flip flop and you don't stop

April 3, 2012

forward facing

We bit the bullet over the weekend and turned the Jude's car seat around. Forward-facing in the houuuuuuuse! I had to add the 'bit the bullet' part because I've been dragging my heels on doing it, dragging them down down down into the ground. I am totally that rear-facing car safety lady. It's something that's so easy to do (do absolutely nothing!) and it makes our kids exponentially safer. In fact I probably would have been pleased as punch to be rear-facing him until he's 5, but, weight limit, it has been hit, blah blah blah.

Now real-life me, repeat after real-blog-me: I will not feel guilty. I will not feel guilty. I will not feel guilty. We made it to the weight limit– I will not feel guilty.

{For reference, Jude is now two years, seven months. Guidelines used to be to keep them rear-facing until age one/20 lbs, but just last year they changed the recommendation encouraging parents to continue rear-facing kids until age two. The more you know!}

Now that we've cleared that out of the way (GO REAR-FACING) can we move on to how AWESOME forward facing is so far? I spent a lot of time poking holes in the reasons people commonly turn kids around early and now I'm all OH MUH GAH YOU GUYS WERE TOTALLY ON TO SOMETHING. This... uh, kind of rocks. Shhhh, don't tell the still-much-more-safely-(high-five!)-rear-facing people.

Car time has been kind of a trigger issue around here for as long as I can remember, the problem namely being that he hates getting into the car, and sitting in the car, and thinking about sitting in the car. We toughed it out, in a martyr kind of way, because it was really important to me to continue to do the safer option as long as we could, but yeah. It sucked. There was a lot of "I don't want to get in the car" yelling and screaming. Once he was in the seat he was fine, and would just cross his legs and chat about things out the window, but the act of getting him in there was distinctly... unpleasant.

Since he's only been facing forward a few days it's difficult to tell if this new era of delightful traveling is just the honeymoon phase or what, all I know is when I picked him up yesterday he walked to the side of the car, opened the door, and climbed in himself. You could have knocked my ass down with a feather. And this morning he narrated our drive to work and then asked to hold my hand. I'm writing this from beyonnnd the graaaaaave.

first forward ride like a big dude.first forward ride

(For further reading I first wrote about rear-facing and safety back when the Jude was 16 months and Krystal at Tie a Little Ribbon did a two-thumbs-up Extended Rear-Facing Safety post which does a great job outlining the specific why/how.)
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