Extended Rear Facing
Extended rear facing is when you keep your child facing the rear of the vehicle beyond the infant seat.
In years past, it was common to turn babies forward facing at 9 months of age. We have since learnt that rear facing is significantly safer for babies, toddlers and children, and they should be kept in a rear facing child seat for as long as possible.
Why is rear facing safer?
Children in rear facing child seats fare better in accidents, particularly the most dangerous high speed frontal impacts. This is because they are pushed back into the vehicle seat, and their head, neck and spine are kept fully in line, with little strain.
When forward facing, a child's torso is restrained by the 5 point harness, but their head continues travelling when their body has stopped. This puts a large amount of force on their neck and spine, and puts them at very high risk.
How can I keep my child rear facing?
There are child seats available to help you keep your child rear facing until 18kg, or 25kg (approx 4 and 6 years old respectively).
While there are still child seats on the market that allow forward facing from 9kg (approx 9 months), these are not recommended for young babies.
We have a large range of extended rear facing child seats in the library that you can have advice on and try in your car. Our extended rear facing seats cover a range of budgets, and you are also free to purchase your seat from your preferred retailer.
If you do choose to turn your child forward facing, we recommend that you use the rear facing infant seat until it is completely outgrown.