UPDATED: 3/21/11 The AAP has finally added a policy that suggest children should keep their kids rear facing until age TWO. Check out the link!!
It’s pretty obvious that we put our infants in an infant car seat that faces “backwards”- or rear facing from the day we bring them home from the Hospital. But,when is the right time to turn the car seat around? Does age or weight limit make much of a difference in their safety?
The chances of a car accident are small, and we hope it will never happen to our family, but what if?
Today, instead of telling you what I do or don’t believe in, or practice in my family, I simply want to present you with a series of facts that have been taken from several different sources- all found online. It was really educational and eye opening for me, I hope it is for you too!
Clicking on the link will take you to the original article with more information.
From CarSafety.org ::
“Rear-facing as long as possible is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatricians, and can reduce injuries and deaths. Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 overall cause of death for children 14 and under.”
“Many parents and health care providers may be unaware that it is safer to leave children in rear-facing seats for as long as possible or that rear-facing seats for toddlers exist,” the paper’s authors, led by Dr. Elizabeth Watson of Meed Surgery in Woking, United Kingdom, wrote in their report. “Health care professionals should advise that rear facing seats are safer than forward facing seats for children aged under 4 years.”Child safety experts overwhelmingly applauded the recommendation.
“A child is 5.53 times safer during their second year of life in a rear-facing car seat versus a forward-facing one,” said Dr. Joseph O’Neil, a pediatrician at Riley Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis”
From CPSafety.com ::
“It is strongly recommended that all children stay rear-facing beyond the minimum requirements of 1 year and 20 lbs. Children should not be turned forward-facing until they reach the maximum rear-facing limits of a convertible seat (that allows rear-facing to at least 30 lbs). These limits are either the maximum rear-facing weight limit or when the top of their head is within one inch of the top of the seat shell, whichever comes first. While most parents are aware that they must keep their children rear-facing “until they are AT LEAST 1 year old AND 20 lbs”, very few are told that there are significant safety benefits when a child remains rear-facing as long as the seat allows. For most children, rear-facing can and should continue well into the second year of life”
Many parents have the misconception that children are uncomfortable or at risk for leg injury by having their legs up on the vehicle seat or bent when kept rear-facing. These concepts are completely incorrect.”
How do you feel about this issue? What does your family do?