When did you move your child to the front facing car seat & what are the weight recommendations?

Victoria - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I think Taevin is ready but my mom seems to think she needs to remain in the rear facing car seat. She is getting to big to lug that thing around! She is 16lbs.

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Claudia - posted on 11/19/2009

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Victoria,
The laws are 20 lbs and one year. So if your child is over one year but is less than 20 lbs she nees to stay rear facing. If she is over 20 lbs but under one year she needs to stay rear facing. Before one year children do not have the neck support/strength to withstand an accident if facing forward.
Convertible carseats are for children usually starting at about 10lbs and up to 40lbs. They can face backwards when babies are little or forwards once they reach the age and weight requirements. You will need to just buckle/latch the seat in the car permanently and figure out another way to carry her around - on your hip or in a front pack.
I hope this helps.
Claudia

Crystal - posted on 11/19/2009

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I think the back is a very safe place 4 a child no matter what age until they are at least 10. But that's just me

Angela - posted on 11/19/2009

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The recommendations my pediatrician gave me was 1 year and/or 20 lbs. I waited until she was both, but I had a rear/front facing car seat that I switched her too when it got to heavy to carry her in the carry/pop into car seat. I would carry her to the car and place her in the rear facing seat so I will say my daughter was a little over a year before I switched it forward. Also see if your car seat has recommendations written on it since it will generally have guidelines on the tag. I know mine did. I hope this helps.

Nichole - posted on 11/19/2009

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Here in ohio it is 20lbs and they must be 1 year of age. I plan on doing this, and not going with extended rear facing. I didn't ERF with my other child either.

Katherine - posted on 11/19/2009

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Here is some info
In the age of the internet its amazing so much misinformation exists! Please please do not listen to people telling you to turn your child forward facing 'at your judgement' or when her legs touch the seat. In truth, most children LIKE resting their feet on the back of the seat in front of them. Check out this photo album exclusively of rear facing kids, many of them much older than 12 months: http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum… It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (see sources) that ALL babies stay rear facing as long as possible, up to the weight/height limits of their seat. Most seats go to 30lbs rear facing, some go higher, check your manual. They are too tall for an infant carrier when the head is within an inch of the top of the shell. Too tall for most convertible seats when their ears reach the top of the seat. Has nothing to do with how long their legs are! There isn't a single documented case of a child breaking their legs b/c they were rear facing in an accident. There are, however, lots of cases where children have been killed and seriously injured where a rear facing seat would have protected them better. They are safest rear facing b/c their bones have not yet completed the ossification process that bonds/hardens them like adults. They need the bracing support that a rear facing seat offers to withstand a crash. 20lbs AND 1 year is the bare minimum as far as the law is concerned, but the law is the bare minimum of safety, and who wants to do the bare minimum for their child?
Source(s):
WHY REAR FACING:
http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi
http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/dcboard.ph
http://www.carseat.org/Resources/633.pdf
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrea
http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum
http://www.thecarseatlady.com/car_seats/
http://myangelsaliandpeanut.tripod.com/i
http://momtoaliandshae.tripod.com/keepin
http://www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.h
http://www.aap.org/family/1to2yrs.htm
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/tra

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868
http://www.carseatsite.com/rear-face_art

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Sierra - posted on 08/15/2010

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I have a car seat that converts from a rear-facing to forward facing, could you get one of those so she can remain rear-facing? It's best to wait as long as possible because a young child's neck can break in an accident, causing death or brain damage. Here is a good link! http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%...

LaCosha - posted on 11/29/2009

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i hear when they are 1. i turned my daughter before then bc her legs were getting to long.

Karrington - posted on 11/22/2009

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First of all ladies, most of these "laws" that are being discussed are simply recommendations. Now it is known that rear facing is safer (My son rear facing) but do not fret about breaking the law. The recommendation is 20 pounds AND one year. There are also other things you have to consider though, for example, length (most infant seats are only up 30 inches), weight (for the seat) is usually 20-22 lbs. (Graco makes one that has a higher weight limit though). I am getting ready to buy my son a new carseat (he is 9 months). Anyway...look for one that goes rear and forward facing and one that turns into a booster (with and without a back). I would still recommend keeping baby rear facing atleast until 12 months and 20 pounds but if not buy the safest seat you can find on the market.

