when is it safe to face an infant foward in the car seat?

Arupert21 - posted on 03/22/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 8 months 16 pounds and 29 inches long. it there a specific weight they have to be to face the front?

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Dove - posted on 03/22/2015

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In the US there is no place you can legally forward face under a year. In no place is it 'safe' to forward face under 2 years. The longer they can rear face... the better. If your baby is reaching the max height or weight of her current seat... there are many on the market (depending on what country you live in) that can get a child rear facing even until 4 years old. Even my son's cheap convertible seat rear faced to 35 pounds... which was his weight on his 4th birthday.

Chana - posted on 03/22/2015

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I responded to this on a different post and I should have clarified what I said because Little Miss is right it is not recommended to forward face until 2 but in PA and probably other states as well you can turn them at 1 if they meet certain height and weight requirements. However she is way to small.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/22/2015

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Your child is way to young and small to be considering forward facing anyhow. It is so much safer for them, and can save their lives. Usually parents forward face cause they think baby cannot see. They don't need to.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/22/2015

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It is actually no recommended to rear face until 2 years or older. You can obviously get a toddler sized car seat, but booster seats with backs are for 4 years and up.

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