People who know me well know I tend to play by the rules, and this is certainly true of many of my parenting choices thus far. A few months ago, when we decided to get Lauren a bigger carseat to accommodate for the fluffy coats winter required, we discovered some children health experts recommended keeping toddlers in rear-facing seats longer than the rule of thumb of one year. We knew we wanted to invest in a seat that she could stay in for a while, but also that had the ability to be position rear-facing.
The one we settled on allows Lauren to stay rear-facing until she is 35 pounds, which should comfortably get us through her second year of life, barring some unexpected, unusual growth spurt.
While I'm somewhat sad that I have to wait to see my little one's face in the rearview mirror, it's better that she's in the safest possible position. I'll also probably do a better job keeping my eyes on the road if I'm not exchanging funny faces with her.
What are your thoughts on the new guidelines? You can read them here.