You mean, they'll actually be able to watch Baby Einstein DVDs on our truck's DVD player when we take long road trips?! Sweet!
I admit that I'm looking forward to that day too and I've always heard that 'once your baby is 20lbs and one year old, you can turn the seat around.' I did some research on the subject before I ask the pediatrician about it at their one year checkup and the stats scared the hell out of me. My little men will be facing the back of the truck until they're 10. Just kidding about that part. They'll be 9 1/2, tops.
This video isn't in English, but it very clearly demonstrates how a rear-facing vs. front-facing carseat protects your baby in the event of a crash.
Pretty scary. The car seat we have allows the boys to be rear-facing until they reach 35lbs which is a reassurance to me because I plan on keeping them that way for a while!
Stats from Car-Safety.Org
- Rear-facing is safest for both adults and children, but especially for babies, who would face a greater risk of spinal cord injury in a front-facing carseat during a frontal crash.
- Rear-facing car seats spread frontal crash forces over the whole area of a child's back, head and neck; they also prevent the head from snapping relative to the body in a frontal crash.
- Rear-facing carseats may not be quite as effective in a rear end crash, but severe frontal and frontal offset crashes are far more frequent and far more severe than severe rear end crashes.
- Rear-facing carseats are NOT a safety risk just because a child's legs are bent at the knees or because they can touch/kick the vehicle seat.
- Rear-facing as long as possible is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatricians, and can reduce injuries and deaths. Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 overall cause of death for children 14 and under.
It looks like our truck's DVD player won't be getting a work out any time soon.