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#1 babyblo8

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:23 PM

Hi Everyone,

I'm just wondering when you changed your car seat around and when its safe to do so?

Thank you

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:33 PM

Safest time is when your child reaches 12kgs but that depends on the weight limit of your seat, some are only 8-9kgs.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:36 PM

I *think* they say it is safe to turn the seat when they can sit unsupported well. Don't quote me on this though.

For us we haven't changed the seat around, and I am saying to DH that there is absolutely no need for it to be changed as Chase is still really happy to sit rear-facing. Hopefully this will mean we can keep it like that until the weight restriction is reached which I think may be 1 or beyond.

ETA: Just did a search and in NSW a child under 6 months must be rear facing and from 6months to 4 years they can be either rear or forward facing. So it all depends on what you want to do..
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 06:38 PM

mel, we switched when Soph was 8.5kg. She was verly long and kicking teh back of the seat. if i had my way, i would of left her, but DH, MIL, FIL my mum and dady were all saying come on...

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE(Lee Lee @ Feb 3 2010, 07:36 PM) View Post
I *think* they say it is safe to turn the seat when they can sit unsupported well. Don't quote me on this though.


No, it has nothing to do with unsupported sitting. Being able to sit unsupported does not change the fact that babies and young toddlers have heads that are big and heavy compared to their bodies and delicate necks.

I changed Will when he was 21 months and got too long for the car seat - he was too long because of the way the meridian head rest is attached and the instructions say you can only use it rear facing with straps in bottom two positions. I think he would have lasted rearfacing even longer in a different seat (he hit 12 kilos at 24 months though so not much longer.).

Angus can sit unsupported for a reasonable length of time - no way will I turn him rearfacing until he is too long for the seat (as above) OR reaches 12 kilos.

Kicking the back of the seat doesn't matter - it won't hurt them.



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Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:21 PM

I agree with Melissa. You turn your bub when they no longer fit rearfacing. If your seat only goes to 9kg, it is definitely worth looking at getting one that goes to 12kg. When your bub reaches the weight limit OR their shoulders are above the strap height OR their head comes to 2.5cm below the top of the seat shell you need to turn them around. If you can keep them rear facing as long as possible, it is the safest possible way for them to travel.

JJ was just under 12kg when I turned him around but he was also 14 months old. He was very tall and I was unhappy having to turn him. He had been sitting with his legs bent up for a very long time and wasn't uncomfortable. I always preferred the thought of him having broken legs rather than a broken neck if we had an accident.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 09:08 PM

Agree with both Cam and Melissa.

We turned Cate at about 13 months old based purely on her length (she was skinny and tall). She had to go up to the 3rd strap position so according to the manufacterer needed to be turned around.

Based on weight she would only just need to be turned around now at 25 months old.

I had so many people ask why I still had her facing backwards. Was the last in my mothers group to turn by a long way. Don't listen to other people. Do your own research on the safety of rear vs forward facing.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:11 AM

QUOTE(junglebaby @ Feb 3 2010, 07:23 PM) View Post

I'm just wondering when you changed your car seat around

We turned Oscar at 18 months or thereabouts because of his length. Would have preferred to keep him rear-facing longer but he grew too tall for the seat sad.gif

QUOTE(junglebaby @ Feb 3 2010, 07:23 PM) View Post

and when its safe to do so?

Most international research suggests rear-facing until at least 2 is good, although ideally rear-facing to 4 years is safest.

In my opinion it isn't safe to turn to forward facing before 2 years - but since you can't buy a seat *most* kids will still fit into at 2 years rear-facing in Australia, it's not a possibility for most sad.gif

Our car safety 'standards' in Australia are amongst the lowest in the developed world - it's an embarrassment.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:54 AM

Elka is little so I think with be able to remain back facing until 12kg - which is long way off yet

we have people telling us to turn her as she is 1 tomorrow, don't give in to other peoples thoughts and do your own research
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:33 AM

Thanks so much for the info everyone. Its hard when you get pressure from other people.

I am going to leave Dan rear facing for as long as possible to make sure he is the safest he can be!

Thanks again.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 02:22 PM

I will be turning Angus as late as possible, I think he is the last in my MG to be turned and he is the biggest and one of the oldest.

One of the other mums was saying she is turning her daughter today, who is not yet 8kg and is 8 months old, fairly petite (well compared to Angus who was that size at 4 month). I mentioned how I won't be turning Angus as it is safer the other way her response was "Well the doctor said you can turn them at 6 months, it is safe" I bit my tongue, I guess my informed decision is nothing when stacked up against a misinformed doctor.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:22 PM

We turned AB around at 6 months as we had to have her seat in the middle of my car's back seat and it was killing my back lifting 8 kgs in and out. Have since turned it back around because in addition to being safer, she sleeps better rear facing, my back will just have to cope - so if anyone rolls their eyes at you for keeping your bub rear facing - tell them they sleep better, funny that that argument is likely to convince people to keep their bubs rear facing more than the safety aspect rolleyes.gif

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 09:37 PM

We turned Oscar at 9months. Weight wise he could still be rear facing as his just over 10kg but it got to a point where we could take him in the car as he would scream the whole way to where ever we were going (yes he cried for 2.5hrs on a trip to sydney that was my final straw as i wasnt doing a 5hr trip to visit my family with his so upset). I would have liked him backwards longer but it was too distressing for him.

Xander will not be turned until he is at the same point or put grows being backwards.

Its funny to hear there are so many people out there that do keep them rear facing yet when you do it everyone comments and looks funny at you for having an older bub not turned to the forward position.
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:43 PM

We changed Daniel forward facing at 8 months old (10kg). He was always crying in the car which was very distracting for me while driving. Now he is much happier in the car which I'm happy about.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 06:23 PM

Oliver went forward facing about a fortnight before his first birthday. I'd have kept him longer as he was under the weight limit, but his head was within 2" of the top of the shell so he had to move.
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