TendHer nursing Pillows for Nursing Review and Giveaway

Pariday TendHer nursing pillows for your breasts are such a great invention. Pariday was founded by three women who experienced breastfeeding pain including sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis, cracked nipples, engorgement, a poor latch and more – and needed relief! They each came from a different background, spanning manufacturing design to brand management. But they all came to the same conclusion: the products available for soothing breastfeeding pain had immense room for improvement. TendHer Pillows was created by them to give other real moms a real solution.TendHer nursing pillows can be used hot OR cold! TendHer nursing pillows consist of pillows and pillowcases. The pillows are filled with cool on contact gel that is made with vegetarian food ingredients, safe for a nursing mom and her baby. The outside of the pillows are made of a soft, medical grade plastic film for maximum soothing. The pillowcases wick away moisture while preventing minor leaks. TendHer nursing pillows can be used warmed, cooled or at room temperature. The pillow cases are washable and reusable. TendHer pillows are the perfect size! TendHer pillows cover a large area of your nipple and breast and can be worn in your bra while in public. 


TendHer pillows should last at least 4 weeks. If you keep them in the fridge or freezer, they will last much longer. Unless the pillows are starting to yellow or dry out, you can continue to use them indefinitely. TendHer pillow cases are washable and reusable. The pillow cases are very soft and comfortable. 
TendHer pillow cases
TendHer pillows


I first tried the TendHer pillows at room temperature. When I put them on, I noticed they were cool. You can use TendHer pillows without the pillowcases when using them at room temperature. TendHer pillows are great for providing a cooling sensation while protecting your skin from touching fabric. There is no suggested time limit when using TendHer at room temperature. Keep them on your breasts as long as you desire! 
TendHer pillows and pillowcases



Putting something cold on your breast can help with engorgement. Cold helps to decrease inflammation. With the TendHer nursing pillows, you can put the pillows in the refrigerator or freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes before using them. Once they are cool enough, insert the pillows into the pillow cases and wear them in your bra with the red stretchy fabric against your body. It is suggested to wear them for up to 20 minutes. The TendHer pillows get cold, but not too cold. They have found the prefect level of coldness for your breasts. I used the TendHer pillows cold and put them in my bra to soothe my tender nipples. The coolness lasted for the full 20 minutes when I wore my TendHer pillows. I must admit, I have worn TendHer pillows cold on hot days just to cool myself down. You can use TendHer cold whenever you would like a cooling sensation. But always use the pillowcases!

TendHer pillows are easy to insert in the pillowcases


Using heat when nursing is great for triggering a letdown. I would take a warm shower before I nursed or I used a hot rice bag. The rice bag would get WAY too hot. I couldn’t use it for very long. TendHer nursing pillows are the perfect temperature when heated! You heat TendHer pillows just like you would heat breast milk. To heat TendHer pillows, you immerse them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes. The water should not be hotter than what you would comfortably bathe in.  After 5 minutes, take the TendHer pillows out, pat them dry, and place them in their pillowcases. Then wear them in your bra with the stretchy red fabric against your skin. The recommended time to wear TendHer warm is 10-20 minutes. When I wore the TendHer pillows, they were very warm but not too warm. I was able to feel the heat for about 15 minutes. The heat was not so intense that it burned me or I felt the need to remove the pillows. I would use TendHer pillows warm when I want to soothe sore nipples, increase milk flow or letdown, or just for comfort. 
Discreet size, perfect for wearing anywhere!


To clean TendHer pillows, simply wash them in warm soapy water and pat dry or allow to air dry. TendHer pillow cases are machine washable, or you can wash them by hand. It is recommended to air dry the pillow cases. 
TendHer pillows are very comfortable and soothing. When I was wearing TendHer pillows, I forgot they were even there. I used heat before almost every nursing session in those first few weeks. TendHer nursing pillows would have been so much better than my rice bags! 
You can buy TendHer nursing pillows for $24.99 here.  You can also enter to win TendHer nursing pillows! 

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The winner will be announced on Facebook on June 28, 2014.

