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Having two children of my own, I try to do my best to stay on top of the up and coming advice for the safety of my children. Recently stated by the American Academy of Pediatrics your childís 1st Birthday is too soon to move your children forward facing in their car seat, they are advising that your child should be rear facing in their car seats until they are 2 or until they meet the height and weight limits of their car seats. It has been said that if these requirements are met the child is less-likely to die or be injured in a crash. All laws are different in each state, but this is the recommendation by the Academy of Pediatrics.

One was always a milestone for me with my children. Itís nice to be able to see your child in the rear view mirror or for them to see what is going on in the world. As my daughter starts becoming more conversational, facing the back window doesnít help. I have a son who loves to check on his baby sister, but he is unable to right now because she is facing backwards and he canít see her. He is a great distraction at home for the most part and it would be nice to have him help occupy her while driving somewhere.

Although all of these things would make my life easier, itís a fact that the number one cause of death for kids over the age of three is traffic fatalities, and itís a significant cause of morbidity for younger children, as well. The advice that was issued references research that children under 2 are 75% less likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries in a crash if they are facing the rear. Case in Point: Children in Sweden are placed in rear-facing card seats until they reach the age of four and that country has the worldís lowest rate of fatality for children under six. Small children donít have the muscles in their neck, and their heads tend to be bigger in comparison to their bodies. If there is an accident, their head acts as a pendulum and is going to give them a forward jerk motion, putting them at risk for cervical spine injuries and trauma to their brain. If the car seat is rear facing it protects their head because itís cradled and the impact of the accident is distributed to the entire car seat and not focused on the neck.

Although my life would be easier by turning my daughter around to forward facing when she turns one, Iím going to take my chances on her feet being scrunched up against the seat and her getting frustrated that she canít see or communicate to ensure that she is safe. Itís not worth it to me to cause a life-long injury or even worse, a death, because itís easier for me.

By Anne
Anne has been with since 2004 and came to us already knowledgeable about social stationery after previous employment with a wholesale printing firm.
Anne is mom to two young children who keep her busy and dreaming of sleep. But she wouldn't have it any other way!


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Location: Muskegon, MI
Location: Good information to know!

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