Krista - posted on 04/22/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new guidelines today.

New Rear-facing Recommendation: Parents are to keep children rear-facing until 2 years old, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for the seat as noted in the manual.

New Boostering Recommendation: Children should ride in a belt-positioning booster (that means a high-back!) until they are at least 4 foot, 9 inches, AND 8-12 years old.


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Jacob is almost ready for a booster and I'm getting him one that can be used with a harness or just the seat belt. I don't yet trust him to stay in his seat. Plus, it just feels safer to have him harnessed in. He may be getting big, but he's still little enough that he would fly out from under just a seat belt or be injured worse than in a harness. I like the rear facing guidelines now. If not for peer pressure, I probably would have left Jacob rear facing longer (up til 2yo). And for anyone who will argue that their child(ren) has long legs and are too scrunched up rear facing? I took a child seat safety course and the instructor said something that stuck with me. He said that a child scrunched (like with legs crossed) in a rear facing position may end up with a broken leg if in an accident, but it's better than the possibility of a broken neck (and other injuries worse than a broken leg) from facing forward.

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