When do we know it's okay to turn the car seat around?

Tina - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Chris and I are starting wonder if bryton is getting to big for his car seat. His seat says up to 22lbs. I think he's just about there. So should we go get the next seat for him? Is it too early to turn him around facing the front? If so what kind of seat should I get! I have all Eddie bauer stuff.

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Heidi - posted on 12/23/2009

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My 3 yr old is still rear-facing and will be until he is close to 4. It is 5-7 times safer to keep them rear-facing as long as possible.
River will go rear-facing in her Britax Blvd this spring.

I do not recomend the car seat posted. Actually most car seat techs would not recomend it either.

You want a good car seat that will last. One good one is the Graco MyRide. It rear-faces to 40lbs and foward faces to 65. It is a great car seat. I want one so bad but we already have 3 convertibles so there is just no need for it.

Check out this site. www.car-seat.org

It is a great site filled with certified car seat technicans who can help you with any questions you may have..

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Emili had great advice. I think she meant to say that a convertible seat can face backwards now and forward later :). By law (in the U.S.) baby needs to be 1 year and 20 lbs. Keep him rear facing as long as possible, it will keep in safer in an accident and even if you just have to slam the breaks it's better to be rear facing.

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Christin - posted on 09/05/2011

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please just watch this and I hope you will see why rear facing as long as possible is best

Stefanie - posted on 01/01/2010

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Get a convertible car seat, but keep him rear facing as long as possible. My baby got too big for her carrier at 2 months, shes been in a rear facing convertible ever since and will be for a long time coming. Hope this helps! :0)

Qi - posted on 12/31/2009

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Britax convertible should be a good option. My son start using when he turned to 4 months old. I think the law is 20 lbs and one year old for the baby to face front.

Krystal - posted on 12/31/2009

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One of the safests out there is the Britax. It's really easy to adjust too...

Krystal - posted on 12/31/2009

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The law states that they have to be at least one year old and at least 20 lbs to turn them fowardfacing...but it's much safer to keep them rear facing for as long as possible.

we had to buy the convertable seat at 6 months, cause our little chunker outgrew the infant seat! But...it's still rear facing, and can be up to 35 lbs i think.

Laura - posted on 12/30/2009

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Any suggestions on a very safe carseat that is not so heavy??? I have the hardest time adjusting my daughter's carseat without the help of my husband. Im looking for one to buy for my son and will need to be able to do everything on my own... my hubby is leaving for bootcamp in a month.

Jamie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Don't turn seat around untill after the first year! The info out on safety is real important to know. All over the news this week was safety info on carseats, You can upgrade to a big seat but keep it turned rear-facing untill they are 1....I love my eddie bauer carseat, I got it at BRU, I have a almost 3 yr old and he still fits in it great!

Shauna - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have read some safety reports that say 2 years is when their neck is strong enough to withstand a collision. It is kind of a decision you have to make on your own. At least a year old if not longer!!

TULSA - posted on 12/27/2009

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P.S. TRUE FIT CONVERTABLE CAR SEATS ARE THE BEST AND EASIER CAR SEATS EVERY. I WAS HAVING A REALLY HARD TIME GETTING A CAR SEAT THAT WOULD FIT IN MY CAR WITHOUT DISTURBING ALL OF THE FRONT SEATS AND THIS ONE IS GREAT. REAR FACING UNTIL 40 POUNDS AND FORWARD FACING 22 TO 65 POUNDS WHICH IS GREAT. THIS ALSO WAS INEXPENSIVE, FASHIONABLE AND MY DAUGHTER LOVES IT.

TULSA - posted on 12/27/2009

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READ THAT INSTRUCTIONS. MOST CAR SEATS GIVE YOU A RANGE OF WEIGHT. THE LONGEST YOU CAN DO REAR FACING THE BETTER, IT IS MUCH SAFER IN AN ACCIDENT.

Rebekah - posted on 12/24/2009

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I highly recommend looking into a good convertible car-seat that will allow your son to stay rear-facing as long as possible. We also looked at www.car-seat.org when searching for car-seat and have really loved my son's Britax Marathon. Call me crazy, but I believe in doing what is SAFEST for my child and not what is just in the bounds of the law. My son was rear-facing until he was 27 months old (33lbs) and his sister will be too.

Other thoughts to think about:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child be rear-facing to age TWO.

Most convertible car-seats recommend keeping your child rear-facing until they reach the max weight (usually between 30-35lbs).

Most state laws in the US say a child must be rear-facing until they are 1 years old AND 20lbs.

Julie - posted on 12/24/2009

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from the rta website and other mother you can turn the car fwd between 6 - 7 months , but its up to you what yyuo feel comforable with !

Emili - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Sara:

Emili had great advice. I think she meant to say that a convertible seat can face backwards now and forward later :). By law (in the U.S.) baby needs to be 1 year and 20 lbs. Keep him rear facing as long as possible, it will keep in safer in an accident and even if you just have to slam the breaks it's better to be rear facing.


LOL yep thats what i meant. :) it was a long day as usual with 4 kids. :)

Emili - posted on 12/20/2009

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you shouldnt put him facing front until at least a year. the longer he faces backwards the better. if he is outgrowing his infant seat eddie bauer makes a really good convertible seat that faces forward now and then faces front later.



http://www.nextag.com/eddie-bauer-conver...



hope that helps! :)

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