So I won't try. My dear friend, Madison, posted this blog entry yesterday. I'm so glad she called some attention to this... Please, please, please check out her post & educate yourself. This is so important to the safety of our children.
Aren't You Worried About Him Being Uncomfortable? (Life Happens During Naptime)
You see, B just topped 20 pounds. By 2 ounces. And the first thing our pediatrician said after checking his weight, was "Oh, legally you can switch him around now!" What... an idiot. Granted, once I said "oh no, he'll be rear-facing still", she quickly agreed that rear-facing is the best option, I wish she'd have prefaced her previous statement with that. She should've said "Even though the law says you can switch him, I'd recommend you keep him rear-facing". But she didn't. And how many other patients does she see? The answer is a lot, since we go to one of the largest medical practices in the Chicago suburbs.
B's convertible carseat can rear-face until 40 (or 45?) pounds. My almost 5 year old niece just weighed in around 45 pounds, and she's a very tall little girl. Will I keep B rear-facing until he's 5? Probably not... but you can bet he'll be a lot bigger before I trust his little body to protect himself in the event of a car accident. That's what his daddy & I are here for- to protect him.