There was an article in the Globe and Mail this morning about how Transport Canada is changing car seat and booster seat specifications in January to reflect the new reality of babies' and toddlers' needs. Seats will be reinforced to handle higher weights. Here's an excerpt:
The changes are driven partly by the trend of children getting bigger over the past two decades, Transport Canada said. Experts blame shifting lifestyles, including high-calorie food consumption, more time spent in front of the computer or television, and mothers switching earlier to feeding their babies formula rather than breast milk.
For the complete article, go to: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/car-seat-shortages-feared-as-scramble-on-to-comply-with-new-rules-for-bigger-kids/article1808141
This excerpt speaks for itself, but I will speak to this trend by saying that we as parents need to do better. And the government needs to be doing a better job of making our jobs easier through education and responsible regulation of the food and marketing industries before it finds itself designing new car seats.