Couple of things that I have read recently-one is a new rec. from the American Academy of Peds. , the other was in the AAP journal but more of an opinion rather than a formal recommendation.
The first was regarding food introduction and allergies. Contrary to what most of pediatricians have been saying over the past 10-15yrs, there has not been any siginificant correlation b/w the withholding of foods like peanuts and eggs and the decreasing incidence of food allergies. Thus, it is now thought that it is ok to introduce these two foods along with strawberries to children under the age of one. Please still avoid honey until after one year of age.
The opinion article on car seats was that kids should stay rear facing until at least 4. Studies have shown that children over 1 year who are forward facing have a 5 times higher incidence of death compared to children in a rear facing car seat. The study states that in the Netherlands that all kids stay rear facing until 4 and there is a very low incidence of death in car accidents for this age group.
Certainly makes sense-would be a significant change in thinking for most Americans-however, I will probably try and keep my baby rear facing after one year of age.