Moms Talk: What Do You Think of the New Car Seat Recommendations?
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations that children younger than 2 remain in rear-facing car seats and children younger than 8 should remain in booster seats.
This week, news organizations all over the country reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics new recommendations for children and car seats.
The new recommendations say children younger than 2 should remain rear-facing car seats and children should remain in booster seats until at least 8 years old.
The new policy was published online March 21 and quickly spread across the country, sparking much discussion among parents.
“Parents often look forward to transitioning from one stage to the next, but these transitions should generally be delayed until they’re necessary, when the child fully outgrows the limits for his or her current stage,” Dr. Dennis Durbin, the lead author of the policy statement and accompanying technical report, said in the news release from the academy.
“A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body."
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 4 and younger, the academy reported. Buckling children into rear-facing seats cuts their risk of dying or being severely injured in a crash by 75 percent, according to a 2007 study published in the journal, Injury Prevention.
So what do you say, moms? How do you convince your anxious-to-see-the-world toddler to face backward? Will you adhere by these rules even if they're not required by law? How do you convince your school-age children to remain in booster seats?