Another rearfacing post? YES another rearfacing post!
Over the years, I have heard every reason in the book to justify turning children forward-facing before a year. I totally get some people “dont know” about how much safer rearfacing is. I acknowledge that unless you know better you cannot do better–so if you’re going to whine and complain to me about how this post is “mean” and I offended you please know I am not talking to YOU (but please do go read my other carseat posts ;)).
I am talking to the parent who KNOWS better but uses ridiculous excuses for turning their child forward-facing KNOWING it’s safer to rearface.
1. My child is too big
Really? Are you REALLY going to tell me YOUR child is too big to rear face? So, you mean to tell me that YOUR 10, 11, or 12 -month-old is LARGER then my 6.5 year old who can comfortably rearface? I get it, my kids are smaller then the average bear. But there is no way for any infant or 1-year-old to be larger then my nearly 7 year old. It’s just not going to happen. If your excuse to turn your child forward-facing at a year is that “they are too big,” you better find a different one. Or better yet, turn your child back around.
2. I cannot afford those big fancy seats that extended rearface.
For most kids, you won’t need one of those big expensive seats to rearface your child until 2 years old. If you’re like me and want to rearface your kids until High School (I’m kidding people . . . although that would be AWESOME!) you STILL dont need one of those big expensive fancy seats (I just happen to like the big expensive fancy seats). At the bare minimum, the cheapest convertible seats at $40 rearface to 35 lbs, which is more then adequate to rearface up until at the bare minimum of close to two. The Safety First Complete Air 65 which will run you around $150 can actually accommodate TALLER kids rearfacing then the Radian RXT’s (see photo) although it has a lower weight limit by 5 lbs–great for tall skinny kids!
3. It’s inconvenient
Seriously? Do I REALLY even need to address this one? If you are choosing convenience over your child’s safety, that is incredibly selfish and I will be the first (and probably not the last) person to tell you that you are making a very poor choice that is putting your child’s life in jeopardy. Turn your child back around, and stop being so selfish!
4. It’s uncomfortable
I don’t know about you, but I know the majority of the time I spend sitting, my legs are either Indian style or in some form of lounge position. The exact same position children who rearface put their legs. Today my almost 7 year old ASKED to be turned back rearfacing when we went to the store. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to debunk this “myth” of rearfacing being uncomfortable.
Mom: Why do you want to be rearfacing again?
SquishyKid #2: I can see the cars better and it makes my legs feel better.
Mom: What do you mean it makes your legs feel better?
SquishyKid #2: I can cross my legs and they stay like that, I can’t do that in my big seat.
Mom: Do you want to stay rearfacing? The seats are expensive and I’m not going to buy you one if you don’t really want to sit rear facing.
SquishyKid #2: Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmm I really want to sit that way. It was much more comfortable. Can Landen sit that way?
Mom: No, Landen is too big, but I will buy you a rearfacing seat if that’s what you really want.
SquishyKid #2: Yesssssssssssssss!
Clearly it’s big-kid approved.
5. Their legs are squished/What if they break their legs in an accident?
So? There is a popular saying among carseat crazies that says “Broken leg: cast it. Broken neck: casket!”. As I’ve showed previously, their legs are not squished, and better a broken leg(s) then a broken neck! As an aside, there has also NEVER been 1 report of a child having a broken leg from rearfacing. There have been many many kids that have been internally decapitated because they were forward facing.
Seriously people. Turn your kids around!