Rear Facing Car Seats

After I posted my exciting car seat discount news, the reaction from my friends was huge.

“Why did you spend so much on car seats?”

“Why didn’t you just get one of those baby seats and call it good?”

“Little Man is STILL rear facing? That’s cruel!”

“When are you going to flip Little Man forward facing? Babies want to see what’s coming!”


The reason we spent more than $400 on two car seats is twofold: first, we’re tall people with a small car. Second, and this is the more important one, is that rear facing is five times safer than forward facing, period, end of story. Even we grownups would be safer rear facing, but unfortunately cars don’t really work like that. As such, the parenting issue Hubby and I are most annoying about firm on is keeping our children RF as long as possible.

However, extended RF carseats are big. Our car (a Honda Fit) is small. See the problem? When we bought the car, LM was 4 months old, not even close to sleeping through the night, and the idea of having ANOTHER child was unthinkable. We were sleep deprived. Decisions were made, and we went for a smaller, cheaper, more fuel efficient car over a bigger, more family friendly car.

This has worked out well with just one RF kid, since our convertible car seat (a Safety 1st Onside Air convertible) fits nicely in the back middle seat. The back wedges between the two front seats, and two grownups can sit comfortably in the front without kneecap damage. Getting a second one of a similar size back there (which clearly requires one car seat to go behind each front seat) is a nightmare. It can’t be done while maintaining the safety of the seat.

The new car seats we bought are Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 seats. They sit at a much more upright angle than our old seat, which means more space for the people in front. We did have to use our credit card to buy the seats, but we discussed this purchase at length and decided that not being out of debt by the time Hubby gets out of the Corps was worth the added safety that keeping both our babies RF provides.

Sure, Little Man’s feet are touching the seat, but he has yet to seem uncomfy. He usually ends up sitting criss-cross applesauce, or dangling his legs over the side of the carseat, or (this is a new one) pushing the headrest up with them. Even if his legs are folded, look at how toddlers prefer to sit normally- their legs are generally tucked up under them, or crossed in front of them.

And to all those pain in the butt parents I have telling me that I’m overprotective, I have just one thing to say- at least I know my baby is safe.


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