big girl car seats!

Kelsey - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my daughter kasey is to small for her big girl seat still, she is only 18 pounds.. does anyone know what the exact requirments are?

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Courtney - posted on 01/10/2010

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The weight requirement depends on the car seat. There are "all-in-one" car seats that you can use rear facing before she is 20lbs. Here is an example http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=2... My daughter has been in this car seat since she was around 8 or 9 months old because she was almost at the 22 lb weight limit on her infant car seat. The 20 lb and 1 year rule is for forward facing. I would not suggest this until you HAVE to turn them around. This car seat can be used rear facing up to 35 lbs and she's only 25lbs now so I should be able to keep her that way for quite a while still. She doesn't know anything different so it doesn't bother her and she's much safer.



Also, the forward facing rule is 20 lbs AND 1 year, some people think it is either 20 lbs OR 1 year but they must be both.

Kristi - posted on 01/09/2010

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Thank you Chrystal ... even more reason for me to keep Wesley rear-facing ... I have always thought it was safer, but after watching a video on a rear-facing vs. front facing accidents, we will keep Wes rear-facing probably until he's 2 at least!

Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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20 lbs. and 1 year.
Our pediatrician said to keep Sebastian in his as long as he was comfortable. I have also read this in books and magazines. I kept him in his chicco keyfit 30 until it became too snug. He now rides in his "big boy" car seat.......and loves it!

Chrystal - posted on 01/09/2010

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there has been a you tube video circulating for some time now on the benefits of rear facing as long as possible.
My son is 13 months and we dont have any plans to turn him forward facing. The crash tests are so scary.

Deanna - posted on 01/09/2010

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Try a convertable "big girl car seat" that can stay rear facing until she's ready to face forward. They offer more leg room for her and keep you a law abiding citizen. :)
Plus, you won't have to buy another one when she gains a few pounds and you can even find them that convert to a booster seat later on. Good luck!

Louise - posted on 01/08/2010

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Both of my boys are still rear faceing. Avery is big enough (almost 22 lbs) to be forward, but Ainsley is still to small for regulations. I knew it would be safer for them to stay rear faceing, plus I didn't think it would be fair for one to sit forward and the other rear faceing. They will be 14 months on the 19th.

Laticia - posted on 01/08/2010

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I believe that it depends on the car seat but I was under the impression that the child had to be at least 20 pounds before moving them to front facing car seats. My daughter is just about to graduate to the big girl seat but she hasn't quite made it to 20 pounds, she is 19.6 pounds.

Dawn - posted on 01/07/2010

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I don't know what you mean by "big girl seat" but at 18 lbs a carrier type seat (like the ones that commonly snap into a base) should still work for her. We just don't take it out anymore unless he is sleeping. But no matter what, she should be rear facing for as long as possible. So many parents turn their kids around at one year thinking it is safe. (As I did with my daughter). But the safest way for kids to ride is backwards, as long the seat will let them. Most seats it's 30-35 lbs. Even if thier legs hit the back of the carseat. This is from the American Academy of Pediactrics. Here's a link that talks about it, and gives the opinions of the experts.

http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/StayRea...

Maggie - posted on 01/07/2010

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We are using the Graco seat that comes in the Quatro Tour set. I think that I may have to break down and get a convertible seat and just keep it rear facing until she meets all of the requirements. Is it difficult to get them in and out of the convertible seat while it is rear facing?

Caitlin - posted on 01/07/2010

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It depends on the laws where you live and the specific seat. Our seat no forward facing before 22 pounds and 32" and she was just that at 13 months (for weight, she's already quite a bit taller) we schanged ours around. Here, you can make an appointment with the local police station and swing by so they can verify that it is properly installed, which may be wise, since something like 75% of seats around here are wrongly installed which can result in serious injury or death in an accident.

Ashley - posted on 01/07/2010

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Why don't you ask your sister? All States are different... In NJ they have to be one year old AND 20 lbs to be forward facing. You can put her in the big seat... it just still needs to face backwards. What the hell duck! Next time ask your sissy!!!!!

Kristi - posted on 01/06/2010

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Maggie, that's a hard one ... but my son (as I said in my last post, sorry) is 32 inches tall, and doesn't touch the seat in front of him, and he is rear-facing still ... What kind of car seat do you have?

Kristi - posted on 01/06/2010

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Wes has been in a "big" carseat since he was 6 months old (because he weighed 20 pounds, and couldn't fit in the little one anymore), but he continues to be rear-facing in that car seat. We have a nice big car seat, so at 32 inches tall, he's still doing well in the rear-facing seat!!

What do you mean by "big girl seat"?

Maggie - posted on 01/06/2010

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By law you are supposed to keep an infant rear-facing until they are at least one year. My seat says to keep them rear-facing until they are 22 lbs and 29 inches. My problem right know is that my daughter is 27 1/2 inches tall and her feet are hitting the back of the seat and she is actually having to bend her knees when I put her into the car. But at almost 14 months old she is only 15 lbs. I don't know what to do??

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