I hope the educational offerings include the benefits of leaving your child in their car seat in the rear-facing position until they either outgrow the weight or height stated by their car seat manufacturer. This is a much safer way to travel for the little ones.
Both the American Acadamy of Pediatrics & the National Highway Traffic Safety Association recommend extended rear-facing.
In Sweden, it is standard practice to keep their children rear-facing up to the age of 5, or as much as 55 lbs. From 1992 through June 1997, only 9 children properly restrained rear-facing died in motor vehicle crashes in Sweden, and all of these involved catastrophic crashes with severe intrusion and few other survivors. Larger Swedish child restraints are designed to accommodate these larger children. US-certified restraints can be used rear-facing until the maximum weight limit is reached or until the top of the child's head is within one inch of the top of the seat, whichever comes first.
In the US, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children. The extra protection offered by rear-facing seats is something that parents should take advantage of as long as possible.
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