I'm just going to say now... this is NOT a debate! I am most definitely NOT opening up that can of worms. This is all my OWN view.
This decision plays on my mind A LOT. Some of you may or may not have read about my sister, i'm pretty hot on car safety. I make sure their straps are doubley tight and i HATE them in a coat in the car as that makes the straps that bit looser.
As it stands in Sweden, children HAVE to be in a rear facing car seat until they are 4 years old. Stats show that infant fatalities are near zero! Now does that not just say something? Hmmm..
With Harvey i waited until he was the right weight (9kg) to go into a forward facing car seat. I didn't really think anything of it and the same goes with Oliver. It just so happened they were both around the "right age" to move them. It was only after i changed Oliver over that i came accross this video...
To me, that says it all. But what happens when you have a stroppy baby who hates the car? What happens if you have a huge baby and their head and legs are hanging off the top and bottom? Do you make the change?
I mean, why put them in there early if its INCREASING the risk? Why, if you can have them rear facing and reduce the risk of death when in an accident, PUT THEM FORWARD? The thought baffles me.
Elsie is a nightmare in the car. Screams and screams and she strains her neck so much so she can see about. I'm sure that putting her in a forward facing car seat would make all the difference. But she's teeny (i assume. i haven't actually had her weighed in yonks.) and her head definitely does not reach the top. So for now.. she can scream. And i will invest in some ear plugs.
When did you make the change, and why?
Thought of the day - trust your instinct.