when do you change the car seat

Kiara - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )

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my son is getting so heavy now in his car seat so at what age or weight do i change to one that sats facing forward????

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Firebird - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Natalie:

My daughter is nearly 6 months old and 1 week ago she started going in a forward facing carseat. Its when they grow out of the birth carseat that the can go in a forward facing one. My daughters feet were hanging over her old one. Its also when they can sit up on their own. My daughter looks alot more confortable in her new one and I am more comfortable when my boyfriend or I am driving as I can see her now :-) hope this helped xx


That is WAY too early! Do you know what could happen if someone hit your car? Her spinal cord could become detached from her brain killing her instantly! And that is more likely to happen than not. A 6 month old's neck is far to fragile to sustain the damage caused by car accidents. When I was 17 I got major whiplash and 7 years later I still haven't been able to correct the damage that was done. 12 months and 20 lbs is the law in Canada for a reason and even that isn't enough. Their necks still aren't strong enough. It doesn't matter if her feet hang over the edge, it does them no harm on a day to day basis, and I would rather see my daughter with a broken leg than a broken neck!

Molissa - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Nakita:



Quoting Anna:

It's best to keep him facing backwards for as long as he can possibly fit, even if he has to put his feet up on the rear seat. It is so much safer if you are in a crash. It has been proven that MANY more small children die in forward facing seats, because their heads are too heavy for their weak necks so they get spinal injuries. I think in the UK they are recommending rear facing until age 5! I don't know how that is possible but I'm going to keep mine facing back for as long as he can fit.





I agree, but also disagree as well. Yes i do believe in keeping him rare facing as long as possible, but if his feet are sticking out and his head is sticking up over the top, then that can be very dangerous as well!! but if you were to get in an car accident, there still would be no head /neck support because of his head sticking up over the top.   






You can buy the car seats for bigger babies that are still rear facing.  We have on for our son.  He's too big for the infant carrier, but the one we got is still rear facing until old enough to turn around and face forward.  It's the all in one.  It holds infants up to the booster age. You take it apart to get the booster seat.  It's cool.  Look them up on Babies R us website.

Erin - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Po:



Quoting Erin:




Quoting Cori:

20 lbs and 1 year old to forward facing. 3 and 30lbs for booster with back, 4 and 40lbs with booster (no back needed) 5 and 50 no seat needed at all. thats what is or was in CA and they seem to have the strictest rules for car seats. 13 years old to be in the front seat is recommended. we have always gone with when our son has grown out of the car seat. we have the graco safe seat and he was rear facing until a couple days ago now he is in the graco forward facing safe seat and its supposed to go up to 40 lbs. if baby is getting to heavy in the car seat then take him in and out of the seat and leave the seat in the car... thats what we have always done! once they can sit up on their own they dont need the car seat to be in the stroller so we always took him out of the car seat and put him in the stroller when we went anywhere.







In Ohio they just passed a law that children have to be in a booster until they are 8. I think it's a great idea:)









i'ts 4 and 40 pounds for a booster and they are recommended to stay in boosters till age 8






http://www.childrensdayton.org/Safety_Ti...



 



children between 4-8 years old AND under 4' 9" are required to be in a booster seat.

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Natalie - posted on 01/16/2010

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thankyou Mel, It's not illegal where im from. My carseat clearly states that, and considering your a mother of your own child, people dont really ask other peoples opiions, its what the mother thinks herself and I know my child is perfectly safe, thanks for the concern though

Natalie - posted on 01/16/2010

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Iv turned her round because the car seat iv chosen states on the instructions that it is suitable from birth. its only because it has 4 different reclining positions. thanks for comment though :-D

Ashley - posted on 01/04/2010

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he has to be atleast 1 year in age and 20 lbs but you can get a convertible carseat and rear face him till he is 1 yr

Eleisha - posted on 01/04/2010

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Quoting Cassie:

I think Australian laws need to catch up to research done on the neck strength of infants. If their laws truly are 6 months, they need to do some serious rethinking of those laws. That is putting so many babies in danger by being forward faced before they are ready. Just because they can hold their head up does not mean that their necks muscles are strong enough to keep their head from snapping forward and breaking their neck in the event of an accident.


