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Old 09-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #21
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

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I had someone say that to me once and I was like, have you seen my car? It's a Volvo station wagon, the whole back end of it is windows. Those Britax seats sit up so high they can see over the back seat no problem. Their view is just fine. Indeed.
My daughter rides RF in a Radian, and it's about as low as you can get. And it's a Civic; not exactly the king of giant back windows.

And if my daughter has trouble seeing out, I don't know how I'd guess it. She spends entire car rides yelling, "Truck! Car! Tree! Sky! Dog!" as we go by. I suppose if the definition of "see out the window" is "see the same thing I'm looking at from the same angle and at the same time" then it would make sense.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:17 AM   #22
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

My SIL turned her DS at 10 months, her reasons were that he was getting hot (no rear air) and also he cried constantly in the car. He really did, he just could not ride RF. When he's FF she can hand him things from the front seat, and he can see out, and he doens't get near as upset being in the car. Is it more distracting to have a baby who screams or one who is content to FF? I do see both sdies of this particular arguement, also babies and toddlers can get carsick (especially here in the country, where roads are curvy). I can also see why parents w/ a bad back turn their kids, particularly if they are heavy b/c it is hard to lift them up into their seats. In our truck I can fit the infant seat RF, but not the other seats I have (radian, Marathon) and still have DH drive. If I put it behind the passenger side, the passenger (me) is literally sitting in the dash. We rarely ever drive it, so I just put the seat in there FF. I literally drive it once every few months, to haul something to get fixed, and usually MIl can watch them so they don't go with me.

So reasons I hear are:

fussy baby who won't ride backwards well or carsickness
no rear air (in the summer when its 100+)
extended cab trucks or small cars that don't fit bigger RF seats well
people who have a hard time lifting toddlers into RFing seats

I don't think the cramped up legs are an issue until closer to 2.5-3, so not sure I would use that one. I never thought of the leavign baby in car since you can't see them either.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:04 PM   #23
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

I've heard the following:

Baby cries the whole car ride.
Baby/child can undo own straps.
Parent can't see baby.
Baby can't see out of window.
Legs are squished.
Seat doesn't fit RF in small car...or more like seat is too pushed forward for driver.
Too difficult for in/out of seat for parent.
They get carsick.
"My pediatrician said I could."

I'm sure there's more but that's all I can think of now.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:54 AM   #24
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

Id second the car seat cost issue and the screaming issue. We had to buy a 2nd infant seat so that we can RF past 1 year... (our fault for not fully researching the first time around)
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I don't buy the cost issue. That's an easy one to counter with "don't buy two infant seats, buy a convertible after the infant seat. They can cost relatively the same as a forward facing seat."
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:44 PM   #26
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how about because their older children FF at or before a year old and they did fine
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

Some that I've heard

-baby is so much happier when they can *see*
-I like being able to see to make sure baby isn't choking
-easier to interact
-it's an important milestone
-if it's God's will that my child die in a car crash, who am I to argue with that?
-we can't baby them forever!
-ERF is OTT overprotective; we should just wrap them in bubble wrap!
-but I'm a safe driver!
-but I have a safe car!
-but I have a Britax!
-baby screams, and her FF and happy is safer than RF and screaming with a distracted driver
-think of the LEGS, people!
-I'm more likely to get rear-ended, so FF is safer
-ERF is propaganda spread by the ebil gubments and money hungry car seat manufacturers
-I didn't even have a car seat when I was a kid and I turned out fine!
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

Once again, I wish DS had a "like" or "thanks" button. Love Anna's list.
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Some that I've heard

-baby is so much happier when they can *see*
-I like being able to see to make sure baby isn't choking
-easier to interact
-it's an important milestone
-if it's God's will that my child die in a car crash, who am I to argue with that?
-we can't baby them forever!
-ERF is OTT overprotective; we should just wrap them in bubble wrap!
-but I'm a safe driver!
-but I have a safe car!
-but I have a Britax!
-baby screams, and her FF and happy is safer than RF and screaming with a distracted driver
-think of the LEGS, people!
-I'm more likely to get rear-ended, so FF is safer
-ERF is propaganda spread by the ebil gubments and money hungry car seat manufacturers
-I didn't even have a car seat when I was a kid and I turned out fine!
That's kinda what I thought about expiration dates before I educated myself- propaganda. Don't bash me, but ds rode in a graco snugride that expired in 99. He was born in 2010. Now I know so much more, and am so THANKFUL I didn't get into a car accident!
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Re: Can anyone give me a reason why to forward face at one year?

my DH always complains how difficult it is to get him in the seat RF'ing. But DS has pretty much learned out to get in and out all by himself at 25 months so that reason is slowly going away.
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