I need recommendations for a car seat
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I'll repeat everything Katherine & Teresa already said ;-)
NEVER turn an infant forward facing until they meet ALL of the manufacturer's warnings. The very MINIMUM is usually 20-22 pounds, minimum 1 year, and possibly a length requirement. An infant's body is not mature enough to sustain a slight or god-forbid, even a severe crash in a forward facing position. In fact, it is always best safety and parenting to keep your infant rear-facing for as long as possible and I think the minimum is way too young. As far as a 3 1/2 year old 30 pounder, her body also is not mature enough to be in a seatbelt booster, despite a manufacturer's flimsy reccommendations. For safety purposes, she should remain in a 5 point harness for at least another year-year and a half. Manufacturers are coming out with amazing 5 point harness car seats/boosters that accommodate older toddlers/school aged kids that go up to 60 pounds for the internal 5 point harness. Again, for safety reasons-INVEST in your's child's safety. For example, my very tall 5 1/2 year old remained in a 5 point harness seat up until this past summer, even though he weighed 50 pounds. Then I was comfortable enough to let him sit in a seat-belt positioning booster. There was no way I was going to compromise his safety at age 3 1/2. Please-do what is right for safety and check out a variety of car seats to accommodate your children.
Your 3.5 year old is about the same size as my 2 year 8 month old son (well, not sure on height, but he's 29 pounds). He's still rearfacing since it's the safest way for him to be. There are many 5 point harness seats that can become boosters later.
Katherine - posted on 12/04/2010
How much does he weigh? They have to be so many inches and weigh a certain amount, unless of course you live in Australia.
Rear-facing is the safest and always has been. Your 3.5 yo should be in a 5pt restraint. You may have to buy another carseat if you are concerned about safety. I would be, your children are young.
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