CAR SEAT ISSUES

Miranda - posted on 01/25/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15 months old. Her Dr says to switch her to a forward facing car seat, but she only weighs 20 pounds and is 28 inches long! She is disabled but is developing great physicaly, except for being small! I can't find a car seat for a 20 pound little girl that is forward facing. Any help or suggestions would be great!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2011

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Studies have shown the longer your baby is rear facing the better! There is absolutely no reason to turn her forward facing if she hasn't outgrown her rear facing car seat, and I personally wouldn't switch her yet.



The APA guidelines state they should be at least 1 year old and 20lbs to move to forward facing, but the longer they stay rear facing the better as it is much safer during a crash. We had to buy a convertible seat that could rear face (up to 35lbs) for our daughter when she was the same size as yours, 20lbs and 27 1/2 inches long, and then switch to forward facing . All of the forward facing seats required her to be at least 29 inches long, and our doctor said absolutely not to putting her in it before 29 inches. She told us it would actually be much safer to put her in the infant seat (up to 22lbs and 26") than it would be to forward face her while too short for the seat, but she recommended a convertible seat as the safest option.

Amy - posted on 01/25/2011

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I found some at walmart.com
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Graco-MyRIDE-6...
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Tribut...

Their are a couple more on the website. Hope this helps you some! Good luck with picking out the right seat. I read alot of reviews before picking our seat. This is the seat we have http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp... He is still RF & will be untill he's 35lbs(this is the safest) But he's been in this sseat since he was 17lbs. at that time it was so much easier than the carrier seat.

Jessica - posted on 01/31/2011

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you can switch them at 20 pounds and a year.. but that doesnt mean you have to. i have a graco myride65 and she can stay rear facing up to like 40 pounds in it..

Barbara - posted on 01/30/2011

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my daughter is just about 16 months old and still rear facing. she's at the top of the percentiles, so it's not like she's small. We did however get her a new car seat some time ago. We have a "Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat". At around $160.00 it's pricey but well worth it if you can afford it. I love mine. here's a description I found for it – An extremely high-rated car seat for kids 5-100 lbs. It rear-faces from 5-35 lbs, forward-faces from 22-40 lbs and goes into a belt-positioning booster for kids 40-100 lbs. The QuickFit Harness System doesn’t require re-threading which makes it soooo much easier to adjust as your child grows. Its three-position recline adjusts with one hand, plus has pivoting armrests and a removable cup holder.



We got ours at babies r us. Remember the longer your child is rear facing the safer she is. There is no reason for the doctor to tell you to face her forward when a different car seat will surely give her legs enough room. Best of luck!!

Deborah - posted on 01/28/2011

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They recommend keeping them in rear facing as long as possible for safety reasons. In America we're too quick to face them forward. Traffic accidents are the #1 cause of child deaths in the US. To show a comparison of safety differences: in the Netherlands they keep children in rear facing up to 28lbs, and many are in them up to age 4. If she's starting to not fit I also recommend a convertible that can face back or front. We bought the Safety 1st Air Protect for our son. http://airprotect.safety1st.com/about.ph...

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Terri - posted on 04/16/2011

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Our Daughter is now 18 months and has finally outgrown her infant carrier rear facing seat. We spent a lot of time researching and have decided to go with the Netherlands and their advice of keeping a child rear facing until the age of 4. Unfortunately, these carseats aren't as readily available over here, (England) as forward facing seats. Personally I believe it's due to the manufacturers having invested heavily in the whole forward facing seat thing, that it would lose them money & face to admit that they got it wrong and that rear facing is safer. We did manage to find a seat made by BeSafe which is rear facing until the age of 4. Why do your Doctors tell you when to move your child into the next car seat? Sounds very different to our doctors role over here.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2011

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You do not have to turn her FF yet there are many convertible car seats that can FF and RF i would get one of those my little girls is 20months 23lbs 32in and still RF

Sherrie - posted on 02/07/2011

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I've got a recaro sport, its amazing, my lad is pretty big, so I had to move him forward facing quite early, so I invested in a good one.. deffo recommend :)

Lindsay - posted on 02/01/2011

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I would get a convertable carseat that goes from rear facing to forward and on up! I spent about $90 including shipping for my 16mth olds and he will use it until he no longer needs a carseat, it's rear facing all the way to a high back booster seat! I did have him forward facing for a little while but didn't feel comfortable with it so I turned him back around and I will turn him forward facing when I feel I am ready for him to be forward. If you don't want to switch her then just get a convertable carseat and use that until you are ready for her to be forward.

