Why forward-facing recommendations changed

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Why forward-facing recommendations changed

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that your child stays rear-facing in the car seat until at least the age of 2. The recommendation actually didn't change, they've always recommended that; they just made it more official. It is much, much safer for you to ride rear-facing in a vehicle, than forward-facing - for everyone in the car. If we could all ride backwards, it would be better for our necks and spines in a car accident, especially for a young child, while their bones and their spine is still developing, and they're building those neck muscles, keeping them rear-facing as long as possible, is very important. They teach us in our training a great saying to remember when you're thinking about maybe switching your child to forward-facing; "It's much easier to fix a broken leg than a broken neck," so even if your child's feet are starting to kick the back of the seat, they can always sit criss-cross, and a little bit differently than you and I might think is comfortable, because their hip bones haven't even fully fused yet, so they'll still be comfortable even if their legs are kicking the back of the seat, but their neck is going to be much more protected in that rear-facing position than forward-facing

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Founder of Tot Squad

Jennifer Beall is the Founder and CEO of Tot Squad formerly known as CleanBeeBaby, an eco-friendly cleaning service for strollers and car seats that is at a different neighborhood retailer or preschool every day. Professional safety technicians help properly reinstall car seats after they are cleaned.Certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2009, Jen is passionate about helping parents properly use their car seats given that 85% are incorrectly installed. She also serves on the Los Angeles committee for Baby Buggy, a charity that helps collect used baby gear to redistribute it to families in need.Jen received her MBA in 2010 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. CleanBeeBaby was created through her coursework, for which she won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition and the Student of the Year award in Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, she worked in management consulting as well as internal strategy for a food and beverage company. She also received a BS in Mathematics from Duke University after leaving her hometown of Austin, Texas.Jen now lives in Los Angeles but remains a loyal fan of the Texas Longhorns and the Duke basketball team. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Daily Candy, and Crain's Chicago Business.

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