Forward/Rear facing car seats, which one?

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My son is almost 8 months but he's more like the size of a one/two year old.
He is about 29 inches, and 27lbs.
My car seat goes up to 22lbs, obviously he's exceeded that. And he's too long for the seat now!
Is it okay to put an 8 month old at this size in a forward facing car seat?

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Megan - posted on 03/18/2013

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Keep your little one rear facing for as long as possible...even to age two. It may seem odd to you but your child does not know any different. And he is safest this way. http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&...
This seat is good to 45lbs rear facing and like 80 forward facing...so its a good investment in your little one's safety

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2010

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I have a 'Britax', bought in Canada, but I'm pretty certain they can be bought internationally? It can be used rear facing upto 35 lbs, and front facing upto 65 lbs. Awesome seat, super comfy looking/seeming & no complaints from my 8 month old :) My bubba is on the tall side too, 30 inches long & 23 lbs @ 8 months so we were needing to upgrade a while ago.

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Quoting Eleisha:

I agree with the convertible car seat. I am in Australia and want to keep my daughter ear facing for as long as I can, but our rear facing car seats (Which are convertible) only go up to 12 kilos (about 26 pounds I think). She will be about 1 when she reaches this weight, and was wondering if any Aussies have found a rear facing seat that will hold more than 12 kilos.


Once your child reaches one she can face forward.... if she reaches that weight slightly before 1 she will be ok. I switched mine when she was 11m  (simply because I thot I bought a convertible one and I didn't!)

Eleisha - posted on 12/31/2009

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I agree with the convertible car seat. I am in Australia and want to keep my daughter ear facing for as long as I can, but our rear facing car seats (Which are convertible) only go up to 12 kilos (about 26 pounds I think). She will be about 1 when she reaches this weight, and was wondering if any Aussies have found a rear facing seat that will hold more than 12 kilos.

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The reason they need to be in rear facing is because of their neck. A baby doesn't have strong enough neck muscles to support his head should you need to break suddenly or get in an accident, etc. Even if he is big, he is still young! :)

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2009

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Yep, would agree with the other posts. Most states require the child to face rear facing until they are 1 yr. AND 20 pounds. Both of my kids out grew their rear facing seats by time they were about 6 mos. Just go to the ones that allow you to put them in either rear facing or forward facing, so once they reach the age requirement you can just turn the seat around.

Jennifer - posted on 12/31/2009

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I very much agree, get a convertible carseat so he can remain rear facing until he is at least 1 year old!!! It is not safe for him to be forward facing yet but it does sound like he needs to be out of his other seat!!!

Jessica - posted on 12/31/2009

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I agree with PP about convertible seats; my son is about grown out of his infant carrier and we got a convertible one. I believe they say to keep them rear-facing until they are 20 lbs AND a year old. A convertible seat will allow you to do that and then switch it to front-facing when he's old enough.

Melissa - posted on 12/31/2009

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Get a convertible carseat that allows you to rear face him then foward face him later on. There are tons of convertibles on the market that allow rearfacing to 35-40lbs. I would not put an 8 month old foward facing even if he was bigger, since size really has nothing to do with neck strength and head control. I am an advocate of extended rear facing, and my daughter has a Graco MyRide which goes up to 45lbs rearfacing, and she will be in there rear facing until she exceeds the limit no matter how old she is.

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