Is it necessary to change car seat after 6 months for 6 months old baby?

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Sarah - posted on 11/05/2014

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Many police departments in the US will examine your car seat and advise you as to the next step. Also, your pediatrician will have guidelines. and advice. It's tricky, my kids were long but light and I had trouble figuring out when to switch. I think the posts here will help you decide.

Chet - posted on 11/02/2014

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You need to follow the weight limit no matter what. The height limit is only an estimate though.

For a rear facing seat, the baby has outgrown it by height if the top of their head is less than an inch from the top of the seat. If your baby has long legs and a short torso, they can often continue to fit the seat beyond the technical height limit. Similarly, if your baby has a long torso, large head and short legs, they may outgrow the seat before they reach the height/length guideline.

Dove - posted on 11/02/2014

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If she is under the weight and height limits of the seat... go ahead and keep her in it. If she is nearing either of the limits... it's time to look for a new seat and you'll want to get the one w/ the highest limits available for rear facing where you live.

In the US and Canada you can find seats to rear face til at least 2 years old... and depending on size of child and limits of the seat some can rear face til 4 years old. Other countries... I have no idea what is and isn't available.

Pooja - posted on 11/02/2014

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Thanks for the answer. Actually, my baby was born prematurely. She is not a big baby. That's why I was concerned for the month issues.

Chet - posted on 11/02/2014

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You can use the baby bucket style car seat (the one that pops in and out of the car) until your baby outgrows it. Many babies do outgrow their infant car seat before six months - often because of height not weight.

For Canada and the US babies usually need a new car seat between 5 and 8 months. Different types of infant seats are available in other countries though. We've used larger infant seats in the UK and Europe that were a little bigger and took longer to outgrow.

After the infant seat people usually buy a convertible car seat. If you buy a car seat that can face forward and backward - like Michelle said - it's best to keep baby facing backward as long as possible.

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