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03/21/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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Jacqui on

So glad I saw a link to a YouTube video on CBB regarding rear facing seat safety three years ago when my son was just a baby. He still rides rear facing! I see so many people eagerly flipping their little ones around as soon as they turn one…. Not safe.

Jacqui on

And regarding another article here…. I had to disregard all of Walfish’s advice when I read that she was advising one family to send their child to a psychologist for “terrible behavior.”

That seems really irresponsible given that she doesn’t even know what the “terrible” behavior is. Based on that advice, anyone with issues regarding their three year old should just take them to a shrink. Ridiculous. Unless it’s extreme, taking a child to a psychologist can actually make things worse in the long run.

MiB on

I am so glad that they have changed the car seat recommendations! There are numerous studies that show that extended rear facing is safer, and none that show that facing your child forwards at one is the safest choice. I was once unfortunate enough to be first at a full frontal crash (I was in the car behind one of the cars involved in the crash) and was met by a scene that will haunt me forever; in the least damaged (and biggest) of the cars sat a dead toddler in his forward facing car seat next to his older sister. I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see a child disoriented from a blow to the head as I was then, because she hadn’t yet realized that she was sitting next to her dead brother, and I managed to get her out of the car before she realized it (it was terrifying enough for her to hear her parents scream and moan). What made the situation even more terrible, was the fact that we found a toddler (I have no idea if it was a boy or a girl) of about the same age in the smaller car and this child only suffered some cuts and bruises and got a bit scared even though it’s parents were more badly hurt than the adults in the other car. It was a quite brutal crash, but there is no doubt in my mind that the toddler that survived, did so because it was rear facing.

To those who say that they can’t fit a rear facing seat in their car, remember that american cars are generally larger than european, so unless american car seats are much larger, there should be car seats that fit smaller cars as well. Also, rear facing convertible car seats actually take up less space than the larger infant seats once the child has got a good head control as it doesn’t have to be installed at a 45 angle. In fact, most parents in Scandinavia (where extended rear facing is pretty much the norm) use a smaller infant seat for the first 6-8 months and then switch to a convertible with a more upright angle. One of the reasons is that although the children might fit into an infant car seat until they are 1, most won’t do so happily after a certain age as they want to see more and want to sit more upright, which they do in a convertible seat.

I have seen toddlers rear facing in mini coopers, so it most definitely can be done!