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How long should my daughter be rear-facing in her car seat? When can I turn her car seat forward?
by: Claire McCarthy, MD, FAAP
For at least the first two years of life, it's safest for your daughter to be rear-facing in her car seat. Before two years, the head is a big part of the body and the muscles of the neck aren't very strong; when babies are front-facing, the risk of head and neck injuries (which can be very serious and cause lifelong damage) in a crash is much higher.
I say "for at least the first two years of life," because although it's okay to put your daughter in a front-facing car seat when she turns two, you don't have to; it's fine for her to continue to be rear-facing as long as she hasn't outgrown the manufacturer's weight or height limits for the seat.