Disclaimer: I received these items to review. My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the product owner

Silver Nipple Shields for Cracked or Sore Nipples Review AND giveaway

I think every breastfeeding mom has had to deal with sore or cracked nipples. There are all sorts of creams that are supposed to help your nipples while being safe for baby. I tried a couple of the creams, but when I used them, Bunny would NOT nurse! It seemed like Bunny disliked the taste of the creams. Even if I would rub the cream off prior to nursing, Bunny still would not nurse. I had to wash my nipples before Bunny would nurse. Because of this, I started doing a little research to see what my options were to help with sore nipples. While I was researching I came across breast shells. Breast shells are typically a big huge plastic shell that keeps your nipple from touching your clothing. They did not look comfortable and looked very bulky. I wished there was a better option. I was not able to find any alternative here in the US until now! I was thrilled when I found these silver nipple shields!
Silver nipple shields are a natural alternative to plastic shields for sensitive or cracked nipples. Silver nipple shields are easy to use cups that sit over your nipple. They are one size fits all and are designed to be worn under a bra. The silver nipple shields are 925 sterling silver. Silver has natural anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and curing effects. Silver nipple shields can be used for painful, sore and/or cracked nipples, or as a precautionary measure to prevent these issues. Silver nipple shields trap breast milk, which helps cracked and sore nipples to heal. When using silver nipple shields, there is no need for creams or pads. 
The silver nipple shields come in their own bag. The bag is wonderful to keep them in while not in use. I love when items come with something to store them in! 
Outside of Silver Nipple Shields
The shield keeps your nipple from rubbing against your clothing, easing any pain or sensitivity you might have from nursing. I know during the first few months it was very painful at times when my bra, or even my nursing pad, rubbed against my nipples. Silver nipple shields help cracked nipples ease pain quickly by using your own breast milk to help heal your nipples. Freshly expressed breast milk, when applied to your nipples, will soothe your nipples and help reduce the chances of infection, because human milk has antibacterial properties. LLLI 
Inside of Silver Nipple Shields
To use Silver nipple shields in conjunction with your breast milk, spread a few drops of breast milk all over the nipple and place the shield on top of your nipple, inside your bra.  The Silver nipple shield won’t move and feels very comfortable. The Silver nipple shield creates a healing shelter by keeping your nipples in contact with breast milk as well as preventing your nipples from rubbing on your clothing or breast pads. You can wear breast pads on top of the silver nipple shields if you, like me, have an abundance of milk.  Using both the silver nipple shields and breast pads will contain leakage and stop the breast pads from touching or sticking to your sore nipples. Wearing the silver nipple shields under a breast pad is helpful on those days when ANYTHING touching your nipples makes you want to cry. 
The Silver Nipple Shields stack together to fit easily inside their bag. 
The silver nipple shields are very easy to clean. To clean you sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into each cup and add a couple drops of water until you make a paste. Then rub thoroughly all around the cups to remove any residue. Rinse and dry! It is suggested to clean the silver nipple shields a couple times per day if they are in use all day long. 
If you have sore and/or cracked nipples, I highly suggest the Silver Nipple Shields. I did not have these when Bunny was a small baby, but I do know these would have been extremely helpful. I have used them often now. Bunny is 16 months old and nursing. I still have random days where my nipples are sensitive. On these days, the silver nipple shields are wonderful. Silver nipple shields are a MUST for nursing moms. 

I am so excited to be able to give away a pair of silver nipple shields! 

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If you need your silver nipple shields NOW, you can order them here.
Please seek advice to ensure that your baby is latching properly, as this will help the healing process.
If cracks or pain continue, please see a health advisor or lactation specialist. If these is any irritation, please discontinue use immediately.

Disclaimer: I received these items to review. My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the product owner

Table Topper Giveaway!

I am so excited to giveaway a 50 count package of Sesame Street table toppers! 
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All entries must be received by June 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced via Facebook on All About Baby’s World Facebook page on June 18, 2014.
You can read here to see why I love these so much! 
Can’t wait to win? Buy your table topper here.

