We bought Grace her next car seat! I can’t believe she is getting to the point where she is close to out growing her infant car seat. She is not a baby anymore!!! Nate & I choose to buy Grace a convertible car seat that can be used rear facing until Grace is 35 pounds. I was curious how old Grace will be when she weighs 35 pounds so I googled it. The site Disabled-World.com says that the average 3-year-old weighs between 30-33 pounds. So will I keep Grace rear facing until she is 3? I don’t know.
What I do know is that rear facing is the safest position for babies and toddlers. It is recommended that babies stay rear facing until they are 1 year AND 20 pounds, however the longer they stay rear facing the better. At this point Grace doesn’t know any different so why rush it? (I just want to emphasize that the current recommendation is a minimum of 1 year AND 20 pounds. It isn’t until which one ever comes first. You need to wait until your baby hits both of those milestones.)
Below is a short video that really emphasises the importance of rear facing car seats. Seeing the crash test dummies forward facing and rear facing is what really hit me. The strain that is put on a baby’s neck in a frontal crash can do horrible damage in a forward facing seat. I pray that we are never in a serious car accident, but you just don’t know. Right now Grace does very well in her rear facing seat and doesn’t seem to mind it one bit. So we’ll just keep her that way for a while longer.
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Please know that I am not passing judgment on parents who choose to forward face their children after 1 year and 20 pounds. This post is simply about my explaining my choice for my family. Each family needs to make their parenting decisions based on what works best for them.