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Can my tall baby face forward in the car?
Q: My daughter is 9 months old, weighs about 20 pounds and is very tall for her age. Her height is causing her legs to bend when she's in her car seat. Do you think this is an appropriate reason to turn her seat around?
Stephanie Beaver
A: Your daughter should remain facing the rear of the vehicle until her first birthday. The rear-facing mode better protects your daughter's head and neck in a frontal crash. Neck muscles typically don't mature enough to withstand crash loads until 12 months. Although your daughter may be above average in size, muscle maturity is more a function of age than size.
Kathleen Alfano Ph.D., Former Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®