Heather - posted on 01/31/2011

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my daugther is 15 months and she rear facing im not turning her forward facing unitl she at least 2 or three. i haven't decided yet. but there not wrong with being rear facing. thats why car seats go up to so much weight now..

Heather - posted on 01/30/2011

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There is certainly no point in getting a new infant carseat for her at this point in the game (my LO outgrew her's at just 6 mos.) at which point we upgraded to a convertable that is currently rear-facing but can switch to forward facing when we are ready. Technically she could switch now but since she is JUST over 20 pounds and 32 inches we are opting to stay rear facing for as long as she can since that is safest, (Her car seat will work for rear facing until she is 35 lbs. unless she get's too tall before that!) But it will also convert to a booster seat, so it should be the last car seat we need to get for her. It is an Evenflo Symphony. This way you will have a seat that she fits in and she can stay rear facing so that she is safer - but you do not need to replace it yet again when she is ready to face forward.

Kati - posted on 01/30/2011

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My son is 15 months, about 30 in & 25 lbs. We did buy a new carseat because his legs were getting a little cramped, but he is still rear facing. We got the Eddie Bauer 3 in 1 convertible seat & it is rated up to 35 lbs rear facing, up to 50 lbs as forward facing & up to 100 lbs as a belt positioned booster seat. (Hoping this is the last seat we'll need to buy.) I'm planning to wait until my son is at least 18 months before I will test out forward facing. I did one test drive facing forward when we first got the seat, & he was too short for me to see in the mirror. I had to sit up taller & lean into the steering wheel to see him or turn around. At least with rear facing, I have a mirror on his seat rest & no problems seeing him & what's going on. I'll wait until he grows some more & I can see him easily.

Tanya - posted on 01/30/2011

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It is safer to have them facing backwards as long as possible, as in a crash they can mainly only break there legs not go flying throught the windscreen, if she is getting upset over being backwards just get a mirror she will love looking at herself

Gretchen - posted on 01/28/2011

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Our son is 28 months and our daughter is 15 months. Both are in rear facing car seats and will be until we cannot fit them any more. The American Academy of Pediatricians now recommends remaining in rear-facing until at least 2 years.

We use the Britax Marathon for both children. They are designed for infants 15 lbs - 35 lbs (rear-facing) or 45 bs (forward facing).

Good luck!

Tricia - posted on 01/28/2011

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having a similar problem. My LO is only 19lbs and 27in, yet my doc says that at 15 mo she should be forward facing. There is a carseat that goes from 5-35lbs, it's a convertable 3-in-1, haven't felt the need if she still fits comfortably in the existing carseat, I would wait til she doesn't fit properly. No sense spending money yet

Tammi - posted on 01/27/2011

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Our Doctor told us they recommend keeping children in a rear facing car seat until they are 2 years old. It is not law just what the doctor office is recommending.

Danielle - posted on 01/26/2011

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Have you looked into a convertible carseat? We have a Britax Marathon that we love, it can be rear facing until 35 pounds, and can also be turned around to be forward facing from 20 pounds on. Its a little pricey, but if you look into convertible carseats there are a lot of options in all price ranges!

Miranda - posted on 01/25/2011

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Thanks everyone for your help! I don't want to switch her yet, but her legs are starting to be cramped. They turn in against the seat, maybe I should try a different infant carrier? I love circle of moms it's so helpful! Thanks

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