Car Seat Turn Around

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jilly01 - February 21

ok some of you know i have a very thin baby, she will be 20lbs by the times she's 30, but she is super super tall her little feet are smooshed, so she is getting ready to turn a year. my dr is soooo lied back i love her, so i know she'll say do what you feel is right as her mom, but did any of you have this issue did ya turn em even though they weren't over 20lbs?

 

ashtynsmom - February 21

I did. ( Let the ridicule commence) My dd is 13 mos old now and is 32.5 inches tall. She is only 18.5 lbs though. I asked the Dr and she said that she was fine to be turned around if that is what we wanted. SHE LOVES IT!! She is so much happier facing forward where she can see mom and dad and what is going on. I don't regret it one bit. I make sure she is tight in there, and that the seat is installed right when we turned it around. ( I even got out the directions to make sure!!)

 

Shea - February 21

An interesting thing...my uncle is an aerospace engineer and he said everyone would actually be safer to ride rear facing if they were in a collison, it's just not something that consumers would realistically do, so no auto makers will make a car that way. This made me reconsider turning the carseat around so soon.

 

mandyrenfro - February 21

i turned my son when he was about 18 pounds- carrides were/are so much easier on all of us. your daughter is plenty tall enough.

 

Emily - February 21

oh no let the ridicule for me begin......my dd was 20 lbs at 9 mos and oh so tall that she was squished and we turned her around at 10 mos.....the doc even okayed it. She loved it. Shea I have read that everyone would be safer if we all rode rear facing and have read places that recomend you wait as long as your lo can fit, no matter what weight or age, but my dd loved being forward facing. We will peobably wait longer with our second as she is not as big as my first was.

 

ssmith - February 21

LAdies, were your kids all 1 year old? My dd will be 10 months in a week. She is 20 lbs, and 30+ inches long. She is really squished facing backwards. I don't really want to move her forward yet, but she is so cramped up. Do you have to wait until they are 1 year old?

 

sahmof3 - February 21

Emily... my younger two were like yours... they hit 30 lbs. before a year and were tall... I turned them about 10-11 months. Riding with bent-up knees all the time didn't seem comfy, plus I was afraid that if we were in a crash that that could actually break a leg bone!

 

sahmof3 - February 21

Yeah, um , mine were big, but not 30 lbs. lol *20 lbs.*

 

mandyrenfro - February 21

lol sahmof3- i was like 30POUNDS holy cow!!! my son was about 10 months old when we turned him around

 

Emily - February 21

yep Mary was 20 lbs, she didn't hit 30 till she was 15 mos, and has gotten taller and thined out and still weighs 30 (well 32 actaully) at 30 mnos (2 and a half) She is in a booster wit five point harness....as my younger one needed out of her carrier. so we have a 2.5 year old in a 5 pint harness and an 8 mos old still reaer facing in a convertable. Does nayone know when I can use the boster and no five point? The seat says wehn her shoulders get higher than the harness, but what is the weight/height guildlines, anyone know.....she is 35 inches.....and 32 lbs

 

sahmof3 - February 21

Emily...I think the guideline is 4 years old and 40 lbs., because when my son was 4 he wasn't even 40 lbs. yet lol, but he finally hit 40 lbs. when he was nearly 6.

 

AnytimeLittleone - February 21

Sorry, Im out of the loop, do babies only need to be 20lbs before you turn them to face forward? Is that the law in Canada as well?

 

AnytimeLittleone - February 21

Nevermind, answered my own question. Thats handy to know.. Eva is 6 months, and 22lbs.. and I dont think shes ready to be turned around. However, its good to know that when her height demands it, that we can now make the switch without any worries...

 

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