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For those who practice old and what weight did you eventually turn your child FF?


Asked by Jademom07 at 6:24 PM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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    Others may think that 5 or 6 is way too old, but most car seat technicians and the AAP recommend that Children should not be turned forward-facing until they reach the maximum rear-facing limits of a convertible seat and 2 years and 30lbs is the minimum.


    Answer by Cassieniccole at 12:43 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • My son's new seat will rear face to 45 lbs. That's what we intend to do. You can rear face in the Radian until the child's head reaches 1" below the top of the shell. Many kids can easily rear face to 5 or 6 in this seat. The longer the better.

    Answer by Cassieniccole at 7:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • My son would have been well into 1st grade and still ERF if I went by the 45 lbs weight limit. There would be NO way I would ERF a 6 year old.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:48 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Too much of a good thing is not necessarily a good thing. I've never heard a doctor or car seat specialist recommend rear facing a child to age 5 or 6. Car seats are designed to function a certain way in a crash when rear facing to protect an infant, not a child of 5 or 6. A child this age has the ability to try and resist the crash, because they have the ability to understand people's reactions and what's about to happen even in that split second. An infant does not have this ability. This is why infants sit rear facing and older children face forward. Most doctors and car seat technicians recommend a child rear face until 18-24 months even though state laws require less. 5 or 6 is way to old, and its no longer safe at this age, but to each his own I guess.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 11:33 PM on Oct. 20, 2009