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New Car Seat Recommendations/Guidelines

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I know it's a bit early to be thinking about this but a friend of mind just posted this on FB...it was a good read.

 

The AAP is now recommending that kids stay rear facing until the age of 2 or until they meet the height/weight requirements for a rear facing seat. 

 

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/21/car.seat.guidelines.parenting/index.html?iphonefb

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Our pediatrician has been telling us this for I it seems like a year now so I was kind of surprised to see it on CNN now.  In fact I think if I asked her about it again she would probably recommend DD who is 2 to stay rear-facing until the max limit of the car seat (35 lbs? on mine). 

 

Just the other day I found out a family friend is putting her 2 year old weighing 30 lbs, who btw has already been forward facing for months now, in a booster seat.  yikes.gif Our state recommends a booster seat when kids turn FOUR.  I'm horrified!

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In WA it's 1yr & 20lbs. :(  DS is still RF'ing and will be forever since his seat RF's to 45lbs 2whistle.gif
 

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Our pediatrician has been telling us this for I it seems like a year now so I was kind of surprised to see it on CNN now.  In fact I think if I asked her about it again she would probably recommend DD who is 2 to stay rear-facing until the max limit of the car seat (35 lbs? on mine). 

 

Just the other day I found out a family friend is putting her 2 year old weighing 30 lbs, who btw has already been forward facing for months now, in a booster seat.  yikes.gif Our state recommends a booster seat when kids turn FOUR.  I'm horrified!

First off Super thumb.gifto your pedi!  mine has a DD who is a couple weeks older than my DS and she'd turned her at a year and it was me begging her not to.  She chuckled when I told her I planned to ERF like how could you get a toddler to do that.  Uh... you get a toddler to do what you want because you're the parent and it's what's safest. 

Second your friend is  wild.gif.  Id gently pass along this kind of information to her.  it's 5 times safer for a 2yo to be RF'ing than FFing. 

Have her visit http://car-seat.org.  our WA website, and where I learned to be a CPST, is BUCKLUP.org
There's also a printable flyer on Twinkie Physics and how it relates to wearing a seatbelt. Plus there are lots of checklists on how to know if your child is able to be in a booster. 
I know I'm preaching to the choir but my heart breaks when I hear about/see stuff like that. 

 

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