We've been keeping Donovan's car seat rear-facing so far. After reading up on how much safer it is, it became clear to both Zach and I that we really wanted to make sure D stayed rear-facing till he was at least 2yrs old, if not longer.
Over the past couple months I've noticed a funny thing. We have a surprisingly high number of kids about D's age on our street that we've met recently, and I started looking at their cars and noticing that they all had their kids facing forwards. And I'd see other kids about his age elsewhere, and notice them facing forwards. Combine this with the fact that it's been getting a bit more tricky to get him into the car seat when facing backwards (and that he's started using the seat in front of him to push off when he doesn't want to be buckled in), and I've started thinking maybe we'd turn him around at his second birthday (February).
It's scary how easy it is to succumb to what "everyone else is doing."
Last night I mentioned to Zach how I was thinking we could turn him around at his birthday. He did not agree. So I did some more research (um, a 2 minute google search) and quickly found several sources, including the AAP, all strongly suggesting keeping young children rear-facing as long as possible (a few even addressing the rumor that extended rear-facing will mean higher risk of breaking a child's legs in a crash-- apparently there are no documented cases of this happening, ever). I even found a photo gallery of kids 1-2 years and older in their rear-facing car seats. I think it's what I needed to strengthen my resolve.
Luckily, D's car seat is big enough so he has plenty of room still. His feet are touching the seat in front of him now, but he doesn't look uncomfortable at all. He's WAY under the weight limit (he's 25lb, the limit on his seat is 35lb) and he still has plenty of room height-wise, too.
So, yeah. I think we're gonna keep on keepin' on with the rear-facing.