Rear Facing Car Seats
When travelling in a car, a rear facing car seat is the safest option for babies, children and even adults! Research has shown it to be a whopping 500% safer to face the rear for children up to two, and the benefits certainly don’t disappear after that age. Babies and young children have large, heavy heads compared to their bodies, as well as relatively weak neck muscles. Facing the rear massively decreases the strain on their little necks should the unthinkable happen, and they end up in a crash. When facing the front, their bodies are held by the harness, while their heads are virtually unrestrained. Turn them around to face the back, and their back, neck and head are all supported by the car seat itself - much safer.
It is always recommended that infant car seats, a.k.a. capsules, are used in the rear facing position. But because of the huge safety benefits of rear facing car travel, the best car seat brands have developed ingenious designs to make it comfy for your little one to face backwards for as long as possible. Maxi-Cosi, Axkid and Britax all have fantastic seats that grow with your baby while still facing the rear, helping you keep them rear facing - that means safer, for longer.