turning the car seat around

Emma - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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hey i was just wondering if anyone has turned their car seat around early??



my little girl is just off 5 months- my car seat says to turn them around at 8kg (17.6pounds) (it does not say how early you can do it) she is about 6.5kg (14.3 pounds) she hates the car seat and i was thinking this might be as she cannot see us in the front seat- she likes to see whats going on. she has excellent head control, has just started crawling, eats solids etc, however she is unable to sit up on her own-



i was wondering if anyone else has turned their car seat around early or if you know if its ok to do so??

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Meghan - posted on 07/11/2009

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Rules are - and the law too is that the child needs to be 20lbs AND 1 year old. Not one or the other....

Emma - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting Tiffani:

Emma, I dont know if they have any car seat programs in Austrailia but i know here in the U.S. there are places that will help you with a new car seat if you can not afford to get one. Talk to your local police dept. and see if they have any type of program that offers to help purchase or exchange your infant seat in for the next size up. If they dont they may know a place or program that does. Since your in Austrailia go on what the owners manual for your daughter's car seat recommends, but if she is in the infant car seat( the one with the handle that moves back and forth) it is not made to be forward facing..or theyre not here in the US at least. If you are wanting to switch her to FF then your best bet would be to get the appropriate car seat for that postion. It is very risky to use a rear facing car seat in the forward facing position. the seat belt doesnt secure the car seat correctly. If you have any programs that help with providing any type of assistance to familys might also know who you could talk to about getting help with getting the proper car seat for your child. Your Pediatriton might even know. Talk to your childs doctor and see what he/she recommends for your baby~


 



 



no as i said i have a converable car seat both front and rear facing- the weight recomendation is 8kg to turn it around!!!



 



please read all my posts read before answering although everyones help is much apreciated i dont need to be told the same thing a million times im in AUSTRALIA and as i have already guestured the standards are not th same as the US

Danielle - posted on 07/11/2009

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I just went to the Dr. this week and the newest reccomendation from the AMerican Pediatrics is to NOT turn it until 2 YEARS! I am challenged too because we have ours turned for about a month now and she won't be 2 until Oct. I would get a different car seat, maybe one that she could sit up more in, but still keep her facing backwards. My Dr. even told me to teach her to sit with her legs crossed (because she is too long) and that in Europe they keep them backwards to age 4.

Wendy - posted on 07/11/2009

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I didn't turn my first son (now 33 months) until after his 2nd birthday. Around his first birthday I moved him into a convertible, and it goes up to 40 lbs, I think. Babies should be kept rear-facing longer than age 1. My understanding is that the official recommendations of the AAP are going to be changed to reflect this. Babies between the ages of 1-2 are particularly susceptible to serious neck injury if they are forward-facing. While it may seem that their legs are cramped, my doc said, "Let's say he breaks his legs in a car accident - we can fix that. If he breaks his neck, we can't."

Tiffani - posted on 07/11/2009

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Emma, I dont know if they have any car seat programs in Austrailia but i know here in the U.S. there are places that will help you with a new car seat if you can not afford to get one. Talk to your local police dept. and see if they have any type of program that offers to help purchase or exchange your infant seat in for the next size up. If they dont they may know a place or program that does. Since your in Austrailia go on what the owners manual for your daughter's car seat recommends, but if she is in the infant car seat( the one with the handle that moves back and forth) it is not made to be forward facing..or theyre not here in the US at least. If you are wanting to switch her to FF then your best bet would be to get the appropriate car seat for that postion. It is very risky to use a rear facing car seat in the forward facing position. the seat belt doesnt secure the car seat correctly. If you have any programs that help with providing any type of assistance to familys might also know who you could talk to about getting help with getting the proper car seat for your child. Your Pediatriton might even know. Talk to your childs doctor and see what he/she recommends for your baby~

Avi - posted on 07/11/2009

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My 7 month baby is 8kg and we have just turned the car seat around as said in the manufacturer hand book. Since then he is a bit more settled since he can see us and see the road and lights. We did have a mirror since birth so the driver can him in the rear vision mirror but that doesn't make him happy. Not sure if he could see my face or not. He is much more settled now that the seat is turned around.

Marne - posted on 07/11/2009

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The only other thing I could recommend would be to call the manufacturer and find out if it says rear facing to 8kg because that is the requirement by law but it is safe over 8kg or if it is structurally not safe to have that seat rear facing with a heavier child in it. If the seat can handle the weight I'd leave it rear facing but if it's not designed to you would be better off turning it.

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They MUST be at least 1 year old and meet the height and weight recommendations!! You need to buy a mirror that goes on the headrest of the seat she's in with one in the front so you two can see each other.



DO NOT turn her around at 5 months old, that is soooooooo dangerous!!

