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Who's Still Rear-Facing?

Turned to Forward-Facing at 12 months
23
33%
Still Rear-Facing at 12 months
7
10%
13 months
7
10%
14 months
3
4%
15 months
10
14%
16 months
4
6%
17 months
2
3%
18 months
4
6%
19 months
2
3%
20 months
2
3%
21 months
0
No votes
22 months
2
3%
23 months
0
No votes
24 months
0
No votes
2 years+
4
6%
 
Total votes : 70

Who's Still Rear-Facing?

Postby Kelly13 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:03 pm

I'm just curious to see how long you left your baby RFing.

Jason was moved to forward facing on Jan 1, at 19 months old. He was just not happy the few weeks prior to that when in the car. When we turned him around, he was a lot happier.

But now, after watching that video that was posted, I think, what if we get in a wreck tomorrow, and he could have been saved by RFing :?

DH says we'll have to turn him forward eventually... When is it 'safer' to turn them around? I'm just so undecided... I can't see him RFing until he's 4 :?
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Postby ZiggyGirl » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:18 pm

It's safer to be forward facing once they outgrow either the height or weight limit for RF in their particular car seat. For Lil bit's Britax Boulevard, that's 33lbs. And she's nowhere near that. In fact, as of today's weight check, she's finally legal to be forward facing, but it's not an option in my mind. I've seen plenty of 3 year olds rear facing quite happily. It depends on the child and the parents' attitude.
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Postby memmie » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:19 pm

Well... we turned Emersan around at 12 months. Please...dont flame me. I wonder too Kelly...when is it safer to turn them?
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Postby Leighsah » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:19 pm

17 months old and still RFing.....here's the way I see it.....Phillip will probably be RFing until he outgrows the RFing specs on his seat (I think it is 33 lbs...maybe 35lbs....I need to check). He is far from 33 lbs....he is only 22 lbs. Phillip is around 5-10th percentile for weight. His head circumference is in the 90th percentile. At this age, their heads are out of proportion to their bodies (his especially).....which is why it is so dangerous for them to forward face. The whip lash is awful if your head is that big. I think around 2-3 years old, their heads become more in proportion to their bodies.

Seriously, Phillip has this big head on a little pencil neck....I know it sounds funny (and I swear he doesn't look as funny as I am making him sound), but there is no way he would be able to even remotely hold his head back in a crash right now.
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Postby Kelly13 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:28 pm

memmie wrote:Well... we turned Emersan around at 12 months. Please...dont flame me. I wonder too Kelly...when is it safer to turn them?


Oh no, no flaming here! I don't mean for this to be an "I'm a better parent than you because my childing is RFing" post! Just curious. And, I'm hoping that people who don't know about the benefits of RFing will see that a lot of people go beyond the 12 months.

And Ziggy answered our question:

It's safer to be forward facing once they outgrow either the height or weight limit for RF in their particular car seat.


I'm really have some issues here, lol. Jason is just in a cheapo Cosco Seat... DH doesn't want to spend the money on a Britax, though I've been eying them for a while :?

Leighsah: About a month ago, Jason was almost 26 lbs and 32 or 33 inches... I think 32.3, I have it written down. He's in the 50th percentile. He has a big head, too, lol.



So now if I turn him RFing, what if he screams like a psycho every time we're in the car? I know safety is more important, but if the kid's unhappy :? I was thinking earlier that I'd like to turn him around because he arches now when I put him in or take him out so that he can slide out :roll:
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Postby memmie » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:33 pm

So I used to frequent this board that would flame people for EVERYTHING they didnt agree with. I know you would never flame me :wink: I'm slowly working out of that habit of putting that after I post LOL..
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Postby Kasey » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:41 pm

Almost 15 month and still rf'ing and like leighsah said, will be till he outgrows his carseat specs for rf'ing.
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Postby emoprincesa » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:44 pm

Brayden is 18 months and we are still rearfacing. His carseat (maxi cosi priori) is rearfacing until 35lbs or 36in and he nowhere near those measurements!

He is happy in the car and until he either starts freaking out or until he reaches the measurements we are going to keep him like that. My husband wants to turn him so badly, but I don't know why? How is it hurting him for Brayden to be rearfacing?? :roll:
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Postby Leighsah » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:45 pm

emoprincesa wrote:Brayden is 18 months and we are still rearfacing. His carseat (maxi cosi priori) is rearfacing until 35lbs or 36in and he nowhere near those measurements!

He is happy in the car and until he either starts freaking out or until he reaches the measurements we are going to keep him like that. My husband wants to turn him so badly, but I don't know why? How is it hurting him for Brayden to be rearfacing?? :roll:


How do you like the Maxi Cosi?? I have heard such great things about that seat!
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Postby Kelly13 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:47 pm

Amber, I find a lot of people think we're 'hurting' our LOs by keeping them turned around :roll:

When my sister found out we just turned him around at 9 months, she flipped out because that 'poor' baby was rear facing :roll:
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Postby Kelly13 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:55 pm

I guess there is a close out of Britax car seats going on. You can get them for $189.00:

http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Marathon-C ... y-products

they usually are like $250-280, right?
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Postby Baby4Staci » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:56 pm

I would have kept him rear facing for a lot longer then 16 months old but he was impossible to drive with at that point. so for his and my own safety i had to turn him.. he has been a happy passenger ever since!!!

i am all for extended rear facing but unfortunately it just wasnt in the cards for us.. ;)

Anyone know the height limit on the Britax Marathon for rear facing??!!
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Postby Kelly13 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:02 pm

Marathon:

RFing Weight: 5-35lbs
Standing Height: 49 or less"
Seated Shoulder Height: 9.5-16"
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Postby emoprincesa » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:04 pm

Leighsah-- I love it! And it's pretty too! We will be getting a girly colored one for Ava when the time comes!

Staci-- I totally get that. If Brayden starts to become miserable, we will turn him too. But right now he doesn't care, so I don't have a reason to.
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Postby Kelly13 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:13 pm

I want to leave Jason in a 5 point harness as long as possible, so we'll need another car seat eventually, because the one he has now only goes FFing up to 40 lbs. Why not buy a Britax when they are on sale? ;)
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