Table Topper Review

My favorite baby gear for restaurants is the neat solutions table topper. Bunny is 15 months, not old enough to use a plate without throwing it on the ground. When we go out to eat, our main option is to put food directly on the table in front of her. I am completely comfortable doing this at home because I know how often my table has been cleaned, and with what. I know restaurants clean their tables, but how often and with what, I do not know. I try to keep harmful chemicals away from Bunny, and most cleaning agents have harmful chemicals. It makes no sense to me to put Bunny’s food on a table that has been cleaned with these chemicals. Table toppers solve this problem!

Neat solutions table toppers are a disposable 12″x18″ plastic placemat. Table toppers are BPA and PVC free. Table toppers have four adhesive strips, all around the perimeter of the place mat. This allows me to stick the table topper onto the table and Bunny can not throw it off! Bunny can not grab it at all because it is stuck to the table!
With the table toppers, I am able to put Bunny’s food on the table in front of her without having to worry if the table is clean or what it was cleaned with. We have been using table toppers since Bunny was about 7 months old. Table toppers were wonderful when Bunny was only eating baby snacks, and they are still great now that Bunny is eating everything! Table toppers are a nice size, which allows you to spread out your childs food. You can have food cooling in a corner while your baby is munching on something else. 
Table toppers are very easy to use and make clean up a breeze. To clean up with table toppers, you simply pull up the sides of the table topper. I like to wrap the table topper together so the mess stays inside. More than one waiter/waitress has commented on how handy that is and how they appreciate the lack of mess. 
adhesive strips around the perimeter
When Bunny is done, it is easy clean up. 
Ready to throw away!
Table Toppers come in many different designs. They hae Elmo, Cars, Disney Princess’, Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty and many more! The designs on table toppers might keep your little one entertained. We point out the colors, numbers, letters and shapes that are on the table topper to Bunny. This helps pass the time while waiting for your food. Table toppers come in a small package which makes them easy to toss in the diaper bag. I always have a package of table toppers in my diaper bag.  
Table Toppers come in a package of 18, and typically cost $9 per package. You can purchase table toppers at Buy Buy Baby, Target, Babies R Us as well as some online stores. 

How we turned our crib into a co sleeper – side car

Bunny has slept in our bed with us from the day she was born. In the hospital, My Love shared my hospital bed with me and Bunny slept either on his chest or on mine. When we got home, Bunny continued to sleep on our chests until she was about six weeks old. Around six weeks old, Bunny started sleeping in our bed with us.  At around five months old, Bunny was starting to move in her sleep more and My Love and I stopped getting a decent nights sleep. We didn’t want to move Bunny out of our room, but we did want her to have her own space. We decided to try a co sleeper. We borrowed a friends arms reach co sleeper, but were very disappointed in how it worked. The arms reach co sleeper was much lower than our mattress, creating a drop from our mattress to the co sleeper. I did not feel that was safe for Bunny. The arms reach co sleeper also had a metal bar that sat against our mattress and was very uncomfortable for me to sleep next to/on. Bunny was still nursing to sleep and I was not able to nurse her laying down while in the arms reach co sleeper. I ended up buying a mini crib to put next to our bed, but that did not work either. The mattress on the mini crib was not the right height for our bed, and it was the same size as the arms reach co sleeper. I was afraid Bunny would outgrow it before we were done co sleeping. Then I had the brilliant idea to try to side car our crib. Why I didn’t think of this in the first place, I do not know. I blame my lack of sleep!

We moved our crib into our room and what did you know, the mattress of the crib on its highest setting was almost EXACTLY the same height as our bed! To side car a crib you simply remove the front rail and attach the crib to your bed. The crib we used next to our bed was a drop side crib so we took off the railing that “dropped.” We put the crib in between our bed and the wall so it was secure and would not move. Once we put the crib mattress in the crib, we noticed there was a gap between the crib and the railing. I have heard of people putting foam or pool noodles in that gap, but neither of those seemed like a good idea to me. What worked for us was rolling up two blankets and putting them in the gap. That way if Bunny rolled onto the gap, she would still feel a soft item and wouldn’t be able to fall through the gap. Plus she wouldn’t be inhaling weird chemicals or smells. 

