Unlike the large majority of mothers I know, I did not turn my son forward facing as soon as he met the legal requirements. Although now, more mothers are waiting till at least 2 since the AAP (American Academy of Pediatricians) is now recommending waiting until your child is at least 2 years old before turning their car seat forward facing.
Back when my son was 18 months old, I posted a video from YouTube that shows the dangers between forward facing and rear facing. It was quite shocking and if you haven’t seen it yet you really should (I reposted it for you so you don’t have to search). As I said in the previous post, I was going to keep him rear-facing as long as I can. I figured I’d only go until he was 2, but then he turned 2 and I wasn’t sure I wanted to let my little boy take the risk of facing forward.
After all, isn’t the car seat for his protection? So my new mantra became “I’ll keep him rear-facing until he’s 4 or until he asks to face forward.” Well, this Saturday he asked. So in the blistering heat I switched his car seat around.
My son has grown leaps and bounds since he was 18 months. Heck, he’s grown so much in the 6 months since his brother was born. I’m so proud of the little man my son is becoming. Sitting forward and exploring the world with his momma is just one more step away from being my little baby. Although I must admit, its quite fun listening to his commentary and listening him to point in delight at the many things he sees along the way to wherever we are going.
I’m glad we waited until he was 3. It made this moment such a special occasion and it helped me to take notice of how much my son has grown. I guess it won’t be long before he’s asking me for the keys to the car!
Here’s the video…