First off, I guess I should apologize for how windy this post may be; but I'm actually really not sorry at all. I feel like this is something very few parents know about and something I am deeply passionate about so here we go...
When I was pregnant with Clay I did all the normal expectant mom reading and one day I came across an article that said children should remain rear facing until they are two.
I had always though that at one you could flip that carseat around! It seemed a little crazy but one I read all of the info, I was game. Clay would stay rear facing until two. Fast forward to this year. I kept noticing on Facebook, Instagram, and blogs that moms were putting their kids in forward facing carseats as soon as they hit one, if not sooner.
Didn't they know? This bothered me, but I'm not one to tell people how to take care of their children so I let it go. After some researching I found that very few states have laws specifying whether a child should be rear or forward facing (you can find those here).
Then one day a Facebook friend posted this article, "AAP: Toddlers in rear-facing seat until 2."
My immediate thought was, "that's awesome that she shared that!" Then I read her comment: "I can't imagine putting Susie Q in a rear-facing seat. She just rides so much better facing forward."
Did we read the same article with the same research? The one that said your child is 75% less likely to die or be seriously injured if they are in a rear-facing seat? I don't know about you but I think 75% is a fairly large number. When it comes to Clay, I'm more concerned about his safety than how well he rides.
End mini rant.
We purchased Clay this convertible carseat from Britax that can be rear-facing until he is 40 pounds then it can be forward facing up to 55 pounds.