Debate: Carseat Facing Backwards

Have you heard about how the American Academy of Pediatrics has officially recommended that you face your child backwards for 2 years (see full recommendation here). For those with older kids, it also recommends that you keep your child in a booster seat until they are 4' 9" or 8-12yrs of age (I feel like I should state that I know some adults that are hardly this tall).

I have been really torn on this and here are a series of thoughts I have had:


Of course I'll do it, whatever is best for her...


I am so bummed, I was so looking forward to seeing her facing forward...


It's not about me, I'll do whatever is recommended, even if it isn't a law...


I am so bummed for her, she would love to face forward since she loves people so much...

It's just a recommendation, it's not a law. Ahhhh... What should I do?...

(Ordered toddler carseat) So the recommendation says until she maxes out the carseat's weight limit for backwards facing, that's 40lbs! I just saw my almost 2 year old niece facing forward in her carseat and I can't imagine turning it backwards...


But regardless, I don't want to put Karis in harms way...

Could this be one of those silly laws? Like the ones that they are enforcing just to cover themselves against lawsuits. At what point do we take safety measures too far? 

So that is where I am. I have this conversation in my head many times a day.


We have gotten her big girl carseat installed in the car facing backwards (since they do say the earliest to turn it around is 1yr or 20lbs, which she is neither). So we will see.

But I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. And if you have read any great articles on it (for or against) I'd love to read them.