I am in Australia and totally agree.  I am absolutely disgusted at the fact that children can be forward facing from 6 months.  Before I have my daughter I did copious amounts of research on this topic and came to a decision that Ava would be rear facing for as long as possible.  She is currently 7 months old and I plan to keep her rear facing util AT LEAST one year old, and if she is still under the weight limit, she will stay that way until she reaches it.   New South Wales is currently trying to enforce the law that children under 1 year and 12 kilos MUST be rear facing but are yet to do so.  The rest of the country (my state of Queensland included) is yet to take any action on this issue.  I am quite concerned at the number of children under one in Australia that have their children forward facing, many of which are members of my family and who have most UNGRATEFULLY heard my opinion and presentation of the facts!  Very little information about the dangers of forward facing under one is available for parents; which is of great concern.  So to all those Aussies out there, please keep your babies rear facing for as long as you can.  Because in the event of an accident, having their seat in a rear facing position could potentially save their life!    

Medic - posted on 01/03/2010

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its not just ohio that passed that law its also texas.....i am all for my kid being in some type of 'car seat' until 8 (in texas its up to 8 years or i cant remember the height) makes me feel better because we have crazy drivers

Mary - posted on 01/03/2010

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At 6 months old, your daughter is not developmentally ready to be moved to a forward facing carseat. She needs to be turned back to rear facing immediately or she will not be protected in the event of a crash. Also, her muscular structure is not strong enough to support her breathing at the angle of a FF restraint. Check with your local hospital or police station for help with proper fitting of your daughter to the seat, and the seat to your vehicle.

Mary - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Erin:



Quoting Natalie:

My daughter is nearly 6 months old and 1 week ago she started going in a forward facing carseat. Its when they grow out of the birth carseat that the can go in a forward facing one. My daughters feet were hanging over her old one. Its also when they can sit up on their own. My daughter looks alot more confortable in her new one and I am more comfortable when my boyfriend or I am driving as I can see her now :-) hope this helped xx






6 months is way too early for her to be forward facing. If she is in a forward facing carseat (which is fine, my son was in one at 10 months) it still needs to be turned rear facing until she is one. Please turn it around, she is in danger everytime she is in the car. And if you get pulled over and they ask how old she is, you will be in trouble.





 

Mary - posted on 01/03/2010

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Children must be 20 pounds AND one year old before they can be switched to a forward facing carseat - both of these criteria must be met. The criteria is determined by size and development. Before one year of age, a child's physical development is not strong enough to sustain a crash from a forward facing position, nor are they able to maintain proper airway at a different angle (45 degrees for a rear facing, and more upright for a forward facing). Check with your local hospital or police department for a car seat technician, and they will be able to appropriately fit you child to the seat.

Ailysh-Hope - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Beck:

Just to help those understand about Australian laws on rearward facing car seats


All children up to seven years of age must be secured in a child restraint.
Babies up to the age of 6 months must be restrained in the rearward-facing restraint.
For young children from 6 months to 1 year of age a rearward or forward facing restraint must be used.
From 1 to 4 years of age the child must be restrained in a forward facing restraint.
From 4 years to 7 years of age, a booster seat must be used

Rearward-facing restraints are for babies up to 6 months of age
or 9kgs and up to 70cm in length or 12kgs depending on the
make of child restraint. The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt
and the top tether strap. All have an inbuilt harness system.


Forward-facing restraints are designed for young children who
weigh from 8kgs to 18kgs, or approximately 6 months to 4 years
old. The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt and the top tether
strap. The seat faces forward and incorporates a six-point harness.

To clarify 9kg = aprox 20lbs

So our laws are not that different, You must follow the manufactures guidelines, as these clearly state that it is based on weight/height rather then age as seats are designed a certain way for certain weights and heights, using them otherwise could cause harm.


That was a great post Beck!



 



I would like to add that our laws have only recently changed, due to a family losing their four year old daughter in a car accident. She was seated in a BOOSTER and using the CAR seatbelt. it was a low impact collision with minimal dammage to the cars. if i remember correctly the cars were only travelling 40klm. The little girl died from internal injuries caused by the SEATBELT. The parents started a campain to change the laws, as soon as we heard about the dangers we purchased a booster that is bolted into the car, strapped in by the seatbelt AND has an in built harness!!! Our daughter in near on five and we still use it!!!

Debi - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son was almost 25lbs before he turned 1, so that is when I turned it around. Try to keep it rear facing as long as possible, but make sure he's comfortable!

Kristen - posted on 01/03/2010

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I'd advise to check your state laws. Where I live they recently changed & now the child must be 6 months or older & it no longer has anything to do with weight or the childs ability to sit up.

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Just because your son is in a rear facing car seat doesn't mean you have to lug him around in it. My daughter is 8 months old and I only lug her in her seat from the house to the car and then back to the house. When we are out running errands I pull her out of it to go into stores or restaurants. I have been doing this since she was able to sit up by herself. It can be difficult to unbuckle and buckle them when the car seat is strapped into the vehicle. If you have a car seat with a base you can unlatch the seat part and set it in the front seat to buckle and unbuckle your son. Otherwise just follow your local laws and car seat specifications.

