Rear-Facing

I have been thinking a lot about how long to keep Jack rear-facing in his car seat (since it is safer to keep him rear-facing for as long as possible).  Joe and I had a rather extensive talk about it this weekend, and we came away with the decision to keep Jack rear-facing until he starts complaining.

Thanks to Colleen over at My Baby & More, I have found a more definitive answer to the rear-facing question.  Our Evenflo Triumph convertible car seat can remain rear-facing until Jack reaches 30 lbs.  My son is a big boy, so I doubt we will even reach age 2 rear-facing but we’ll go as long as we can!

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  1. Thanks for the links! That’s great info that more people need to know.

  2. Thanks for the links! That’s great info that more people need to know.

  3. We opted to turn Sam around after doing the research. His seat was too loose rear-facing, even with the LATCH pulled as tight as it would go, and I do not think it was safe. Had it been more secure I would not have turned it around so soon, though he was starting to kick the backseat (which I read as complaining, so maybe it would have come soon anyway). It drives me nuts, though, to see how many parents turn their kids around just for the milestone. Why are you people in such a hurry for your babies to grow up? I feel the same about people who feed their four month olds cereal despite complete lack of interest, just because they can.

  4. We opted to turn Sam around after doing the research. His seat was too loose rear-facing, even with the LATCH pulled as tight as it would go, and I do not think it was safe. Had it been more secure I would not have turned it around so soon, though he was starting to kick the backseat (which I read as complaining, so maybe it would have come soon anyway). It drives me nuts, though, to see how many parents turn their kids around just for the milestone. Why are you people in such a hurry for your babies to grow up? I feel the same about people who feed their four month olds cereal despite complete lack of interest, just because they can.

  5. Annika, I think you did the right thing (as if it mattered what I think – ha!). It’s probably unlikely that you’ll get in a wreck anyway in the small amount of time until he reaches 30lbs. or whatever anyway!

    I am in agreement with what you said totally.

  6. Annika, I think you did the right thing (as if it mattered what I think – ha!). It’s probably unlikely that you’ll get in a wreck anyway in the small amount of time until he reaches 30lbs. or whatever anyway!

    I am in agreement with what you said totally.

  7. I’m with Annika, too. We turned Katie’s seat around for the exact same reason: it was far too loose, even with LATCH, four our comfort in the rear facing position. It’s so much more stable now that she’s front facing. It doesn’t move! And as a bonus, the kicking has stopped and she can stretch out her legs.

    And the whole milestone thing? Yup. It’s such an arbitrary thing…the one year AND 20 pounds…what’s the magical thing that changes from 365 days to 366 days that makes it safe to turn the seat around?

  8. I’m with Annika, too. We turned Katie’s seat around for the exact same reason: it was far too loose, even with LATCH, four our comfort in the rear facing position. It’s so much more stable now that she’s front facing. It doesn’t move! And as a bonus, the kicking has stopped and she can stretch out her legs.

    And the whole milestone thing? Yup. It’s such an arbitrary thing…the one year AND 20 pounds…what’s the magical thing that changes from 365 days to 366 days that makes it safe to turn the seat around?

  9. It’s funny how we’re told when it’s “ok” to do things, and we do them, just because it’s “ok”, not because we actually need to or should.

  10. It’s funny how we’re told when it’s “ok” to do things, and we do them, just because it’s “ok”, not because we actually need to or should.

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