Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The New Standard in Car Seat Recommendations

Your child is 11 months old and weighing in at 20 lbs.  One more month to go before you can turn his beloved car seat around!  You've been waiting for months.  You little one is just getting so sick of not being able to look out the front window and see his mama driving and you just honestly want a peaceful ride.  But, wait.  You overhear some other mothers discussing keeping their child rear facing way after their first birthday and you think, "why in God's name?"  I know that's what I first thought, but then I did the research.

Unfortunately, when I began to scour the internet for safety issues and reasons for keeping a toddler rear facing I was faced with a harsh reality.  There have been way too many accidents that could have been prevented if the car seat was never turned forward.  Unfortunately, it took one too many of these videos for me to finally get the point.  I won't post any videos because I don't think I can bare to watch another grieving parent or grandparent, but I can post some words from knowledgeable doctors hoping to help you understand.

There is evidence behind this new standard and I think a Daily Mail article said it best. "Unlike forward-facing seats, rear-facing ones keep the head, neck and spine fully aligned so the crash forces are distributed over all of these body areas, say the doctors." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1192448/Use-rear-facing-car-seats-age-4-warn-experts.html#ixzz0gPqMeQWF

1 comment:

  1. What an important and poignant post!

    Following from FF. Thanks for stopping by :D


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