Oh my… My question is, which end goes in first? Also, wouldn’t the–ahem–irregular shape be uncomfortable? I’m assuming the Chief is unaware that his likeness has been placed on this…action figure(?). I’ve no plans to purchase or review this product.
Older And Taller Kids Facing Rear
It’s firmly established that kids should be rear-facing as long as they fit in their seat (a convertible, not just the infant seat), or at least until 2 years old.Every time it’s mentioned, people have questions, reasons, and often many misunderstandings that prevent them from either following the recommendations or only barely, grudgingly following them.
Two of the most common concerns when discussion rear-facing toddlers and preschoolers are:
“Where do they put their legs?”
“Won’t they break their legs in an accident?”
I’ve got answers, and lots of pictures as well. You may be surprised.
The first myth about legs I hear is that an infant seat is outgrown when the baby’s legs reach the end of the car seat. Fortunately, this is not true! A rear-facing infant seat is only outgrown when the baby reaches the maximum weight of the seat, or their head is within an inch of the top of the hard shell of the seat.
Second, people think feet touching the seat is another marker of outgrowing rear-facing, and again, not true. Feet are totally fine touching the seat!
Lastly, and the big one, is what to do when your child (once they’ve graduated to a convertible seat that is rear-facing) starts having to bend their legs to fit. A lot of people worry that a child’s legs will break or be damaged by being pushed into the seat, or even that their legs will impact with their chest or face. Worry no more! There are actually no documented cases of leg injuries from a rear-facing child’s legs touching the seat their car seat sits on. However, one of the leading injuries to extremities is the forward-facing child’s legs — 28 percent of significant injuries are to the legs, most often from the legs hitting the side of the car in a side-impact accident, and most commonly from the seat in front of the child.
So, surprise! A forward-facing child is much more likely to suffer leg injuries, and of course head and spine as well (in fact, there’s no fatal cervical spine injury to a rear-facing child on record). Barring very unique and rare circumstances, a child is always safer rear-facing.
As for the child’s comfort, think about this … how are you sitting right now? I don’t know about you, but my legs are almost always propped up. Most people prefer to do the same — so do kids, who are way more flexible than we are. But, talk can only go so far. Check out these fantastic pictures of CafeMom members’ children who are rear-facing, and also check out their AGES, too. Rear-facing until 2 is a piece of cake, but 3 and 4 years old? Not that hard either!
sharsachan‘s son is 3 years old, daughter is 2, both with room to spare.
comptonkids‘s daughter is 3-1/2 years old in one of the shorter and cheaper convertibles, a Graco MyRide 65.
lundaylove‘s son is 2 …
… and her daughter is 4 (rear-facing is especially important for kids with Hypotonia/low muscle tone).
padavali‘s 4-1/2-year-old is quite comfortable!
caemommy‘s 4-year-old is looking quite happy in her Britax Marathon.
ashleyrenee24‘s 4-year-old daughter has plenty of time left in her seat!
(You can see even more pictures of rear-facing children of all ages at CPSafety!)
Does this change your mind about rear-facing longer? Do you have any other questions about rear-facing? I’d love to help!
These children may be smiling, but they don’t look comfortable. Most the comments are from people who agree with this. I had some random lady at Long John Silvers the other day tell me I should have Luna rear facing, because, you know, I always take parenting advice from fast food employees I’ve never met before.
I get that these are the new suggested regulations. I get that every parent must make decisions about what they feel is best for their children, but four years ago I was told the regulations were front facing at one year or at a certain height or weight. When I was a kid, I didn’t always wear seat belts.
I understand that as time goes by we have more information about what is and is not safe, regulations change and people have to adapt, but when does it stop being “because it’s safe” and start being “because the car seat manufacturers want more money and everyone wants to cover their own ass?”
Should I take Luna, who turns 4 tomorrow, and put her in a new rear-facing car seat for the next year or two, until she reaches that magical height/weight ratio for the new suggested guidelines? And what about Freya? According to other guidelines, you shouldn’t keep car seats for X number of years or they’ll be unsafe, so would I have to buy new seats for her as she grows until she is 5 or 6?
What were the regulations/recommendations like when you were a kid versus when you were raising your children versus present day (unless you’re still raising your kids or don’t have kids yet)?
I tried to wear Luna when she was a baby. She was a newborn, and I was using one of those contraptions that buckles around the waste and over the shoulders and snuggles the baby up against the chest, with the back panel going up to the neck or head of the baby, depending on baby’s size. It worked okay except a) it hurt my back almost as much as pregnancy did and b) I tripped on a sidewalk one day and almost had a baby-air-bag.
I was randomly Googling rear-facing convertible car seats after my previous post, and came across the above item. According to the description, you can use it for babies up to FORTY-FIVE POUNDS. Now, I cannot tell another mother how to best care for her child, but knowing that my daughter who turns 4 tomorrow is only currently 36lbs, I cannot imagine carrying a child of 45lbs in a carrier like that!
A child of 45lbs usually knows how to walk, talk, entertain themselves, feed themselves…a child of 45lbs who cannot do these things could, at least, fit into a stroller or wheelchair depending on the circumstances.
There are times when we’re in public and Luna is misbehaving to the point that I must hold her or deal with her running off. During these times, maybe, such a contraption might be helpful, but I can’t imagine a fit-throwing child would be receptive to being strapped into the restraint.
I know people who wear their infants. Maybe they’ve never tripped like I did with Luna. If that hadn’t happened, I might’ve continued wearing her. I might’ve decided to wear Freya. But at some point the kid is old enough to no longer be appended to mommy.
I guess, if you wanted to buy this thing, that age won’t come til 5 or 6 or even later, depending on how your child grows…
I think that I would go with this seat if I decided to make Luna go rear facing again and if I decided to keep Freya rear facing for a lot longer than 1 year. It is expensive, but it is designed to grow with the child, from infancy through 80lbs (which is more than twice Luna’s current weight).
The only issue is, all these safety features and sale points put the cost at $299.98 for this color (98c less for the other designs for some reason). I still have Luna’s old rear-to-front convertible, so I suppose I could buy one for Luna now, and then buy another for Freya later and let her use the other seat until then, but I’ve been told not to use car seats that are old and I don’t know if three years is too long.
I do want my girls to be safe. I just don’t know what to believe: that it is safest to rear face them as long as possible and keep them in five point restraints for even longer or that all that is irrelevant and I should be economical. This seat costs 2/3 of a mortgage payment, but it’s supposed to last until the kid is 80lbs, which I imagine will take Luna a long time and Freya perhaps even longer.
I am a conflicted mama. The rear-facers haven’t exactly converted me, but they’ve gotten me to consider things. Luna keeps shoving the seat belt away from her, which means it’s not doing it’s job, and she knows how to unbuckle it. Random strangers and well-meaning friends feel the need to give me car seat advice.
So, random strangers and well-meaning friends and family that read the blog, what should I do?
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