Wills & Kate criticised for putting baby George in danger?



The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (Wills & Kate), along with their baby son Prince George, have only been Down Under for a matter of hours, yet they have already managed to cause quite a stir.

Child safety experts and many concerned parents using have expressed outrage on social media that Prince George will reportedly be transported in a forward-facing car seat while in New Zealand, instead of the much safer, and recommended, option of rear-facing.

Photos released by New Zealand’s national childcare advisory agency Plunket, showcasing its staff fitting a Maxi-Cosi baby seat into the official car the Royals will travel in during their stay in NZ, caused outrage as the car seat appeared to be forward facing - a stark contrast to advice from Plunket which states infants should remain rear facing until the age of two.

“He NEEDS to be rear facing. Why bother promoting rear facing to 2yrs when you go ahead and install his seat forward facing, he’s only 8 months old!!”, was on of the comments on Plunket NZ’s Facebook page.
“Disgusting that you would forward face an 8 month old. Shame on you Plunket,” another commented.

Plunket said in a statement later: “The final decision on the selection and installation of a child restraint rests with the parent or caregiver.”



Whether it was Wills & Kate (or their people) who made the final decision, is unclear but I wish they, along with ALL parents & caregivers, would take the time to visit this website & view the video clip:
http://www.rearfacingdownunder.com

I've said it once and I'll say it again... Why are some parents so keen on letting their babies grow up so fast?!

That first smile, giggle, word, crawl, & steps are all moments to be cherished and celebrated.

Turning your baby from rear facing to forward facing is NOT a milestone.
Just like starting your baby on solids/jar food at 4 weeks "coz I thought he/she was hungry" is not cool. 
(The recommended guidelines for the introduction of solids is 4-6months due to gut development, allergy issues, choking issues & even then, solids shouldn't replace your chosen form of milk [breast or bottle] until 12 months. And ideally, a vegetable should be introduced every couple of days - eg sweet potato with broccoli for three days before moving onto the introduction of the next combination. 
And ideally, according to my local Child Health Nurses, the introduction is recommended in the morning so any reactions can be monitored. Not just, "hey kid here's a tin of chicken and veggies". For dinner.  *Bangs head against a wall*.)
Ok sorry, solids rant over, back to today's topic.

I'm a member of various parenting groups and forums online and am outraged by how many parents are out there making uneducated decisions.
Decisions that affect their child's health and well being.
I would have thought, if you have time for Facebook, you have time to use Google, to conduct research or keep abreast of parenting issues/advice.

On a recent forum, parents were proudly declaring that they turned their babies to forward facing at 4 months! Not only is this illegal here (regulation is MINIMUM 6 months or 9kg).
It's a guideline, not a rule that you have to turn them then.

With my first child, I wasn't so aware of the benefits of extended rear facing, and she wasn't a fan of rear facing by the time she was around 11 months so we turned her. 
And we turned our son at 11 months (he was born 10lb and 56cm and managed to stay rear facing for that long, so the argument that your bub is/was too long to stay rear facing just doesn't cut it).

Each to their own. But with all this information (& proven research) out there, why wouldn't you want to do what's best for your child?
I know many might say, 'well, a mother knows best', but how can anyone argue against the countless reports/ research findings that indicate extended rear facing is the safest option? 
Some mums THINK it's ok to give their children juice or soft drink in bottles... So clearly there are plenty out there with not a clue (or care?) in the world.

This video really opened my eyes so I think it's important to share. 
We plan on keeping our 5-month-old twins rear facing until at least 12 months.

"Broken legs = cast it. Broken neck (internal decapitation) = casket."

Great video that demonstrates the risks:
http://www.rearfacingdownunder.com

(Not trying to stir the pot, just helping everyone make informed decisions  :-)

If you didn't know this information already, has it changed your views?


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