car seats

Christine - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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when do you transition to a "regular" car seat? I am still using the infant carry one that goes with my stroller and positions backwards. My son is 22#s and about 30". Thanks!

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Hannah - posted on 09/29/2009

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Valerie is in a convertible car seat. She is only 9 months old, and 18lbs... so the car seat is still in the rear facing position. But when she gets old enough and big enough, the car seat can be turned around and used up to 70 lbs.

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I don't know the laws in all states, but in Texas they have to be at least 1 year old regardless of the weight to sit in a forward facing device. I think if they weigh more than the allowed weight for the infant carrier you have then you have to purchase an upright rear facing one, but they have to stay rear facing for 1 year here. You might want to check the laws in your state.

Fiona - posted on 09/28/2009

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You need to check the manual that came with your seat. I stopped using the infant carry once he was about 28 inches, even though it was rated for heavier and longer. The straps were getting tight if he had a sweater on and it was too heavy for me to carry anymore.

Hannah - posted on 09/28/2009

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Well... if you're using an infant seat... your little man has already outgrown it. Most infant seats are up to 22 lbs, and 29 in. I just put my daughter in her new car seat (Recaro Signo). It goes up to 70lbs with the 5 point harness, and fits a child up to 50 inches. I love it and Valerie seems to be very comfortable in it as well.

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