car seat question?

Kasey - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 4 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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Kim - posted on 09/28/2010

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You can get a convertible carseat. One that goes backwards until your child is 20lbs and a year. Then you can turn it around. My first child was 20lbs at 5 months, so he outgrew the infantseat and we bought the convertible seat. My 3rd child was too tall by 5 months. She was in the convertible seat going backwards until she was 23 months because that is when she finally hit 20lbs! Many people in Europe keep their kids rear facing until 2 or even 3 yrs of age. Actually Peds are starting to recommend you keep them rear facing until 2 now. Their spinal cords and necks just aren't strong enough to withstand car crashes.

Vanissa - posted on 09/27/2010

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Check your state laws, but I think they are universal. The child should be 20 lbs AND one year old before you can place them in a forward facing car seat.This has to do with gross motor skills and muscle control. My daughter was only 16 lbs 8 oz at one year old. I always joked that she will never get out of the rear facing infant seat. She is 8 1/2 years old and gets mad now because she is still in a booster seat. Children are suppose to be 70+ lbs and 4 ft 9 in before they get out of the booster seat also. Watch those little guys too. My oldest daughter use to unbuckle herself and take the seat belt off. I would have to pull over and rebuckle her.

Karen - posted on 06/04/2010

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I believe they need to be facing backwards until they reach 20 lbs. but there are big boy carseats that you can face backwards. Then when they reach the weight limit for you to turn them, you can. I hated lugging those infant carriers around so much so i understand. I have 3 and thankfully they have all reached the booster seat age! Whoo hoo. i felt like celebrating! No more harnesses! Or latch system!

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My doctor always told me to keep them rear facing until they are a year old AND 20 lbs. However, I think I turned my daughter around when she was about 10 months, but over 20 lbs, she hated being rear facing. I would ask your pediatrician what they recommend, but I know a few of my friends also turned their kids around early. I would say if your son doesn't mind being rear facing and he still fits in his seat, to keep him rear facing as it is safer for him.

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