If you follow my blog at all, especially my Facebook page, you have probably noticed that I regularly post things about car seat safety, extended rear facing, and anything else that seems like good information to share. Lately, I seem to be asked quite often why my almost 3 year old is still rear facing when other kids his age aren’t. To me it is a no brainer. Safety first. He doesn’t care. In fact, he has never even mentioned wanting to sit forward facing. The only time he has ever even sat in his sisters seat was to annoy her one day because she was trying to hurry up and get buckled into her seat. I look at my 4 1/2 year old as we drive and I almost always see her legs pulled up and crossed instead of dangling down. I know a lot more now than I did a few years ago about car seat safety. Maggie was close to 4 when we turned her forward facing. Charlie still has plenty of time before we turn his seat around. Even now, I see tons of Maggie’s other 4 year old friends in just booster seats. They look so tiny, and I cannot imagine putting her in anything other than a 5 point harness.
While the laws, guidelines and recommendations seem to always be changing in some way, shape or form, it’s great that there are some resources out there to help parents out. What age and weight children are ready to change from a convertible to a booster seat, what booster is right? The laws and recommendations are not always the same, so as a parent, you have to make that decision for your children.
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