November 5, 2010

What to consider when positioning carseats for toddlers

This seems to come as a shock to many parents who have always been told that as soon as your child starts growing to turn them front facing.  PLEASE share t his with all the parents you know, together we can help spread the word to keep all the kids the safest they can be.

"Lori O’Keefe
CorrespondentNew research indicates that toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear-facing in a car safety seat up to their second birthday. Following are some safety tips forcar seat use:
All infants should ride rear-facing in either an infant carseat or convertible seat.
If an infant car seat is used, the infant should be switchedto a rear-facing convertible car seat once the maximumheight (when the infant’s head is within 1 inch of the top of the seat) and weight (usually 22 pounds to 32 pounds) have been reached for that infant seat as suggested by the car seat manufacturer.
Toddlers should remain rear-facing in a convertible car seat until they have reached the maximum height and weight recommended for the model, or at least the age of 2."

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