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    forward facing car seat

    hi,

    my baby hates being in the car and facing only the backseat. she starts crying as soon as she can't see me or my husband anymore. we've tried everything, toys, music, mirrors but nothing works. she is only five month now but i would love to put her in a forward facing car seat asap. does anyone know when it is safe to put her in one?
    thanks

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    Sorry to hear you having a hard time of it.

    My understanding is that it is about bub's neck and if it is strong enough. I think they recommend not before 6 months.

    Can you hire a baby capsule? I think they can see you from in one of those?

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    don't they have to be placed rear facing as well?

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    We had the same issue and changed it at 5.5 months to a forward facing, Britax fixed car seat (it had a lay back function that put her nearly horizontal when she slept).

    She was a big baby for her age though and had a strong neck - generally the guide is 6 months, some people even keep it back facing up to a year. She immediately loved facing forward, looking out the window etc. and now is a great traveller!

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    Why don't one of you sit in the back with her??

    Cheap, simple and safe solution.

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    we do, but i there's not always two of us. usually i take her out in the car by myself.

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    perhaps try putting a mirror somewhere so she can see you from her her carseat. do you toys for her to keep herself occupied?

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    We had the same problem with our daughter who screamed throughout the journey and only occasionally comforted if the road was a bit bumpy (crying again if we stopped at lights etc).

    Made any journey more than 15 mins quite stressful.

    I think forward facing seats are generally recommended for babies who are 9kg or 12 m/o. We put our little one in one at 9 m/o as her neck was strong and that pretty much fixed the problem.

    Not sure what else you can do other than drive during nap times (so the car rocks her to sleep) for a few months or so...

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