Anyone who has children know that in addition to the baby, there’s a lot of gear. The car seat is a big decision and while many opt to switch the little one from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing one at the child’s first birthday, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now advising parent to keep their child facing back until they turn two years old, or meet the weight and height guidelines on the car seat.
As a mother to many, I know the evolution of car seats and recommendations. I think they changed with every child..even the three I had in three years!
I use to believe if a child’s feet could touch the back of the vehicle’s seat in a rear-facing car seat, it meant it was time to change them to forward-facing. Now I know there is ZERO documented cases of rear-facing children breaking their legs, hips or feet due to their feet touching the back of the vehicle seat. Studies show that forward-facing kids are actually more likely to have leg injuries.
If you have a wobbly baby in the car seat, due to her size, place rolled receiving blankets or towels along each side. This provides additional support and cushion. Do not, however, place anything under the harness straps.