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TurnAfter2: Why Your Child Should Stay Rear Facing Until At Least Two Years Old

This post is sponsored by Chicco. As always, all thoughts words and opinions are my own. I only work with brands I use and believe in.

As you all know, car seat safety is something that I strongly believe in. Having seen the effects personally of just how horrendous vehicle accidents can be, I want to keep my little one as safe as I can for as long as I can. A recent study from Chicco® revealed that most parents of kids age two or under (84 percent) would tell another parent if he or she was putting his or her child at risk.  While more than half (58 percent) of parents surveyed know that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the soonest a child should ride forward-facing is two years old, the majority (72 percent) say they are uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping kids riding rear-facing, inherently putting children at risk.

This information scares me. As a mom, I want to always do the best for my child, but as a new mom, there has been so much information that I have had to learn. The fact that 72% of moms are uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping kids rear-facing is alarming. If there were a chance that I could help another mother keep her child safe, I would share as much information with her as possible. “Even the most well-intentioned parents make honest mistakes when it comes to car seat safety, whether it’s improper installation or misunderstanding how car seats are supposed to be used” said Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, a pediatrician and nationally recognized expert in child passenger safety. “The rule of thumb is simple – turn children forward-facing after they turn two-years old.  The longer they can stay rear-facing the safer they’ll be.”   This is the reason I am excited to share with you Chicco’s newest car seat innovation, the Fit2 Infant and Toddler Car Seat!

The Fit2 is something that I wish we would have had from the moment our little one was born. Like most parents, we used the baby carrier and car seat combination to bring him home from the hospital in. Unfortunately, after just a few short months, he outgrew that seat and we were tasked with shopping for another seat for him. He grew so fast that he wasn’t even crawling yet and he was out of his baby carrier. Chicco has an amazing solution for this problem, the Fit2! The Fit2 is a two stage infant and toddler seat. Not only does it accommodate your newborn, it can also accommodate toddlers up to two years of age! This is genius, in my opinion. Not only is the seat made to safely and securely support your new born, it’s also made to be comfortable enough for your toddler.

One thing that really sets the Fit2 apart from other extended rear-facing car seats is the fact that when you make the switch from infant mode to toddler mode, the car seat’s footprint in the vehicle does not change or force front-seat passengers to have to move up their seat, ensuring both baby and passengers are as comfortable as possible.

Levi is pretty tall for his age. I was very curious to see just how comfortable he would be in the Fit2. Well, I’m excited to tell you, he loves it! I love that it has the sunshade that we can pull down during naps in the car. It also has the same technology as the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and NextFit Covertible Car Seat, making it easy to install!

If your child is approaching the age where he or she is outgrowing their infant seat, or if your child is under two and you are considering turning them to be forward facing, I encourage you to wait and “TurnAfter2”. If you are a mom who believes in keeping your child rear-facing until after two, like I do, I encourage you to take a photo of your child rear-facing and post it all across your social media using #TurnAfter2. Showing your support for this important initiative could possibly save another child’s life.  “In a world where parents have endless platforms to share information, TurnAfter2 is the perfect reminder to use them in a meaningful way and to look out for each other . Knowing that kids who ride rear-facing are five times safer is information every parent needs to know, and we can be each other’s best resource. When one mom shares a photo of her two year old still riding rear-facing, she’ll inspire countless positive conversations between other parents who will want to follow suit. ,” said Daphne Oz, celebrity ambassador for the TurnAfter2 campaign. “Our goal with TurnAfter2 is to educate parents and get them talking about this very important issue in a constructive way so we can keep all little ones safe.

The Chicco Fit2 Infant and Toddler Car Seat is exclusively available for purchase online and in-stores at Babies“R”Us for $279.99.

Will you share the TurnAfter2 initiative with me and help raise awareness?

TurnAfter2: Why Your Child Should Stay Rear Facing Until At Least Two Years Old #TurnAfter2 #ad

Sarah

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

We turned around my oldest son a little earlier when the regulations were different, but we are definitely keeping this baby rear facing until at least 2! Only 7 months to go, and he really doesn't know a difference, anyway.

Brittany Fryman

Monday 1st of May 2017

My pediatrician was very adamant that we keep both of my children rear facing until after they were two. Thank you for sharing all this great insight it's so important that we keep our little ones safe.

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 1st of May 2017

For sure, it's such an important topic!

katriza

Saturday 29th of April 2017

I've read many articles and research on this and have even published on kids safety network about rear facing car seats! Such great information!

Loving Living Lancaster

Sunday 30th of April 2017

Thanks for taking the time to stop in!

Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

Thursday 27th of April 2017

The age-gap between my oldest and youngest is almost 14 years (with many in between!), and I was amazed at how the car-seat standards changed during that time. It's so important to stay up-to-date to keep our little ones safe and sound.

Tabitha Shakespeare

Thursday 27th of April 2017

It's crazy all the things that you never think about until you have kids. My little one is 18 months old but she's tiny! I can't imagine turning her around any time soon!

Loving Living Lancaster

Thursday 27th of April 2017

That is so true!