Mar 222011

I’m not one to impose my views on others, I feel that everyone has the right to do their own research and make their own decisions so what I’m sharing is my own opinion. I encourage everyone to do the research and make a choice for yourself…

That said, what are your thoughts on the new AAP guidelines to put kids rear facing until two (or the limit of their carseat)?

Personally we’d planned all along to keep Noah rear facing as long as possible. When we bought his big boy car seats, we bought the ones that would carry him up to 40lbs rear facing (Britax Boulevard 70 CS). I’d watched the videos of the crash tests and was horrified! Nothing like making an already paranoid parent even more so by showing them that (just search on youtube, there are plenty of examples). Never the less, it’s better to be educated and know the facts, no matter how horrifying (at least for me…not everyone is like that).

Now realize, the statement from the AAP is a “recommendation” or “guideline”. These are the same people that recommend you breastfeed for at least a year and don’t start solids until 6 months. Obviously not everyone follows that (we didn’t). The point is, no one can tell you what is right for your family – you need to come to that all on your own. Every situation is different.

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  6 Responses to “Stirring the pot…rear facing or front facing?”

  1. We definitely plan to rear face for some time to come. Shelby doesn’t mind it, fortunately, and I’d much rather have her in a safer position.

  2. Also planning to rear-face as long as possible. I am glad to hear the AAP changed it’s recommendation because I hope it helps bring about a cultural shift in car seating. I am convinced it is safer from all that I have read.

  3. We plan to rear-face for as long as possible. Her pediatrician actually recommended turning her around, but I just feel WAY more comfortable rear-facing. We get a TON of flack from our family (lots of kids, and no one else did extended rear-facing), but oh well…

  4. I bought both the infant and the convertible car seats that had the highest weight for rear-facing… and then we turned her forward after one year because it made everyone happier. I do worry sometimes, perhaps if we took a car trip, I’ll reverse her…

  5. We had planned to keep Lauren RR as long as possible but now it’s not even and issue for us because she doesn’t weigh enough to FF even if we wanted to.

  6. I am so glad they are changing their recommendations. Hopefully laws will change as well. Kailyn (5 years, 3 months) rear-faced until almost 3 and is currently in a five-point harness that goes to 65 lbs. I don’t think she will be in it that long but I also don’t see her in a booster anytime soon. Tyler (27 months) is still rear facing too.

    I hope this will encourage further education about the benefits of extended car seat use.

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