8 months but we still have to wsait til he turns one year. if u get pulled over by a cop and the baby is forward before one year u will get a fine and have to go to mandatory parenting and safety classes.

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Angela - posted on 05/27/2011

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The Swedish have been doing rear facing for children up to age 4 and older. WHY? Safest way to travel hands down. take a look at this seat, we use it for our Claire age 2.6 months 30 inches long and about 30 lbs . The Britax is designed for kids up to age 4 o/5 to travel rear facing. http://www.rearfacing.co.uk/
We special ordered ours it was expensive but worth the safety and peace of mind. In fact I think the car seat is one investment one should never go cheap on.
In additon minium safety standard does not mean safest.
Many children fuss in the seat, but you would not remove them from the seat because they don't like it right, would you let them go with out holding your hand to walk across the street because they fuss? No, so let them stay rear facing do the suggestions with mirrors and play things and they eventually will realize this is the way to travel.

Colleen - posted on 05/21/2011

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Forward facing at 1 Year and 20 lbs. It has to be both. That happens to be the law in our sate of WI anyway. They need the pounds to take the impact of facing forward.

Crystal - posted on 05/04/2011

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Other than Australia most states have a law of 1yr AND 20lbs and the AAP reccomends RF to the limits of your convertible seat it is so much safer babies spines are not strong enough to with stand an impact FF and could suffer internal decapatation please RF to at least 1yr and the longer the better

Chrystal - posted on 09/18/2009

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There is a great video on You Tube that shows simulation car crashes. The laws are different everywhere but the research is clear. Rear facing for as long as the car seat allows is best.

Check out the video it is worth the watch!

Kelly - posted on 09/16/2009

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I know you have heard already it is 1 year and at least 20 pounds.....my son is 10 months and 26 pounds and 31 inches long....the seat we have rearfaces till 35 pounds, and he will be rearfacing till he reaches 35 pounds....i would never be able to live with myself if i turned him forward and something happened to him in an accident that could have been prevented by having him rearfacing.....some people think that i am crazy cuz even after he turns one he will be rearfacing till he outgrows his seat, and i am even looking into getting him a seat that will rearface longer than 35 pounds cuz the way he is growing it won't be too long, i don't think, and he will be 35 pounds.....good luck, they have a wide variety of convertiable seats that can rear and forward face.....

Tiffany - posted on 09/16/2009

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They are supposed to stay rear facing until they are a year old or atleast 20 lbs.. then they can face forward

Alyssa - posted on 09/15/2009

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It's one year and 20 lbs., at least. We just this past week bought a regular car seat that can be rear and forward facing because my daughter is so tall she was too big for her infant car seat. We had it put in at the firestation and they told us the rule, and they explained how much safer it really is to wait until they are at least one. A lot of the newer car seats can be rear facing for even longer, and they say thats best and safest in an accident, because it won't cause their heads to fly forward possibly injuring their necks. Please take the time to have the seat properly installed also, it could end up saving your childs life.

Kristi - posted on 09/15/2009

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The mirror was a great idea for us - we did it after a couple weeks. Great idea!!!

Ashley - posted on 09/15/2009

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in my state if you turn a child forward facing before 1 years old you can get a ticket. they don't have good enough head control to forward face. i'm waiting as long as i can before i turn my son forward facing. good luck and i hope you get the advice you're looking for

Kelly - posted on 09/15/2009

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for those moms out there that are having a problem with your child being upset about being rear facing, have you tried a mirror/activity center for the back seat of the car? They have some that are just mirrors and some that play music and have lights. Our son has never given us any problems being rear facing (but we have always had the mirror in place since he was born).

Susan - posted on 09/15/2009

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Please please please keep your child REAR facing until at LEAST one year old! There are car seats that can be rear facing up to 35 lbs!! It is even coming out in some research now that the longer you keep your child rear facing the safer it wll be for them. My son will be staying rear facing until he is too big for the car seat to stay that way. The seat we have right now will go rear facing up to the 35lbs weight limit and then we can turn it around. YES, I could put him forward at one year... but why not keep him safer??

Heather - posted on 09/15/2009

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I have also done quite a bit of research on this and most states it is 1 year and some they also have to be 30 lbs. I spoke with the sheriff department in my area and they actually recommend you keep them rear facing as long as possible because they are the safest that way. I think a lot of people put their children into the convertible seats and think those have to foward face and that is not true, you can rear face those as well. If you are worried about the seat being installed properly you can go to your local fire/police station and they will make sure it is in correct. I hope this helps.

Kristi - posted on 09/14/2009

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The rule is rear facing til they are 1 year AND at least 20 pounds ... I know that the police where I live will stop you and give you a ticket if you don't follow those rules! Our son weighs 23+ pounds and is 30 inches long, so he is WAY beyond the weight limit, but we are still waiting until he is at least one year!

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I dont know but the law may vary in the different states...but last I checked the law for the states I have lived in, it was that they had to be a year old before you could legally turn the seat, even if they had met the weight requirement. The simplest thing to do if in doubt is to just call the non-emergency number for the police station in your area to ask the law for your state on car seats. They dont mind answering the question and it could save you from getting into any trouble.

Celena - posted on 09/14/2009

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Thanks Meg, so even though you lil girl is heavy enough you still have her rear facing?

Meg - posted on 09/14/2009

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I believe it is one year old and 20 lbs or more. Our little girl is so long and well over 20 lbs, so I researched it. What I read said one year old. Hope this helps!!

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Hi! i don't know if this helps but we turn my son joshy around at about 5 months, becuase he could sit up, and was getting upset that he couldn't see us when we were in the car even though he could hear us. But i guess it's like most things you do what works best for you, and as long as your all happy and safe it works!



Hi, just a note on this, I am writing from Australia, and my car seat had a rear facing weight rescriction of 9kg (18lb) most babies reach this at about 6-7 months, as a max weight. Hope I didn't confuse anyone to much!

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