What carseats are you using for your toddlers? Maddy is 3 and 35lbs.

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Alyssa - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Rhea:


As far as the debate... When your child is facing the back, where do their legs go? That is usually when you are supposed to turn them forward (unless they are a tall baby, then wait until 1 yr). My daughter was about 14 months when she was tall enough to touch her legs to the seat. I would be afraid that if her feet were on the seat (rearfacing) and you were rear ended, or any hit really, they could really get hurt. Hips, knees, many other possibilities.


There has never been 1 incidence of a child having a broken leg from rear-facing...there are THOUSANDS of kids who have died by internal decapitation from forward facing.  In answer to your question though they just cross their legs or put them up on the back of the seat.

Morgan - posted on 09/26/2009

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I love my britax roundabout carseat. They are a little pricey, at about 250.00 to 300.00 but she can stay in it till almost 100 lbs.

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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I think Britax car seats are amazing, but were totally not affordable for my family. My girlfriend had one and let me borrow it when my son started getting close to outgrowing his. As for front versus rear facing, I think it's a personal decision and should not be debated upon. While you're referring to saftey, in my opinion it's like feeding kids sweets and letting them climb and more: parents have different opinions and it's not right to make someone feel like they are neglecting their child when their opinion varies from yours. As for the US being the most behind, we are Americans living in Korea and Koreans don't even have to have infants in car seats. You would not believe the toddlers and children just climbing around on peoples laps and cars here! it's outrageous!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/25/2009

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Max has a First Years True Fit and a Graco comfort sport. He is 1 and will stay rear facing. After a lot of research and talking with carseat techs I have decided that rearfacing is the way to go. Granted I can't make that choice for anyone else's child. I just feel that if I can keep my child safer why wouldn't I?? The crash test videos were enough to convince me, it just makes sense.

Rhea - posted on 09/25/2009

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We started with the eddie bower rear facing con. seat in one car and I think a graco with the base in the other. Once she was large enough for a forward facing we flipped the one and then bought the eddie bower con. booster. It starts as a car seat with the 5* clips then goes into a booster with the seat belt. I love them both, and they both last a very long time. The one goes from 5-100 # and the other one goes from 15-100# So both will last until she out grows carseats/booster seats. I come from a racing family, so all the kids stay in 5* clips as long as possible and we just call them racing seats... Hope this helps everyone.



As far as the debate... When your child is facing the back, where do their legs go? That is usually when you are supposed to turn them forward (unless they are a tall baby, then wait until 1 yr). My daughter was about 14 months when she was tall enough to touch her legs to the seat. I would be afraid that if her feet were on the seat (rearfacing) and you were rear ended, or any hit really, they could really get hurt. Hips, knees, many other possibilities.

Crystal - posted on 09/25/2009

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my daughter is almost 5 and wieghs the same, and she has a 3 in one car seat, so now its just transferred to the booster, you just remove the 5 pnt harness and they use a seatbelt instead...you just have to check the regulations where you are

Angela - posted on 09/25/2009

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i have a 4yr old and a 2 yr old and we've used Graco from the beginning if i'm not mistaken. we've bought carseats at target & wal-mart. just make sure you look at the reviews before deciding. that helps out alot.

Shelby - posted on 09/25/2009

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Research and read all the reviews from other moms on every car seat that you look at. No matter what you do though, you should have them in a 5 point harness seat until they reach the age where they don't need it. In North Carolina it's age 8 or 80 pounds. The 5 point is the best type because it's safer for them, it's not just a cheap piece of plastic that the seat belt goes around.

Anna - posted on 09/24/2009

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My oldest is very tall for her age. When she turned 3 she had just about outgrown her carseat but wasn't close to ready for a booster. I did a ton of research and found the Regent by Britax. It is AMAZING! I would highly recomend looking into that for your daughter.

Becca - posted on 09/24/2009

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My sister swears by Britax brand she said they are top of the line and grows with child

Dossie - posted on 09/24/2009

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The best advise I can give you is to go down to your nearest Highway Patrol Office and ask. I'm not sure where you are but California HP has a great program. They will give you a free seat, one that is best for your child and will give you a class on proper placement and buckling.

