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This may or may not turn into a debate. I just want to hear other moms thoughts. I have a 2.5 year old. She's been rear facing...until today. My 5 month old got big very fast. She was not handling the infant bucket seat any more. We have 2 convertible seats both are Complete Air seats, but one is a newer model. My toddler was using the newer model which has kind of a base (not sure how else to describe it). That base seems to set the car seat back away from the seat a little giving her more room. Now that my baby is moving up to the convertible seat I needed to put the older model seat, previously in my husband's truck, rear facing. I had issues with getting that seat rear facing before we got the newer one. I constantly had to adjust it. Now I need to put that seat on the side where there's less room because of the front seats. I was out in the van for hours (literally) trying to get this seat in correctly and I can't. So I turned her. I hate it. I didn't plan on turning her until she maxed out the seat, but I can't have her riding in an improperly installed seat. Our van seats are leather and it seems to make installing car seats harder. I can install it just fine in my husband's truck (cloth seats), but there's an obvious difference in the 2 seats because she has a lot less room in the older one (even though I know sitting with her legs bent or crossed is fine).
Anyway...when did you turn your kids around? Did you stress out about it as much as I am?