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New information from the American Association of Pediatrics - Rear facing carseats

A friend just passed on the news that the AAP is now recommending that a child should be in a rear facing car seat until at least the age of 2. All the research that has been done states that this is the safest thing to do. If you Google for info, most sites say that a child should be 20 pounds and/or 1 year of age....Anyone else have any info on this?

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Asked by emnasmom at 1:57 PM on Jul. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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    Answer by K_Sawyer at 1:59 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • So... I don't know if you wanted that article. :[
    But my pediatrician did recommend to switch our son to a convertible because booster seats are a tad too big - and sometimes, their weight limit is considerably higher than when your son "graduates" from his infant seat like mine was.
    He didn't reach the weight limit, but definitely the height. He was all scrunched up in the fetal position... heh.
    I actually was going to be a convertible when my son was born, but he was born extremely premature so we didn't have that opportunity. Nowadays, the convertible car seats are excellently designed.

    Answer by K_Sawyer at 2:01 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • Its a law that an infant has to be 1 year and 20 lbs before being switched to forward facing. What's the law, and what's the safest isn't always the same. It will take time to get laws more in line with what the AAP considers the safest.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 2:04 PM on Jul. 20, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:17 PM on Jul. 20, 2009


    you should also join the car seat safety group on here

    Answer by jus1jess at 2:18 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • I agree with all the ladies above, 1 and 20 is the minimum age by law and carseat manfacturers our children are not minimums, RFing to the MAXIMUMS of our carseats which can be 40lbs and 50 inches is what is BEST for every child...all parents may not want to do it, but it is what is BEST. Theres lots of thinks parents don't want to do but its the best...why make their safety one of them.

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 2:50 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • As the others have said the law is 1 year AND 20 lbs, but the law isn't always what is safest. My kids were RF until they hit the height limit on their convertible seats (46 inches on mine). They are light weights and hit the height first. They were both around 22 months old then. I purposely buy car seats with the highest height and weight (height more so since my kids are tall and skinny) that I can afford and keep them in those seats until they outgrow them. My 4 year old JUST grew out of his 5 point harness and started using the same seat as a belt positioning booster. Law says I could have started with the belt at 3 years old. DH didn't like this as it is easier to put him in the belt positioning booster, but I wasn't budging on my son's safety!

    Answer by aeneva at 3:22 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • The law only says they have to be 1 year and 20 pounds to turn around...not that you HAVE to at that age and weight. Keeping your child rear facing is what is proven to be the safest. You know, in other countries, they don't even think to turn their babies around so early, and they have a significantly lower rate of child deaths in car accidents.

    It's silly, and preposterous to not keep your baby as safe as possible. It's our job to do exactly that!

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 2:53 AM on Jul. 21, 2009

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