New Car Seat Recommendations

I thought many of you may be interested in the new guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding car seats:

  • Children should ride rear-facing to age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. 
  • Children should use a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.
  • Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.

We kept Will in his rear facing seat until he simply looked ridiculous, but he still had not even come close to the max weight of the seat. He is tall and skinny so his legs were way too long for the seat.  Since I am notoriously overly cautious, I do agree with under 13 being in the backseat.  The only issue I see with the new guidelines is with the booster seat for up to 12 years old.  I am all about safety, but I have a feeling parents will have a very difficult time convincing their soon to be teenagers to sit in a booster. 

What are your thoughts?

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  1. Christa says

    Thanks for sharing this Sharon. Rear-facing until 2? No way! Ella would never fit that way with her long legs either. I’m with ya on the booster seat approaching 12, crazy! I guess that’s something to get used to just like a seat belt but maybe we need to not call it a “booster seat” and call it a “jump seat” instead :-)

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