Most Parents Are Afraid to Tell Others They've Made a Common Car Seat Mistake
According to new data from baby brand Chicco, most parents flip their children's car seats from rear facing to forward facing before the recommended age of 2. But perhaps even more troubling is that 72 percent of loved ones who know better don't speak up to correct this dangerous mistake.
According to USA Today, various studies have shown that as many as 73 percent of parents are flipping their kids' seats too early. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids remain rear facing in their car seats until at least age 2, and longer if possible.
In an effort to reduce the number of parents who are flipping their child's seat too early, Chicco has launched a site called TurnAfter2. There, parents are encouraged to share a photo of their 2- or 3-year-old "still riding rear-facing" and to use the hash tag #TurnAfter2 on social media.
Author and TV host Daphne Oz, celebrity ambassador for TurnAfter2, said about the campaign: "It's not that scolding, mommy-shaming nonsense. We can and should be each other's resources especially if you see something that puts a child in harm's way. This is a way for you not to be the bad guy. "
I'll admit it would be hard for me to approach a mom friend who had turned around her child's seat before age 2. Because you want to believe that parents make the best, most educated decisions for their little ones' safety. But as Oz suggests, it doesn't have to be said in an "I know better" kind of way. Perhaps just starting a conversation about car seat safety is the way to go, and sharing your own experience and what you've learned. And hope that you can make an important difference in a family's life.
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.
I guess my question is, how do keep your child rear facing if said child’s legs are too long? I have a 2 year old that has always been y’all for his age, and can in no way see how he would still be able to sit rear facing.Read More
Their legs can ( fold ) cross to fit comfortably
Ur car seat tells u when ur child reaches either "x" weight or "x" height to turn them. Generally it's 40lbs or 40 inches. Hope this helps
There are many factors I feel that determine when to turn around the car seat. My first kid was a big kid, like 99th percentile in height and weight. Not fat, just solid. Not only that, but he hated riding backward and would complain about it non stop. We faced him forward at around 1 and a half and he was a happy rider from them on. My second child was smaller and didn't mind riding backward so he stayed rear facing until he was 2.5. As with alot of things in life, every situation is different and requires different Solutions. Just my two cents.Read More
@thewaselenkos I thought the a article was going to be about not buckling them in properly based on the photo, so I have to agree.Read More
Sadly, the baby in the picture isn't buckled in correctly! The chest clip needs to be at the armpits & it doesn't even show in the photo. So much for a car seat safety article :(Read More
I figured it was a stock photo of when car seats used three point buckles instead of the current five point harnesses, which themselves haven't been around all that long. There are still car seats in the US with only three points. So the baby in the picture actually is buckled in correctly, just not the completely safe way we've been conditioned to see. Although, those straps do look a little loose, now that I look again.
Most likely this picture was not taken in the U.S. In many other countries, including most (if not all) coutries in Europe carseats don't have the chest clip. They believe the chest clip adds another step if you need to remove the child from the car in case of an emergency. Instead, the part underneath the straps has a sticky type of material-so the child can't slide out of the straps in case of a roll over ;) But believe me, I was just as shocked as you are when I had to put my son in one of these in France. Had to research to find this information. :)