Another thing that has changed over the years here in the United States is the usage of rear-facing car seats. Yes, we can turn them around at 1 year old or 20 pounds, but many, many parents, including myself, choose not to do so until much later. In fact, in the Nordics, children must remain in rear-facing car seats until 4 years of age. Since 2002 the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended rear-facing car seats for children until they reach the weight limit suggested. Only then should a child be switched to front-facing seats. Why? Because rear-facing seats are five times safer for children in the event of a car crash!
|Safe & asleep in his rear-facing car seat!|
It is time to not only educate parents and retailers on the safety features rear-facing car seats offer babies and children, but it is also time to address the issue of the rear-facing car seat availability in the UK. This is exactly what Motors.co.uk intends to do with their Rear Facing Campaign: http://rearfacing.motors.co.uk/. Any parent would choose an item that is guaranteed to keep baby safer, right? If more stores carried the rear-facing car seats, more parents would immediately be aware of them. It's really a win-win situation.
What's your opinion about rear-facing car seats? I'd love to hear it!