If you are new to the idea of extended rear facing – I can imagine that one of your worries is your child’s legs. This is one of the most common fears, so you are not alone. However, I am happy to tell you that you have absolutely nothing at all to worry about!
You see, children’s legs are not in any danger when being rear facing. They are not uncomfortable, they are not going to break them (there are no known cases of a child breaking legs rear facing due to them being rear facing!).
Rear facing children are very comfortable
Children are not like us, adults. We might look at how a child chooses to sit, be it on the floor while playing, on the sofa, or in the car seat – and we put ourselves in their position and believe that they must be very uncomfortable. Or – we think it’s amazing how they can possibly be comfortable with their legs “like that”.
The fact of the matter is that children and babies are very ‘bendy’. The skeleton is still largely made of cartilage. In fact, we are born with over 270 bones in our body – and through our childhood, this number slowly decreases until finally, when we have reached adulthood, we are left with 206 bones.
So now you understand why we can not compare ourselves to our ‘bendy’ children.
Turning forward facing is not the answer
If you are worried about your child’s legs, turning the car seat forward facing is definitely not the answer.
The most important reason is that your child is then far less safe than he was when rear facing. And secondly, it’s useful for you as a parent to know that the 2nd most common injury in forward facing children – is broken legs and lower