As many of you may have read already, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has just updated their recommendations on car seats. While their most recent recommendation had been to keep children rear facing until they reached two years old, they have now revised this to recommend that children stay rear facing as long as possible (based on their car seat specs).
“Fortunately, car seat manufacturers have created seats that allow children to remain rear-facing until they weigh 40 pounds or more, which means most children can remain rear-facing past their second birthday,” said Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. “It’s best to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. This is still the safest way for children to ride.”