I had a car seat when I was a baby. And to clarify, rear facing until two came out after DD1 turned one. They also recommend you keep your children in a booster seat until the age of 12. I was 5'6 and 120 lbs at the age of twelve. Full grown and capable of having my own babies. These are recommendations. You can wrap your child in bubble wrap and make them wear masks, too. As a PP said, I'm the parent, and I will decide what is best for my child. I wasn't asking for any opinions on when to turn my child or giving any indication that I thought it was a good idea before the age of one. I really don't understand why some of you ladies take it upon yourself to be so nasty when someone is just saying, hey guys, anyone else having similar problems? But, if you want to be nasty, I can give it right back. If I read a post I have nothing constructive to offer on, I don't answer. I just wish it was the same for all. But this a public forum, and when I post things I guess I have to accept that there are people who feel free to hide behind their anonymity and say things they would never say to a persons face because it is socially unacceptable to be rude just for the sake of being rude. Rant over.
First, rear-facing til 2 is actually NOT a new recommendation. It has always been the stance of NHTSA. It has also been the stance of many car seat manufacturers. The issue being is that people get so caught up on 1 AND 20 as being some sort of milestone. Its not. It is simply the minimum that a child can forward face is a seat. Not all seats though. If you own a Dorel, Cosco or Safety 1st seat, those seats require children be 1 year, 22lbs AND 34" tall in order to forward face.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently upped their minimum, but like I said it has been a recommendation for a long time. My daughter is going to be 5, and I knew about it when she was born in 2008. If you read the manual for your seat, you will see that it will state to rear-face until the limits of the seat OR at least 1 year and 20lbs.
I currently follow the blog of a woman who was involved in a head on collision last year. Her 18 month old was forward facing, and he was internally decapitated instantly. He had absolutely NO outward injuries.
No, you can't keep your kids in a bubble, but since they ride in cars on a daily basis, this is one thing that is not worth budging on.
Knowledge is power.
** FWIW, My son is probably 36" tall at least and close to 30lbs. He is still rear-facing in several different seats. Our goal is to make it to 3, and I don't see that not happening. I may be more passionate about it than most, because I happen to be a tech, but their safety is my biggest priority and I see no reason to do anything differently at this point.
You should easily be able to rear-face her in your vehicle as well. You have more space than most people. I rear-faced my daughter from birth til 2, and then from 2.5-3 in a Pontiac G6, which was a PITA to get her in and out of.