Now that Caroline is a big one year old and FINALLY outgrew her infant seat, it was time to install her new "big girl" car seat. Here is Caroline in her infant seat for the first time when she was 3 days old:
Here is Caroline in her last ride in the infant seat at 12 1/2 months old:
I don't trust myself or Matt to install these complicated seats correctly. So I headed up to Presby Plano to have the new seat installed by people who knew what they were doing (they have "safety" seminars every couple of weeks where they will help parents put car seats in correctly). I was so excited Caroline would finally get to face forward. But the people at the hospital told me it's really not safe for babies to face forward now until they are TWO years old, weigh more than 30 pounds, OR come within an inch of the height of the seat. What?!? I couldn't believe it. I had always heard that forward facing is okay as long as your child is one year old and 20 pounds (which Caroline is). I kind of argued with the people for awhile because I really wanted Caroline to be forward facing. But then they mentioned something about "internal decapitation", whatever that is, and I quickly shut up and let them install the seat the way they wanted. So now Caroline is still rear facing but her legs are all scrunched up and she seems so uncomfortable (as evidenced by the picture below).
When I mentioned Caroline's legs, they quickly responded "well, you can fix broken legs but you can't fix internal decapitation" (there was that awful term again). So my question to you other moms out there is: have you guys heard about these new car seat rules or were the people at Presby just being extreme?? I had them show me how to put the seat in forward facing and I'm tempted to just change it since Caroline doesn't really fit in the rear facing position anymore. However, I'm not an expert in car seat safety and the people at Presby are. And of course I don't want to do anything that is more dangerous to Caroline in a car accident. Any input is appreciated!!!