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Q+A: When Should I Turn My Baby's Car Seat to Face Forward?

A. The American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation has been to keep a child in a rear-facing seat until she's at least 1 year and 20 pounds. But a new study has found that it's five times safer for your 1-year-old to ride facing backward than forward. In light of this new research, experts now recommend that you keep your toddler's convertible car seat facing backward until she's at least 2-years-old or has reached the seat's height and weight limits for the rear position (usually 36 inches and 30 to 35 pounds).

Source: The editors of Parents magazine


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