Sunday, August 21, 2011


Poor Chloe has to be turned to face the rear of the car again. I thought I was doing good since the American Academy of Pediatrics only recently updated their recommendation to keep infants rear-facing from 1 year to 2 years. I know some people who balked or complained about this but...gosh darnit...I was going to wait until Chloe (almost) turned 2! But my sister-in-law recently sent me a link to a video that made me think twice. I did a little bit of reading and am convinced that it's safer to leave Chloe facing the rear for now...maybe another year or two.

This webpage shows a computer animated video of the difference between what happens in a collision when a child is rear-facing vs. forward facing. The first thing I noticed was how loosely the straps and car seat seemed to be attached but the point is still well taken. The force of the collision is more spread out on the child's body when they're rear-facing making them less likely to have a head, neck, or spinal injury.

This video shows lots of kids a lot older than Chloe facing rear and they talk about the practices in Sweden - children stay rear-facing until age 4!

This Swedish website discusses the "Swedish approach" and states that, "Traffic accidents in USA are for example the number one cause of death among young children....We [Swedes] follow our own advice and our fatality rate for children age 0-6 years in traffic accidents is basically zero each year."

From the AAP :"All infants and toddlers should ride in aRear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer." I wasn't aware of the part about " or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed..."
More test and scientific data why rear-facing is safer.

I rescind my initial comment. Not 'poor Chloe.' 'Lucky Chloe.'


Holbergs said...

Awe...Yes, Lucky Chloe, but still...
Poor Chloe...

carol anne said...

We are switching Mikey back too!

I was a little freaked out by it all -- I am a little crazy when it comes to carseat safety. Paige was rear facing in her infant seat until she was 17 months old. People teased me about it, but she wasn't 20 lbs until then. I am even the one who gets upset when people post pictures of their kids in carseats where the strap isn't tight enough (not you)
We were in a fender bender when the big two were "big" enough not to be in boosters, but I still had them in them to make the seat belt fit properly -- so glad! Now they recommend that age/size be in a booster. (I'd make Paige be in one, but he b**t is too wide)

Oh and I switched DJ, Kelly and Mikey when their legs were squished -- but they say that there has never been a case where a baby broke his leg in a crash. Wish I had known that before.

Megan B ♥ said...

Oh, bummer! The only thing I wonder about sometimes is.... what about when you are rear-ended at a stop light?? If the idiot isn't you, but is someone else, wouldn't it be better to be forward facing? Something I've wondered. I don't have to worry about it quite yet since my almsot three year old is still under twenty pounds...