Crib with gap
Crib with tightly rolled blankets in gap

I wasn’t worried about Bunny climbing out of our bed because she was in her crib. I was worried about the extra foot or two our bed has past her crib. I put a firm pillow in that space so I knew Bunny would not be able to fall out of our bed if she did end up crawling out of her crib. 

Purple pillow at the end of the crib, just in case.

Using the crib side car style has been wonderful. Bunny is able to sleep in our room with us, and we can nurse through out the night and I can lay down while nursing her. This allows for me to be able to sleep while nursing Bunny. Bunny loves her crib so much, when we start our night time routine, Bunny will crawl across our bed to get to her crib. She knows that is her space and does not want to sleep in our bed anymore! She prefers her own space, but still being near us. It is the perfect solution for us. 

I love waking up to this face!
An arms length away.

When choosing a crib to side car to your bed you need to consider a few things. 
1. Make sure you choose a crib that is stable with one side being removed. There are many cribs that convert to a toddler bed, these cribs are made to be stable with only three sides. 
2. Make sure the crib you choose fits in your space. We had to take our nightstands out of our bedroom to fit our crib in the room with us. Decide where you want your crib to go. Our crib is on my side of the bed so it is an extension of my bed area. I have heard of some people putting their crib at the foot of the bed. Do whatever works for you and your family. 
3. Make sure your mattress and the crib mattress are the same height. You can lower or raise your mattress by removing or adding a bed frame, or choosing a bed frame that gets your mattress to the perfect height. You can also raise or lower the crib mattress depending on your crib. This is something to consider when looking for a crib to side car. We measured our mattress height and went crib shopping, only to realize the crib we already had was the perfect height!
4. Make sure the crib is tight and secure against your bed. I have heard of people using bungie cords to connect the crib frame to their bed frame. We positioned our crib in between our bed and the wall. The crib was not going anywhere!
5. Decide what you want to use to fill the gap between the crib mattress and the crib rails. There WILL be a gap. It might be small, it might be large. I did not want any synthetic materials like a pool noodle or foam. A tightly rolled up blanket was the perfect option for us. Make sure there are not any other gaps. A good rule is to not have a gap larger than two fingers. This ensures your baby will not get stuck anywhere. 

Do you want to know why we co sleep? Find out why here.

Do you co sleep? Do you have a side car crib? Show us your set up!

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Back Seat Car Seat Mirror AND Giveaway

I have always used a car seat mirror for Bunny. Bunny severely disliked the car from her first car ride, and being able to see her was VERY helpful for me. When I was unable to sit next to Bunny in the car, I took comfort in knowing I could see her.

The first car seat mirror I purchased was hard to install and very difficult to obtain the correct angle in order to see Bunny. Every time someone sat in the seat next to Bunny, the mirror would get bumped. Every single time My Love put Bunny in the car, the mirror would get knocked out of place. It was a pain to re position it. I actually had to stuff a onsie and a burp rag under the mirror to achieve the proper angel needed to see Bunny. My Love often commented on how much he hated the difficulty of the mirror and how poor the design was. I do not know how many times I had to readjust that mirror! First I would sit in the driver seat to see where I needed to move the mirror to, then move to the back seat and adjust the mirror, then back to the drivers seat to see if it was at the correct angle. I repeated this until I FINALLY was able to see Bunny. Very frustrating and very inconvenient. The first mirror I purchased also had a built in night light and sounds. The night light only stayed on for a minute or so, and the music was nice, but did little to soothe Bunny.

When I saw the Little Tikes Mirror, I immediately fell in love with the design. It looked easy to instal and easy to adjust! I knew My Love would be interested in seeing how this mirror works. I was very intrigued and excited to try the Little Tikes Mirror. (The Little Tikes Mirror is made with Diono.)

Installing the Little Tikes Mirror is SUPER easy. You simply clip the base of the mirror onto the headrest of the seat your child’s car seat is on. This mirror rotates 360 degrees and pivots on a ball and socket. Because of this, you do not need to place the mirror directly over your child, and it does not interfere with your rear visibility. It is very easy to obtain the correct angle with this mirror! You simply move the mirror, not the base! It took me maybe one minute to find the proper angle with the Little Tikes mirror, versus the first fancy mirror I purchased. The Little Tikes mirror does not have any sounds or lights, but honestly, those things are not needed. 

