car seat question?

Kasey - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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my son turned a year old May 21, 2010, he is only 17lbs and his car seat holds up to 25lbs does he need to stay in his infant car seat till he meets 25lbs or is it ok to take the next step up?

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Jelena - posted on 06/14/2010

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My son turned 1 on may 24th and on his checkup the doctor mentioned that now,instead of 1,they recommend that children stay facing backwards until atleast 2 years old and even longer if possible,I read about it also and recommendation was 4 years,but we got convertible car seat that can have up to 40pounds backwards(we are doing this now and we attend to keep doing it since he can't tell a difference and he seems happy and fine this way)and can hold up to 65 pounds forward.so,I guess after 40 pounds we'll be turning the sear around to have him face forward. Safety always comes first in my book :)

Sonia - posted on 06/14/2010

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I believe that as long as he is still comfortable in the seat he doesn't need to move up yet. I would also keep him rear facing as long as possible, even with a new seat. My daughter turned one on May 31, 2010 and her infant seat goes up to 30lbs and 32 inches tall. I plan on keeping her in it until she outgrows it. And that won't be for a while. Rear facing is the safest way for you baby to travel in the car.

Erika - posted on 06/04/2010

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As long as the seat your moving him into is ok for his weight. Make sure you read through the manual for the seat and make sure that the seat will be compatable with your son's weight.

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Emili - posted on 07/12/2010

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my doctor just told me last week to keep my daughter in hers until she outgrows it because of her size. (she is 26 in and 14 lbs)

Pakisha - posted on 07/12/2010

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My 14 month old is 29 pounds and still rear facing. He will stay that way until he reaches the 40 pound limit on his seat because it's safer. The AAP is actually now recommending keeping babies rear facing until age 2 if possible. I'm gonna hold out as long as safely possible. My little guy is perfectly happy rear facing because he doesn't know any different. He outgrew his 20 pound infant seat at 4 months and he's been in a convertible seat since. It goes up to 40 pounds rear facing and 60 pounds front facing. Good investment.

Lucy - posted on 06/21/2010

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My 13 month old is 20 lbs & will remain rear facing for as long as his car seat will keep him that way. We bought an extended rear facing seat by Sunshine Kids.

Kimberly - posted on 06/19/2010

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My son turned a yr old May 21 he got a convertible car seat for christmas and it obviously faces either front or back..
My lil one is 22 lbs and is still facing rear i will not switch him til the limit on rear facing 40 lbs. i would say to buy a convertible car sear for your son as well they are a good buy. My personal choice was the graco my ride 65 but as long as it is a convertible car seat you should be fine

Lei - posted on 06/18/2010

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He needs to stay in a rear-facing car seat until he is one. No sooner. They have the guidelines set after extensive research on babies and how fragile they are.

Delia - posted on 06/16/2010

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If the Carseat you're using is getting to small more because of lenght then you can find one that is bigger and goes up to more lb's. You'll just have to continue to keep you son rear facing until he reaches 20.lb's or whatever the car seat says.

Jacqueline - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son is 13months and just hit 20lbs. I have had him in a front facing car seat since he was about 10 months. he was way to long for his rear facing car seat. I feel like it is up to you. my son was no longer comfortable nor happy in the caar anymore at 10 months. so i flipped his car seat around. The dr told me that as long as they meet almost 20lbs and there feet are touching the back seat and they are no longer comfortable i could turn him around.

Colleen - posted on 06/15/2010

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If your son is only 17 pounds, you have a few choices. You can leave him in his infant seat as long as he still fits in the height requirements or you can switch him over to a convertifble rear facing seat until he is at least 20 pounds. For my son, he turned 1 on May 25 but he has been in a convertible seat since about 10 months due to his weight and length (he outgrew his infant seat). He is currently 23 pounds and we are planning to leave him rear facing until he either reaches the max weight for rear facing (35 pounds) or his legs don't fit comfortably anymore since all research shows that rear facing is the best position for him to be.

Julia - posted on 06/15/2010

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follow the manufacturer's instructions and weight and height restrictions. most seats I beleive are 20 lbs minimum for forward facing.

Jenni - posted on 06/14/2010

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Yes, but due to weight (if in the U.S.) baby must still be in a seat designed to be rear facing (a convertable seat can be either rear or forward). Even beyond 1 year and 20 lbs., it is best to remain rear facing (up to the seats limits for rear facing).
I have found this link to be helpful... http://www.iihs.org/research/topics/chil...
My third child turned one May 24th and is about 23# and I plan on him staying rear facing until at least 18 months. Our seat is safe up to 40# in the rear position.

