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Why is keeping a car seat rear-facing so recommended?

Car seats are often misunderstood. Now that there is a recommendation to keep kids in rear facing car seats for a longer time, many parents in New York simply do not understand. You may have such concerns. You may worry your child's legs are too long or it is too uncomfortable for him or her to sit backwards for the recommended time. However, there are some really good reasons why this is being advised.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a top organization for making recommendations and reviewing the use of car seats. They have fully endorsed keeping car seats in the rear-facing position until a child is at least two years old. The reasoning behind this is that rear-facing positions provide more protection for a child in the event of an accident. This position helps to hold the neck more secure and disburses the force of an impact over the child's whole body instead of just a couple points, thus reducing the chances of an injury.

It is important to note that manufacturer's guidelines trump the age two rule. Some car seats may have a lower age requirement or may be based on height or weight. This means some children in certain seats may be moved to forward facing earlier or later than two years of age. In addition, if the car seat is not made for children over a certain height or weight, then a new seat is needed. It also should not be used in a rear-facing position if it is not made to be used in that position. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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