Be Your Baby’s Hero: Why Rear to Two is Vital

As moms and dads ourselves, the team at Graco always wants maximum safety for babies—ours and yours. So, when one of the most respected authorities on the subject—American Academy of Pediatrics—makes an updated recommendation, we take notice. The organization now recommends that infants ride rear-facing until two years old or until they reach maximum height and weight for their seat.

Here are some key reasons that “Rear to Two” offers a safer ride:

-A 2007 study in Injury Prevention (the journal) showed that children under age two are 75% less likely to be severely injured (or worse) in a crash if they are rear-facing.

-In rear-facing mode, the back of the seat supports baby’s head, neck and spine. In a crash, the back of the child restraint absorbs the bulk of force.

-Most injuries in vehicle collisions are to the head. By riding in rear-facing mode, the child’s head is contained, preventing it from coming in contact with other elements of the car, in the event of a crash.

Right now, the Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the only infant car seat on the market that provides rear-facing support for babies, from infancy up to two years. This new seat provides the convenience and portability of an infant carrier, allows children to ride rear-facing up to 40 lbs. and has an 8-position adjustable base, accommodating children as they grow taller. “With the new AAP recommendation we felt it was important to develop an infant car seat that will provide rear-facing support to children up to 2 years of age. The SnugRide Click Connect 40 gives parents the peace of mind their little ones are rear-facing and secure,” explains John Bachner, Director of Car Seat Development for Graco Children’s Products.  John got together with some pediatricians and child experts to discuss, in even more detail why “rear to two years” is so vital.  See video below.

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Ashley Mowrey

Ashley is the PR and Consumer Engagement Manager at Graco. She loves catching up with friends on Facebook, relaxing at the beach and playing baseball with her three boys, Evan, Chase & Connor.


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6 Responses to “Be Your Baby’s Hero: Why Rear to Two is Vital”

  1. Kelli Brown November 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Hi – I’m confused. We have a SnugRide 35. My understanding was that we could keep our child in that seat rear facing until age two assuming he weighs less than 35 pounds and is shorter than 32 inches. That is the information we were quoted when we purchased the seat last year – is that no longer accurate? Your post states that the new car seat “is the only infant car seat on the market that provides rear-facing support for babies, from infancy up to two years.”
    Did something change that I’m not aware of? Is the SnugRide 35 not safe for use after the age of one year?

  2. R.R. November 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Kelli- it is safe to use your infant seat as long as your child is under the height and weight limits and has at least one inch of hard shell above their head :)

  3. momma jax November 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    I would assume that as long as your child meets the weight and height guidelines for the seat it safe to continue.using. I think thus seat has higher height and weight limits for those with 1-2 year olds who.are too bigger. My son fit.the weight for.the snugride but was too tall! I thi.k.just covers a bigger range!

  4. Rach November 14, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    My child just turned one and is almost three foot tall every car seat I put her in that is rear facing she is taller then the seat. She weights 25 pounds. Is there a car seat you can tell me that will fit a child 3 foot tall and weight 25 pounds!! She out grew two already so I don’t know what else we can buy for her as far as safety goes..

  5. Tessa November 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Rach, look into the Radian R120 carseat. It rear faces to 45lbs and has a very tall shell. Go ahead and purchase the angle adjuster with it, to ensure that it will fit in your vehicle.

  6. misty clevenger December 15, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    One of my twin boys is almost at the 22lb mark for his car seat @ 8months. Anyone have any recommendations for his next seat? Need something that will fit is a smaller car. I drive a #ubaru outback sedan…..