What is the ideal weight for tranfering your child to a front facing car seat?

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Katie - posted on 10/11/2009

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I'm from Ohio and our requirement is atleast 1 year of age and 20 lbs. before they can be turned to a front facing.

Tajinder - posted on 10/11/2009

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here in uk its 9kg or when the baby has grown out of the rearward facing. we kept him the rearward until he was too big for it and then changed him over.

Eva - posted on 10/11/2009

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I am going to agree w/2 years as well. The video above is a great reference. Also there are pics showing kids under two in rearfacing car seats and their legs are up on the seat, but it is still safer.
If your babe is still in an infant carrier, you should switch to a convertible that can still be put in rearfacing, each seat is different but it is usually around 20-23lbs.

Katt - posted on 10/10/2009

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It's 22lbs on my car seat but like my daughter she is already 22lbs they strongly recomened that I wait until she can walk

Sara - posted on 09/23/2009

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Your baby has to be at least one year old, however after watching this clip, I will keep my son in a rear facing seat until he hits the weight limit. The clip is a little long but shows the difference in a front facing crash and a rear facing crash. Please watch.

Brooke - posted on 09/23/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

its one year old, but if your child has no room to move his or her legs around then i would change the seat around. My daughter is 8 months old but because she is so tall her legs were up against the back seat bent that she was uncomfortable. I talked to her doctor and he said that it would be ok to switch her around.



I disagree, i would rather the chance of my daughter having her legs broken in a car accident then her neck..

Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2009

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its one year old, but if your child has no room to move his or her legs around then i would change the seat around. My daughter is 8 months old but because she is so tall her legs were up against the back seat bent that she was uncomfortable. I talked to her doctor and he said that it would be ok to switch her around.

Karissa - posted on 09/20/2009

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I think it varies by state..BUT..it is proven & recommended to keep them rear facing & harnessed for as long as possible..until at least age 2.

Cara - posted on 09/20/2009

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In South Africa, its 9kg but legally a child only has to be restrained when in a vehicle, how is not specified.

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2009

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In California, they are changing the law very soon. Baby has to be over two years before facing forward.

Brooke - posted on 09/19/2009

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here in Australia it is 9kg but I wont be changing it around until a lot later.. just because your child may be in the right weight recommendations does not mean you have to change them.. it is a lot safer for them to stay rearward facing then forward as a forward facing 1 yo in a high speed accident can be decapitated from the impact, quite a scary thought.. I would rather have my baby girl rearfaced for as long as possible..

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