AAP Updates Recommendations on Car Seats

May 8, 2011


Children should ride rear-facing to age 2, use a booster until at least age 8

New advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will change the way many parents buckle up their children for a drive.

In a new policy published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics(published online March 21), the AAP advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

The previous policy, from 2002, advised that it is safest for infants and toddlers to ride rear-facing up to the limits of the car seat, but it also cited age 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum. As a result, many parents turned the seat to face the front of the car when their child celebrated his or her first birthday.

“Parents often look forward to transitioning from one stage to the next, but these transitions should generally be delayed until they’re necessary, when the child fully outgrows the limits for his or her current stage,” said Dennis Durbin, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and accompanying technical report.

“A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body,” Dr. Durbin said. “For larger children, a forward-facing seat with a harness is safer than a booster, and a belt-positioning booster seat provides better protection than a seat belt alone until the seat belt fits correctly.”

While the rate of deaths in motor vehicle crashes in children under age 16 has decreased substantially – dropping 45 percent between 1997 and 2009 – it is still the leading cause of death for children ages 4 and older. Counting children and teens up to age 21, there are more than 5,000 deaths each year. Fatalities are just the tip of the iceberg; for every fatality, roughly 18 children are hospitalized and more than 400 are injured seriously enough to require medical treatment.

New research has found children are safer in rear-facing car seats. A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention showed that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are riding rear-facing.

“The ‘age 2’ recommendation is not a deadline, but rather a guideline to help parents decide when to make the transition,” Dr. Durbin said. “Smaller children will benefit from remaining rear-facing longer, while other children may reach the maximum height or weight before 2 years of age.”

Children should transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat with a harness, until they reach the maximum weight or height for that seat. Then a booster will make sure the vehicle’s lap-and-shoulder belt fit properly. The shoulder belt should lie across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not near the neck or face. The lap belt should fit low and snug on the hips and upper thighs, not across the belly. Most children will need a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.

Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.

Although the Federal Aviation Administration permits children under age 2 to ride on an adult’s lap on an airplane, they are best protected by riding in an age- and size-appropriate restraint.

“Children should ride properly restrained on every trip in every type of transportation, on the road or in the air,” Dr. Durbin said.

Click here for a list of approved car safety seats.

Healthy Children Radio: Car Seat Safety

Dennis Durbin, MD, FAAP, lead author of the revised AAP recommendations, comes on the show to discuss the recommendations and advise parents of the safest ways to transport children in cars.

Segment 1: AAP Recommendations on Car Seats

Segment 2: New Car Seat Recommendations: What Parents Need to Know


 3/24/2011 12:05 AM


Bellybar Prenatal Vitamins

March 31, 2011

Whether you are trying, pregnant or have a new baby, good nutrition is doubly important right now.  Now there is an easy and tasty solution. Bellybar Prenatal vitamins are made the way a Mom would make them…chewable!


For all of you who have struggled with swallowing a horse pill or given up taking a pill because you were not feeling well, here is a solution: a tasty, easy-to-take and completely enjoyable chewable prenatal vitamin. A complete multivitamin created for you and your baby, the Bellybar Prenatal chewable vitamins are a great-tasting alternative to large pills (or multi-pills). In just two yummy wafers, you can get all the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need – plus some extra Vitamin D!


Don’t just take our word for it, come to our next meeting to taste the difference.  We’ll be giving away a free sample, along with a coupon for $1 off your purchase of Bellybar Prenatal Chewable Vitamins at your local Walgreens.


P.S. Did we mention you can buy these all-natural, OB/GYN-endorsed chewable vitamins over the counter for less than $10 for a 30-day supply?



Vendor of The Month- La Paloma Norte

October 5, 2010

La Paloma Norte  

 The Flores family, San Antonio restauranteurs for three generations, invites you to their latest venture, La Paloma Norte, where you’ll find service that excels, a menu that surprises, meals that delight, and wines and desserts that indulge.

    La Paloma Norte offers an innovative menu incorporating the flavors of the Mexican Kitchen with such techniques as rich sauces, grilled entrees, cosmopolitan recipes, popular wines, and specialty drinks. The staff and welcoming ambiance reflect their commitment to quality, outstanding service and unique dining.

    Happy Hour specials and half off select menu items Monday through Friday, from 4p.m. to 7p.m.

    In addition, La Paloma Norte offers various specials throughout the week:

Kids eat free all day MONDAY’S (with purchase of adult entree)

Margarita Wednesday- $2.50 house margaritas all day.

     La Paloma Norte is located on the northside of San Antonio at the corner of Bulverde and Evans Road. 

22250 Bulverde Road

San Antonio, Texas 78261



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Great Newsletter for us moms!!!

April 15, 2010


 Macaroni Kid of Stone Oak and North Central San Antonio

Macaroni Kid and its family of Publisher Moms are dedicated to delivering the scoop on all the family-friendly events and activities happening in their communities each week. Check out Macaroni Kid’s list of communities and sign up to receive your free weekly newsletter.

HUGE Children’s Event – Wee World Consignment Sale – September 11-12, 2009

September 9, 2009

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Join Stroller Strides of North San Antonio at this HUGE Children’s Event.  Admission is free.  Shop over 18,000 sq ft of merchandise.  This is your chance to buy gently used children’s clothing, furniture, books, toys, play equipment, maternity clothing and MORE!

This is Wee World’s final sale as they are opening their first Wee World store in 2010.

Check out the WEE WORLD website for more information.  We hope to see you there!

Member Recommended: The Woodhouse Day Spa

August 27, 2009

woodhouse logoMembers Amanda H and Sara H recommend Woodhouse Spa at The Quarry.

Patricia and April have been recommended for facials and waxing.  Members say it’s a little pricey, but worth it.

The Quarry Market, 255 E. Basse Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78209
p. 210-822-8800 or email: sanantonioquarry@woodhousespas.com

Last Child in the Woods – Recommended by Amy S.

August 7, 2009

Straight from the headlines and morning show circuit, we have a great Member Recommended book.

Last Child in the Woods discusses the growing divide between nature and children.  Child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Click HERE for an overview of the book and to visit the author’s website.

Amy S. says:  “I thought it was a great endorsement of having our kids join us in the park instead of always just in a daycare at a gym.”