Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Check out this video

I will admit that I was a parent that was super excited to turn my child forward facing in his car seat as soon as he could. The law in Canada is 22 pounds AND one year. At the time, I had no idea that you could actually leave your child rear facing up until 30 pounds (now there are seats that go up to 45 pounds rear facing in Canada), and that it is actually exponentially safer to do so. I really wish that car seat safety and car seat laws were common knowledge, but sadly, there isn't enough exposure on these issues, and parents have no clue.

So, I was super excited to see this video this morning. Please take a couple minutes to check it out. You might be surprised what you can learn :)



*Currently Rowan and Bria are both forward facing. It is only in the last couple months that the 45 pound seat has been available, and they are already both in excellent seats. Bria's seat (Sunshine Kids Radian 65) is rear facing til 30 pounds. She was rear facing almost til then. Rowan was getting too tall for his seat, so he is in a booster (Sunshine Kids Monterey). Emery is obviously rear facing :) She will be as long as possible. I just ordered the Sunshine Kids Radian XT for her, which is rear facing til 45 pounds.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do Rowan and Bria still both sit in rear-facing car seats?

Heather said...

Great video! Not only is rear-facing safer, its more comfortable too:)

Kenzie said...

ugh this really makes me want to turn both my kids around again. We JUST switched Jordyn to ff at 2years old. I think I'm going to check their car seats and weight limits and rethink this. I've known for awhile and actually have seen this video before but now that we've switched Jordyn I think we should go back.

Andrea said...

Great video. :) And you already know I'm 100% for rear facing along with you...though we just switched Tate because he reached the 35lb limit of the true fit we have for him. Ok...so, here's my next question - what carseat would you recommend for him AFTER the true fit? I obviously want a 5 point harness and one where the weight limit is higher...and one that is good for taller kids too maybe? Any suggestions? Emily is in our Scenera, rear facing, now, but once she hits the weight limit for that we'll put her in the true fit, rear facing...sooo, then Tate needs something else. Let me know if you have any ideas!

Shanilie said...

Wow that is scary. With both my boys I went straight from a infant seat to a front facing one. I am showing Ryan this video and we are putting Riley's around ASAP!! We just put it in.

thanks for the video!

Lancelot and Lady's Mom said...

An important thing to remember though is that kids can not sit in rear facing if their legs are too long. If their legs hit the seat then they have to be turned to forward facing because it is actually MORE dangerous for them to be rear facing in that case. We were told this by our pediatrician because our son is EXTREMELY tall for his age (32 inches at 9 months) and even in a top of the line rear facing car seat his legs have to be positioned just right not to hit the seat. The pediatrician told us that in a major collision rear facing seats are designed to go against the back seat, which is why you also are not supposed to use rear facing if the kids head goes over the top of the seat, and if the feat stop that it can cause SERIOUS and major shattering of legs, etc. So anyway, just something to be aware of.

Stacey said...

That is simply not true, and is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Pediatricians know very little about car seat safety. Obviously you must not have watched the video, because every car seat expert has claimed that there has never been an injury due to legs being too long. But regardless, would you rather have a broken leg to deal with, or a broken spine?

I think you need to do some more research :)

pcossos said...

Hey Stacey,

I came across this article recently and thought of you because I know you use those sling type baby carrying things so I thought I'd pass on the link in case you were interested.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100324/ap_on_bi_ge/us_baby_slings_recall

~Alison~

pcossos said...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100324
/ap_on_bi_ge/us_baby_slings_recall

Stacey said...

Hey Alison :) I have heard about the recall/sling warnings. Unfortunately, the media is painting all slings the same way, when it is only a certain type of sling that is causing trouble. The slings in question are really nasty and unsafe and most baby wearers have been asking for them to be recalled for years!

Erica Hildebrand said...

Have you noticed in one or two of those test crashes that the carseat(s) are not installed properly? The strap that goes over the back of the cars seat is not present - and that is a key anchor to help with the carseat not flinging forward. I have a feeling that has more to do with injuries happening with children, than a 20 lb kid sitting forward facing with everything installed properly. I could be wrong. People need to be educated to install a car seat properly, too.

Heather said...

Erica- yes, having the top tether would decrease some of the movement, but it would put even MORE strain on a young child's neck. The top tether helps to prevent head injuries from a child slamming into the seat in front of them. But it also puts more strain on the neck because the child's whole body is held back, but nothing holds the head.