On the post about our minivan, one of my readers, who lives in Finland, commented and said that she was happy to see that we still keep Little Buddy rear-facing in his car seat. She explained to me that in Sweden, parents typically keep their children rear-facing until age four, and sometimes longer.
From what I understand, there is no Swedish law preventing kids from being flipped around before age four. Swedes just know that rear-facing is safer.
In recent years, there has been a push in the United States to encourage parents to keep their kids rear-facing for as long as their car seats will allow. While some seats are only rated for rear-facing up to 35 or 40 pounds, others can go up to 50.
Little Buddy is still rear-facing, even thought he is two, and I like the idea of waiting until he hits the rear-facing weight limit on his seat before flipping him.
With all of this considered, I thought I would pose a discussion question: When did those of you who are parents or caregivers switch your children from rear to forward-facing?