Carseat

Elizabeth - posted on 09/23/2014 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is six months on the 25th I was wondering when I can turn the car seat facing the front and not the back.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/26/2014

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RECOMMENDATION. That's why car seat companies can say 'front facing at 1'...because its a RECOMMENDATION that they be kept back facing till 2

And, really, wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry? What does it hurt the kid to remain rear facing until they're 2 (or 3, or even 4)?

Think of it this way: When I was a baby, it was 'recommended' to lay baby flat on back seat and secure across their little bodies with a lap belt. Would YOU do that with your kids today? No, because we now know better. Just like, 20 years ago, it was 'ok' to front face your kids at 6 months...but we now know better!

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Dove - posted on 09/26/2014

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You knew about rear facing longer when your kids were little, Shawnn? My oldest is 13 and I had NO CLUE when she was little. Thankfully I learned better though.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/26/2014

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Wow, a kid, who, by the age of 9 months his feet were touching the seat? Seriously musta been a giant!

Even in the 'older' seats that mine were in (only older because the kids are now 20 & 17)...neither of them had a problem rear facing until well after the age of 1, and they were on the tall end of the spectrum for their ages, both well over 34 inches at their first birthdays.

And, I'd have to say that Dove thinks she's a mother who's already been through that stage with her kids...so she may know a thing or two about what she's saying!

Besides that, if you get ticketed for not having the kid installed correctly, are you going to tell the officer that the baby's comfort was more important than their safety?

FACT rear facing your child until they are 2 is a SAFER recommendation than 1. Why? Because they've had that extra year to actually allow the neck muscles to develop more.

Dove - posted on 09/26/2014

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Who do I think I am.... just a mother who's son could have comfortably rear faced for 4 years.... lol Either your son is a giant (as in bigger than the average preschooler)... or one of the few rare kids I mentioned who 'can't' rear face.....

Life and death trumps 'comfort' any day of the week to me though.

I really don't care what you did or did not do in your situation w/ your child. I'm just always going to continue to post the FACT that rear facing a 1 year old is ALWAYS safer.

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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I don't know who you think you are to say that "the leg cramped up excuse is crap" because obviously it's not for us by the time out son was 9 months old his feet were pushing against the back of the seat by 1 year he was cramped and for that reason he hated being out in the car seat and would scream his head off because he knew he was going to be uncomfortable

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/26/2014

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My kids (and they are TALL) didn't have a problem being rear facing after 1 year...their legs don't get THAT long ☺

Car seat manufacturers are in business to make money. Of COURSE they're going to tell you that your options are to buy bigger, better, sooner...rather than admitting that they have a certain set of safety standards to adhere to, and that your kid will be just fine being rear facing until 2 years old.

Dove - posted on 09/26/2014

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If the car seat doesn't work... you can get another one. My son's old seat is currently $100 at our local Walmart.

Dove - posted on 09/26/2014

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My son rear faced til 3.25... and could have safely and comfortably rear faced til his 4th birthday (but I didn't know his weight and didn't want to risk rear facing him too long for the seat). The leg cramped up excuse is crap... for almost every kid on the planet.

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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It's a recommendation for our car seat to be forward facing at 1 because after 1 his legs get too long and end up cramped against the back seat and he would have no room to move and he'd be really uncomfortable and cramped the whole ride

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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Then why would car seat companies be allowed to say that for their car seat that you switch them at 1?

Dove - posted on 09/26/2014

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Not exactly Brandi... that's why the recommendation is 2 or later... because by 1 they DON'T have the growth, strength, and development enough.

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2014

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Most safety rules in New York say wait till your child is 2 years old OR as long as the car seat manual says the seat will allow. Ours recommends doing it at 1 but others say wait till 2 but really it's up to you, you should wait atleast till 1 though because by then they have strong enough neck muscles so that if you stop fast they won't hurt it

Chet - posted on 09/23/2014

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Laws are slow to catch up to current research.

If you live in an area that permits a child to forward face before 12 months of age the law is out of date. The minimum safety recommendation is at least 20lbs and at least 12 months.

And ideally, you want a child to rear face as long possible. In recent years more and more seats have come on the market that will safely allow a child to rear face as an older toddler and preschooler.

Julia - posted on 09/23/2014

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I say at least 12 months old, but like Shawnn said, definitely check with your local law enforcement to find out the laws in your area.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2014

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Any time, Elizabeth! Always keep in mind that (for carseat questions, anyway) pretty much any law enforcement or firehouse is always ready and willing to help!

Dove - posted on 09/23/2014

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What country are you in? It is safest for kids to rear face as long as possible. My son was 3 when he was turned forward facing. It depends on the seat you have, but it's best to get a seat w/ the highest weight and height limit for rear facing that you can find. There are a couple of countries that do not allow for this... but MOST of them do.

Legally in the US they have to be at LEAST a year and 20 pounds... but just legal is most certainly not safest.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2014

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As I always say, the ONLY ACCURATE information you will find will be to contact your local law enforcement or fire house. Not only will they have the age regulations in effect for your area, but they will also be able to help you with installation.

IN GENERAL, a child should stay rear facing until at least 12 months. Check with authorities in your immediate area.

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