how long for rear facing car seats?

Nadia - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi last week i went to plunket and got bubby checked she is 5 months 13pound

anyway the nurse said i have to keep her rear facing for a year not 6months anyone know why??

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Nadia - posted on 01/28/2009

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Ok thankyou for your help everyone it is just weird because i have hired a car seat out from plunket and they only hire it out for 6months so i dont know why they only hire it out for 6 months then

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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Erica and Danielle are both correct. The longer you can keep them rear facing for the better. The most important thing to take into consideration though is height and weight. The maximums for these should be in the instructions for the car seats as they differ between makes models.

Danielle - posted on 01/27/2009

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Erica is correct, but one more reason is their little brains aren't yet attached to the inside of the head yet. Just as in shaking baby syndrome if you stop abruptly or hit something the baby's brain is going to continue moving until it is stopped (which is when it hits the inside of the skull). This gives your baby the potential of a brain injury.

Erica - posted on 01/27/2009

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The reason why they need to be rear facing is because of the impact when you get in an car accident. At that age 5 months they arenot strong enough and there neck could snap. The muscles are not developed enough. Just think when you hit something in your car and you are front facing how does your body go?? It wipps forward, but if you are rear facing you are going with the impact of the accident. My doctor says the longer you keep them rear facing the better. It just gives your baby's muscles enough to get STRONG!

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hi there, my name is Dee. im not sure why but 9 months is ambulance protocol, but we changed our sons at 8 mths

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