Jodi - posted on 11/22/2009

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My doc recommended 1 year and 20 lbs. My family and I were having a debate over this so I decided to call our local highway patrol and ask them. In Ohio, they said that there is technically no law on what age they should be turned around. But they also just recommended the same.

Alice - posted on 11/22/2009

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I believe it is also a lenth recommendation. If she is holding her head up well and too long facing backwards you can probably turn her around to the front. I do beieve the weight requirement is 20-25 lbs, however it is always best to ask your baby's doctor. They are up to date with the requirements. Also do the safest thing for your baby.

Lisa - posted on 11/21/2009

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Just because she is required to be in a rear facing seat/carrier doesn't mean you have to remove the carrier every time you take your child out of the car. I didn't. A lot of times I just took my daughter out of her seat leaving the carrier there. Especially after she learned to sit up.

Diana - posted on 11/20/2009

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ask your police department what is the required weight or age of the child. That way you will know what to do yourself. If you also have a friend that is a police officer ask them. Even ask other mother in your area.

Sharon - posted on 11/20/2009

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My god your arms must be killing you they tell you about a year but i had to move my we boy in at nine months because he was the same and if ihad put a coat on him there was no chance i was getting the harness locked and he just looked so squashed he was like a we michelin man..

Evonne - posted on 11/20/2009

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Here in AL the law and carseat recommendation is 1yr and at least 20lbs before front facing. My triplets just became front facing at 14 months old and they are now 16 months old. Please think of safety first. I know the carrier is heavy and takes of space when it's rear facing. Safety first!

Renee - posted on 11/20/2009

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In the U.S. the guidelines are 20 lbs AND one year old. My son was 20 lbs at 4 months old since he was 11 lbs at birth so we had to find a car seat that was rear facing for over a 20 lb. child since he outgrew his infant seat by 4 mos. old. Yes 16 lbs is under the weight requirement for forward facing car seats.

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20 lbs. or 1 yr old to face forward was the law when my kids were babies. Then it was 4 yrs or 80 lbs to go to a booster seat. Most car manufacturers recommend all kids under 100 lbs and 12 yrs old to stay in the backseat due to the airbags.

Christy - posted on 11/19/2009

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She needs to stay in a rear facing carseat till they are 1yr old. They have the next size car seats that still face the rear. Good luck.

Victoria - posted on 11/19/2009

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If she's over the maximum weight recommendation for your rear facing seat than it's time to move up! Your seat should have a weight range on it. Also check out forward facing seats at the store, they should have weight ranges on them as well.

Andrea - posted on 11/19/2009

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well i understand where you are coming from.. my son was huge and i couldn't carry him any longer in a infant seat.. so he was 6 months but he was also 22lbs and was 28ins.. His doctor told me that since he was already at 22lbs that is would be fine.. Where we are from it is 22lbs or one year.. I know the WIC wasn't happy that he was front facing but i could no longer get him in and out of a rear facing car seat.. I am only 5'3" and 130lbs and trying to get a 22lbs baby in and out of a truck isn't easy.. we did where my hubby would do it but he wasn't always with so i did what was best for my son.. BUT ONLY AFTER TALK WITH HIS DOCTOR ! did i make this move.... they do recommend that if your child is not 22lbs then it is not safe to move them front facing.. My daughter is 7 months and is 17lbs and 25 3/4 in long.. i got her a convertable car seat.. it is nice cuz u still have the freedom to take her in and out of the car with out a seat.. i know i find she is not a happy baby looking at the seat but that is whats best for her.. Well i hope this might be helpful.. Take Care Best Wishes to you and you little girl...

Victoria - posted on 11/19/2009

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Crystal- I meant front vs. rear facing. I would def not put my daughter in the front seat right now. LOL

Michelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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The laws r different in each state! Even if your baby doesnt meet the weight and height requirements to go into a forward facing carseat they do make convertable ones that you can start off as a rear and turn forward...that way you dont have to haul them around in a carrier car seat all the time! Good luck!

Jackie - posted on 11/19/2009

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In Ontario Canada you don't switch them until 1 year old. We have rear facing/forward facing car seats and you must rear face it until after their first birthday no matter their size. The reason for it is their necks are not strong enough to take the impact. They are less likely to recieve a neck injury if they are rear facing.

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