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Monday
Sep102012

FYI: Rear Facing until 2 years 

We recently celebrated my son, Henry's, second birthday at our house and along with the balloons and cupcakes came more excitement - turning him forward facing in his car seat!  My husband and I were more excited about the change than Henry. Although he seems pleased with his new vantage point, his reaction was rather underwhelming once it came time for his first forward-facing car ride.

Two years may seem like a long time to be rear-facing, especially since we pediatricians used to recommend turning kids around in their car seats as early as their first birthday.  However, in March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed the recommendation to keep children rear facing as long as possible - at least through 2 years.   Many of you have older children who were turned around at 1 year and did just fine, so...very reasonably, we are often asked about the reasoning behind this change in recommendations.

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