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Car seat recommendations changing again. Sort of.
March 21, 2011 - Kylie Saari
So now they are saying kids need to be in rear facing car seats until they are two year old. Technically, they are saying that was always the recommendation, but people just "misunderstood" when they said the minimal time to turn a kid around is one year or 20 lbs.
For those of you who never had to deal with car seats, this is not wonderful news. The poor kiddos legs are pretzeled against the back seat already by one year old. And a recipe for a distracted driver is a wailing child you can't see or attend to.
Of course we all want our kids safe. And that kids are less likely to be injured when they are facing the back of the vehicle is true. But I am sure glad my kids are older than this. I am still reeling from the fact that my kids need to be in booster seats until they are eight years old (the countdown is on, only one month until we can dump the thing for my oldest), and can't ride in the front until 13.
An informal survey of mothers reveal a split in opinion.
A large percentage are concerned about the fact that their child won't be able to see the DVD player. Seriously? That was their concern. Others responded that their kids were rear facing until they were four and over. Again, Seriously?
I am sure we will all get used to the new guidelines, and of course, kids who have never faced forward will complain less about the arrangement than those who have to be turned back around.
What do you all think?
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