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Buckle Up: It’s Child Passenger Safety Week!

Buckle Up: It’s Child Passenger Safety Week!

Good morning! NuMama here, mom blogger for NuAngel, Inc.

This week, September 23-29th, is Child Passenger Safety Week. Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recently updated it’s child safety seat policy?

Per the AAP: American Academy of Pediatrics' has updated recommendations on car safety seats. Children should remain in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. The new recommendations remove the specific age milestone.”

As a mom of a nine month old and three year old, I applaud this update from the AAP!

As a brand new mom, I found car seat guidelines to be a bit confusing, especially the “rear facing until age two” guideline. Two-year-old's vary so drastically in height and weight that a “one-size-fits-all” guideline still left me with questions on whether my child was ready.  

Even though our daughter was in the 90th percentile in height and weight at age two, we decided to keep her rear-facing beyond her second birthday. She was always content and comfortable in her rear-facing seat and we knew that rear-facing was the safer option.

About six months later, at 2 ½, our daughter was able to vocalize her discomfort! It also took quite a bit of effort to buckle her in with her legs bent. At that point, we turned her around to the forward-facing position in her convertible car seat.

Mamas: When did you turn your little one around? How do you feel about these new guidelines? Share your thoughts below!

Want to know more? Check out the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics here!

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