Glory - posted on 01/03/2010

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all carseats come with a weight limit, is important that you follow the weight restrictions, my children are very small for their age, although they wanted to be on the big kid carseat, I couldn't do that because they did not meet the requirements..lol

Stella - posted on 01/03/2010

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Here in Canada, they tell you 20lbs AND 1 year old. So if your child is 20lbs and 6 months, they are still supposed to be rear-facing. This is because their wee bodies are still not developed to be able to withstand impact while forward-facing. My son outgrew his infant carseat at 4 months (too tall). He also hit the 20lb mark around 6 months. We bought a convertible carseat and he was able to stay rear-facing until a little past his first birthday. I have read articles where they are pushing for kids to stay RF longer. I would keep your son RF as long as possible especially if he is under 1 y.o. But the most important thing is to check with your state/province/jurisdiction to see what your local laws are as they vary. Here in Alberta, we have clinics where they advise new moms on such issues. I am not sure if you have access to that there. You should check with your local police/fire dept. or with your pediatrician's office.

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Quoting Po:




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Quoting Cori:

20 lbs and 1 year old to forward facing. 3 and 30lbs for booster with back, 4 and 40lbs with booster (no back needed) 5 and 50 no seat needed at all. thats what is or was in CA and they seem to have the strictest rules for car seats. 13 years old to be in the front seat is recommended. we have always gone with when our son has grown out of the car seat. we have the graco safe seat and he was rear facing until a couple days ago now he is in the graco forward facing safe seat and its supposed to go up to 40 lbs. if baby is getting to heavy in the car seat then take him in and out of the seat and leave the seat in the car... thats what we have always done! once they can sit up on their own they dont need the car seat to be in the stroller so we always took him out of the car seat and put him in the stroller when we went anywhere.









In Ohio they just passed a law that children have to be in a booster until they are 8. I think it's a great idea:)












i'ts 4 and 40 pounds for a booster and they are recommended to stay in boosters till age 8










http://www.childrensdayton.org/Safety_Ti...






 






children between 4-8 years old AND under 4' 9" are required to be in a booster seat.






i think this is a great law to but i think it should be a way greater fine, it only a 75 dollor fine, like my kid has clothes that cost more then that, i think that it should be a 500 dollor fine the first time an then jail time the second time then maybe everybody would listen to it. an the only reason i say that is because i drive all the time an i will see kids not seat belted an jumping all aaround the car an the parent is to busy on the cell to relize that if they have to stop suddinly there child is gone out the window ,this whole law they made abou these car seats is just another way to get ohio more money but really how are the police going to no if you child is 8 or 57 inches are we going to have to start carring around are kids birth certificites, are the new check points going to be about getting your kids out of the car so they can get messured.i personally dont think they made this law for the saftey of our children which they should have,i am all about saftey but they just made it because ohio is a broke ass state

Beck - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi Krista, not sure if your implying that you forward face your child due to you being small and not able to carry both car seat and child in and out of car, but why would you need to do that anyway? Forward facing or rear facing.
Also, a boaster seat is designed to stop the seat belt from causing serious injury to a child, as the normal position of seat belts in cars have been designed for adults, if you are not much taller then you should concider your safety as well.

Krista - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting krista:

well when your a small mom n cant take carrying the car seat with the baby in it then put them in a bigger car seat that stays in the care my son faces forward n he loves it he can look around and i rather him face forward and as for being in a booster til they are 8 or 4'9 thats stupid cuz i just a lil taller than that and a booster seat does nothin if it doesnt have a back on it. but everyone has their opinion...but i see nothin wrong with facing then forward before they are one as long as they are over 20lbs.


The booster seat doesn't need a back on it. It is mean to literally "boost" the kid up so that the seat belt fits properly.



When you are shorter than 4'9, the shoulder belt will not sit properly on your clavicle and breastbone. Instead, it will sit up at your neck. And if your seatbelt is at your neck, and you're in a really bad car accident, you risk decapitation.



 

Krista - posted on 01/03/2010

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well when your a small mom n cant take carrying the car seat with the baby in it then put them in a bigger car seat that stays in the care my son faces forward n he loves it he can look around and i rather him face forward and as for being in a booster til they are 8 or 4'9 thats stupid cuz i just a lil taller than that and a booster seat does nothin if it doesnt have a back on it. but everyone has their opinion...but i see nothin wrong with facing then forward before they are one as long as they are over 20lbs.

