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  1. I fancy myself one of the most paranoid moms out there, but I turned our seat around prior to my son’s second birthday. He is not the heaviest nor the tallest kid in the class, but his legs were not able to extend at that point without hitting the back seat, and it was making him very uncomfortable, especially with shoes on. I spoke to my pediatrician about it and he agreed that it was not healthy for his legs to travel like that, and that the car seat makers have not yet made any adjustments to fit this new recommendation.

  2. I just turned my almost 2 1/2 year old back to rear facing after a few weeks of forward facing so that she could see the DVD screen. She doesn’t seem to care much and I feel so much better about her safety. She is over the suggested age by the AAP, but she still has a few pounds left for rear-facing in her seat and it just gives me peace of mind. She loves that she can see her 5-year-old sisters in the back seat and interact with them anyway. They are still also in 5-point harnessed seats too BTW and will be for at least 2-3 more years. 🙂

  3. We all do what is in our kids best interests – I hope. My boys – all 3 were switched to forward facing before their first birthdays – all because they were long and had met the 20lb requirement at 6 months and and making them wait from 10 to 12 months for a “maturity” box to be ticked seemed cruel. So I had big solid babies. Number 2 was swapped because 1) his big brother could watch videos and rather than watch in the mirror, he chose to crane his head and complained _ LOUDLY about the fact that he couldn’t see. He has been the awkward middle child long before his young brother was born. Number 3 (who came along just before / as the guidelines changed) was heavier, bigger and louder….. so he was turned round early too. I told my pediatrician that I’d done it and she agreed that a safe driver is one who is not distracted by the screams of a child throwing the tantrum. I like my pediatrician. She is sensible. Guidelines are just that. Guidelines.

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