Car seats - when to go to forward facing?

(51 Posts)
milkyman Sun 23-Jun-13 14:58:08

We are off on a 3hr car journey soon and our DS with be 8.5mths. He has a backward facing car seat but it seems too small for him - he is a long baby and weighs approx. 25ilbs. I asked in mothercare and they reckon he has some time left it it but I am concerned that it causes his head to drop forward when asleep (it's a graco car seat).

Would it be wirth us getting a forward facing one and any suggestions as to which one?

KrazyKurls Sun 23-Jun-13 15:07:15

DD has just gone into hers today she is 11 months, but only 19 lbs.

Our seat goes up to 13 kg but most forward facing can be used from 9kg.

It is best to leave them rear facing for as long as you can but obviously not safe if he's too heavy.

CatInWellies Sun 23-Jun-13 15:11:55

Is he over the weight limit? Is his head over the top of the seat?

hellymelly Sun 23-Jun-13 15:13:53

Stay rear facing as long as you can. They far far safer. You shouldn't even be thinking of ff with such a young baby. Have a look at www.rearfacing.co.uk . My tall thin 8 year old only went ff last year, and my average height slim six year old is still rf. They both had the Britax two-way. I think it goes up to 25kg.

RobotElephant Sun 23-Jun-13 15:21:59

Keep him in the current car seat until he's over the weight limit or his head is over the top of the seat. Squished legs are fine.

There's a new maxi cosi that you can keep rear facing past this stage, and then change to forward facing, that might be worth a look.

hellymelly Sun 23-Jun-13 15:44:44

There is a reason why in Sweden (by law) children are rear facing until at least 4. It is to do with the ratio of the weight of the head compared with the body. Forward facing increases the risk of death in an accident for toddlers and babies. I think it should be law here too, to stay rf until 4.

YoniBottsBumgina Sun 23-Jun-13 15:49:51

As long as possible preferably!

I wouldn't personally put a child forward facing before a year, preferably 15-18 months. 25lbs is still well within the limit for the seat - 20lbs is the minimum for forward facing in the UK but the maximum weight limit will be 13kg or 28lbs and their weight gain slows down dramatically when they get to a year.

FF seats are more upright anyway so more likely to make his head loll, not less.

Marrow Sun 23-Jun-13 15:51:52

You don't need to worry about cramped legs. He has only outgrown the seat if he exceeds the weight limit or his head is over the top of the seat.

We put our DD in a fwd facing seat at 10 months. She is a very big girl, our reasons were:
- She literally didn't fit down into the rear facing seat (she was too wide for it)
- Her legs were pushing against the rear of the car seat, we were told she was supposed to keep her legs straight as much as possible as she was born with positional talipes on both feet (club foot due to being a big girl with long legs all squashed up inside me before she was born).
- We asked our HV & she said in the circumstances it was fine.

You don't have to buy a ff seat, you can get rf ones for older babies and kids. We have the britax 2 way elite. They are more expensive but IMO worth it. Kids heads are very heavy in comparison to their body and crashes can have really serious consequences because of that, for us it just wasn't worth the risk. Take a look at the rearfacing website a pp mentioned. They are harder to find but not impossible...

milkyman Sun 23-Jun-13 20:12:06

Thanks everyone - I didn't realise all this so def rethink. Robot Elephant - do u have link for new maxi cosy seat?

RobotBananas Sun 23-Jun-13 20:25:16

I'm trying to find it but I'm worried I've imagined it confused

I'll have another search.

RobotBananas Sun 23-Jun-13 20:28:11
RobotBananas Sun 23-Jun-13 20:29:07

(it might not be new btw, it's just new to me)

MousyMouse Sun 23-Jun-13 20:32:13

ideally until they start school...
not joking, extended rearfacing seats last that long.

your ds will be fine until his head reaches the edge of the headend of the seat. rearfacing is much much safer at hs age.

MissTriangle Sun 23-Jun-13 21:15:18

We have just put our DD2 into a forward facing car seat- she is now almost 2. We had her in an extended rear facing seat (a BeSafe izi combi). We only moved her into the new seat as she has become a master escape artist ... We bought a cybex pallas-fix from mamas and papas. It is fab- i would recommend either of these two seats for the next stage. However my DD1 was in her maxi cosy cabriofix until her first birthday and she was quite a chunk - so you may not need a new one just yet.

Belmo Fri 28-Jun-13 09:45:35

I had to put my dd forward facing at 10 months as she was 13kg and we couldn't afford a rear facing one. I really stressed about it at the time but it was fine and she finally stopped screaming in the car seat!

ComfortablyDumb Fri 28-Jun-13 10:13:38

My DC was very tall, but after reading a bit about it we stayed rearfacing (still rearfacing now at 2.5)

Have a look at really helpful website We got a Britax 2-way Elite. Expensive, but will last for ages.

estya Sun 30-Jun-13 22:55:09

I think the law is going to change so they have to start tear facing until 15 months old in the uk.

estya Sun 30-Jun-13 23:11:43

That was rubbish swyping, sorry. What I wanted say was:

I think the law is changing so they have to stay rear facing until 15 months in the uk.

AppleYumYum Sun 30-Jun-13 23:19:58

Never, rear facing until 4 with something like a Brica mega mirror, once you read the research you will understand. They are changing the law in the UK to 15 months rear facing this year, USA just changed law to rear facing until 2. Highly recommend the BeSafe iZi Kid.

RobotBananas Sun 30-Jun-13 23:25:19

Do you have any links about it changing in the UK, or when it will happen? Thanks

katykuns Mon 01-Jul-13 01:04:56

you'd think with the pressure to go rear facing they would make it affordable sad
we got a forward facing one but not beating myself up about it... especially as we go out in the car so little anyway.

hellymelly Mon 01-Jul-13 23:06:21

Maybe they will come down in price. I was really lucky in that my MIL bought ours, but if she hadn't I would have gone without anything to have one, they really are that much safer. And as it fitted DD1 until 7 and a half, and DD2 still has growing room in hers at 6, they have at least been good value that way.

mrscog Mon 01-Jul-13 23:14:07

My 16 mo DS still fits into his Maxi Cosi pebble! He's average height but quite skinny - he's about 10.5kg. At this rate I think he'll still be in it at 18months. Have also got an ERF seat for him as well once he outgrows the Pebble!

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