Rear facing is not just for babies! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long recommended that―infants ride in rear-facing car seats, and in 2018 the AAP updated that recommendation to encourage rear facing for as long as possible, until a child reaches the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
Which way should a baby face in a car seat?
i-Size car seats are designed to keep children rear-facing for longer, provide better side impact protection and make car seats easier to fit correctly. If you are using an i-size seat, your baby should be kept rear-facing until they’re at least 15 months old (Good Egg Safety, 2017; RoSPA, 2018b).
Are infant car seats forward facing?
The AAP recommends that all infants ride rear facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer.
Is rear-facing safer after 2?
But Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents to wait, because children are safest riding rear-facing seats until they are at least 2 years old. … That’s because a rear-facing seat spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body.
Can my 18 month old sit forward facing?
All manufacturers of convertible safety seats — the kind that can be rear- or forward-facing — say in the instructions that the seat must be rear-facing until the child reaches 1 year and 20 or 22 pounds, local officials said. Child safety specialists said they have long known that rear-facing is safest for all ages.
What age do babies sit front facing in car seat?
Once your child meets the maximum height and weight limits of a rear-facing seat and is at least two years old, you can graduate to a front-facing car seat.
Should car seat go behind driver or passenger?
Place the car seat in the backseat.
The safest spot for your baby is always in the backseat — preferably in the middle spot, away from passenger-side air bags. If your car doesn’t fit a car seat securely there, place the seat on either side of the backseat (or, if you drive an SUV, in the second row).