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Old 06-13-2007, 09:52 AM   #1
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Layton is 6mo and 20lbs, so he had to move out of his infant car seat since it only went up to 20lbs. He is now riding in his Britax Decathalon, rear facing.
The thing is, his feet already touch the seat of my truck. I know he has 6 more months before he can ride front facing and I'm nervous that his legs are gonna get all scrunched up (that he wont be able to extend them) when he sits in his car seat in the months to come.
Anyone had this issue or have any suggestions?

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Old 06-13-2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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My dd is 20 months and still rearfacing. Her legs are scrunched but she doesn't mind. When she is playing or sleeping her legs are in all sorts of what looks like uncomfortable postions to me, but it obviously doesn't bother her. Look in the carseat pic thread and you will find lots of toddlers and even preschoolers up to about 4 years old still rearfacing and still comfy. Most kids either put one leg on either side, sit cross legged, or put them straight up against the back of the seat. Kids are much more flexible than adults.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:05 AM   #3
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Cross his legs.

Rear-facing is safer long after they turn one. I'd rather have a child with a broken leg than a broken neck.

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http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:38 AM   #4
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He wont break his legs. There hasn't been a single case of a leg breaking from being RF. And like the PP said, I would rather have a broken leg, then a broken neck. A lot of people (woohoo) on this board extended RF meaning WELL past 1 year. Here is a good page with info and videos. The second link is to an album of older children RFing, almost all of their legs touch the seat, its ok!

http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbumAll.aspx
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Thanks ladies, I appreciate the advise!
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:00 PM   #6
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Yep, cross them & let him prop them up on the vehicle seatback & let him dangle them over the edge of the carseat if he wants.... Kids are so much more bendy than we adults are! That plays to their advantage for staying RF & also plays to their dire disadvantage when prematurely turned FF -- leading to Internal Decapitation (all kids under at least 2 years old are 4 times as likely to die from Internal Decapitation when FF compared to RF). There has not yet been a recorded case of leg injury from extended RF even though Scandinavian kids stay RF til about 50# (3-5 years old), but there have been millions of broken necks from FF too soon. We can fix a broken leg, we can't fix a broken spine Keep him RF until the maximum limits of the convertible seat, not merely the bare minimum of 1 year and 20# (my website has details to share with family if you need)
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