Forward facing carseat

Rebecca - posted on 12/14/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 16 months and only 17 and a 1/2 lbs and i was thinking about puttig her forward facing what are yout thoughts??

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Audra - posted on 12/19/2010

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I recently took my carseat to a safety inspection. They told me that the absolute safest is to keep them rear facing in the middle up until the max weight the carseat list. I'm sure my son would like to be forward facing but his safety is our number one priority.

AM - posted on 12/16/2010

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My son is 16 months and we're leaving him rear-facing as long as we possibly can. It's SO much safer for them.

But the new law as of Jan 1 is that children MUST be 22 lbs. AND 1 year AND be able to walk on their own. So until your child is 22 lbs, I'd leave her rear-facing. Why risk it?

Jess - posted on 12/29/2010

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I am all for extended rearward facing, but only up to the max weight limit for the seat you have. Each setting has a weight limit and I would suggest contacting the manufacturer to confirm with them what is best for the seat you have.

I would also like to add that I work in insurance claims and my partner is a motor vehicle assessor, he does the total loss claims. So he see's a lot of VERY bad accidents, none of our customers have ever lost their babies in an accident rearward or forward facing ! I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm just saying that there is a lot of scare mongering going on in regards to forward facing car seats and I don't' think its necessary. We had a customer who's car was hit 3 times in 1 accident, 3 different impact points. Her young baby was forward facing which is legal in Australia, each of those hits were bad enough to total loss her car alone let alone the 3 combined. Her baby did not get a single scratch from that accident ! Today's cars are very safe, and baby seats have come a long way.

The safeties thing you can do for your child is to follow the safety directions for the seat you have.

Emily - posted on 12/20/2010

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Legs touching the back of the seat is perfectly safe and perfectly comfortable. We ourselves sit with our legs bent. It's really no different for them.

There are no documented cases of a baby/toddler's legs being injured due to being rear-facing. However, there are thousands of babies who have had necks broken due to being forward-facing too soon. I'm not taking my chances.

N'Keesia - posted on 12/20/2010

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The rule of thumb for forward facing car seats, it the baby should be one and 20lbs. In fact, they are encouraging to keep them rear facing up to 35lbs. It doesn't sound like your little girl is ready.
I hope that this is helpful for you

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Melissa - posted on 12/29/2010

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my daughter is about 23 pounds and 16 months and is still rear-facing. I have read a few things that say it's best to keep them rear facing as long as possible. I have a convertible car seat so she can stay in it rear facing until she's 35 pounds; considering that my 4 year old son is just now 35 pounds, I plan to keep her rear facing for a while. I didn't turn my son around until he was closer to 18 months because he was 16 months before he weighed 20 lbs but if I had known more I would have left him rear facing for longer.

Andrea - posted on 12/28/2010

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Advice is, keep them in a rear facing car seat for as long as possible. As long as she still fits into it OK, I would keep her in it. 20lb is the weight that is usually recommended for a forwards facing car seat.

Miranda - posted on 12/27/2010

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I agree. Keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. It reduces the movement of their head and neck if in a car accident. There little brain cannot take all that movement. My daughter is 22 lbs and is 29 1/2 inches tall and she still sits rear facing. We are using the Safety First Air Protect and she still sits very comfortably. She can sit rear facing up to 40 lbs. The recommendations are for them to sit rear facing for as long as possible in the middle seat if at all possible. This is the safest place and position! I would really wait. Babies are way too precious. Of course kids are going to enjoy sitting face foward but we are the parents and we have to make the decision that puts our children in the safest place possible.

Kate - posted on 12/27/2010

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Rear facing car seats are the safest. I kept my daughter in one till she was 21lbs at 15months and would have kept her in it longer if she wasn't so tall. My suggestion is to keep your daughter in the rear facing car seat as long a possible.

Brittany - posted on 12/26/2010

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no no no 20 and one year not just one or the other u can get a upword facing carseat and face her backwords i would would never do that its not a good idea

Chantal - posted on 12/24/2010

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my son was 14 months and 18.5 lbs when we moved his seat around he LOVES it lol... but he was also having to bunch his feet up bc he is tall so forward is more comfy lol i think shed be fine to switch now

Sally - posted on 12/24/2010

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Hi
my daughter s 16m, we changed her round as soon as she turned 1 as even tho she wasn't heavy she was so long been on 95th centle for heght since birth. her legs were squashed up against seat from around 8-9m, we couldn't wat tll she turned 1 so we cud turn her as shje looked soo uncomfortable, how on earth do they fnk u can keep them rear facing till 2, we struggled to 1 lol,
but id say it depends on the child, f she is comfortable and seems happy rear facng, u mght aswell leave her that way, im sure she wll let u no wen shes not happy lol.

gud luck!!

Tanya - posted on 12/23/2010

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My son is 30 pounds and 35 inches tall and rear-facing. It is much safer that way. I plan on keeping him rear-facing till he hits the 40 pound limit on the car seat for rear-facing.

Safety recommendations are 20 lbs and 1 year for forward-facing.

Angie - posted on 12/23/2010

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I say no. The law here is that the kid has to be 1 year AND 20 pounds, but that's just the minimum. I'm planning on keeping my son rear facing as close to his 2nd birthday as possible since research has shown it's safer. I bought a car seat specifically for the rear facing weight limit so I could do this.