Meghan - posted on 09/24/2009

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Woah! Thank you ladies for all the wonderful feedback. Let me explain my situation. Maddy and I were in a car accident a little while ago and I need to get her a new car seat. She is currently in a Britax Marathon and she still has tons of room to grow. I was just trying to see if there was something that would last me longer. Though, the Marathon goes up to 65lbs so we still have time. I think I am going to stick with what has worked and just order another Marathon for her and then make the jump to booster when its time. Thanks again for ALL your feedback.

Alyssa - posted on 09/23/2009

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They should be...it's 5 times safer. Or AT LEAST they should be harnessed. No 3 year old should be in a booster.

Lindsay - posted on 09/23/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

Alyssa-- I totally agree with you....i have had people look at me funny because my son is 26 pounds and almost a year old and of course is still rear facing, and will be till he is too big for the seat, they think that he should be facing forward cuz of his weight but by age he isn't even old enough......i just can't imagine turning him around at one year beacuse if something did ever happen then i would never be able to forgive myself becasue if he was hurn then some of his injuries could have been prevented by him being rear facing......he is a big boy but he is no where near ready to forward face.....i would not know what to do if something like this would happen..



Of course you wouldn't want to face your child that is still under 1 forward but she is referring to 3, 4, and 5 year olds needing to still be rear-facing.

Kelly - posted on 09/23/2009

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Alyssa-- I totally agree with you....i have had people look at me funny because my son is 26 pounds and almost a year old and of course is still rear facing, and will be till he is too big for the seat, they think that he should be facing forward cuz of his weight but by age he isn't even old enough......i just can't imagine turning him around at one year beacuse if something did ever happen then i would never be able to forgive myself becasue if he was hurn then some of his injuries could have been prevented by him being rear facing......he is a big boy but he is no where near ready to forward face.....i would not know what to do if something like this would happen..

Alyssa - posted on 09/23/2009

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It is only extreme in the US....most European countries rearface their children till 4 and 5 years old. For example Sweden rearfaces ALL their children until 5, they have had 6 deaths to children in car accidents in a 10 year time frame. Just 6, car crashes are the leading cause of death to children in the US. All the children that died in those crashes in Sweden? All accidents were catastrophic EVERYONE died. It should be a debate...more parents need to realize what is and isnt safe to use in a car. And the US needs to get up to date and change their laws to match what European countries have known for 30 years.

Lindsay - posted on 09/23/2009

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Ok, this is not a debate, she simple asked what our toddlers were using and I answered. I clearly see that your 4 year old is still rear facing so I understand you are a little extreme. It was a question, I answered, end of story! =)

Alyssa - posted on 09/23/2009

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No 3 year old should be in a booster...federal standards also say children can forward face at 1 year or 20 lbs even though it's 5 times safer to keep them rear-facing as long as possible. OUR standards are behind in the US and the rate of children dying in car crashes in the US shows it. The 5-step test http://carseatblog.com/?p=3966

Lindsay - posted on 09/23/2009

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I assume that was a reply for my post. If you click the link, it meet and exceeds federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Alyssa - posted on 09/23/2009

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Low and no back boosters arent recommend for any child that hasnt passed the 5 point carseat test. And even then children really should be in high back boosters or harnessed until they are out of a carseat.

Kelly - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son is still rear facing, but once he outgrows his seat then i am planning on buying the graco seat, it harness' them up to 65 pounds and then is a booster up to 100 pounds, and in my area it is about 150 dollars, more expensive than some, but i will never have to buy him another seat.....

Alyssa - posted on 09/23/2009

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My 2 youngest children (4 and 1 1/2) are both rearfacing in Britax MultiTechs

Jen - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter is still in a convertible car seat, but once she outgrows that we're buying the Graco high back to low back booster. Like the above mom said it doesn't have to be the most expensive car seat out there to do it's job. My daughter is currently in an Evenflo which will hold her until she's 40lbs. We also have a Cosco which is considered to be a cheap brand in my husband's car.

Nicole - posted on 09/23/2009

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All I have to say about car seats is that you don't have to get the most pricey one out there. I really looked into all the pros and cons before I bought my Todler car seat. I read the reviews from moms online. I ended up going with one from Walmart. It wasn't the cheapest, but in price...it was around the middle. It is a great seat and easy for a parent to use. It's a cosco high back and can hold up to 55 pounds.

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