newmamaof3 (744.3 days ago) I just watched a few videos on youtube as well and if I had known that my 10 yr old son would still be rear facing. I will keep my LO`s rear facing as long as I can.
wordy-nerd (Lori) (744.4 days ago) For those of you who think it`s an inconvenience to have your child rear-facing, I hope you will watch some of the youtube videos. Search rear facing carseat. If you stumble upon the video of Joel`s story, you will see what inconvenience is. I`d much rather have to pull over at the side of the road to attend to my child`s needs than have to teach her how to eat again! I was also on the fence until I saw the videos. Now that I`ve seen them, my 9 month-old daughter will stay rear-facing until she is at least 2 and I wish I could find a carseat to have my 4 and a half year-old son rear-facing. I hope this hasn`t come across judgemental. Watching those videos really affected me and I hope other moms will watch the videos to see how drastic the difference is between forward-facing and rear-facing.
missbunny (744.4 days ago) Sacred - I do think there are many things that are `paranoia` ... but after I watched what happens to a little ones neck and spine in a car accident I changed my mind. They are supported more when they are rear facing, and because their necks and spines are not as strong as ours being thrown forward when forward facing can cause some serious, if not fatal, damage. My opinion on this subject has only changed recently, and I think that after most parents watch the differences between the two car accidents they would choose rear facing for a bit longer. It`s safer for them in a car accident. I know I converted back after getting all the new info and watching a demo! As the police officer said - `what`s the most important thing in your life?` To which I answered, `my children`. And he said `exactly, protect them every way you can`. Sometimes it just isn`t feasible to have your child rear facing until they`re two of course, but if it is possible then I guess...why not? Oh and blessed, thanks for the info! Nice to know it's a suggestion only, I felt like I was being thrown all sorts of information and I didn't get 1/2 of it!
lovin my lil monster (744.7 days ago) My son is 17 months and is still rear facing, but he is alsounder weight hes almost 19 pounds. But I plan on having him rear facing til hes 25 pounds, that could be when hes 5. lol
KristinaA (744.7 days ago) the advice to extend rear-facing to 2 yrs was not official until after my son turned 1, and our car-seat was only rear-facing to 22 lbs, so at 22 lbs (14 months), we switched him around. He was also so tall that there was no room for his legs when he faced backward. I would prefer for him to still face back seat though.
Mary-K (744.7 days ago) I didn`t vote cause my son will be 3 in July but he has always been much bigger than all the other kids his age...he is in the 90% for his weight and the 99% for his hight and when he turned one he was so stuffed rear facing he hated being put in the car so we switched him not long after his first birthday but if I could have I would have kept him rear facing longer. He was just to big. he is already in a booster seat because he is 40 inches tall and 42 pounds...the fire station said that he should be switched to the booster seat now. I thought he was to young and Jamie`s parents said it was illegal to switch him cause he was still young but it doesn`t go by age anymore and they don`t get that. Anyway...I have a 4 month old daughter and another on the way and they will both be rear facing until they are 2 years old unless weight and height come into play like they did with Jayden.
Bri (744.7 days ago) My son is 35in (almost 3 feet) and 29lbs. He`s 16 months and STILL rear facing. It`s much safer for him and he`s content rear facing. He doesn`t know any better so we leave him that way. He`ll be rear facing until he`s 2.
missbunny (744.8 days ago) blessed - I had no idea either until I went in! Apparently they changed the laws for booster seats etc too, which I had no idea about. He did set the car seat up so that she has enough room etc though...but she had been forward facing before that and I felt terrible when I was told. I don`t know if there are different rules for different states though, so I`d just call your local police station and ask if you`re curious :)
Lookalike (744.8 days ago) I`m not sure how I would have fit my 30lb son in a rear facing car seat after one year. Thankfully, we don`t go places very often. I know it`s all for safety, but these kinds of regulations make my day that much more difficult.
Avas*Momma*09 (744.9 days ago) My DD is almost 19 months and has been forward facing since she turned 1. She was already facing the front before I ever heard that they suggest you do rear facing until 2. She is so needy some days that it is way easier to have her facing the front then the back, and she can see out of the windows more and keeps herself entertained more easily.
DoeysGirl (Cassie) (744.9 days ago) We`ll be rear-facing until at least 2. Kiddo says `stuck` becase his feat are scrunched, but as our pediatrician said, his feet being scrunched for a little while is so worth the extra protection rear-facing provides.
sweet t (744.9 days ago) I heard they are trying to change the law were the child has to be two, but my so is 19 months and we have been foward facing for a while now. Its much more comfortable for him. I`m worried that a two year old would be kicking the seat and pushing back with their feet, rocking the car seat. At least I don`t have to worry about that. I also don`t like the fact that I really can`t see them that well rear facing, not even when you use the extra mirror in the back.
missbunny (744.9 days ago) I think it`s 2 yrs old, and even then they have to be 30lbs right? I took my car seat to the police station to be put in my new car properly, and the police officer said that children should be rear facing until they`re 30lbs now. My 2.5 yr old isn`t 30lbs yet so she`s still rear facing. He did this demo of what happens to children under 30lbs when they`re thrown forward in an accident and it was scary, so she`s going to be rear facing for a while :)