Wednesday, April 30, 2008
the importance of rear facing
Since Gracie has turned one we have been asked numerous times when we are going to turn her forward facing in her car seat. Well first off, she was barely 19lbs at her one year appointment, so for that reason alone we have kept her rear facing. But I have also been doing a lot of research on the benefits of extended rear facing and am convinced that this is the safest option for Gracie. In fact the AAP recommends leaving your child rear facing until the limits of the car seat (our car seat can rear face until 33 lbs).
What is surprising to most moms is that the benefit of turning your little one forward facing has nothing to do with what they weigh. A lot of moms think because they have a "big" one year old, that its safer to turn them around, which is not really true. It has way more to do with how the spinal cord has fused, which develops with age, not weight, meaning Charlie at 26lbs and 1 year was no safer being forward facing then Gracie at 19lbs and 1 year.
Another, non safety related reason I am keeping Gracie rear facing is she is totally entertained by Charlie since he is forward facing (but still harnessed). They sing and talk to each other. He hands her toys and her paci. It works really well for us!
I read an awesome article that goes into more depth on all of this here.
Lastly I will leave you with a video that really convinced me that Gracie will not be forward facing anytime soon! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about all this, has it changed your thoughts on the subject at all?
Forward Facing Crash Test
Rear Facing Crash Test