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AAP's new car seat guidelines change rear facing & booster rules

Posted by on Jun. 21, 2013 at 2:57 AM
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Everything you thought you knew about car seats is wrong. Okay, not everything, but things have changed and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new guidelines today. And it's big news! The recommendation is that children rear face longer and they also changed the details for kids in boosters. 
It was believed that 1 year and 20 pounds was the benchmark for forward facing babies in car seats, despite evidence elsewhere that that was still dangerously early. Now, hopefully, with new guidelines, parents and doctors can get on board and spread the word about the safest practices for children. Here are the details.


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.


Safe Kids agrees. Two years is a goal easily met, considering even some of the lowest cost seats now rear-face until 40 pounds. When your baby outgrows their infant carrier, that is when you buy aconvertible seat that rear-faces longer, not a forward-facing seat, which you can put upright up to 30 degrees when kids are bigger with better head control, often making them take up less space than infant seats. 


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.


Jennifer Hoekstra, the Safe Kids Program Coordinator at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, shared:
In working with parents, we educate them beyond the law and share with them the best practice for keeping their child safe. We strongly agree with the new AAP policy and support the extended rear-facing limits as well as the new booster seat advice. 


It's best to keep children in their harnessed seat until they outgrow it, which is into elementary years with the height and weight of most convertible seats and even harness-to-booster seats these days. But they will outgrow it and go into a booster, and eventually they need to meet all points in a 5-point test before they're ready to sit in a car's seat without a booster of any kind. Remember that these belts are designed to fit an average adult. Best practice is also waiting until children are 80-100 pounds as well.


Beyond that, all kids need to stay out of the front until they're at least 13 years old.


While 2 years or 8 years may now be the minimums, we don't parent by minimums, do we?Buying a high quality (not necessarily high cost!) seat to start, after you do all your research to choose the best seat for your child, can easily help you meet these recommendations.


Make sure you're using the car seats correctly, too. There's a lot of intricacies for both harnessed seats and boosters. When in doubt, find a Safe Kids inspection station or event and get checked out by a tech. And hopefully more and more pediatricians, with these new recommendations, will be on board as well, and we can maybe put an end to vehicle related-injuries being the number one cause of death in kids ages 2-14.

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/aaps-new-car-seat-guidelines-change-rear-facing-booster-rules-2466904.html

I'm so glad to see this! Awesome :) 

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"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." -- Mother Teresa

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jllcali
by Jane on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:01 AM
Bump
paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:31 AM
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clappinggood

bannannagirl
by Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:34 AM
Now if states would follow suit with laws.
canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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I didn't think these were new, I thought they were already the recommendations.
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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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 They better start making some bigger car seats.

 

Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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They already do. The seat m son is in is a convertible that rf until 40lbs and ff until 65lbs. Graco makes an infant carrier that can hold 35lbs. And if you wish to extended harness you can get a Britax harness booster that works for kids up to 90lbs.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They better start making some bigger car seats.


 

mjande4
by on Jun. 21, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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Yawn . . .  I'll just continue tying them to the roof.  It's worked for the past decade.  Besides the "rules" will change again in a month or so.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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Makes me glad my kids are way past the age of car seats. I agree with YSK. They better go back to making bigger cars to accomodate longer use of them too. Booster seat until age 12,  they keep raising it and they'll have kids in booster seats until they're adults.

jeweldragons
by on Jun. 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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Pretty soon they'll be like 'all people under 5'6" will have to be in booster seats even if they're adults'. Until they start punishing you for these people aren't going to give a fuck and start rear facing their kids until 2 years old.
yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

They already do. The seat m son is in is a convertible that rf until 40lbs and ff until 65lbs. Graco makes an infant carrier that can hold 35lbs. And if you wish to extended harness you can get a Britax harness booster that works for kids up to 90lbs.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They better start making some bigger car seats.


 

 I had no problem with the pounds they would hold.  My problem was with the length. 

My boys didn't like reclining with their legs sticking up for hours on end.  Our frequent trips were hard on them and me.  They were much happier when we switched to front facing.

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