Monday, September 19, 2011

Easier but a bad idea

The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should stay in rear-facing car seats until they are 2 years old.

The Univ of Mich did a look-see and found that 73% of parents in their sample turned the kid around before that age. About a third turned them around before age 1.

Rear-facing is five times safer for toddlers. In a crash, the child’s back spreads out the force if the baby is facing the rear. If he or she is facing forward, the force goes along the straps.

Almost ¾ of the parents got info on when to switch the child from the instruction manual—which says 20 lbs. BUT—this does not mean change to forward facing—it means get a convertible seat that faces either way.

If you are short on funds, forget the infant seat and go straight to convertible, which can be used as the child gets older.

I have also seen commercials for a seat for kids up to 4 feet tall.

Yes, it’e easier to put in a pacifier or make faces at a fussy baby if the child is facing forward—but resist the temptation.

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