Extended rear-facing

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Registered: 07-08-2009
Extended rear-facing
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 12:31pm
The AAP now recommends extended rear-facin your children until 2yrs old, minimum. For those who haven't seen the reasons behind this, or those who are FTMs, or returning to babyhood after a few years off, here's a concise link to catch you up!

My son is 23 months and will RF indefinitely, until he reaches the weight limit on his seat. :)

http://carseatblog.com/5168/why-rear-facing-is-better-your-rf-link-guide/
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:59pm
Yeah, it was a lot busier just a couple years ago when I went there for help deciding on a seat for Quinn. I got him the First Years TF and timing wise its been great for us, he just out-grew it RFing by weight earlier this year (like Feb) and almost by height, he had like 2-3 inches left. But he's been FFing since he was 2, compromise with DH, since he was FFing in his back-up seat at 16 months (it was a Scenra, he's completely outgrown it now, by height and almost by weight).
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Registered: 09-13-2009
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 6:55pm
Oh and, Sara, I have been a member of iVillage since 2005, despite what my avatar says :P Back then the car seat board was hard to keep up with!
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 6:53pm
Yup, while legs hanging over is not an issue (especially compared to the severity of the injuries that can happen when forward facing) it's a very common reason we hear from people who turn their children prematurely. I am so glad that you are willing to continue to learn and use your knowledge for future babies. It's always so refreshing to hear from parents like you :)
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 6:47pm
That makes me sad :( I admittedly haven't been posting on the boards much since the format change either. Facebook is just so much easier :/
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Registered: 12-23-2007
Mon, 04-09-2012 - 12:06am

Thanks for posting on such an important topic!

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Registered: 06-13-2003
Fri, 04-06-2012 - 4:15pm
We have a 13-month-old and even though she would MUCH rather be facing forward like her older siblings, we are keeping her rear-facing. If they've found that it's safer, who am I to argue? :)
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:26pm
:)
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:26pm
Just an FYI, the Car Seats board here that I know of, is kinda dead :( The change in format cause us to lose a lot of our regulars over there :(
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Registered: 09-13-2009
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:11pm

Oh, and FYI, the AAP started recommending two years old as the minimum in 2002, it was just widely publicized last year :)

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Registered: 09-13-2009
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:02pm

I actually really dislike the cast it/casket reference because it implies that people are right in thinking that a rearfacing child is in danger of breaking something. The reality is children are significantly more likely to have leg injuries when forward facing due to inertia (forward momentum) causing the legs to fly up and out. Their legs can hit the seat in front of them and fracture, sometimes in multiple places.

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