Car Seat to Booster Seat....When do you make the switch?

Heather - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My Son is only 6 months, but I am not sure on when we need to make that switch. Does anybody know the guidelines?

Thanks,

Heather

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Jessica - posted on 09/04/2009

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Most seats that come with travel systems are rated to about 22 pounds (it should state on the side of the seat how much the baby can weigh). After that you can switch to a convertible car seat. You will need to use the seat rear facing until a year old--that's about the development of their back, not weight. After a year you can turn the seat around. At 40 pounds you take the seat back off and switch to just the booster seat.

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Mindy - posted on 09/04/2009

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Jessica is all right. However, some infant car seats are rated for a little higher. I knew I have big babies so I managed to find one rated up to 30 lbs. Good thing too because she is only 5 months and already 21 lbs.

Stephanie - posted on 09/04/2009

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Heather... so there is going to be a new law going into effect that states that any child under the age of 2 needs to stay backwards in a carseat... If your carseat is adaptable to sit backwards and Josh is able to sit up on his own, then its totally ok to switch him to a stationary carseat, but be sure to keep him backwards. I, myself, would keep the child in the carrier as long as possible... so much easier, but some parents don't ever buy a portable carseat and just get the stationary one and use that for years. Totally your choice.

Helen - posted on 09/04/2009

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a group 1 seat is from 9kg onwards, or atleast that's what is reccommended in France

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