You may be thinking, wait, what? P. is four! How on earth could she still have been riding rear facing all this time?
Well, she was still under the weight and height limits for the Britax Marathon Classic, which has a higher height limit that many other Britax seats. We wanted to get as close to the rf'ing weight limit as we could before turning her seat around. For all the folks out there wondering just what we did with her lovely legs, she'd sit cross-legged or throw up her legs on the back seat like a gymnast stretching out. She never complained about having to turn her head one way versus the other to look out the window.
And it was just safer. Rear facing really is safer. I promise. Don't believe me? Google internal decapitation and get back to me. Consider that Bo's head at four months is nearly as big as P.'s head at four years and you can see why positioning car seats to minimize head momentum is so important for little ones.
Of course, at four, P. has mostly grown into her head. So while rear facing would still be safer - it'd be safer for grownups, too, though it'd be tough to drive - we're going with the guidelines for her seat.
And she was naturally pretty pleased when we told her that she was now sitting big girl style. Mostly pleased that she could now kick the seat back in front of her, which we promptly informed her is a no-no - much to her disappointment.
If you're thinking about making the switch and you're wondering why we waited so long to transition P.'s car seat from rear facing to forward facing, I lay it all out here. Full disclosure: I'm a huge advocate for extended rear facing.
When did your kids make the switch? Did you turn 'em as soon as you could or wait until the last possible moment like us?
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