Carseat front or rear facing now?

Kelly - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 87 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering which way you have your carseat facing now. My son is almost 7 months and just about 20 pounds and I am wondering if it is time to have him in a front facing carseat?

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Sylvia - posted on 08/24/2010

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My son grew out of the rear facing car seat from the travel system so I bought a convertible car seat and plan on leaving him rear facing as long as possible. The video above shows what happens to a child during an accident and that alone made me want to keep him rear facing for a long long time.

Amanda - posted on 08/29/2010

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Dorothy...OMG! You should be ashamed of yourself! 12 weeks?!?! It's the LAW to have your baby rear facing until 1 year old AND 20 lbs, as stated by many, many people here. You should be thanking God that you haven't been in a accident and your child seriously injured or worse. Please, please, everyone. It's really very simple. KEEP YOUR BABY REAR FACING AT LEAST TILL ONE YEAR OLD AND 20 LBS, PREFERRABLY LONGER. This really isn't rocket science.

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I'd rather my daughter survive a car accident than get ac quicker. I think if I was concerned about the heat I'd go turn the car on before I put my child in it.

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2011

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Yep, the new recommendation is REAR facing until they are 2. My 22 month old is still rear facing and he's just fine. Those of you using the excuse "my baby's not comfortable" or "his legs are bent" or "she's much happier facing forward", would you rather have a comfortable/happy child or one that's dead or paralyzed? Because in my opinion, those are the 2 choices you have. Watch a couple of the videos some people have posted on this thread and you may change your mind about how safe it is to turn your child forward facing early.

Michelle - posted on 09/03/2010

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same law in canada as well. 1 year and at least over 20 lbs. But they do recommend as long as possible Was talking to a paramedic who said that she sees way too many unnecessary injuries to children cause their parents turn them around too early or dont install carseats properly! Is it too much of an inconvience to keep our kids safe? what is the price that we would pay to keep our children as safe as possible for as long as possible? I just bought my 8 month son a convertible carseat cause the bucket seat was getting way too uncomfortable for him. It is rear facing and will be that way as long as he can! :) He loves it..cause he can sit up (even though it has to be reclined for rear facing..its still in a more seated position thant the bucket!) and he can see out the window! Hes a lot more comfortable!

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Britt - posted on 08/28/2012

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thanks for that. I was in a severe rear end crash. I was at a standstill(thank God the baby wasnt in the car) and the woman had fallen asleep at the wheel. It almost broke my back. I believe she was going at least 50-60mph. It almost broke my back.

Sherri - posted on 08/28/2012

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@Britt here it is you are far more likely to get into a rear ended crash typically only coming to a stop at a stop sign or a stop light or when you are already stopped and car behind you doesn't. Typically you are only talking about speeds from 0- to under 40MPH.



Frontal crashes are far more common and are more likely to happen at much higher speeds from usually 40-70MPH.



You very rarely have a serious rear ender the results are far different for most front end collisions.

Britt - posted on 08/27/2012

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I think that the REAL reason for REAR facing is that it should be less harmful to your child in a frontal crash, that is all. This recommendation is because frontal crashes are more likely to occur. I am really confused on this myself.

Tanya - posted on 04/15/2011

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typically no forward facing ill a year old or after dependign on your childs size. My daughter is really long but she made it to a year old before forward facing if your kids legs are bent on the back seat you can ask you doc but otherwise rear facing is safest

Amanda - posted on 04/01/2011

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I would wait until at least a year to turn him around, 7 months is too early. I turned my daughter around at a year because she was over 20 lbs and she is on the long side so her legs were starting to bend and she wasn't comfortable!

