Turning Tots Around

What are your thoughts on new guidelines about how long toddlers should remain in rear-facing seats in cars?

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.




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  • by Sandra Location: Washington County on Apr 29, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    I'm against it as far as it being made a law. Both of my kids were to long to stay in the rear for the year and had to be turned around at only 9 and 10 months. But if a child can comfortably stay longer then that is good also. It just depends on the childs size!

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