Laura Zoey - posted on 05/02/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )
As our babies are approaching the one year mark, and many are around 20pounds already I want to take the time to spread the news about the new American academy of pediatrics recommendation for all babies and toddlers to ride rear facing in the car.
The reason the recommendation has changed is there is more evidence that front facing a one year old can end to their untimely death in the event of a crash. Rearfacing is 5 times safer!
Once your baby outgrows their infant seat you should buy a convertible seat that rearfaces as well as front faces and then use this seat until your child outgrows it by either height or weight.
Hopefully at least two years, but depending on the seat up to 4-5 years!
So jump on the new extended rearfacing bandwagon and do some research of your own! Look at the rash tests and see how the dummies fare both rear facing and front facing. This will be quite convincing if your on the fence!
Here's a link to the new aap recommendation. The laws haven't changed as of yet, but I hope they will follow suit and soon the law will be two years minimum!
Thanks mamas, and I hope you are enjoying the may 20011 babies group!