Forward facing car seats (when to change)

Crystal - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




My son will soon be 4mths, i know this is too early for him to face forward but was wondering at what age were others children when they decided to change to car seat to face forward?

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Melissa - posted on 01/06/2011




I changed mine at 4 months I am in Australia. it was hot weather for her to be in a capsule

Shannon - posted on 02/22/2009




Definately check the laws where you live... I am a certified car seat installer in CT, and so often have had parents come in and ask us to install a forward facing seat for their 9 month old because "he/she is too big for rear facing".... it is not safe to turn them around too soon, hence the reason many car seats are now rear facing up to 35lbs. It is recommended to leave your child in the rear facing position as long as possible after a yaer and 20lbs now... I am hoping to keep my son in the rear facing seated position until he is atleast 15 months, but at 5.5 months he is already 31 inches long, so I am not sure how long after a year we willmake it with his legs being cramped up!

User - posted on 02/22/2009




Check the law where you live. In most States you can't switch the seat around until the child is 1 AND 20lbs.

Joni - posted on 02/22/2009




In the US, I believe the law in most states is rear facing until 20 lbs and 12 months old.  However, some pediatricians will recommend rear facing up to 15 months if possible. 

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I saw the same video that Jenny did and it definately scared me.  I think it's probably best to leave them rear facing as long as possible because it is much safer. 

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I just watched a video online of a boy who was about 18 months (I think) and was forward facing in an accident. His was in his seat properly and his neck was broken. Their little necks are not very strong and the force of the crash thrust their head forward so hard it can damage/break their neck and spinal cord.
Here in Canada we are told to keep then rear facing until at least a year, even if they reach the proper weight. I kept my son rear facing a bit longer as he has always been on the small side. The 3 in 1 cars seats are great for this as you can keep them rear facing for a lot longer and then use the same seat when you want to change them to forward facing.

Lynn - posted on 02/22/2009




as long as your son weights more than 9kg he should be safe enough. We moved our car seat forward facing at this stage we just left in the tilted back postition

Joanne - posted on 02/22/2009




Are you in Australia? We are told here to change over when they are approx 9 Kgs or 6 months. What type of car seat do you have. Mine is Safe N Sound Meredian and they recommend rear facing up to 12 Kgs or front facing 8 Kgs to 18 Kgs. Best to check with manufacturers spec.

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