Lots of mommies “flipped out” this week when the American Academy of Pediatrics released their new guidelines for toddlers and car seat positioning. I was one of them. This change is drastic and the repercussions are nothing short of frustrating. Backwards seating for toddlers means a truly twisted experience for handing out snacks during a family road trip. The new guidelines mean the family minivan loaded with that awesome entertainment system will be almost useless during the terrible twos. The guides means less leg room for your growing tot and they mean another few hours spent shifting seats and shoving your hands into those latch systems . . . .
As frustrating as these changes are, they are necessary. A tremendous amount of research has gone into these guides. The changes are important and can, and will, save lives. Please take the time to educate yourself on the guidelines and reasons the changes are vital.
The 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention showed that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are riding rear-facing. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 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.
Read these guides and educate yourself on the changes. They may open your eyes to what is smart and safe for your children!
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