when can i turn the car seat around to front facing

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Darlene - posted on 01/22/2009

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i yr and must be 20 lbs. I keep mine rear facing as long as i can without their legs being crunched crunched. Rear facing is the safest way for your child to be in. Don't be in a rush to turn them around.

Hanna - posted on 01/10/2009

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Usually it's one year old and 20 lbs, however, i spoke to the doctor & the fire department (who helped me install the seat properly) and they said that nowadays, the car seats are made to support babies a bit bigger than 20lbs, so it's best to keep them rear-facing until they outgrow the infant car seat (even if you transfer them to the stroller, still use the top part as a car seat until they really become too big for it by manufacturer's recommendations). the reason for it is that rear-facing car seat has a different weight and support distribution than the front-facing ones which makes it much safer for the baby to travel since head, neck, back, etc. is better supported RF.

Rosemary - posted on 01/10/2009

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She needs to be AT LEAST 1yo AND 20lbs. It's best to leave your baby rear facing as long as possible b'c it's the safest way for them to ride so to the max weight of the car seat. It is just important that it is both 1 yr and 20 lbs...not just one =)

Betsy - posted on 01/10/2009

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You should look at your state laws, but most say 1 yr AND over 20 lbs, though keeping them rear facing as long as possible is the safest.  Check your rear facing weight/height limits on your seat.When they are front facing, even if legal, their spines are not srong enough in impact, which can cause severe harm or even death, including internal decapitation. No child is too tall for RF at 1-2 years. Most sit cross-legged. I just changed my almost 3 yr old the week of Thanksgiving when he reached his height/weight limits. Many seats now go to 35 lbs.  Our older kids were switched at almost 3, and our younger twin, who are 1, will not be switched until 35 lbs, probably around their 3rd birthday. Expect state laws to change and children to be mandated to stay RF for longer.  Many states are already working on those changes.

Kathy - posted on 01/10/2009

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In NJ, the state trooper who inspected my car seat said my daughter needs to be at least 1 year old AND at least 20 pounds before she can face forward. Call your local police department or wherever you got your car seat inspected, they should be able to tell you the laws in your state.

Donita - posted on 01/10/2009

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My pediatrician said they are changing the standards and keeping them rear facing until 3....Yeah right...He and I both know that's unrealistic. 

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