Vehicle Child Restraints
It is actually recommended by kid safety specialist to leave your child rear facing as long as your convertible seat allows...ie. the Evenflo Titan is rear facing up to 30 pounds. My son was 16 months before he was 20 pounds and we actually waited until he was 19 months to turn him around. He is now two and only 26 pounds so could still be rear facing, but his baby sister got that car seat and his new one has different recommendations.
Lisa - posted on 03/31/2009
If your child has outgrown the infant seat, you need an upright seat that starts with rear facing. We have one that goes from rear facing to a booster seat. The reason you are not supposed to put them front facing until they are one is that their neck muscles are not developed enough for quick stopping. They could damage their neck muscles too easily. It is hard sometimes to wait this long. Our first child was small and had to face backwards in the car for a long time. She also hated riding backwards and fussed a lot of the time when we travelled. You can get a mirror that goes on the back of the vehicles seat or on the back window (depending on your vehicle) this helped a lot. In most towns there is somewhere you can go to make sure that you have your carseat and child in thier seat properly while you are travelling. I had this done through a mom and baby group for my first child. It's just nice knowing that you are making your child as safe as possible in your vehicle. Hope this is helpful.
Sara - posted on 03/31/2009
You are not suppose to turn your child forward facing until they are 1 year AND 20 pounds. So even if your baby reaches 20 pounds at 6 months old, he/she needs to stay rear facing until they are one. And even at that point, many recommend extended rear facing. I'm not sure what we're going to do regarding that, but there is no way I would let my daughter face forward before she is one.
If your baby outgrows his/her infant seat before they are one, you can always get a convertable seat that allows rear facing.
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