Crystal - posted on 03/26/2011

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Definetly not before 1yr way to dangerous and most like;y against the law here in IL it's 1yr AND 20lbs not one or the othor man i can't believe how many people turned their baby before 1yr 8months 10months way to young and 12wks WOW your luck you haven't been hit or pulled over but i'd be more worried about getting hit by someone who's not paying attention that baby wouldn't stand a chance if you don't want to go past the 1yr minimum fine but at least do the 1yr idont care how long they are there is no baby under 1yr thats to long to RF my youngest is 32in and still RF safety before comfort

Crystal - posted on 03/26/2011

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Definetly not before 1yr way to dangerous and most like;y against the law here in IL it's 1yr AND 20lbs not one or the othor man i can't believe how many people turned their baby before 1yr 8months 10months way to young and 12wks WOW your luck you haven't been hit or pulled over but i'd be more worried about getting hit by someone who's not paying attention that baby wouldn't stand a chance if you don't want to go past the 1yr minimum fine but at least do the 1yr idont care how long they are there is no baby under 1yr thats to long to RF my youngest is 32in and still RF safety before comfort

Charity - posted on 10/08/2010

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I had to turn my little guy to the front at 8 1/2 months. I bought a convertible car seat and tried it rear facing but I drive a 2000 Cougar(2 door car with scooped bucket seats) and I was at greater risk of hurting him by trying to get him in and out. I feel terrible that I had to flip him early but did not see how I could do it any other way. He is 25lbs which does make me feel a little bit better. If anyone has any suggestions how I could make it work the other way please let me know.

Kimberly - posted on 09/13/2010

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Not until he is at least one year and the minimum weight requirement. I will be keeping my son rear-facing as long as possible, even if that ends up being close to 2 years old. Babies are MUCH safer in the rear-facing position, and just because you can turn them around doesn't mean you necessarily should.

Amanda - posted on 09/13/2010

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I have a 3-in-1 car seat. its a rear facing, forward facing and a booster seat. I also have a car seat that goes with my stroller. When I noticed that my son wanted to sit up more we started using the 3in1 because he could be sitting up. and he is in the rear facing position. Only thing I find with the 3in1 that I dont like is that it doesnt have a canopy on it.

Jackie - posted on 09/07/2010

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I think it is 1 year and 20lbs so if hes not 1 year yet i wouldn't. you wouldnt want him to get hurt in an accident

Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son just turned 8 months old today and we had just bought a new car seat for him that fits his size and weight and it says for his weight we can have him forward facing but like the law says 1 year or 20lbs....he's 20 lbs but I don't feel comfortable having him foward yet...i still think he's too young plus he's alot safer.....nothing is more important than your babies safety as we all know.....definately keep your baby rearfacing till he's a year old

Stormi - posted on 09/03/2010

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Definately a rear facing carseat, I'm having trouble with my daughter she is almost 8 months and she fights everytime I try to put her in the carseat b/c she doesn't want to lay back. But I know I have to keep her in there until she's a year old. I'm just hoping she doesn't outgrow the weight limit on her rear facing seat before that time!! Good luck!

Diane - posted on 08/31/2010

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I moved dd (now 3) into a forward facing seat about now and wished I had been able to hold on longer. The longer you can keep them in a rear facing seat the better - their necks can't cope with the whiplash effect every time you brake when they are facing forward.

I had to move DD as otherwise I would have had a smash and putting her in the front long term wasn't an option but I'm aiming to keep ds in his rear facing seat until he's 12 months if I possibly can.

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2010

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I suggest buying a convertable carseat that you can turn rear facing until he is a year old or more. Then you can turn it around to forward facing. That way he can sit up but he'll still be safe. My almost 8 month old daughter is wanting to sit up in her carseat and she is getting too heavy to carry in it anyway. (I still have her in her infant carrier). Hopefully next month she will be getting her own convertable carseat and she will be much happier even if she is still looking out the back window instead of the front.

Courtney - posted on 08/31/2010

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" I think it is crazy to think you can keep a kid older than 1 rear facing they are much happier after they can see you"

I think this is an ignorant statement. What I find crazy is that a mother is willing to have her infant or toddler get seriously maimed because the child will be happier in the long run. A child won't be happy when they are in a grave or in a full body cast.

I have always been one for doing my own research on things, BUT when NUMEROUS studies have been done and never been rebutted BECAUSE THEY ARE TRUE, then I will go with them.

Safety has ALWAYS been my first priority for my children. I would rather my child be safe than happy.

