I’ve always put my children in a car seat. From the moment we left the hospital until their feet can touch the floor. My daughter was in a car seat up until her 8th birthday and my boys are still in car seats. The other day I was driving in the city and it made me sick to my stomach to see a mom with two small children jumping around the back seat not even seat belted in let alone have a car seat for them. That’s a totally different issue all together but what I’d like to focus on is rear facing versus front facing car seats and what age should you use them. This issue has been a debated issue for several years.
Up until the age of 2 yrs old my children have sat rear faced in the car. I shared my thoughts and views on car seat safety in the past and the type of car seat we use is our Evenflo carseat review. I usually will put up a mirror for them to look at themselves or so I can see them with the reflection of my mirror. Usually there’s some kind of toy or flashing blinky lights for them to play with that is attached to keep them occupied. I think it’s the law here in the U.S to have children facing rear until the age of 2 or reaching a certain weight. I would never do otherwise regardless. I was looking at a info graphic on rear facing car seat and reading up on a few facts and seen that in the U.K they have common practice to put the child in a front facing position after the age of 18 months to four years old. A few years ago I remember reading a blog post about a little boy who was front facing at the age of two. He was involved in a car accident that the car had stopped suddenly and it dislocated his neck and spine leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his life. I think sometimes parents don’t realize how things like this can happen and that their little necks just are not strong enough to sustain this type of impact. When facing rear and a car stops suddenly they are protected by the back of the car seat that they are sitting.
It’s not up to us as parents to use or best judgement if a child should be turned front facing. The fact is that tons of studies were done to show that our children are just more safe in a car seat properly secured in the back seat facing rear or facing front at the appropriate age but they do need to be in the backseat in a car seat regardless of age, weight, and height. We need to help manufacturers spread the word and the safety of car seats in the U.S, Canada and the U.K. so we can keep our children safe around the world.
Have you always used a car seat for your children? What age did you turn them front facing?
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