Babies and smaller children are safest travelling rearward facing.
The Law says you must have your baby rearward facing until they are 6 months old. This requirement should be viewed as the bare minimum. Many children will not be big enough to face forward at 6 months, and are safer remaining in a rearward facing position.
Paediatricians, industry experts and car seat manufacturers all agree that children should remain rearward facing for as long as their car seat allows, regardless of age.
You can tell when your child is ready to face forward when their shoulder reaches the shoulder height marker label, sewn into the car seat cover.