Location: I am an American living in England. Winscombe to be exact :)
Rear Facing infant
I have a girlfriend with a 6 week old last week we went to a Momma and baby showing at the cinema. I noticed she had her lo forward facing in the back seat. I wanted to say something but thought different.
Am I right to think babies front or back seat should be rear facing? How do I say something with out offending her?
Yes they should be rear facing as long as possible. I think the law is a little unclear - it says something like 'an appropriate child restraint', but for a child that young there is no way anybody with half a brain would consider FF appropriate! I doubt the car seat is even suitable for FF. You can get ones that go both ways but they are the larger seats not normal infant seats.
I would go one of two ways when approaching her (and I definitely would). Either ask her if she has some sort of special seat that allows a tiny baby to forward face and whether she has had to check with Police etc that it's allowed, or just be upfront about it and say that you're not sure she knows but FF is not a safe way for a young baby to travel. The UK law is changing to say that all babies must RF until 13/15 months soon, so it's clearly safer!
God yes I would say something, firstly in a crash the baby's kneck would be snapped and forward facing carseats are unsafe for a baby weighing less than 20lb, ther are not safety tested before then. If she were to crash not only would her child's life be in danger but for insurance purposes any claim she made regarding the child would be dropped because she wasent following the manufacurers instructions.
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