Emma - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting Katie:

What kind of car seat is she in? I ask because my daughter was in a infant seat/carrier (the kind with the handle you can easily snap in and out of the base) and would scream everytime I put her in it from about 2 months on. I had read a lot about the way they are positioned giving them gas and being uncomfortable and as a last resort bought a britax car seat (the kind that stays permanently in the car) to try and she hasn't made a peep since! yeah!!! I continued to keep her rear facing until she was about 10 months old. At that point I didn't want to turn her around yet (she was only 18 lbs) but she was so tall that her legs were scrunched up against that back of the seat and she was uncomfortable - so I turned her forward facing them. My point being try all other methods you can think of to make her happy before you turn her around - rear-facing is so much safer!


she is in a "mother choice" one on the ones that stay in the car RF and FF. the thing is it says 8kg which is just over 17pounds not the 20 that everyone here has talked about. im from Australia and as far as i know our recomendations are at 8kg/ 6months not 1year i cant afford another car seat im a uni student i dont really have another option other than turning it around



 



i just wanted to hear from anyone who might have turned theires around early.

Katie - posted on 07/11/2009

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What kind of car seat is she in? I ask because my daughter was in a infant seat/carrier (the kind with the handle you can easily snap in and out of the base) and would scream everytime I put her in it from about 2 months on. I had read a lot about the way they are positioned giving them gas and being uncomfortable and as a last resort bought a britax car seat (the kind that stays permanently in the car) to try and she hasn't made a peep since! yeah!!! I continued to keep her rear facing until she was about 10 months old. At that point I didn't want to turn her around yet (she was only 18 lbs) but she was so tall that her legs were scrunched up against that back of the seat and she was uncomfortable - so I turned her forward facing them. My point being try all other methods you can think of to make her happy before you turn her around - rear-facing is so much safer!

Tiffani - posted on 07/11/2009

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They(pediatritions and car seat specialist..those who make them) Recommend that you leave an infant rear facing untill they are 1yr of age. If she hates the car seat try switching her to a convertible car seat instead of the infant car seat. The convertable will flip around to the forward facing position once shes old enough. You may even get a mirror to attach to the seat where her car seat will sit and one to place under you rear view mirror..that way she can see herself and you can see her to check on her from time to time while your driving. Its recommended that infants stay rear facing untill they are at least 1yr old and 20 pounds(U.S. standards) I hope this helps!!

Sara - posted on 07/11/2009

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Our son's doctor just gave us some new guidelines that stated that it is recommended that you keep your child rear-facing until he/she has reached the weight and length limits of your carseat, saying that most kids would be almost 2 years at that time. I know our carseat goes up to 30 pounds, our son is almost 10 mos and 25 lbs, but we plan on keeping him rear-facing as long as possible as it is the safest. We live in North Carolina, so these recommendations by just be for our state, not sure, I know it's not the law though. The mirror works great!

Marne - posted on 07/11/2009

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It isn't so much weight that is the real issue, it's development of the neck muscles that is really important. Those muscles just aren't really strong enough to compensate ofr the forces involved in even a fairly minor fender bender until they are @ 1. It just so happens that most babies are hitting 20 pounds at the same time that they are hitting one year and developing that stronger musculature. It's easier for parents to understand age and weight requirements than to try to figure out something like how strong their babies neck is. Whip lash is not fun in an adult, the idea that a baby can get it from my slamming on the brakes hard is scary. I didn't turn mine around until a little over one.

Brandy - posted on 07/11/2009

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as far as hating the car seat all of my kids were like that and turning them around didn't help. Don't rush, keep her safe.

Nicole - posted on 07/11/2009

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Yeah, I figured since you posted her weight in kilos you must be in another country! That's the rule here in America, but if it's different in your country then go by what they say there. I can't wait to turn my son's carseat around in 5 months, it's so big and bulky!

Emma - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

You're supposed to wait until they're at least one year old AND 20 pounds. Ideally, you should keep them rear facing as long as possible because that's the safest spot for them. But if your carseat and doc say otherwise...You could try putting a mirror in the backseat so she can see herself and you or give her some special toys she only gets to play with in the car and see if that helps. But I personally wouldn't turn it around just yet. My doc told me at my son's 6 month check up because he's almost 20 pounds not to turn it around till he's one.


Hmm im in Australia....i have a feeling your not and that the rules might be different i hve never heard of waiting till 1year most ppl i kno do it at 6months

Michelle - posted on 07/11/2009

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I just recently had this discussion. my baby will be one in august but she's too long to face the back. I called my state's hwy patrol and they confirmed the child shoulf be at least one and at least 20lbs

Nicole - posted on 07/11/2009

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You're supposed to wait until they're at least one year old AND 20 pounds. Ideally, you should keep them rear facing as long as possible because that's the safest spot for them. But if your carseat and doc say otherwise...You could try putting a mirror in the backseat so she can see herself and you or give her some special toys she only gets to play with in the car and see if that helps. But I personally wouldn't turn it around just yet. My doc told me at my son's 6 month check up because he's almost 20 pounds not to turn it around till he's one.

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