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Car Seats: May 6, 2011

You might like seeing their little faces in your rear view mirror, but new guidelines will keep babies facing away from you for at least 2 years, in rear-facing car seats. It's one of the new recommendations from the state of Florida.

Melissa King is a busy mom. But never too busy to make sure her daughter Sophie is safely strapped into her car seat. Melissa tells us her daughter's safety is the most important thing for her so, correct installation for a car seat is absolutely necessary.

Sophie will being staying put for the next 9 years. Florida recently announced new car seat guidelines that will keep kids strapped in longer and riding safer.

There are three basic moves to remember. Babies start off in a rear-facing seat, then graduate to a forward facing position. When they get big enough they can switch to a booster.

Lee Memorial Health Systems Liz Moreno monitors guidelines for the 'safe kids campaign'. She says that the longer you keep them with the 5-point harness, the safer they are.

The American Academy of Pediatrics found children are 5 times safer riding in rear facing seats in case they get into a crash, what the seat is going to do is ride down the impact.

To accommodate the new guidelines, manufacturers are super-sizing car seats to fit bigger babies.

Liz also says that now we have car seats that go up to 30-35 pounds, rear facing and older children will also see changes, staying in booster seats until age 9 when they're big enough for the car's seat belt and if you just sit your child down in the seat 2:20 and her feet would be touching the floor and you could say she's big enough, you have to remember that the vehicles are made for grownups, they're not made for the children.