7 months old and front facing?

Jo-Ann - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi i live in SC and my baby is now 7 months & 23 lbs. and i just recently bought her a new car seat (she was in the infant seat but no longer fits in it) and she in well in the weight requirements to be front facing, is it okay to have her front facing now?

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Crystal - posted on 02/10/2011

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no i'm not sure about the laws by you but here they have to be 1yr AND 20lbs and they are much safer rf i have two kids 5yr old and a 18 month old my toddler is RF at 23lbs and 31 3/4in in a britax declathon almost expired so buying a britax boulavard definetly need to turn her back around even though she's a big baby her bones are still not strong enough to with stand an impact in a ff carseat

Anne - posted on 09/15/2009

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It is not only safer to rear-face longer, many kids are more comfortable that way. My 3 1/2 year old is still rear-facing, and my 5 1/2 year old wants to be! Children who rear-face too early are at risk of severe spinal injury including paralysis and death in a crash.

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Absolutely not mama. Even if she is 23lbs, she is not old enough, and most likely not tall enough either (seats have a height requirement too, not just weight). Not only is it illegal, but it is VERY unsafe for a child that young to face forward. At bare minimum, she has to rear face until 12mo, but the law is quite outdated. The newest recommendation is to rearface until the limits of your convertible seat, which usually means 35 or 40lbs. My 4yo is still very happily rearfacing. He is much more comfy and rear facing is 5 times safer. Think about it this way. When you slam on your breaks, what happens? Every loose thing in your car flies forward, no? Trust me, you don't want that to be your child's head, especially when you actually hit something. Rearfacing, the child's head is supported and keeps the head and neck aligned, greatly reducing the risk of internal decapitation in a wreck. I encourage you to go to youtube and search for "joel's story" and watch the video. It shows what can happen to a young child who is forward facing, and the child in this video was a lot older and heavier than your own.

Geralyn - posted on 07/05/2009

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No. The minimum legally required is one year and 20+ lbs. In addition, even though the laws will be slow to catch up, the safety recommendations have changed to rear-facing for the maximum of your car seat, which is 30-35 lbs. You want rear-facing as long as possible for the safety of your child. I had not heard the recommendations until a week or so after I turned around my son's carseat to be forward-facing. Luckily, I learned of the recommendations on here, and immediately turned my son's carseat around to rear-facing. I thought he might be upset, but he was as happy as a clam.

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