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Erin would try to climb out of her seat to turn herself around. I figured that it was actually safer for her to be front facing, and sitting in her chair correctly, than rear facing and trying to climb out.
Plus it's easier to drive safely and not get in a crash in the first place if your child isn't screaming.
is this the new law or just one they are trying to make law???
and although they are squished rear facing, they may break a leg in an accident, where as forward facing it can break their neck/spine and kill them. car accidents are the number one cause of death in infants and children. thats just a little bit of why they are trying to keep rear facing longer. if you watch car accidents with test dummies rear facing and forward facing its amazing the difference.
It's just the recommendation of the AAP, not a law.
As for the accident thing: Most accidents are single vehicle, head-on collisions, which is why rear-facing is the recommendation. Obviously, if you were hit from behind it'd be safer for the baby to be front-facing. A single vehicle, head-on collision means that the driver lost control of the car and hit something. So obviously, it's good to make sure you're as safe of a driver as you can be (and to me that means not having a screaming child in the car every time you drive), so you don't have the accident in the first place.
Have you ever watched the video's on the carseat safety board??? They scare the crud out of me! I turned DD around at about 18m b/c she was so skinny she did not meet weight until then. Even though Scott is the right weight now he is not 12 months. I may keep him rear facing until 18 months too...after all he can see his sissy this way The kids entertain eachother so well!
I'm hoping that's true, that they entertain each other. I was going to extended rear face Erin...but I decided that it was safer in our circumstances to turn her. I'm hoping Patrick is happier backwards.
I switched Erin into a convertible carseat from her carrier at about 6 months. She was right at the height limit for her carrier at that point and she hated laying back. At 8 months I ditched the extended rear facing idea because even with the mirror she hated being backwards.
As for the videos: The only videos I have ever seen were from head-on collisions. Do they have any from collisions from other angles? Because really, the seat in the rear facing position isn't as effective if the collision is from other angles.
I don't want it to be a law because I'd like to be able to make the best choice for Patrick based on all variables, rather than it being arbitrarily told me, based on averages
I have just seen the video that is set to music...maybe "In the arms of an Angle" was the song. Hopefully Erin and Patrick will have fun making faces at each other Kaylie and Scott love to take turns screaming then cracking up...my kids are special!
I'm glad you posted the article. Even though everyone has different reasons for why they turn around or not, its good to know the statistics (which I think are staggering). My husband is a police officer, has carseat safety training, etc, so there was no question for us. We also buy carseats with higher weight limits, so they can be in it longer. Cori is still rear-facing and probably will be until she is 3 (of course, she is rather petite). Her legs are crunched but she doesn't whine about it because she doesn't know any different. We are lucky that she rides so well in the car because we make so many long car trips....hopefully her little sis will be the same.
rear facing is safest from any angle. you can be a great driver, but you never know when someone is going to come into your lane and you not have enough time to swerve out of the way. Corbin HATES being rear facing, he cries whenever we are in the car, but I dont try to mess around with him because i am terrified i will swerve off the road, so he either gets over it or cries til we get where we are going LOL. I am fine with it being a law if it saves more babies lives. however i may decide to switch corbin at 12 months, I dont know yet. if its law I will keep him rear til two.