Original Post: Don’t turn your baby around at 12 months. Watch this short video and you’ll realize why you should keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. Facing the rear is 5 times safer than facing front! Instead of turning your baby around at 12 months, get a rear facing or convertible car seat and keep your toddler safe. Many convertible car seats permit children to ride rear facing until 35 lbs. which is a tremendous difference in safety.