I saw another person I follow here talking about carseats and rearfacing and noticed she had a LOT of comments saying people “had” to turn their children because they were “too big” because their legs could touch the backseat.
So I’m going to take this time to soapbox real quick. You should keep your babies rearfacing for as long as humanly possible. In fact, YOU as an adult would be safer rearfacing.
A baby whose feet touch the back of the seat has NOT outgrown their carseat rearfacing. It is perfectly safe for his feet to touch. It is perfectly safe for him to be seated in a cross-legged position rearfacing. Your baby is MORE likely to break a leg forwardfacing than he is to break a leg rearfacing, even if his legs have to bend to sit in the seat. In fact, broken legs are the #1 injury in forward-facing kids.
The cheapest carseat in the US is $40, the Cosco Scenara and it’s available at Walmart. It will rearface your child until 35lbs. Except for the rare huge kid, that’s going to get your baby to age two. You do not need to spend a lot of money to keep your baby safer.
And while I’m on my soapbox, here’s 10 common carseat mistakes. Please make sure you aren’t making one. And it’s winter, so please remember that it is extremely unsafe to buckle your baby in with a big puffy jacket on. Fleece only.