Most parents look forward to the time when they can flip that car seat around and allow their toddler to ride in a car the 'normal' way.... facing forward. How nice it is to actually be able to see what your child is doing. They can stretch thier legs out. They can see out the window. They are growing up! Well, as of April of 2011, some startling statistics have been published. It's surely making me rethink things......
When I took my son for his one year well-check, his pediatricain mentioned that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children remain rear-facing in their car seat until the age of two. I made note of what she said and of course, I felt it necessary to take the advice and follow it. I was quite surprised though, because my little guy is losing leg room by the week, and the poor guy is probably just ready to see the world like his big brother and sister. As a month or so passed, I noticed a few other kids my son's age riding forward in their car seats. This has prompted me to read up on this new suggestion by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Keep in mind, at this point , keeping kids rear-facing in their car seat is simply a suggestion, although it is my guess at some point it may become law. After doing my own research, I think my little Huddie will remain rear-facing for some time to come.
So, just how safe is it to just leave your child facing the rear? or Maybe I should say, "What is the risk to your child by turning their car seat around before the age of two?" Ever heard that a picture is worth a thousand words? Check this out:
|Courtesy of University of Michigan Child Passenger Protection |
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Children should transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat with a harness, until they reach the maximum weight or height for that seat. (most people turn their child around at the minimum requirement of 20 pounds or age 1)
Toddlers are up to five times safer if they remain rear-facing until age two.
By the way, only 5% of impacts invloving kids are rear end impacts.
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