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Rear Facing 2 year old

I have never heard of extending the time that a child is rear facing until i got on here. It seems reasonable, and I wish I would have known about it sooner. But how is it safer? If you get in a wreck isnt their head going to fling around whether they are forward or rear facing?


Asked by ashleyuc07 at 8:29 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • A child does not and should not be forward facing because of the length of their legs. How long their legs are has nothing to do with it. A child as old as 4 years can rear face and be safe and comfortable. Children are much safer rear facing than forward facing... more injuries happen to the arms legs and neck to a forward facing child than a rear facing child.
    Watch this video
    it shows what happens to the body in a forward and a rear facing crash... the difference is drastic.
    Before the age of 2 a child's body is not mature enough to withstand the forces on the neck and spine... and even after the age of 2 the body isn't fully mature, which is why you should keep them rear facing as long as the seat allows... which for most seats is 35-40 lbs (some even higher now)

    Answer by AmiJanell at 8:47 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • You need to move them forward when their feet hand over. If you keep them rear facing and their feet don't have room you could seriously injure them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:33 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • she is forward... but so many people on here say how much better it is to do rear facing and I dont get it??

    Answer by ashleyuc07 at 8:34 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Ask your pediatrician for a more practical answer than you may get here.

    Answer by MommyTurtle1985 at 8:34 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • you keep them rear facing until they meet the height/weight requirement for the car seat.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 8:35 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • anon is right about the feet. Plus, think of your child's comfort as well.

    Answer by MommyTurtle1985 at 8:36 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Rear-facing seats do a phenomenal job of protecting children because there is little or no force applied to the head, neck and spine. When a child is in a rear-facing seat, the head, neck and spine are all kept fully aligned and the child is allowed to "ride down" the crash while the back of the child restraint absorbs the bulk of the crash force. The head is contained within the restraint, and the child is much less likely to come into contact with anything that might cause head injury.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:36 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • The idea behind extended rear facing is that most fatalities in infant car seats involve neck and chest injuries that are potentially avoided with rear facing seats. Children's heads are proportionately larger than their necks under the age of 4. A forward facing seat holds the child at the shoulders, hips and chest - the head is not supported at all in most collisions. A rear-facing seat is designed to spread the force of impact over the child's entire body and not just the contact points of the belts/buckles.

    Answer by lvpenguino at 8:42 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • My son will remain Rear Facing as long as possible. We are getting him a new seat that rear facing until 45 lbs!

    Most pediatricians do not have up to date information on car seat safety, It's not their job. Talk to a Child Passenger Safety Technician. There are many on cafemom. Try joining Car Seat Safety.

    Here is some good information on ERF


    Answer by Cassieniccole at 8:43 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • wow @ amijanell.. I just watched that video! Now, she has been FF for over a year.. if I turn her now she will throw a fit! Hmm... what to do

    Answer by ashleyuc07 at 8:58 PM on Sep. 29, 2009