Tuesday, June 10, 2008

2 Years, 9 Months Rearfacing

One of the biggest hurdles to keeping kids rearfacing is the parent's belief that their legs will be cramped as they get taller and that they are uncomfortable. During my CPST class last week, some of the other people in the class were questioning how a child would fit. So I took some photos of Lilypad Princess in her seat to show exactly how she fits.

LP is 2 years, 9 months old, 27 pounds, and between 36-38 inches tall (I know that she fit on the rides that required she be 35 inches tall but was too short for the 40 inch rides at Disney). She has consistently been between the 95th and 100th percentile for height.

Toddler extended rearfacing in carseat

Toddler extended rearfacing in carseat

Toddler extended rearfacing in carseat

How she normally keeps her legs
Toddler extended rearfacing in carseat

How she stretches her legs
Extended Rearfacing in the carseat

She never complains about being in her seat, and usually falls asleep if we're in the car more than 15 minutes, so she is obviously quite comfortable. We have done 4 hour trips without any complaint. When she has been forward facing (in her travel seat) she has actually complained because she didn't have anywhere to rest her legs and they hurt just hanging down the seat.

She will stay rearfacing in both of our cars until the limits of the seat, 33 pounds for each of them. At the rate she's going, I expect her to be 3.5 or almost 4 by the time she reaches that point (unless she outgrows the seats by height first!)


Jumpin J's Mom said...

Not to be outdone by LP we are keeping Jumpin' J rearfacing for as long as possible. Even if he starts to complain I think that as long as we tell him LP did it then it will be OK, he wants to be just like her!

Blue House Mom said...

Good post. Really good post. I get people asking me all the time (like when they see me put G into the car when we're in a parking lot or even some of my zany relatives). You are the sole reason that G is still rear-facing...I just didn't know how much safer it is until I spoke with you one day. I'm sure you made a good impact on many people on your inspection day. Good for you. You're doing very good things for children.

Buby & Bleu said...

Buby measures 39 inches and 40 pounds. I can't believe he has so many pounds on LP. He's such a solid boy. LP looks happy in her carseat. If my seat was reclined like that, I'd fall asleep within 15 minutes, too! Looks comfy.

Barefoot Princess & Family said...

Very good post. We will definitely keep BB rear-facing longer than BP was. Thanks for the crucial tips!

Pink Lemonade Liz said...

My Little Miss Lauren is big enough for a booster (50lbs - 48") and she, too complains about her legs hurting because they're just dangling. She usually ends up sitting "crisscross applesauce" most of the time because of it.

PumpkinsMom said...

Great info...I've been discouraged to find the amount of mis-informaiton out there about car seats, even among the experts. Our local police departments offer monthly checks, and from our experience and the experience of friends, it seems that it depends on who inspects it that day as to how good the install is and how accurate the info is. My friend was told by an officer that she would have to turn her baby around as soon as she reached a year because she would be too long and her feet would touch the back- obviously that was very bad advice. I'm saddened by how few people know about the importance of keeping them rear-facing as long as possible.

Lilypad Mom said...

Our visit to the state police to get our seats checked was what really pushed me into becoming a certified tech. The tech there argued with me about tethering a Britax rearfacing, putting a seat in the middle position in my car (not allowed) and using LATCH in the center of Lilypad Dad's car. I had to pull out manuals to show him and he still argued and installed LP's seat using LATCH in the center. There really isn't enough information out there about car safety, even the supposed experts don't always keep up to date or pass out bad information if they don't really care about the subject.