Extended Rear Facing

Our experience with extended rear facing our car seats. Still rear facing at 3 years old!

My 2.5 year old in a Diono Radian, rear facing, in our Honda Odyssey.
I follow a lot of different car seat safety organizations on Facebook and recently saw a post showing their older toddler rear facing. Everyone was sharing their pictures so I wanted to share a picture of G, 2.5 years old, rear facing in his Diono Radian RXT. Super comfortable seat apparently because he really got way more cooperative about getting in it once we transitioned from his old convertible seat. We have a minivan now so the seat fits fine, but we also have a Toyota Prius that he fits fine in. We have to use a Diono Radian Angle Adjuster to make it fit better in the car, but it works pretty well.

Rear facing a child is generally safer than forward facing and children should be rear faced until at least two years old, but preferably until age 3 or 4. Their spines are better developed at that time and can better handle a crash. Many people don't think bigger children can be rear faced. My 30 month old is in the 99% for his height at most of his checkups. He was 38" at his 2 yr old checkup and 33lbs. I'm not sure how much taller he is now. He is comfortable. Most car seats seem to rear face until 35 lbs so you don't even need to buy a special car seat in most cases. We just assumed our kiddo would outgrow 35 lbs before 4 so we opted for the Radian. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) supports rear facing until 2 years old or the child outgrows the rear facing car seat. 

Our seat (linked below) will allow extended rear facing to 45 lbs:

 
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