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Car seat HELP please!!!

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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I've noticed the last week or so when I put DS in his car seat his feet touch the backseat. He is currently RF (he only weighs 24lbs). He's still got 10lbs to go until he meets the limit for RF but i'm worried about his feet hitting the backseat. He is a tall boy but it's all in his legs. 

Should I turn him around since they are touching or should I still wait until he's 34lbs?

by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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Kris_PBG
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:42 PM

No - that is actually not a reason to turn ff.  His legs touching is fine.  Wait until he hits the limits of his seat - he is 500% safer that way. :)

Kris_PBG
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Won't my child be uncomfortable?  Where do his legs go?

Many parents have the misconception that children are uncomfortable or at risk for leg injury by having their legs up on the vehicle seat or bent when kept rear-facing.  These concepts are completely incorrect. First, children are more flexible than adults so what we perceive as uncomfortable is not for children.  Think about how your child sits in everyday play. Do they sit with their legs straight out in front of them? When they sit on the couch, do they purposely sit so their legs dangle out over the edge? No. In real, everyday life, toddlers and preschoolers CHOSE to sit with their legs folded up - that IS comfort to them.

Second, there is not a single documented case of children's legs, hips, etc. breaking or being injured in a crash due to longer rear-facing.  There are plenty of cases of head and neck injury in forward-facing children that could have been prevented if the child had remained rear-facing.  However, even if a leg or hip were broken or injured, it can be fixed.  A damaged spinal cord (from forward-facing too soon) cannot be repaired and subjects the child to lifelong disability or death.

http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/StayRearFacing.aspx

ColinsMommy99
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM

His feet touching is perfectly safe.  There are no documented cases of broken legs of a RF child in an accident.

Bambi5826
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM

You can et more info at the carseat group also. http://www.cafemom.com/group/5739

I plan on rear facing till 45lbs. 

abjones00
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Thanks ladies. I really want to keep him RF as long as possible so I was really hoping it wouldn't be an issue. 

Bambi5826
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM

BTW, you DS is UBER cute!!!

MommiE8983
by McLovin on May. 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM
No it's safer to continue to RF. There have been no reported cases of a childs legs breaking because of RFing. I've read the saying "legs break -cast it. Neck breaks -casket.". EDIT I remember the saying now haha "broken legs - cast it. Broken neck - casket." Much better :)
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ColinsMommy99
by on May. 2, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Here's a picture of my DS a couple months ago (I think about 26 months old in this pic) with his feet all up on the back seat.  He he!


notjstanothrmom
by Ruby Member on May. 2, 2010 at 5:50 PM

His feet touching the back seat will not harm him at all. My son is 3 years, 39 inches, and 32 lbs and he bends his legs to sit RF and he is completely comfortable.

abjones00
by on May. 2, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Awe thanks =) 

Quoting Bambi5826:

BTW, you DS is UBER cute!!!


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