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What age did u change car seat from rear facing to forward facing?

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What age did u change car seat from rear facing to forward facing?

Experts say to keep your child in rear facing car seat for as long as possible.
At what age did you put them forward facing? Also what was their weight & height when this change was made...
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2.5 years old. We switched because we were adding another car seat to the vehicle and wanted to give them a change as well (facing forward) to help ease the transition.
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On our sedan and suv we swapped around 3. They are both shorter and lighter than average so limits weren't an issue. They're use to being bored in the car so rear facing wasn't a huge issue.

In our coupe we flipped them at 1 because the car is too small for rear facing really and putting them forward facing makes it much easier to buckle them in.

They don't complain about which orientation they're in. I hear this is ymmv as we've been told most kids once swapped won't go back to rear facing.
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We are still rear facing close to 4.
A seat that sits higher and allows them to look out the window helps. We have a foonf and they have a great view out the windows/ their upper body is at/above window level.
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Mine is almost 4.5 and still rear facing. She is only about 35 lbs and 38 inches. I bought the Diono Ranier specifically because of the high rear facing limits and planned to rear face her as long as possible. Fortunately there are no complaints from my daughter, but she has never had an alternative so it is what she is used to.
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I just recently switched my kid to a booster seat (40lbs now +/- a few pounds), as my vehicle has both curtain side airbags and inflatable seatbelts.
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My son just turned 2 and almost 30lbs but he has long legs.
I’m wondering if he is uncomfortable because he can’t really stretch his legs while rear facing, although he hasn’t really shown signs of discomfort.
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Bebo123 wrote: My son just turned 2 and almost 30lbs but he has long legs.
I’m wondering if he is uncomfortable because he can’t really stretch his legs while rear facing, although he hasn’t really shown signs of discomfort.
Kids are super flexible. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Bebo123 wrote: My son just turned 2 and almost 30lbs but he has long legs.
I’m wondering if he is uncomfortable because he can’t really stretch his legs while rear facing, although he hasn’t really shown signs of discomfort.
"Broken leg, cast it. Broken neck, casket."

Always safer to have your child rear-facing. It may look uncomfortable to you, but as Stock R said, kids are really flexible.
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My son is 4.5 years old 40lbs and still rear facing but I get complaints from his grandma about forward facing him. Broken legs can be fixed more easily than broken necks. I plan to max out the rear facing limits and my son has no complaints about being uncomfortable. Rear facing has a nice backward slant so it’s more comfortable for the back and neck.
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ghotie wrote: My son is 4.5 years old 40lbs and still rear facing but I get complaints from his grandma about forward facing him. Broken legs can be fixed more easily than broken necks. I plan to max out the rear facing limits and my son has no complaints about being uncomfortable. Rear facing has a nice backward slant so it’s more comfortable for the back and neck.
Grandma does the same thing for us. Keeps nagging about our car seats. We ask her for her justification and it's "looks uncomfortable". How about safety over comfort? Also, who says it's uncomfortable?

I sent her YouTube crash test videos of front vs rear. Seeing the toddlers snap their necks via high force impact in slow motion finally got her to back off.
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^^^Not trolling here, but what are your safeguards for riding the school bus and or other mode of transportation?
My kid takes the school bus in the morning and is picked up via private shuttle to an afterschool program, in which the school bus has no seatbelts and the private shuttle only provides booster seats!
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vkizzle wrote: ^^^Not trolling here, but what are your safeguards for riding the school bus and or other mode of transportation?
My kid takes the school bus in the morning and is picked up via private shuttle to an afterschool program, in which the school bus has no seatbelts and the private shuttle only provides booster seats!
I always wondered about that as well. Why would a school bus, which carries some of the must vulnerable passengers, not have any sort of seat belts.
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Betty80 wrote: I always wondered about that as well. Why would a school bus, which carries some of the must vulnerable passengers, not have any sort of seat belts.
It's just funny reading all the concerns about keeping the kids rear facing, but no worries when they ride the school bus.
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Here's a good article about school bus design and why they don't require seat belts. It also talks about how if seatbelts are required on school buses, the seat design will need to change making it less safe if a child does not buckle up:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.theglob ... e23175936/

For me personally I bought a car seat with high rear facing limits to rear face my daughter as long as possible specifically because of the data that shows that is safer. In my case my daughter won't be taking the school bus, however even if she did I'd still have her rear facing with me.

There are minimum limits set and it is fine to forward face once those limits are reached. Just as it is fine to rear face if the seat can accommodate it. It's a personal parenting decision that will vary from family to family.
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