There are few topics of conversation that can get heated as quickly as talking about the timeframe for flipping a rear facing convertible car seat forward. My husband and I excitedly talked about flipping Bean’s rear facing convertible car seat forward on her first birthday.
We dreamed of extra leg room and more interaction and then a few months before her birthday the new extended rear facing recommendations came out encouraging parents to leave children rear facing until 2. We were annoyed and then we started to do a bit more research and realized that some children face backwards in Europe until 4. We read about how much safer she was in an accident and our minds were made up and we were in no hurry.
Occasionally we would talk about when we would flip her, would we wait until she was 2? Would we keep her rear facing past 2? We never decided.
This week, I had to take the car seat out to move something and my husband forgot to put it back in the car. So the next morning, I sat the Bean in the car beside me with a coloring book and began fighting to get the car seat secured rear facing. We have had the rear facing convertible car seat to a safety check so I know how secure it is supposed to be and I could not get it tight for the life of me.
So, I flipped her. With almost five months till her second birthday we left the house with her car seat secured correctly, forward facing. Right? Wrong? I really don’t know. She is over the minimum requirements for forward facing but not at the maximum requirements as recommended. I left the house confident that she was secured correctly and that was more important than leaving with her less than secure but rear facing.
It has been almost a week and she is still riding forward. My husband and I talked about flipping her back but she loves riding forward and admittedly it is easier and more fun for me. Am I making the right decision? I don’t know but I think that if I was not worried about what others would say I would not think twice. She is in the 90th percentile and tall for her age. Does that justify my decision? I don’t really know. Will I flip her back? I don’t know?