I’ve been sharing this message with families for several years now, but the rear-facing movement has finally taken root with a strong statement from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Babies should sit rear-facing until they no longer meet the height and weight requirements of the seat’s manufacturer. Many convertible car seats are designed to be used rear-facing up to 35 lbs and some go even higher than that! For many kiddos, that means they can safely sit RF until 3+ years old.
I’ve heard all the excuses in the book about why parents don’t want to keep their kids RF. Not a single one of those excuses is worth the life of a child. I know it can be tough, but there are ways to make RF not only manageable but completely comfortable and hassle-free. Check out this video and pay close attention to the side by side crash test of forward facing vs rear facing. Also note all the happy, big kids in their RF seats!
We all want the best for our kids, so protect them by keeping them rear-facing. No more excuses. Your baby’s life is too precious to risk. If you need more information or want to learn how to make RF a more pleasant experience, please call today.
Best wishes for happy, healthy babies,