when do u start putting your child in a toddler carseat? what age? weight?

Ericka - posted on 09/12/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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when do u start putting your child in a toddler carseat? what age? weight?

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Not quite sure what you mean by toddler carseat....

My son was getting close to outgrowing his infant seat at 9 months, so I bought a convertible seat that rear faces to 35 pounds. I just turned him forward in June... at 31 pounds, 3.25 years old. :)

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Jolene, I 'believe' you can find car seats that 5 point harness to 60ish pounds, but I don't know for sure what is available where you are.

Jolene - posted on 12/02/2011

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my daughter is 19 months old and is 38 pounds!!!how long can i keep her in the carseat straps??!!pls help

Momof1 - posted on 09/26/2011

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We switched our son to a toddler car seat (still rear facing) at 13.5 months. Technically he was over the height limit, of his infant seat, by half an inch at 9 months, but he was under 20 lbs until 15 months (or so.) Now at 22 months, I guesstimate that he is around 23 lbs and is still rear facing. My husband thinks he is ready to be turned, but I'm not ready yet. I want him to be at least 25 lbs, but preferably 30. Beings the fact that he is so tiny, that might put him at 3 before he is forward facing. As long as your child meets the height and weight recommendations on the car seat, it should be fine to put your child in it.

Serena - posted on 09/26/2011

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VA law says they have to be in rear-facing til 2-yrs old. My daugher is 6 months, 21 1/2 pounds, and 28 inches. She's outgrowing her carseat already! I asked her dr and she said they make larger rear-facing car seats. I guess it will be a good investment since she is in it til 2 yrs old. Good luck, check your state laws, talk to your pediatrician, and go from there

Melissa - posted on 09/20/2011

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You should look at your state laws, first off. Just to ensure you aren't breaking any laws. You don't want to do it too early, but also you don't want your child to be uncomfortable (or you will hear about it). I put my 19-month old in a toddler car seat at 11 months and 18 lbs. In TX it "was" 1 year and 20-22 lbs, but he is 19-months now is only weighing 22 lbs now. Now the recommended weight is 30 lbs, but once you change them, you can't go back (you can, but it is very hard). Just make sure that your child is ready and you have done all your research.

Samantha - posted on 09/18/2011

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My son is 2 (26 months) and 31 pounds. I just turned him to forward facing last week, but I think I'm actually thinking I'll turn it back around. He didn't have a problem rear-facing, I just turned it around because he's over 2. But knowing about the risks of forward facing, I don't think that was a good enough reason for me to turn it forward.

Samantha - posted on 09/18/2011

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Its recommend that children remain rear-facing to the limits of their seats, or a goal age of at least 2 years old.
Weight limits must ALWAYS be followed when considering the next seat

Heidi - posted on 09/14/2011

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They must be rear facing until a year, but it is safer to keep them rear facing as long as they fit the requirements of the seat. My son is 21 months he is 28lbs 25 in. We switched him out of the infant car seat into a convertable one at about 13 mo when he was to long for it. The car seat limits are 35lbs, and 30in for rear facing. He will stay as long as he can. You have to look at the hight and weight on the car seat, they can very a lot.

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Ericka, if the seat is for infant, toddler, and youth... chances are that it is fine to put him in it... rear facing. ;) Just check the weight limit for it to be rear facing. Hopefully it's at least 30 pounds. :)

Katherine - posted on 09/12/2011

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Yeah he's too small to go front facing. Get a convertible car seat like everyone else said.

Ericka - posted on 09/12/2011

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well my son is 6 months, i bought a seat that's for a infant, toddler, youth and i was wondering if it would be ok to put my son in it. he weighs 18lbs. i guess i need to find out if we use it rear facing as well if anyone has one and is it good.

Kelina - posted on 09/12/2011

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keep them rearfacing as long as possible but don't stress if you need to turn them around for one reason or another. A friend of mine put it perfectly-I am more likely to get into an accident if I am stressed and distracted because my baby is screaming everytime we get in the vehicle. We turned my son around the day he turned one and he hasn't screamed since-he is now 2 1/2. My daughter on the other hand I will be able to keep rearfacing longer(hopefully) as she doesn't mind being rearfacing-my guess is because she can interact with her big brother!

Sarah - posted on 09/12/2011

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Hi Ericka. My son is almost 2 & weighs about 23lbs & is 34 inches tall. He is in a convertible car seat, STILL rear-facing. You can find car seats that will still accommodate a rear-facing toddler up to a certain weight. I believe my son's car seat sits rear-facing up to 40 or 45lbs (need to double check.)

I personally think people turn their toddlers around way too early these days. It's much safer to keep them rear-facing as long as possible.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2011

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What is the proper way to secure a toddler?
Toddlers weighing 9 to 18 kg (20 to 40 lbs.) are to travel properly secured in a forward-facing child safety seat that complies with CMVSS and must be anchored to the vehicle using the tether strap (usually found on the back of the car seat).

When should I use a booster seat?
Children under the age of eight, who weigh 18 kg or more but less than 36 kg (40-80 lbs.), and who stand less than 145 cm (57 ins. or 4 ft. 9 ins.) must travel in a booster seat that meets the CMVSS.

These are the laws in Ontario, check your area for your laws.

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