Less than 3 years ago I had 2 different pediatricians argue with me strenuously on this topic. The first insisted that I needed to turn my 19.5 pound 12 month old around to front facing. Then 3 months later a different pediatrician had the same argument with me about my then 20 pound 15 month old. Both insisted that I was endangering my child by having them rear facing at that age. Obviously, these pediatricians were wrong (and I faxed them a copy of the AAP recommendations highlighting the part about keeping kids rear facing as long as they fit and didn't exceed the weight limits of their car). My point is simply that "prevailing wisdom" has shifted over the course of a few years. I don't thing it's necessary to vilify people for following recommendations they may have been given by their pediatrician, or others, with the best of intentions. For goodness sake at least the kid is in a car seat! Any idea how many are not at almost 2??? Many.
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11/8/09 at 10:57am