Important car seat safety finding!

Merry - posted on 10/07/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/car...

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/s...

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safed...

http://www.rearfacing.co.uk/



Ok so there's alot of links up there, for USA, Canada, Britain... And the common conclusion is rear facing is THE safest way to ride in the car!



Picture an adult with whiplash, a child in the car with them could have internal decapitation.

A child's head is much bigger in proportion to their neck then it is at adulthood.

When adults get whiplash, the same crash could kill a toddler who is front facing.



http://www.joelsjourney.org/



The minimum age a child should be front facing appears to be age 2, according to all the latest research.



When your baby grows out of the infant car seat look at the convertible seats, some are as cheap as $40 on sale and some go up to $240!

The more you pay the longer your kid will be able to use it. Like the $240 one is good up until 8 years old! 80lbs and 49 inches.

The cheaper seats don't mean they're less safe, they just have less cool gadgets and won't last as long.



Many people worry about toddlers legs touching the seat.

This is NOT a problem! When you get into a crash the legs fly towards the child's chest and the knees naturally bend up to the chest. No injury has ever been reported to legs of a toddler rear facing.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKIeExpDL...





Many people think their kids are bored rear facing, but in convertible seats they have the same amount of window to look out of, just the back half instead of the front half. Besides, what they have never known won't affect them right!



Some people have concerns that their kid gets motion sickness, there's accounts of kids both

Front and rear facing having motion sickness so turning the seat around for this reason may not even help and it does risk their neck.



Some people say that their kid is strong enough or coordinated enough so their neck can handle being front facing. But the amount of muscles doesn't really matter at all, the fact is the spinal cord can only stretch so far and if it's stretched further it will snap. No amount of muscles will strengthen the spinal cord! Every baby has the same strength of spine and the fact shows that younger babies belong rear facing.



Even tall kids can rear face! There's car seats available with rearfacing height limits up to 49inches so even tsll kids can be safe!

Same for heavy kids, average convertible seat goes to 35lbs, but some go to 40 or 45lbs! And your average kid isn't 45lbs til 5 years or more.



So please, look into car seat safety, don't go with the bare minimum laws. Rear face as long as you possibly can and keep your children's spines safe!

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Jen - posted on 10/21/2011

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I know that Babies r us lets you try out car seats in your car with a valid drivers licenses. There's probably other retail stores that do it too, but babies r us is the only one I've asked so far.

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Merry - posted on 02/03/2012

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Maggie are you in Australia?

I'm in America and here we have car seats designed to fit rearfacing kids until 3-4 years old!

My son is 40 inches and 32 pounds and almost 3 years old and he is comfortable rear facing.

I know Australia has a hard time with rearfacing as their seats don't go high enough.

But please understand that there has never been a case of kids legs breaking while rearfacing. Their legs will fly forward, bending the knees and bouncing off the chest.

There is NO risk from the child's legs touching the back of the seat.

As long as the child is within the proper weight and height limits then they are safest rearfacing.



Doctors are NOT car safety technicians. And they many times have decades old advise.

Drs are trained in medical stuff, not car safety. So find a certified car seat technician and ask them. Bcause rear facing is always safer then forward facing as long as you have a seat designed for the size of your child

Merry - posted on 10/31/2011

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It's the only baby item we buy new so I figure all the money we save buying everything else used can go to getting them the best safety seat I can. I'm such a worrier I can't not do it

Jen - posted on 10/22/2011

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I've heard those are great seats both in slimness and safety, but we can't afford the price tag lol.

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011

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Oh yes! Safety first seats do have wide bases. I have the alpha omega safety first and it's so ridiculous to fit in the car cuz it's so wide! We upgraded to sunshine kids radians and they fit like a dream :)

Jen - posted on 10/21/2011

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I think I could probably fit between the 2 seats, but b/c they both have wide seats, they won't fit next to each other safely. Zachary is in an Evenflo infant seat with base and Savannah is in a Safety 1st Apex which is a very wide harnessed booster. Her old seat is an Evenflo Triumph which is also wide and we were unable to put the 2 seats next to each other with the base. Mine and my husband's car (kia spectra) are the only cars between ours and our parents' cars that we can't put the 2 seats next to each other.

Lacey - posted on 10/21/2011

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thanks laurelai! i'll have to remember that in january when we go to get her car seat.

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011

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Lacey just shop around, look at the pictures read reviews and always look for the limits for height and weight. You don't want to buy a convertible seat that only rear faces for 29 inches or something since kids get tall fast! Highest height limit and weight limits for rf are best and also pay attention to the limits for harnessing forward facing. Bst to stay harnessed as long as possible. 65lbs is good, 80is the best! But some only go to 40lbs and honestly that's pretty bad.

Ianina - posted on 10/21/2011

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The one I have, the Evenflo, fits my 5mo and it is convertible. I bought it cheap on amazon. Those ones are not as wide as the infant seats I THINK

Lacey - posted on 10/21/2011

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how much more space does a convertable seat take up than an infant seat? right now my son can't sit behind me when i'm driving because i am 6' and have VERY long legs so the seat is back pretty far. my daughter's infant seat is behind the driver's seat right now and there is NO room between her car seat and my seat. i drive a ford fusion, btw. my daughter is still in her infant seat since she's only 5 months old, but as soon as we can afford it i want to get her a convertable car seat since she'll be in it until she's 2. i just don't know if it will fit in our car since i am so tall.

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011

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No one can be sitting behind the driver seat cuz my husband is 6'4 and he needs his seat all the way back so unles I forward faced Eric no car seat fits behind the driver seat. So there's no chance I'd ff Eric for a fee more years so...

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011

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I drive a pt! Eric is rearfacing in a convertible seat and Fierna is rf in a infant seat. Both will fit rf in convertibles too. I sit behind the driver seat often and Fia is in the middle and Eric behind passinger.
I found the pt was quite spacious for car seats! Besides the latch system rocks!

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2011

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I have a Jeep Liberty. Neither child can sit in the middle safely..and I barely fit between the two seats! But they are both safe :)

Ianina - posted on 10/21/2011

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I have a PT too and let me tell you, I had to ride in the back seat with the girls many times and I fitted just fine.

Jen - posted on 10/20/2011

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I drive a PT cruiser so in order for both seats to fit, no one can ride in the middle. :( Zachary is behind the drivers seat and Savannah is on the passenger side.

Chelsea - posted on 10/18/2011

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like laura i have a rear facing toddler, kaelyn will be 3 in march and sits rear facing she is 24 pounds and 30 inches so she still has 2-4 inches before she out grows rear facing in her seat, i have to check the guidelines for her seat again, as well as maecyn rear faces and will rear face till she max's out i feel so much safer with them that way, i have a 6 passenger suv with no middle seats but i do have side curtain air bags, i know that she is already less safe not being in the middle so im glade i can provide a little more safety in the form of rear facing :)

Jen - posted on 10/08/2011

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I love Evenflo seats. We will be buying a new Triumph for Zachary soon. The one my daughter was in is now expired, but we kept it as a backup.

My daughter is almost 4 and I'm proud that she is still harnessed. Most of the children in her preschool class are in booster seats. She is in a booster, but it's a harnessed booster for up to 65lbs. I plan on having her harnessed until kindergarten or 1st grade, but still in the booster for as long as we can.

Zachary will also be rear facing and harnessed as long as possible.

Ianina - posted on 10/08/2011

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I just bought a convertible car seat for the girl. I got the EVENFLO, Tribute 5. Love it! And I can take it to the plane too. I bought it on Amazon.com for about $60 :)

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