what should i do to keep him safe in the car

Alisha - posted on 07/11/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 months old and weighs 20lbs now what i do

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Katherine - posted on 07/11/2011

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Actually, I'm not really sure what I was thinking when I said that. I was thinking he'd be too small for one, but duh.....nevermind.

Sherri - posted on 07/11/2011

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Buy a convertible carseat that can go rear facing till 35-40lbs and keep rear facing minimum to a year. Although new standards and a law they are trying to pass as we speak is till 2 yrs recommendations are till 3yrs.

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Krista - posted on 07/12/2011

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The other ladies have given you good advice, Alisha. In most places, your baby has to be at least one year old AND at least 20 lbs in order to front face them. And they're talking about raising those requirements. So you'll want to look at getting a car seat that will allow you to keep him rear-facing as long as possible.

Sherri - posted on 07/11/2011

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Sorry you posted right before I did. You definitely had me thinking. LOL!!

Sherri - posted on 07/11/2011

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Okay I just double checked ALL convertable carseats go by weight and maximum height requirements not minimum height requirements. As long as they have reached the appropriate weight requirement, they are safe to use.

Sherri - posted on 07/11/2011

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Can I ask what you mean Katherine? How long they are? Convertable car seats can almost always be used from 5lbs up and this baby is only 4mo's old. They can also be used until the head comes within an 1" of the top of the headrest.

Just wondering if you are saying this 4mo old child may be too big for any convertable car seat that is on the market??

Katherine - posted on 07/11/2011

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You still keep him rear facing. The convertable also depends on how long he is.
You need to talk to your doctor about this one.

Joanna - posted on 07/11/2011

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Drive carefully? :P

But the law (in the US at least) is that they should stay rear-facing until 20 pounds AND 1 year. If he's 20 pounds, he still needs to rear face until at least 1. And the new recommendation is to rear face until at least 2. I think a lot of infant seats go up to 27 pounds, although mine is up to 35. But then there are the convertible carseats that can rear face, and then once the child is able to, you can turn it around and forward face it.

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Buy a convertible car seat that rearfaces to at least 35 pounds (they have them to 40 also... might be a better choice) and keep him rearfacing for as long as possible.... and at least to a year.

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