My daughter hated being in the back seat as a baby. Well, she mainly just hated being alone and facing the back of the car seat where she couldn’t see anyone was torture for her. She would scream and cry the entire car trip because she was lonely. When she was finally big enough to front face, it was a happy day for everyone in the car.
We did wait awhile though.
I wanted to be sure that it would be safe for her to turn around, and I took many things into consideration before making the switch. In the end, we purchased a top of the line car seat and decided that the lack of distracting screaming and crying would benefit everyone.
I was thankful to have all of the knowledge and quality car seats available to me, and up until a few days ago, I took it for granted that I had this information.
While there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that rear facing is safest for babies and toddlers (up to age 4 – a fact I just learned!), not all parents are provided with clear information about rear facing their children.
In the UK, there is a limited, inconsistent and confusing information provided on rear facing car seats. And the car seats themselves are hard to come by. Researched commissioned by Motors.co.uk revealed that over half of UK parents (52% of those interviewed) would buy a rear facing car seat and keep their kids rear facing longer if the seats were readily available.
I am very surprised to learn that the UK has not been more proactive on this front. While they have banned many unhealthy foods and chemical substances, it is surprising that they have not provided their country with more information and resources for keeping their children safe while in the car.
What are your thoughts on rear facing?