Saturday, September 21, 2013

Child Passenger Safety Month and Rear Facing


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I know that it is a little late in the month but September is Child Passenger Safety Month! Child Passenger Safety month brings public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts. I ask myself, why do we have to have a MONTH to bring awareness to safety in cars for our kids? Why not take a minute and remind yourself, educate people EVERYDAY on why it is important to keep our kids safe. Even if you see a stranger not keeping their child in a car seat- SPEAK UP! YOU could change that child's life! 
Did you know from birth to 20 lbs OR EVEN MORE- children should be secured in the back seat in a rear-facing infant seat. I see bloggers promoting Child Passenger Safety Month but not many are mentioning rear facing. I also see a ton of carseat reviews with BABIES facing forward. This makes me sad. Really sad! Rear facing is the way to go. Why? Why risk of spinal cord injury in a front-facing car seat during a frontal crash? The American Academy of Pediatrics (April 2011) states, "All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat (CSS) until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS." Check out Car-Safety for reasons on why you should rear face! And if your child isn't rear facing, I bet you will turn them back around after reading. Safety is before convenience. I know that it is convenient to turn your child around early so you don't have to stop the car and get out when they want something but remember, your child's life is precious. As parents, we want the best for our children. I am not going to sit here and preach to you and tell you that you are a bad parent if you are not extended rear facing...but remember..you could save your childs life. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye.  CarseatBlog.com has some great seat reviews and tips that I know you all will love to read! Check it out!
Tell me- did you know the benefits of rear facing before I posted this today?

1 comment:

  1. I kept my son rear facing for as long as I possibly could ad I new this was so important. It a go thing that you are getting the word out as I'm sure there are many people that don't know.

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