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Hi. I was wondering when it is recommended to turn my bub’s carseat around from rear facing to front facing. I’ve heard it’s recommended to wait until a child is 6 months old but I wanted to see what other mums thought. Thanks.

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  • 6 months I believe is way too young
    I’m waiting for as long as possible. I have read so many cases that people were glad they didn’t turn it to early as they’d been in an accident and if they had of there baby may have been hurt.

  • Leave it as long as possible! They need to have great head/neck control. They also need to meet all line markers etc.
    If the child doesn’t like facing backwards, then I would try a mirror

  • usually 6-12 months old the longer the better. Thy must alo have good neck strength. What i did to keep my kids happy was put a little mirror up high on top of the seat in front of them one of the kiddy safe ones that they sell for that reason. So that they could look into and see whats going on behind them. And so i could see them in the kiddy mirror my oldest kid had bad reflux and was always chocking so this was a great help for me to be able to see him.

  • Very few babies like to be rear facing once they get to the stage that they want to be able to see around them. Some scream the whole time which is very distracting and distressing for the driver. I wish there was a capsule designed that faces the front of the car – not the back. When you think about it, a person rear facing in a vehicle is more likely to suffer from motion sickness – the same probably applies to babies. A 4 year old child’s head will go forwards or sideways if they fall asleep. Once the baby is the length of the capsule it needs to be reversed because of their legs and feet.

  • It’s recommended to wait until at least 12 months, or until your child can sit up unsupported. Any earlier will cause back strain, and cause their neck to flop when sleeping or tired. I usually let mine go all the way to 12 months, and even so I notice they are less comfortable for the first month or two of turning around – much as they like the new unrestricted view!

  • Minimum 6 months, I read everywhere that the longer you leave a bub rear facing, the better. I turned my bub around at 6 months 1 week because she had fantastic neck control. She’s 14 months now and so mobile lol. And she loves the front facing seat

  • Rearface them as long as possible. It is much safer. Most people think it is ok to turn them once they are sitting and holding their head. This is not true. Their heads are quite large in comparison to their body and their neck muscles are not strong enough to counteract the forces in an accident.

  • my baby was about 10 mths when we did this

  • I have an 8 month old and when he was 5 months old i look that same question up that you’re asking on the Internet and it said about 6 to 7 months to the car seat around and when i did my baby loved it

  • Be guided by the Safety Standards Assoc and the baby seat manufacturers. Follow the recommended legal age guidelines. They are there for the child’s safety.

  • It’s recommended 12 months although I have seen some go years (and photos which showed it actually looks comfy. They don’t need to be turned around until it’s uncomfortable for them :)

  • It’s the law for babies to be RF until 6 months. And then it is strongly recommended to continue RF until 2yo or as long as you can.

  • If you have a convertible seat then your child is not read facing. We just purchased a seat for our child and it states on the box that it can be used from birth to 8 years

  • Children up to six months old must use an approved rearward-facing infant restraint and must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle that has two or more rows of seats.

    The restraint must be properly installed and adjusted to fit the child’s body.

    A rearward-facing infant restraint allows a child to lie down and, in a crash, gives support and protection to the head and neck, the most vulnerable parts of a child’s body.

    A rearward-facing restraint can be fitted to a vehicle with only one row of seats provided it does not have an airbag in that position and a child restraint anchorage point is available.

    I just got this from SAPOL’S website but covers the whole of Australia

  • The laws state 6 months. Before that, a child’s head size compared to their body ratio means that there can be major if not fatal injuries in even a small accident. Weight is not a measurement on any seat manufactured after 2011, only the height of the child.

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