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Subject:car seats
Time:04:11 am
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Keep your toddler in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 (not 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRP7ynNI8mI

"Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and most other car seat safety advocates already recommend keeping baby rear-facing until he or she reaches the limits of the car seat, AAP may soon upgrade their minimum "1 year and 20 pounds" recommendation to two full years of rear-facing if possible. A recent AAP News release preps parents for the potential change, which is based on new research that shows toddlers are more than five times safer if they remain rear-facing until age two."

http://babyproducts.about.com/od/carseats/qt/rear_facing.htm

Also from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/12-a
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aisling78
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Time:2009-06-03 12:38 pm (UTC)
Would it be OK for me to repost this on my blog? My sister turned my niece around to be forward-cacing at 1 year, and several friends have babies who will be turning a year over the course of the summer. (Plus, I've gotten a lot of flack from some people about why we *still* have Sean rear-facing!)
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telemicus
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Time:2009-06-03 12:49 pm (UTC)
Of course! Spread the word :D
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bangaboomerang
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Time:2009-06-03 03:43 pm (UTC)
Lucas' legs were far too long to keep him rear-facing even up to 11 months! We would have never been able to keep him that way until he was 2. As it was, he ended up with his knees bent practically up to his chin when he was 11 months old. I am so glad I'm not having any more kids.
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ourgosling
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Time:2009-06-03 07:27 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a rear-facing car seat before - baby capsule, yeah, but they only go up to 4-6 months. The recommendations are totally different here.
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