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2010

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I checked into the laws it does state one or twenty pounds and then the additional guidlines say one and twenty pounds, but the car seat manufacturer also states that over a cirtain length it is no longer safe, another way our laws don't allways make sence, if the childs legs do not fit there are safety issues as well, also it is not practical to think you will keep a child in a booster untill they are 8-12 years old and 4'9 I know many adults who are not 4'9 and they are driving

Renee - posted on 08/31/2010

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my son is 21 lbs @ 7 months and hes in a larger carseat, but still rear facing because hes not long enough and for safety.

Jennifer - posted on 08/30/2010

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my little one is still rear facing but we swiched our daughter at about nine months to front facing in our britax, it is convertable and is rated for up to 100 pounds but now that she is four she is tall but only 37 pounds, but needs a booster because the five point straps are not high enough, I think it is crazy to think you can keep a kid older than 1 rear facing they are much happier after they can see you

Angela - posted on 08/30/2010

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keep him rear facing. the guidlines for safe carseats it to have the child rear facing even past one year old. the longer the better, because in a crash the carseat acts as a head support and helps your babies head and neck stay in line.

Julie - posted on 08/30/2010

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Convertible car seats are now made to work rear and front facing. And you can find them just about everywherhe in any price range. So it is better to spend even $100 for a convertible car seat to keep your little one safe then pay a large fine and/or hospital bills because of something happening to your little one in an accident. You can never be too careful when in a car with infants. Keep your baby rear facing until at least 1 AND 20 lbs like the law says.

Ashley - posted on 08/30/2010

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Keep your child in a rear facing carseat until one year AND 20 pounds. We have recently switched to a convertible carseat that can be rear or forward facing. My child was too long for the infant seat and fits nicely and is quite comfortable in her new seat. We found several reasonably priced seats at target. The one we chose even has a head support insert for babies that are too big for infant seats and a little too small for the full sized carseat.

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you CAN put her in a propper seat NOW. Get a freaking CONVERTABLE seat. They stay rear facing as long as needed then you can turn them around front facing after 1 year old! PLEASE keep all your little ones rear facing until at least 1 year! Their neck muscles aren't strong enough if you get into an accident! It's not about feeling comfortable with them front facing...it's about not wanting them killed!

Shannon - posted on 08/30/2010

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Keep him rear facing. It is much safer to keep them rear facing til they are to the max weight limit. you can go to this link it is what made my decision very easy. I hope it helps you make a decision that is safest for your child. I wish I could turn my 4 year old rear facing again.

Tiffany - posted on 08/29/2010

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i have a infant carset and the weight is up to 22lbs but i do have a front facing carset "converdable carseat" which i have it faceing the back , when they hit the age of one is when you turn them around !!

Carrie - posted on 08/29/2010

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I would keep him rearfacing as long as you can. My little guy is a long as one year but my doctor told me to keep him rear facing until he is one no matter what size he is.

Melissa - posted on 08/28/2010

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Georgia law says they have to be at least 20 lbs. and 1 yr old. You will need to check your state laws, but it is safer to keep them rear facing for a while yet. If they do not fit in an infant seat because they are over the weight, you need to get a convertible that can be rear facing.

Marisa - posted on 08/28/2010

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This is interesting, anyone from NY? I believe there are different laws for different states? My Dr. told me that the baby has to be rear facing until 2 years now, I can't find any info on the net stating this. I was looking forward to turning her around at 1 year. My daughter is 18lbs and I am really pushing it by keeping her in the carrier car seat...don't want to give it up...makes life so much easier!

Brandy - posted on 08/28/2010

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they make convertable carseats for a good reason. For those babies that are to big for a carrier but not big/old enough for a front facing seat. Keep your baby REAR facing

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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The laws in MO are 1 yr and 20 lbs for rearfacing. 4 yr and 40 lbs for a regular convertible carseat. 8 yr and 80 lbs before they are allowed out of a booster! You can buy convertible carseats that are both rear and forward facing 5pt harness, I have one from my first son and as soon as my 7mo old outgrows his infant seat I will be putting him in that rearfacing til atleast a year!

Jen - posted on 08/27/2010

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Also, if the child has outgrown the rear infant car seat...you CAN put them in the next size up BUT you take three pool noodles and cut them to size, and duct tape them in a pyramid shape and put under the feet so that way the child is "laying"~ish down but REAR facing! They didn't say anything about an age limit. Except that until your child is 85lbs they should be in a carseat/booster seat. Some say until the child is darned near 8 years old they should be in a booster.

