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    Default Rear facing v's forward facing, what age did you turn your baby / toddler?

    My DS is about to turn 1 and today I was going to get DH to remove the car seat, clean the car and put the car seat back in forward facing. This afternoon I started to doubt if we should do this yet and changed my mind for now.

    DS is still quite small, he's below the 25th Percentile but does clear the 9kg mark. He is happy travelling rear facing, rarely cries in the car and doesn't appear uncomfortable in that position. My reasons for swapping him around would be purely for my own benefit, its easier to get him in and out forward facing and its also easier to keep him awake if I don't want him to fall asleep in the car when he can see me. In the past few weeks he has travelled forward facing in my mums car a couple of times as she already has a seat in their for her other grandkids and DS seemed to really enjoy being that way for obvious reasons.

    Its without doubt that rear facing is the safest option, but they all get swapped around eventually, I am just wondering what the average age is for turning them? And would you keep your baby rear facing as long as possible if you could??

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    I turned DS at 18 months. His seat goes to 12kg rf .

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    She began to get too big around 14 months so I swapped her round then. (About 11kg..I think...but tall). I'd personally keep them RF as long as possible, it's safer. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing why- just be warned some of the videos can be a bit traumatic.

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    I'd leave them rear facing as long as they can still fit that way, so it would depend on the type of car seat etc. But I intend to leave DS rear facing as long as possible. He's a big chunky monkey though so he probably won't fit in there for as long as I would like...

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    I'd leave him RF whilst you still can.. I left my youngest RF until 15months and off the charts in height.

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    We turned our son at 13 months, & 12 kg.

    I didn't plan turning him that soon, but our RF car seat only went up to 12 kg.

    Most of my mums group were surprised - they all turned their bubs around the 6 months mark! There is no way he was ready that young...!

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    ds1, 6mths, 8kg. I didnt know any better
    ds2, approx 10-11mths. He was about 10kg. Seat only rearfaced to 9kg.
    I want a 12kg rearfacing seat for baby #3

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    I think ds was 18-20 months. We kept him in until he reached the height markers. At 3.9 years he's only just 12 kgs now. Wanted an isofix seat (rear facing till 5? ) but we couldn't get one here.

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    Most are older than what I was expecting then. Seems my mummy friends from school and mums groups have turned their babies quite early, I thought 12 months was more like the norm!?

    Maybe I will do the right thing and leave him RF a bit longer.

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    Go by weight, not age.


 

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