carseats...the rear- vs front-facing debate

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carseats...the rear- vs front-facing debate
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 10:29am

here's the backstory for my question:

i was at my friends' place for the weekend for their son's 1st birthday party (his birthday was yesterday).



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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:03pm


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Registered: 04-29-2008
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 4:08pm

Here's an article someone posted on FB-it has a lot of great stats supporting RFing as long as possible-and includes pictures of the suthor's kids with their legs bent and still rear facing at ages 2 and 4.

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 4:04pm
Evan's feet reach the back of the seat, but I still haven't changed him to front facing. It's kind of funny because he'll use his feet to manipulate the mirror I have hanging on the seat so I can watch him, and he'll use it to watch me instead!

Evan hasn't really seemed uncomfortable still being rear facing and I plan to keep him that way until he starts looking/acting uncomfortable. For now, it doesn't bother him, and it makes it easier for him to keep his toys instead of losing them when he kicks them forward in his seat.
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Registered: 12-28-2005
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 2:48pm

thanks for the replies everyone.



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Thu, 01-20-2011 - 12:42pm

 


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Registered: 01-17-2007
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 12:13pm
RyRy is still RF at 27 months (and about 26 lbs. and 32 in. tall - he's a shrimp), and he rests his feet on the back of the seat. It hasn't seemed to bother him. I've just read and seen too many horror stories of FF 1-2 year olds suffering horrific neck injuries during car crashes. If I can do anything at all to protect him from that, I will.

We may need to turn him when Pippa arrives just to be able to fit both car seats in our back seat, but he will be 31 months at that point, and hopefully a little bigger. His seat can stay RF up to 35 lbs., and if at all possible, I'd like to leave him RF until that time.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 11:11am

There has never actually been a confirmed case of a broken leg when rear-facing, there have been many when a child is forward facing.




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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:50pm

The other ladies gave you great advice about rear facing and heights limits etc... but I wanted to add how your story reminded me of my SILs.

I have 2 SILs (DH's sister and my brothers wife)... their oldest children are DS's are age or a year younger... and neither SIL sits them in booster seats. It's the law in our state that children need to be in booster seats till they are at least 8 AND 4'7"... which neither of them are. It drives me batty that they just let them ride in the car without being in a proper restraint.

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:20pm
Barrett completely sprawls his legs over the sides of his carseat; he's not really a leg crosser. Toddlers don't sit with their legs straight normally (well at least mine doesn't) so he's not exactly trying to stretch them out in the car either. And I'm not sure I believe everyone who thinks their toddler is happier facing forward. Barrett's ridden forward facing a couple times in his babysitter's car, and he absolutely does not care which way he is facing. He's perfectly happy looking at the trucks out the back!

As for crazy, turning-forward stories, my next door neighbors turned their daughter forward at around 9 months, and the father is a police officer! In NC there is no rule regarding rear facing, so this is legal but you would think a police officer would have a general idea as to the safety of car seats.
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Registered: 01-29-2008
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 4:45pm
They aren't too tall for rear facing UNLESS they are taller than the shell of the seat, which some seats have really short shells. They need to have one inch of head room left to rear face correctly. As far as legs, they can cross, put them on the backseat, etc. They are really flexible still where as you and I wouldn't be so comfy doing that! LOL I think its awesome you are rear facing as long as possible. I got my sister doing it with her kiddos! Her youngest just got a Graco MyRide that dad and I got her for Christmas and she has A LOT of head room left in it! So wouldn't be surprised to see her rear facing at 3+! LOL

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