Erin - posted on 06/14/2010

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I think what matters most is that he remains rear-facing. They now recommends keeping babies (and toddlers) rear-facing as long as possible. When there legs get too long to sit comfortably, they can sit cross-legged. It's really the safest way. As long as they meet the height and weight requirements for the car seat, they're good. But most car seats (even the toddler ones) can still be installed rear-facing.

Melissa - posted on 06/14/2010

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I think that it would be acceptable for your son to stay in his infant seat as long as he's comfortable and hasn't outgrown the weight requirement/recommendation. There's also child seats that are made for children 10-15lbs all the way to100lbs because they convert. So if you're ready to invest in a child seat, you can without problem. I upgraded my son's when he was about 10mos, but made sure that his seat was able to be both rear-facing and front-facing.

Kristel - posted on 06/13/2010

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My 1 yr old still uses his rear car facing seat. We will continue using it for some more time as it is always safe for him to be in a rear car facing seat.

Amanda - posted on 06/13/2010

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i know that it is always the safest to keep them rear facing as long as possible until they grow out of the rear facing seat. my son was heavy enough to be forward facing since he was 6months old but we still waited til he was one.

Dawn - posted on 06/13/2010

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my 13 month old is still in her baby seat.
all my mummy friends have put their babies in forward seats as soon as they turned 9 months. Some baby seats are quite small so they grow out of them quicker. My seat seems to be the biggest of all my friends so have been able to keep her in it, it lasts up to 13kg and my daughter is not even 10kg yet.

Some parents seem to think its more important that their baby see forward than to be the safest they can - I can't understand that myself!!!

Marsha - posted on 06/13/2010

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I see you got good answers. It all depends on the carseat you have for her, you have to check the weight and height restrictions. My daughter is over 13 months and is just shy of the weight requirements yet. :)

Amanda - posted on 06/13/2010

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they say to leave a baby in a rear facing car seat until they reach 20lb. My baby still has to gain 6 more pounds to gain another carseat and she is 13 months old.

Jade - posted on 06/08/2010

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Wow, not sure where you are but it does come down to your local laws as well. I asked a local police officer regards me eldest actually and did a lot of reading up about seats here. Basically follow the guidelines of the seats etc and make sure you are comfortable as well.

Jessica - posted on 06/07/2010

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my son turned 1 may 5th and it is currently only 20 lbs but we moved him into a toddler seat around 11 months but his was a convertible car seat, so it was for baby's as little as 5 lbs and up to 30lbs backwards, he is still sitting in his car seat facing backwards.

Teresa - posted on 06/06/2010

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i switched from my infant seat to a regular car seat (still rear facing) when amara was 8 months old. not because she was too heavy or long for the infant seat but i just didn't want to carry her anymore!!! now that she turned 1 on may 9th i will turn her forward facing soon. she is just shy of 22lbs and that is what is recommended to forward face. i have a brittax marathon for amara and i love it!!!

Jennifer - posted on 06/06/2010

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Well, My daughter turned 1 on MAy 19th. I have a six year old as well and she is still in her car seat with 5 point harness restraints. I am a very picky....I am trying to keep both of them this way until the start of school. When September rolls around my oldest will be starting 1st grade and then I think we willl graduate to a booster seat. Once Mandy is in a booster then Bridget will take over Mandy's car seats. I have the car seat that goes up to 30lbs and 29 inches. Bridget weighs 20lbs and 10 oz as of Friday June 5th. I say it is up to you....when my oldest turned 1 it was not long till I made the transition.

Ashley - posted on 06/06/2010

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I changed from the rear facing to foward facin wen my sons feet were cramed in the car seat he was about 20 lbs. But he is a long baby

April - posted on 06/05/2010

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Generally they tell you that you should keep him in the carseat until he is 1 year AND 20 lbs. They really need to meet both milestones. My pediatrician actually recommended keeping my daughter in her rear facing car seat until she met the 22 lb weight limit or legs got too long to sit comfortably. She was 1 year on the 4th and is just now meeting the 20 lb milestone but the forward facing carseat seems really big for her so I may keep her in her current seat a little while longer.

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My daughter got uncomfortable in her infant seat at about 9 months. We bought her a convertible car seat (Safety First Air Protect). We kept her rear facing. She still rear faces at 23 lbs. We plan on leaving her that way until she reaches the seat max for rear facing which is 40 lbs.

Rebekah - posted on 06/04/2010

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Yes, as long as you are moving him to a rear-facing car-seat that's appropriate for his height and weight it should be fine to move him. My daughter is in a rear-facing Britax Marathon and she's 17lbs. She too outgrew her little infant seat by height a few weeks ago.

Amanda - posted on 06/04/2010

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also still face backwards until 20 lbs. look at height as well. my daughter was in a car seat rated up to 22 lbs but hit the height max at 19 lbs so we bought a new car seat after discussing it with our doctor.

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