car seats

Dresden - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son is at the size to where he is too big for a carrier car seat... so after looking around i found a convertable car seat... now i know that "experts" say that they should be rear facing untill they are 22lbs or 1 yr... ok so my son is over 22 lbs but not 1yr... should i have his seat rear facing still??? any advise would help...

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Ez - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughter is a big bubba (7.5kg/17lb at 14 weeks) and in Australia our carseats are meant to turn forward-facing at 8-9kg (depending on the brand), which is 18-19lbs. There is no age requirement attached, but the intention is that the child will be about 8 months old when they hit this weight, but in my daughter's case she will be only about 4 months. I checked with my baby nurse and she advised that, while it is safer to be rear-facing, I should go by the weight recommendations. I've had this discrepancy with other things too, like working out medicine dosages, as she's always been big, and the medical advice I've received has always been the same - go by the weight.

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My son's a big boy too - almost 9 months and 27lbs. We had to switch him out of his infant seat and into a convertible seat early. To be honest, I think that a convertible seat is the only option out there for a baby under age one, so you might as well install it rear-facing until he reaches the weight limit. Its not like you can put him right into a booster seat or anything. I'm not sure where you live, but in the US I know it is illegal to have a child under age one facing front. We use a Britax Marathon, but I've also heard that the Costco Scenera is nice.

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My son's a big boy too - almost 9 months and 27lbs. We had to switch him out of his infant seat and into a convertible seat early. To be honest, I think that a convertible seat is the only option out there for a baby under age one, so you might as well install it rear-facing until he reaches the weight limit. Its not like you can put him right into a booster seat or anything. I'm not sure where you live, but in the US I know it is illegal to have a child under age one facing front. We use a Britax Marathon, but I've also heard that the Costco Scenera is nice.

Kelly - posted on 05/21/2009

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i don't know where you are from but in the US its one year and 20 pounds, they have to meet both of those requirements to face forward......the longer they face backward the safer they will be......

Jamie - posted on 05/21/2009

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I always go by pounds when looking at things not always by age. I think if hes ar proper weight and you are comfy with it, turn him around.

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