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I must be completely out of the loop!!!

My kids, 2.5 and 1, have their doctor appts on Tuesday. I am thinking our Dr. might talk about this issue, and I haven't heard much about it at all so I want to be prepared:

What is this Extended Rear Face all about? Like how long are ppl keeping their kids rear facing now? And do you personally do it with your children?

I must have missed the memo! lol


Asked by Sharell8710 at 12:00 AM on Nov. 20, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Babies should stay rear facing as long as possible Most carseats will allow children to stay rear facing until 35 or 40 pounds. Both of my children have been extended rear faced.

    My DD hit 35 pounds at 3 and she rides in a Britax Boulivard so that's when we turned her around. My DS is 16 months, 22 pounds and in a Britax Boulivard. He will stay rear facing until he reaches the weight limit.

    The FACTS simply can NOT be denied. Rear facing is safer. Convienance should NEVER be put before safety.

    A lot of people complain that their child will "break their leg in an accident if they stay rear facing" but that simply is not true. There is NOT one recorded case of a child breaking their legs from being rear facing but there are LOTS of cases of a child being internally decapitated by being forward facing before their skelton was ready for it.

    There is a carseat safety group here on CM for more info.

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:19 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Just found this online

    Babies should be in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible, to the limits of their rear-facing car seat. Extended rear-facing, beyond one year and 20 pounds, has big safety advantages that parents should strongly consider. In fact, the most recent study on this subject shows that toddlers are up to five times safer if they remain rear-facing until age two. Turning baby's car seat around isn't a milestone to rush on. It's actually a step down in safety, so don't be in a hurry to make the big switch.



    Answer by MumaSue at 12:05 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Car crashes are the #2 killer of children under 1 year of age. Car crashes are the #1 killer of children 1-14.

    The absolute bare minimum is 1 year AND 20lbs. What is best practice? To keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. The AAP recommends keeping your child rfing until the weight limits of your seat which is either 30, 33 or 35lbs. Another thing, MOST states have LAWS in place that say your child HAS to be in a rear facing child restraint until 1 year AND 20lbs. So ANY dr telling you that it is okay to FF them before 1 year is WRONG.


    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:27 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • I am a Child Passenger Safety Technician and I all too often see the horrific aftermaths of children who were forward facing and were involved in a car accident. Most recently, we reviewed a case study of a 26 month old, 26lbs child who was in the middle of the backseat, ffing, in a 5 pt harness seat. A car came into their lane and they were in a head on collision at 45mph. This little girl suffered a broken C2 vertebrae. She was the LUCKIEST child. She was in a HALO for 3 months. She had to into temporary state custody b/c the mother couldn't care for her (due to the mother being in the hospital). Evidence shows that if she were still rear facing, she would not have sustained this life threatening injury.


    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:27 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • I have had a broken neck before, my C1 and C2 vertebrae's were broken. This area controls breathing, movements, etc...Christopher Reeve is a prime example of having a broken C1 and C2 vertebra in his neck. It is NOT a nice injury and I would never wish that upon anyone...especially a child. It breaks my heart when I hear of parents ffing their child too soon. Because of this kind of mind set that it is a "milestone" to ff your child at 1 year AND 20lbs, many MANY children are needlessly injured.

    When a child is in a frontal, head on 35mph crash and their car seat is NOT tethered and they are using a 5 point harness, they will go forward 32". When their seat is tethered, a child will be thrown forward 28". It is imperative that families recognize the NEED to keep their children rear facing for as long as possible.


    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:28 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Here are several links to support keeping your child rear facing for as long as possible.




    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:28 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • My husband works at the Highway Patrol and he said the new recomendation was to rear face until at least age 2. I think we turned our son at just before age 2.

    Answer by mommytoJames512 at 12:42 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • My little guy is 21 months old (34 pounds) and we still have him rear-facing.

    Answer by wonderwhatsnext at 12:21 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

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    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:30 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

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    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 12:30 AM on Nov. 20, 2010