Stacey - posted on 12/23/2010

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Mary - thank you so much for the article! I have 16 month old twins and one is 22 lbs and the other is 19 lbs and I was considering turning them around until I read the article.

Michelle - posted on 12/20/2010

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My daughter outgrew her rear facing at 9 months, so I put her in the front facing one, I know they say it is safer, my pediatrician kept telling me to keep her rear facing as long as possible, but I figure hey, me and my siblings all made it to our 20s and 30s and when I was a baby, the car seats were just things you put over the seat and stuck you in, and I am still here, so my daughter will be okay :-) Although I also realize there are reasons laws get changed and stuff gets made safer, less deaths and injuries for babies. Oh, and my daughter is 16 months old, already 35" tall and 28 pounds, so she's a big girl :-D

Nikki - posted on 12/20/2010

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I was told by my doctor not to until 2 years AND 20 lbs. But I am also considering it. My little one's legs seem to be getting too long and have no where to go, especially now that it is winter and having to be all bundled up.

Nikina - posted on 12/20/2010

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I moved my son to the forward facing when he hit 22lbs and he loves it. I would wait until she is 20 lbs to be safe.

Emily - posted on 12/20/2010

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The rule is actually 20lb AND 1 year. Though that is probably going to change soon, as Missie says, to 2 years.

Tracey - posted on 12/19/2010

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I turned my daughter around when she was 1 and she was only 18 lbs. She is now 16 months and not even 19 lbs yet. She is a peanut haha. My dr. told me I could turn her around at 1 eventhough she wasn't 20 lbs. Both of her drs said they turned their kids around at 1 and then usual go by the rule 20lbs OR 1 year (depending on close they are to a year old). My friend turned her son around before 1 because her son outgrew 2 carseats (he's a big boy). You have to see what your carseat says. If it says min 30lbs I wouldn't do it (that's my personal opinion). If it says min 20 (like mine says) I would turn her around. You have to do what you are comfortable with, and in my personal opinion I would turn my daughter around, but that's me. Have you asked your dr. what he/she thinks? Not that drs are right about EVERYTHING haha But maybe that would help you make your decision.

Brittany - posted on 12/19/2010

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I turned my son around as soon as he turned 1. He was already past the weight they say we can turn them around and he is so tall that his feet kept getting squished up. So I waited til he meet ALL the requirements til I turned him around even though he had already meet the height and weight.

Julie - posted on 12/19/2010

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My opinion is to keep them rear facing until the car seat recommends allowing it to go forward facing. I brought my seat to my local police station and I was told to keep the car seat rear facing until the max weight. Hope this is a little helpful! Good Luck

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2010

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My daughter was under 20 lbs when we turned her around. She was so uncomfortable rear facing. She is very long for her age, an she just wasn't happy rear facing anymore. So around her birthday, we went ahead and turned her around. She is now 16 months old and weighs 22lbs. She has been so much happier since we turned her around.

Alejandra - posted on 12/18/2010

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17 1/2 pounds is tiny for 16 months facing forward maybe not a good idea usually must be at least 30lbs my 16 month old is 34lbs and she eats healthy no sugar juices or junk and she is forward facing now

Jody - posted on 12/17/2010

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my daughter is 16 mos and 20lbs and she is still rear facing, her car seat says not to turn forward facing until at least 22lbs but she can stay rear facing until 35lbs which i plan on doing since she enjoys rear facing- she can see her sisters in the back seat; however my older two daughters were 20lbs when they began to face forward in their car seats. I would say as long as she is content with rear facing keep her that way as long as possible, it's safer anyhow.

Emily - posted on 12/17/2010

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Actually, the rear-facing weight limit on most rear-facing convertible seats is anywhere between 35 and 65lb.

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If she still fits comfortably in her rear facing, I would wait until she is over 20 lbs. My daughter is 24 lbs and is in forward facing but a developmental appointment at 12 months the nurse and doctor mentioned they are now recommending the children stay rear facing until 2. Not sure how that always works since most rear facing only go up to 20 or 30 lbs, but if she is under 20 lbs. I would wait until she is a little bigger to be safe.

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My son will be 16 months on Christmas day, he weighs about 23 pounds and we still have him rear facing. From my understanding, you are supposed to keep them rear facing as long as possible...that's what is safest. We are considering getting the forward facing within the next month, only because his legs are so long (he's in the 97th percentile on height for his age group).

Emily - posted on 12/14/2010

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I wouldn't do it. Safest to be rear-facing as loooong as possible. My daughter just hit 20lb. but I won't turn her forward-facing until I absolutely have to, like when she reaches 35lb.

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2010

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My lo has been forward facing for ages hun, cant remember how much she weighed or anything but i just know she didnt fit in her other one and this is the next stage one we had, it had all padding inside and stuff. i love being able to look at her when im driving (being safe of course) maybe just hang on till after xmas and fatten her up with all the turkey, lol xx xx

Alicia - posted on 12/14/2010

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state law says 20lbs and 1 year. also most carseats require 20 pounds for forward facing.i would give it just a little longer to be on the safe side :)

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