Monday, March 21, 2011

Don't Be a Dumbass

NOTE: I'm adding this as an afterthought... I'm NOT calling people who change to forward facing early for a good reasons dumbasses. BUT if you moved your baby forward facing for no other reason then because of some arbitrary number (or worse because it's a milestone that you just can't wait for) and didn't give it any sort of thought or concern then yes I'm calling you a dumbass and asking you to reconsider.

So the AAP has finally gotten around to accepting what a lot of safety conscious mothers have already known. In a GREAT article posted on CNN.com they talk about how the MINIMUM guideline for rear facing car seats has been bumped up to 2 years old. TWO YEARS OLD, 24 months, 104 weeks. You get the idea.

Here's a video that pretty much makes it crystal clear why you should rear face as long as possible:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psmUWg7QrC8

Sorry I'm at work and can't embedded it.

Please please realize that the 2 is not some magical mystical number just like 1 wasn't (nor is 7 or 12 for boosters). It's just a guideline.

DON'T BE A DUMBASS. You have a brain use it. Every family and every kid is different you need to do what is safest for you kid. The most important part of deciding when to move from rear facing to forward facing is when your child has reached the HEIGHT AND WEIGHT MAXIMUM FOR YOUR CAR SEAT. It really has very little to do with age, because really physics doesn't care how old your child is just how much mass and how that mass is distributed. Again people, brains, we have them for a reason.

And just so I'm not called a hypocrite Lanna is still rear facing at 2 years and 7 months. She'll stay there as long as her car seat will let her.


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