Edit -- Why the f*$# are YOU telling me to do with MY kid????
Thank you to the mothers who have replied to my questions without getting defensive or simply saying "mind your own business"....because of the mothers who have answered with their reasons, I can see there are reasons I haven't thought of (motion sickness that gets better when they are forward facing, space issues with their vehicle - the big seats won't fit rear facing - or having many carseats in the vehicle). It was a post similar to this one that opened my eyes to the idea 'what do you mean? I don't HAVE to turn my son forward facing when he turns one?" I looked more into the topic and was able to make an informed decision for my family.
My hope is that maybe one new mother read this post and will think more about what she wants to do based on the information that is available. When my son was reaching his first birthday, I had a friend who said "Oooh! Now you can move his seat forward! It is sooo exciting and fun for them!" I know this is what a lot of new mothers hear. Thankfully, I had watched the videos and read the facts about rear facing and replied to her "No. I will keep him rear facing." Even after I told her why, she thought it was 'weird'....but, I didn't care. She was never one to research anything or be able to give real reasons for her decisions, other than 'just because'. She had her youngest daughter in a booster seat before she was 3 1/2 and actually, with a nervous laugh, said "we don't really care about that stuff'. To each their own. Anyway - thanks for your insights. I appreciate the time you took.
I think it's funny when mothers say with pride and confidence "I moved my child forward facing before the legal limit and they survived".....and then they go on to say "oh yeah, they never got in a bad car accident". What if they had? (Apparently these mothers do not care about the possibility of another driver smashing into them)....Having your child 'survive' forward facing, yet never having been in a car accident, says nothing at all about how 'safe' he/she is as a "forward facing child". It only says how lucky they (and you) were.
It is the parents who have forward faced their children too young -- who have lost their children in accidents where being rear facing may have made the difference between their child living or dying -- it is THOSE parents who are telling their stories and PLEADING with other parents to not make the same mistake they did. Those parents are trying so hard to TEACH other parents and hope other parents will listen. I can't believe so many parents just turn their heads the other way, ignore those tragedies, shrug their shoulders, and say "I know what's best, so save your stories for someone who gives a shit". Such a shame.
Why do parents want to turn their children forward facing the second it is legal??? Why do parents turn their children forward facing BEFORE it is legal???