Jen - posted on 08/27/2010

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I haven't read thru all the posts...but the LAW IS the child has to be 22lbs (min), 29 inches AND walking to be forward facing!! This is what I learned in a baby class with the Manitoba Child Car Seat Expert!!

Lynda - posted on 08/27/2010

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i heard that you can front facing the car seat when baby get a year old. i did with my first one when she was 9 months old...

Heidi - posted on 08/27/2010

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I know the car seats that I've seen it says 20lbs. and at least one years of age. I had to buy my daughter a new car seat that went rear facing and front facing and can turn into a booster (up to 100lbs.). If you have any questions about what the law is...I'd call your local highway patrol station and ask them for sure. You don't want to get caught doing something wrong and possibly injuring your child in the long run. Don't do something because it's more comfortable for your child, remember safety first.

Kristi - posted on 08/27/2010

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@Emily - that is a good idea....I have the Britax car seat and my daughter is 7 mo and 20+ lbs and she fits just fine and has no problems sitting rear-facing. It is not a matter of if your child is comfy or not - it is a matter of safety - some of the advice some of the moms have given are not taking that into consideration. There are recommendations for a reason and I would hate to tell someone to do what feels right for them and then have their baby get hurt because of a lack of common sense and judgment.

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Lucy...get her a convertable seat. They stay rear facing as long as you want and then can be flipped around later. No need to keep her in an infant seat she's outgrown :)

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yeah baby has to be 20lb, its a pain tho, my daughter is 17lb and only just fits in her infant seat but looks so uncomfy wish i could put her in a proper seat now!

Dorothy - posted on 08/27/2010

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My little girl is also 7mths and 18lbs and i have her front facing. She has been front facing since she was 12 weeks. I guess you have to feel comfortable with the idea but its always good to wait until your bub is able to support himself sitting.Hope this helps

Kristi - posted on 08/26/2010

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My DD is 7 mo old and she is rear facing - she is over 20 lbs now and she is fine like that. I won't switch her till she is 1 year old. That is the recommendation...

Leah - posted on 08/26/2010

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my car seat says for it to go forward facing when they get to 9kg and can sit for so long unaided

Holly - posted on 08/25/2010

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Hi I dont know what the laws are in your state but in NY the law states a child needs to be a year old and at least 20 pounds before they sit facing forward, my preference is that Iam going to keep my daughter rear facing as long as possible it is the safest.

Kendra - posted on 08/25/2010

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My baby is 7 1/2 months old now. I got my daughter the Sunshine Kids AXL convertible car seat because she can stay rear facing until she is 45 pounds and in the 5 point harness until 45 pounds. The carseat will last until she is 80 pounds. She WILL be rear facing until she is 45 pounds. She is precious cargo. Definitely keep her rear facing as long as you can. The above video proves it all.

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2010

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As a pediatrician and a mom of a 7 month old, ALL children should be in a rear-facing carseat until they are BOTH one year old and 20 pounds regardless of what anyone else on this forum tells you or anything else you may read. If your child outgrows the infant seat, all convertible seats for older children can be placed facing backward, too, so outgrowing the infant seat is not a reason to have your child forward-facing.

Even if your child is 20 pounds, he must still stay in his rear-facing carseat until one year old because his ligaments that support his head and neck are not strong enough until one year old to support him if he were to be in a crash facing forward.

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2010

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My daughter is seven months and she is rear facing. I have been told they need to be rear facing until 1 years old and then they can go front facing.

Jaime - posted on 08/24/2010

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No it isen't, minimum 1 year of age and 22lbs both. Minimum. You can get carseats that allow rear facing above 30lbs. He is safest rear facing for as long as possible.

Laura - posted on 08/24/2010

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I just started researching convertible car seats just the other day! My baby girl is about to exceed the limit for her infant seat as well. Yes, rear-facing is the safest option. Most convertible seats can stay rear-facing up to 40 lbs and then switch to forward facing up to 65 lbs. Some have higher limits, but this is the norm for mid price range convertible seats. Britax has the highest rated seats on the market right now. Hope this helps! Keep him rear-facing!!

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