new carseat

Kayla - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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when is the best time to buy a new carseat. is there an age, weight, or sitting up requirement?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2009

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Our infant seat is up to 22lbs and my girl is just over 19lbs now so we're switching next week. Our convertible seat says she needs to be rear facing until 30lbs AND 1 year old. I always thought that it was rear-facing until 30lbs OR one year old, but according to our little instruction manual, both criteria must be met. I'd check the sticker on the side of your infant carseat for specific weight requirements for your model though, just to be safe.

Cristina - posted on 03/29/2009

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I asked specifically about this issue, and the doctor said to wait as long as you can until putting them in a convertible seat. The infant seat is very safe (even if their feet are hanging off the end) and until they can completely sit up, they wouldn't be very comfortable in a convertible car seat.

Rebecca - posted on 03/29/2009

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You can use an infant carseat usually until 1 year and 22 pounds.  A convertable carset can be used rear facing until 35 lbs? I believe.  You should keep your infant/toddler rear-facing as long as the car seat directions allow.



Feet hanging over technically doesn't matter, just at long at the head is not above the top of the seat.

Annabelle - posted on 03/29/2009

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We have had our baby in the next car seat for about 2 weeks now. Her first carseat still fits her but her feet are getting just a little long for it now. Plus, she holds her head up pretty well so she can use the stroller without the carseat attahed to it. We bought the Evenflo Triumph LX. When positioned rear facing, it is still reclined a bit so she still finds it comfy.

Lori - posted on 03/28/2009

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there is definately an age and weight limit you should find it in your manuel. 

Lori - posted on 03/28/2009

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I think its best to go by weight.  My daughter hasnt quite reached the weight requirement yet but I can non longer buckle her in comfortably.  Shes 19 lbs it holds 22 but she barely fits.  We actually just bought one today.  EVenflo symphony. 

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