So I've been meaning to bring up the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for kids and booster seats, and with back-to-school right around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time. In case you missed it, the AAP recently tightened their existing guidelines for kids and booster seats to the following:
Children should ride rear-facing to age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat.
Under the old policy, my daughters were 12 months old - and 20 pounds- when we turned them aroud and I can still remember those last few weeks with a rear-facing soon-to-be-one-year-old as almost unbearable---for them and for us. I'm sure that if I had to do it again (and I won't), I would do whatever was safest for my child, but let's just say that I'm relieved that I won't have to enforce this decision.
Children should use a booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall and between 8 and 12 years old.
This one made me chuckle a little bit. My girls are skinny and short, and it's unlikely that they'll hit 4 foot 9 inches anytime before their 12th birthdays. Heck - I'm barely over 4 feet 9 inches tall. Do I really need a booster seat? At this rate my girls will be in booster seats until they head off to college.
Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.
This one seems a little more reasonable. Although I'm sure the 12 year olds who were allowed to ride in the front a few months ago are not taking too kindly to this new demotion. Will you keep your kids in the back seat until they hit the teenage years?
What are your thoughts o the new AAP booster seat regulations? How do they affect your children? Will you follow them to the letter, or do what works best for your family?