Over a year ago I wrote about why we choose to rear face our car seat beyond the traditional 1 year and 20 pounds milestone.
Shortly after writing that post I found out that the recommendation changed to keeping your child rear facing until the age of two. That became my new goal for Grace.
Now here we are. This picture was taken this weekend. Grace is 2 years and 4 months old. She weighs about 24.5 pounds. Grace happily sits in her rear facing car seat, but I’m starting to wonder…
Rear facing is proven to be the safest position for young children, but at what point do you decide to make the switch anyway? When should I switch Grace to a forward facing car seat?
Pros for Rear Facing Car Seats:
- She doesn’t drop her books and toys on the floor often because the seat “holds them” in place.
- Grace can’t see me sneaking snacks while I drive!
- She can’t be a back seat driver. I’ve heard of kids making endless comments about red/green lights or getting upset when parents go the “wrong way.”
Pros for Forward Facing Car Seats:
- Grace may be happier in the car. She tends to do pretty well in the car, but everyone tells me how much she’ll love it when we turn her around.
- The seat won’t get dirty from her shoes anymore.
- Grace may be more comfortable. Her legs certainly hit the seat now and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Still, she may enjoy the extra room to stretch them out.
- I could see her! We never put a mirror in our car.
- Grandparents could drive with Grace in their forward facing car seat and we wouldn’t have to worry about switching out car seats or swapping cars.
My thought tends to be: Rear is safer so why change it if she isn’t miserable? Yet, the switch needs to happen sometime. So when?? (Note: her current car seat can stay rear facing until 35 pounds)
What made you decide to make the switch from rear facing to a forward facing car seat?
If you have questions about the recommendation for rear facing until age 2, the New York Times published an excellent article on the subject that you can read here.