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Car seat

When did you turn you child’s car seat around? My son I almost 13 months. He meets the height and weight requirements and currently hates riding in the car and getting in his seat. I’m hoping if we turn him around he will like it better because he will be able to see more. Thoughts?

  • Morgan
    Nov 20, 2018

    By law the child needs to rear face until 2 years. You need to buy a bigger seat and keep him rear facing for his safety

  • Kerry
    Nov 20, 2018

    What car seat is he in now? We have the graco extend2fit and will rear face aslong as possible as its soo much safer! Do you have a mirror he can see you in and some soft toys to play with?

  • Kerry
    Nov 20, 2018
  • 2Boys&aDog
    Nov 20, 2018

    Most babies and toddlers despise the car and car seats. Can’t really blame them because I don’t think most adults would enjoy being completely harnessed in for an unknown amount of time. It doesn’t matter if your child’s legs hit the back of the seat, they’re still safer rear facing for as long as possible. Also, it may help in the beginning when they’re turned around to keep them peaceful because of a new point of view but eventually they still realize how much they hate the car. You can give them soft books or soft toys to look at but only growing older really helps ease the car tantrums.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 20, 2018

    There no actual law on age of facing rear. Just recommendation that they rear face to at least 2. And also follow your specific seat guidelines of max height and weight. If they max out before 2yo, maybe find another/convertible seat? Some ppl keep their kids rear facing til 4yo. I’m not pressed to do that long, but I did wait until 2 with max height weight.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 20, 2018

    For safety, it’s sooooo much safer to leave car seats rear facing for as long as possible ! It can be life saving..

  • Joanna
    Nov 20, 2018

    California law is rear facing until 2. AAP just updated their recommendation to align with the manufacturer guidelines (rear facing until too tall or heavy in a convertible). That means don't forward face when kid meet the manufacturer minimum. To answer the initial question, I switched our Chicco Nextfit to forward facing at around 40 months. I could not lift him into the rearfacing seat while very pregnant.