I am in a quandary about what to do with Will's car seat. He is still rear facing. On Tuesday the 19th he will be 18 months. He weighs about 29 pounds and is like 34 inches tall. (maybe, I'm estimating, it's been awhile since I've actually measured).
At his 12 month appt our pediatrician told me that the new standard is to keep kids rear facing until age 2. I have yet to meet one person who still has a baby older than Will rear facing. But I've kept him rear facing b/c I know it's the safest thing. My only reasons for wanting to turn him around are that I think he would like seeing us and might enjoy the car more. Not based on safety.
I've tried to read up on this as much as possible. Scandinavian countries keep their kids rear facing until age 4 or about 55 lbs. They have super low rates of vehicular infant mortality as a result.
So to turn or not to turn...
Reasons Not To
Reasons To Turn
1. He will be able to see us
2. May enjoy the car more (he really doesn't like it much)
3. I can see him better
4. My blind spot will no longer be blocked.
I'm making this more dramatic than it needs to be. It's what I do. It feels like a mom test.
I'll let you know what I decide