To install, clip the strap around your headrest.
Then tighten the strap. That is it!!!

I can easily adjust the angle on the Little Tikes mirror. My Love still bumps the mirror every single time he puts Bunny in the car seat, but it does not knock the entire thing off balance. The base of the Little Tikes Mirror stays in place. The mirror itself is what gets moved. It is an easy fix! I simply move the mirror around with a few minor adjustments, and it is back on track! I don’t have to re strap the mirror in every time, I don’t have to shove clothing behind the base to achieve the correct angle. It takes me only a few seconds to adjust the Little Tikes mirror back to the angle I want it at. 

You can move the mirror any direction you would like.  
Look how far it can turn on the base without moving the base!!
Bunny loves being able to see herself and me.
You can position the mirror any direction you want it to be in.

I can not imagine NOT having a mirror to see Bunny. Bunny and I wave to each other via her mirror. We make funny faces at each other. Bunny can see me and I can see her. For us, this makes riding in the car much easier. Bunny is still rear facing at 15 months and will continue to rear face until she outgrows her car seat’s weight and height limit. (Read more about continued rear facing here.) The Little Tikes mirror is extremely useful for continued rear facing. I can see my sweet baby and make sure she is doing well. 

The Little Tikes mirror is also very handy in that, with the mirror, I never forget I have my baby in the car with me. As summer is approaching, I am reminded of the many times last summer when I heard news stories about children accidentally being left in the car and being injured. With the Little Tikes mirror, you ALWAYS see your baby. There is NO way you will NOT see your baby. You can not forget about your baby if you are constantly looking at them! Every time I look in my rear view mirror, I see my sweet baby’s face. If you are nervous about forgetting your child, I highly recommend purchasing and using a car seat mirror. 

I LOVE the Little Tikes mirror! It is extremely easy to instal and even easier to position! The best part is, it only costs $15! The first mirror I purchased with all the bells and whistles was around $30. The Little Tikes Mirror is half the price AND a better design. This is a MUST have baby product for me. 

You can view the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Mirror here.
Enter to win your very own Little Tikes Mirror!
Here’s how

Entries must be received by June 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced via Facebook on June 13, 2014

Do you need your car seat mirror now?! You can purchase the Easy View Mirror (a sister item to the Little Tikes Mirror) here

Disclaimer: I received these items to review. My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the product owner. 

Eepples MilkCharm Review and Giveaway

Did you know breast milk is only good for so long? Freshly pumped breast milk is good at room temperature for 4-6 hours, in the refrigerator for 3-8 days, and in the freezer for 6-12 months. Thawed breast milk needs to be used within 24 hours. When you are a new, sleep deprived, trying your hardest to do best for your baby parent, it is hard to remember all this information! 

If you have ever pumped breast milk, you know how frustrating it can be to try to remember exactly WHEN you pumped the breast milk, and if it is still okay to give to your baby. Some have tried post it notes, scotch tape, notes on the fridge, and more! There are even some breast milk lids that let you say what day you pumped the milk, but not what time! Every breastfeeding and pumping mom dreads throwing out milk. When you are pumping, you most definitely cry over spilled milk! The worst thing you can do is throw it away! Eepples MilkCharm is the perfect solution!

MilkCharm is a reusable dial system which allows you to quickly and easily set and read the day and time when your breast milk was pumped. No more guessing! The ease of use is great for those early morning and late night pumping sessions. Milkcharms are BPA and phthalate free AND dishwasher safe! MilkCharm is a super cute double sided dial in the shape of a flower. On one side features the day of the week. In between the days is am or pm. The other side features the time of day, 12 am to 12 pm. This makes it so much easier to know how old the milk is and how much longer it is good for. 

Eepples MilkCharm comes in a mixture of three different colors; orange, green and blue. MilkCharms have a nice stretchy band that allows you to use them with virtually any bottle. MilkCharms are made from food grade polypropylene and silicone. They are 100% recyclable. Even better, MilkCharms are made in the USA, in the San Francisco bay area. 

