One of the things I've learned since becoming a parent is that everyone draws the lines in different places when it comes to raising their kids.
For example, I may have been one of the first parents to cave and buy my kid an iPhone, but when she was younger, I was the last to let her move from a rear-facing infant car seat to a convertible version because I liked the convenient, detachable model.
Now, however, comes the news that Consumer Reports is urging parents to move their children out of detachable carriers by the time they turn 1, and into rear-facing convertible seats. (The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends all children be in rear-facing seats until the age of 2.)
According to Consumer Reports, babies are more likely to suffer head injuries when they're in rear-facing infant car seats. The agency crash-tested both infant and rear-facing convertible seats using a 22-pound dummy to represent a 1-year-old child. With more than half the infant seats, the dummy's head hit the simulated front-seat back. But in 24 of the 25 rear-facing convertible seats, it did not.
So what's the big takeaway?
Consumer Reports says there are some key things to remember: