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Old 12-24-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: maryland
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And I bet you were never in a serious car accident with your fwd facing babies or you'd likely be singing a different tune about "bubble wrap".

And how many people are percentage wise? And i was actually and did not alter the way i did things.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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It's not bubblewrap. Infants' heads are not fused on to their necks properly so there's a high risk of internal decapitation if they are flung in a forward facing car seat. A high impact car accident is not the same as a kid falling off of the monkey bars, for god's sakes.

You can't live life under the assumption something bad is going to happen to you either...i mean i have even heard of states trying to pass legislation to keep kids in car seats to 10 and 11...it's ridiculous.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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And I bet you were never in a serious car accident with your fwd facing babies or you'd likely be singing a different tune about "bubble wrap".
oooo yes i was....thank you captain assumption for assuming wrong
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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You can't live life under the assumption something bad is going to happen to you either...i mean i have even heard of states trying to pass legislation to keep kids in car seats to 10 and 11...it's ridiculous.
Yes that is stupid. Have them in baby car seats and 3-4 years later have them driving the car.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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I think driving at night might be the best solution.

A baby in the front seat still facing the back is another possibility. You have to weigh the risks - a distracted, irritated driver isn't so safe either.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Hillsborough
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The seat is a convertible -it goes both ways, so we would not be facing it forwards right now.
It's a Britax Marathon 70 I think.

my wife does actually sit in the back with him the whole time.
With a Marathon70 you can rearface up to 40 pounds, which is great. If you intended to forward-face at 12 months, there was really no need to buy such a high-end seat with a high RF weight limit. But since you have that seat, then it's great that you can take advantage of the ability to rear-face much longer, since it is so much safer. I have my LO rear-facing in a Marathon too, but it's the old version that only RF to 33 pounds. She still has plenty of room to RF at 20 months. My older daughter rear-faced in it until 3.5 years!
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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oooo yes i was....thank you captain assumption for assuming wrong
Not gonna preach because I think people can for the most part do whatever they want with their kids and shouldn't be told whats right/wrong, but the fact is kids are safer rear facing. Every police officer or fireman will tell you that when installing your car seat. It's fine if you don't want to do it for whatever reason, your kids your choice, but implying it provides little benefit vs front facing by calling it "bubble wrap" is doing a disservice to anyone who's not aware of the difference.
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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We live 7 hours away from family and have had to do long road trips with babies numerous times. Here are some suggestions:

1) Have your wife (or yourself) sit in the back with the baby. It makes it much easier if she needs a bottle, or drops a pacifier, or just needs to be comforted.

2) Play the baby's CDs (whatever she listens to at home when you're trying to get her to relax before sleep.

3) Stop every two hours or so. You dont' have to stop more than 15 minutes, but stopping to get her out of her seat, change her diaper and walk around outside will help her to be comfortable.

4) Bring a small bag of rattles, mirrors, storybooks, etc. so you can entertain her when she's up.

5) Traveling at night is best, when possible. We cut our drive time by 2 hours by starting a road trip at midnight this summer. Plus, the baby slept the entire time. We just had to stop once so my older children could take potty breaks and my husband and I could switch seats.

Good luck. Once they're older there's all sorts of ways to keep kids entertained on road trips (games, books, DVDs, etc.).
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: here
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pfft i had my kids facing forward...no need to wrap a child in bubble wrap for god's sakes.
the recommendation is rear facing for 2 years, and the law is 1 year, I believe, in most places.

Just stop for a few minutes every few hours and plan for the trip to take longer than if it was just adults. Whoever isn't driving could sit in the back to deal with the baby and maybe make stops less frequent.
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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I think driving at night might be the best solution.

A baby in the front seat still facing the back is another possibility. You have to weigh the risks - a distracted, irritated driver isn't so safe either.
I don't think that's legal. Airbags and rear facing car seats are not a good mix.
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