MilkCharms are not just for breast milk. MilkCharms works great with formula and homemade baby food! Formula is good for 1 hour after it has been prepared. Sometimes it is difficult to remember when you last made that bottle! Home made baby food should only stay in the refrigerator for 72 hours. MilkCharm is a great way to label your baby food!

great for home made baby food!
Great for home made applesauce 🙂

Enter here to win your very own MilkCharm!
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Do you need to buy some now?!? 

MilkCharms come in a pack of three and can be purchased for $14.99 here.

No more tape and pen, no more sticky notes that smear and fall off, no more grease pencils.  Just dial in the day (and time if you want to be exact), hang the MilkCharm on the bottle, put it in the fridge, and go take a nap!  The time side also works great for storing milk at room temperature, formula in the fridge, or for bottles that baby didn’t finish drinking.  Plus, the MilkCharm can be used for tracking the freshness of tons of other food items long after you’re done breastfeeding.”

Disclaimer: I received these items to review. My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the product owner. 

Keeping Your Baby in a Rear Facing Car Seat

Everyone knows infants are supposed to be in rear facing car seats until they are a year old and 20 pounds, as required by law and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But did you know in 2011 the AAP revised its policy, due to a new study that found children younger than 2 are 75 percent less likely to be killed or injured in a car crash if they’re in a rear-facing car seat. Currently the AAP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend that children stay in rear facing car seats until they outgrow the weight and height limit on their car seat. This means most children should remain in a rear facing car seat until they are at least 2 or 3 years old. Depending on your car seats weight and height limit, your child could be as old as 4 or 5  before they need to turn their car seat around.  Rear facing car seats used to have a weight and height limit that was typically met around a child’s first birthday. Now, car seat manufacturers have raised the weight and height limit on their car seats, allowing your child to stay rear facing longer. The highest rear facing height and weight limit is currently is 45 lbs and 44″, or when the child’s head is 1.5″ from the top of the car seat shell. This is means most  
3 and 4 year olds can still be rear facing!

Bunny is currently rear facing at 15 months old, and about 20 pounds. Bunny will continue to be rear facing until she outgrows the weight and height limit of her car seat. 

Why is rear facing better than forward facing? Young children are at a higher risk for head and spinal cord injuries because their ligaments and bones are still developing. A child’s head is proportionally larger than their necks, making the structural support system unsteady. Rear facing seats give your child’s head, neck and spine the best support from a car seat, and prevents your child’s head from being thrown away from their body in a crash. 

The most common concerns about rear facing car seats for toddlers and children are easily addressed. 

Will my child be comfortable rear facing? Won’t they get car sick?
No, your child will be just fine! Most toddlers and children are more comfortable rear facing because the car seat is reclined and it is MUCH more comfortable to sleep reclined vs upright. (Hopefully your child falls asleep in the car, Bunny does NOT!) Also, they can rest their feet on the seat instead of having their feet dangle over their car seat unsupported. As for getting car sick, the direction the seat faces rarely has an impact on motion sickness. Rear facing is what your child has been used to from the beginning. Why turn them around now?

Will my child’s feet or legs be injured while rear facing because they are bent, crossed, or touching the back of the seat?

This is a VERY big misconception among parents. During the most common type of crash (frontal), the child’s legs will fly up and away from the back of the seat.  It is much more important to protect your child’s head, neck and spine in a crash, which is what rear facing car seats do best. Not convinced? Take a look at this study done by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that looks at children’s injuries ages 1-4 resulting from a crash. Leg injuries were rare for children in rear facing car seats, but injuries to the lower extremity region were the second most common type of injury for children who were in forward facing car seats. Why? Because the legs of a child in a forward facing car seat are thrown forward in a crash and can hit the console or the back of the front seat.  The study states, “Injuries below the knee were the most common, particularly to the tibia/fibula, and they most often occurred due to interaction with the vehicle seatback in front of the child’s seating position.” Most children find a comfortable position for their legs. Bunny either rests her legs against the seat or hangs them over the edge of her car seat. 
 “In a forward-facing car seat during an accident, your child’s arms and legs fly forward and are more likely to be injured. In a rear-facing car seat, the chance of injuries to the arms and legs in a crash is less than 1 in 10,000,” says Ben Hoffman, a nationally recognized injury prevention specialist and pediatrician at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University. 

