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Old 02-21-2007, 09:50 AM   #1
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Okay another carseat question

I admit, I've spent so long researching birth & parenting, I kind of left out carseats. We just took ours to the car seat technician & had them install it and we've just followed their guidelines.

Well Lily is approaching 1 year. She is 24 pounds, and a big and sturdy kid!
I thought, as per the advice from my carseat tech, that I could turn her around when she was both 1 year old and 22 pounds. Now I see some people saying they are going to leave their kids rear facing for longer.
Can someone explain this to me?

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Old 02-21-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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yes, you can turn her aound according to the MINIMUM safety standards. However, it is much safer to leave her rear facing as long as possible, there are lots of video clips with FF vs RF crash tests floating around, watch one and it will be crystal clear why it is safer.

Basically, their necks still are just not that strong and rearfacing, the back of the carseat stops their little heads from whipping around and possibly breaking, thus killing your DC. Forward facing their is nothing to stop this from happening. The videos are very scary, but they should be, the truth is very scary.


ETA: here is a link, scroll downto the picture at the bottom that shows the difference in a RF & FF accident
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:17 AM   #3
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Re: Okay another carseat question

1 yr and 20 lbs is a minimum! It's much safer for them to be rf till they reach the limits of their seat...which is usually 30-35 lbs. My dd is still happily rf'ing at almost 2 1/2 and 30 lbs

This site will give you lots of info as well as the rf vs. ff crash test videos:
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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Thank you so much! I'm off to read the links now
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the longer RF the safer. I *JUST* turned my 4yr old around. His seat worked to 34lbs RF and he's 34lbs (in clothes) now
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Our seat goes to 30lbs rf so we're going to do it until he hits that. It's just safer if you get in an accident if they are rf so its best to leave them that way as long as possible.
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Re: Okay another carseat question

Ok, I have LONG skinny kids. My DD is 7 and she weighs 46 pounds. She wasn't 30-35 pounds until she was like, 3-4 years old. Are you telling me this can be done? What should she do with her legs while she is rear facing? This just doesnt seem like it can be done.
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:10 PM   #8
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Re: Okay another carseat question

This video was linked in a post below, but it also shows older kids rearfacing, which may help people imagine how they do it.
My son is the first toddler shown in the video.
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Ok, I have LONG skinny kids. My DD is 7 and she weighs 46 pounds. She wasn't 30-35 pounds until she was like, 3-4 years old. Are you telling me this can be done? What should she do with her legs while she is rear facing? This just doesnt seem like it can be done.
This website has some pictures as well:
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx

My dd is ~ 37" tall (at 2 1/2) and puts her legs either on the back of the seat, on either side of her carseat, or sometimes crosses them (but not very often). She has never complained about being uncomfortable.
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