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Old 01-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #21
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Re: Rear vs forward facing

Yeah, I'm the aberration here...IRL I'm the "crazy carseat lady" since DD is RFing past 1 & I actually care about installation, know that seats expire, & I don't buy them at garage sales (no lie, that's the norm here), but I'm woefully dangerous here, since I'll planfully flip DD before she outgrows the seat. There are a few of us that I would call "educated mainstream", but ERF is the norm.


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Old 01-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #22
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It's akin to wandering into the breastfeeding forum and asking how many people in there breastfeed past 6 months. If you're interested in it enough to frequent the forum, you're probably into it enough to exceed what many would consider the standard norms. You don't frequent a forum like these ones without having strong feelings on the subject. Visit yes, frequent no.

That said, I turned my daughter forward facing just shy of her third birthday at 36lbs, as she'd exceeded the RF weight limit of her seat.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #23
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For the record, the federal government's recommendation is to rear-face through age three (in other words, up until age four), unless the child outgrows the rear-facing limits of his or her convertible seat before that point.

The AAP, which is just a trade organization for pediatricians, recommends rear-facing up to age two. Safe Kids USA recommends a "best practice" of rear-facing to a minimum of two years old. Again, in both of these cases there's the caveat that a child should turn to forward facing once the rear-facing limits of the convertible seat have been outgrown.

I intend to follow NHTSA's guidelines unless I have a compelling reason not to. And I would move heaven and earth (if necessary) to rear-face to at least two. As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, I always recommend that parents select a car seat that their child is projected to fit within the rear-facing limits until at least two years old.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #24
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My youngest daughter is almost 44 months old and she just turned around last week. We turned her when she reached the rear-facing limits of her seat. (35 pounds.) I wish we could have waited longer, but we're unable to purchase a seat with a higher RFing limit at this time. Of course, now that she's turned around... I'm pretty sure she (and her daddy) wouldn't appreciate it if we went back to rear-facing, anyway. Oh well. Now my next goal is to keep her harnessed as long as possible.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:16 PM   #25
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DS1 will be 3 in a month, and I would be comfortable flipping him FF then. I won't until he asks to, though - we're not short on space, and it's not really inconvenient for him to get in.

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Old 01-26-2012, 04:19 PM   #26
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Re: Rear vs forward facing

My oldest was RFing until 3 and half. My youngest is under 1 so she's of course still RFing, but she's in a Radian XTSL so I plan to keep her that way as long as possible. My SD was turned at 11 mos, and I had no control over that because I wasn't caring for her then.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #27
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My DD was rf until 2.5 years when she reached the limit of her seat. I just bought my DS1 a new seat so he can rf longer. I hope to keep him rfing until at least 3 years. Since my kiddos are always 90-95th percentile, it's hard to rf for as long as I would like to.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:23 PM   #28
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Mine RF to the limits of their seats. My oldest just turned FF at 5.5yo.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:32 PM   #29
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I'm planning on rfing DS until he outgrows his seat. Unfortunately, that will likely be well before 3.

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Isaac turned 4.5 yesterday, 30 pounds, 37 inches. ERF. And will be for about another 2 inches at last measure
Wow, I wish I could RF that long! My DS is about the same size as yours - 30 lbs and is 38" and only has about an inch of torso room left before he's outgrown his seat by height. But he's not even 2 yet.

Here, ff a 19lbs baby is illegal. The limit is 22lbs and the new recommendations are to rf until 2. DS and I walk everywhere, so I never actually see other moms with their kids in cars, so I don't know whether that's the norm or not.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:07 PM   #30
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My daughter just turned 4 and my son will be 3 in April. They're both RFing with no anticipation of turning them anytime soon because it just works for us. They don't fuss about it, it can't hurt, and doesn't bother us.

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