My child fights me when I put him/her in the car seat, wouldn’t it be easier if the car seat was forward facing?
Most likely, no. Most children go through a phase of disliking the car seat and/or the car. Bunny certainly did. She hated the car from the day she was born until recently. FINALLY at 15 months she doesn’t mind being in the car. Most children fight about a lot of things, eating their vegetables, going to bed, being nice to siblings. 

I can’t see my child when they are rear facing. What if they choke or have an emergency? How can I interact with my child when they are rear facing?
This is where a mirror comes in handy. Bunny has a cute car seat mirror that is strapped to the headrest of her seat. I can see her, she can see me. We often wave to each other. I can see if she’s sleeping, if she is happy, if she is breathing. If you are afraid your child will choke while eating food, don’t feed them in the car. (See my review of a car seat mirror here.)

What if I am rear ended? Won’t my child be less safe if s/he is rear facing?
The majority of rear end crashes happen when both cars are traveling in the same direction. One car is typically stopped or in the process of stopping, with the other car being in front or behind them. Crash forces are lessened in a rear end crash, which means a lower chance of injury. Severe rear end collisions are rare. Frontal and side impacts account for the majority of sever crashes involving a fatality, while rear end crashes account for less than 11.8%. “In short, if your child is rear-facing, he has optimal protection in the types of crashes you are most likely to be in. If he is forward-facing, he may have optimal protection in a rear-end crash, but statistically, that is the least likely to happen and he is 60% more likely to be injured or killed in the types of crashes (frontal, side impact) you are most likely to be in.” CPSafety 

My child is already forward facing! There is NO WAY s/he will be okay if I switch her/him to rear facing!
You don’t know how your child will react until you try it! It is mainly the parents who are hesitant about the switch, not the child. Try to make it a positive experience! Or no experience at all. Turn the car seat around and go about your routine as usual. Many parents have turned their children back to rear facing after learning about the safety benefits rear facing provides. The majority of parents have little to no resistance from their child. Give it a try, you might be surprised at how well it is received! 

Need some cold hard facts?
The AAP has recommended since 2002 that kids stay rear facing as long as possible! The previous MINIMUM guidance was age 1 or 20 pounds. The AAP recommends “Children should stay in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until they grow too big for seat specifications

CPSaftey states, “Children should not be turned forward-facing until they reach the maximum rear-facing limits of a convertible seat (that allows rear-facing to at least 30 lbs). These limits are either the maximum rear-facing weight limit or when the top of their head is within one inch of the top of the seat shell, whichever comes first. While most parents are aware that they must keep their children rear-facing “until they are AT LEAST 1 year old AND 20 lbs”, very few are told that there are significant safety benefits when a child remains rear-facing as long as the seat allows. For most children, rear-facing can and should continue well into the second year of life.”

“New research indicates that toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear-facing in a car safety seat up to their second birthday. ” AAP

“Now we are challenged by greater evidence to imple- ment what we know to be best practice: Children should ride in a rear-facing seat to the highest weight or height allowed for use rear-facing by the manufacturer of the seat. ” Rear Facing Car Seat Safety

Your child is five times safer in a car crash while riding rear-facing when between 12-24 months than if they were forward facing. 2’s the new 1

Forward-facing children under the age of 2 are 75% more likely to be injured.

“To prevent severe spinal injury, children should remain rear-facing until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 lb, but safety experts recommend 18-24 months and up to 35 lb, depending on the restraint used.” Carseat.org

“Rear-facing is safest for both adults and children, but especially for babies, who would face a greater risk of spinal cord injury in a front-facing carseat during a frontal crash.” car-safety.org/

Here are some videos showing why children should be rear facing. 

More information about the benefits of rear facing can be found here: