I'm often asked why in the world Kaylee is still rear-facing in her car seat. After all, she's way past the minimum age of 1 year (she turned 2 in November) and weight of 20 lbs (she's around 23-24 lbs, so barely).
I started to write what was going to be a lengthy post about it, but decided to instead link to this post because she says almost everything I was going to (except better than I could) and cites her sources well. She gets asked the same questions and has the same answers as I do.
Please read it and watch the videos! Click here for the link if you didn't click on it above.
Everyone knows The AAP's (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommendation/guidelines/requirements of having your child rear-facing until they are "at least one year of age AND weighs at least 20 pounds." Unfortunately, most people don't know that they also state that this is the minimum and that "it is best to ride rear-facing as long as possible."
I keep hearing that they're going to change their official guidelines to reflect that research. I really wish they'd get on it. In my experience, far too many pediatricians follow the original guidelines and aren't informing parents of the new research (if they even know about it). I wouldn't have heard about any of this if someone hadn't mentioned it on a message board I'm a member of and I'm guessing it's news to many of you as well.
Please re-watch the crash videos and consider keeping/switching your child rear-facing. It really is so much safer and worth all the downsides that might come with it.
(Tip: Get a baby mirror for the car so that you can still see your child and he/she can see you. This can help keep baby happy while rear-facing.)