Beck - posted on 01/03/2010

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Just to help those understand about Australian laws on rearward facing car seats





All children up to seven years of age must be secured in a child restraint.

Babies up to the age of 6 months must be restrained in the rearward-facing restraint.

For young children from 6 months to 1 year of age a rearward or forward facing restraint must be used.

From 1 to 4 years of age the child must be restrained in a forward facing restraint.

From 4 years to 7 years of age, a booster seat must be used



Rearward-facing restraints are for babies up to 6 months of age

or 9kgs and up to 70cm in length or 12kgs depending on the

make of child restraint. The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt

and the top tether strap. All have an inbuilt harness system.





Forward-facing restraints are designed for young children who

weigh from 8kgs to 18kgs, or approximately 6 months to 4 years

old. The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt and the top tether

strap. The seat faces forward and incorporates a six-point harness.



To clarify 9kg = aprox 20lbs



So our laws are not that different, You must follow the manufactures guidelines, as these clearly state that it is based on weight/height rather then age as seats are designed a certain way for certain weights and heights, using them otherwise could cause harm.

Lexie - posted on 01/03/2010

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I just moved my daughter (11 months) from her infant car seat to a convertible car seat. It is rear facing still. They say that rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing, so I am all about keeping her rear facing for as long as possible. Her car seat will fit rear facing until she is 40 pounds.

Erin - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Melissa:

Erin - it depends what country she is in it may be legal where she is so please dont advise her that shes doing the wrong thing.



I went back and read some previous posts of yours and you said it is legal in Australia to forward face at 6 months!! That's crazy to me lol!! when my son was 6 months he could hold his head up but it still flopped some, 6 months just seems so young.



I will retract my earlier statement, I guess I didn't think the laws would be that much different.

User - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Erin:



Quoting Cori:

20 lbs and 1 year old to forward facing. 3 and 30lbs for booster with back, 4 and 40lbs with booster (no back needed) 5 and 50 no seat needed at all. thats what is or was in CA and they seem to have the strictest rules for car seats. 13 years old to be in the front seat is recommended. we have always gone with when our son has grown out of the car seat. we have the graco safe seat and he was rear facing until a couple days ago now he is in the graco forward facing safe seat and its supposed to go up to 40 lbs. if baby is getting to heavy in the car seat then take him in and out of the seat and leave the seat in the car... thats what we have always done! once they can sit up on their own they dont need the car seat to be in the stroller so we always took him out of the car seat and put him in the stroller when we went anywhere.





In Ohio they just passed a law that children have to be in a booster until they are 8. I think it's a great idea:)





i'ts 4 and 40 pounds for a booster and they are recommended to stay in boosters till age 8

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Quoting Katherine:

8kg or when his feet are touching the back of the chair


feet touching has absolutly NOTHING to do with when to turn a child...with that logic my tall kids would have turned VERY EARLY

User - posted on 01/03/2010

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they go forward facing at 20 pounds AND one year of age..which ever comes LAST... you can by a convertible seat and put it in backwards if he's not 1 yet

Mel - posted on 01/03/2010

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Erin - it depends what country she is in it may be legal where she is so please dont advise her that shes doing the wrong thing.

Erin - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Natalie:

My daughter is nearly 6 months old and 1 week ago she started going in a forward facing carseat. Its when they grow out of the birth carseat that the can go in a forward facing one. My daughters feet were hanging over her old one. Its also when they can sit up on their own. My daughter looks alot more confortable in her new one and I am more comfortable when my boyfriend or I am driving as I can see her now :-) hope this helped xx



6 months is way too early for her to be forward facing. If she is in a forward facing carseat (which is fine, my son was in one at 10 months) it still needs to be turned rear facing until she is one. Please turn it around, she is in danger everytime she is in the car. And if you get pulled over and they ask how old she is, you will be in trouble.

Mel - posted on 01/03/2010

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lol im not friends with those people I actually dont like them at all they are my partner friends. I wouldnt do that either

Cassie - posted on 01/03/2010

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I don't think I would ever teach my child to lie to law enforcement just so that I could illegally have her out of a car seat. That's not teaching my child much. But then again my husband is a police officer so we don't lie to the law. lol!

Mel - posted on 01/03/2010

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Yeah not sure what we are going to do since we ae planning 3 children close together. Guess we'll work it out when the time comes. Have friends who trained their daughter to say she was older then what she was

Cassie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Yeah. Our laws have changed as well in Ohio. Now our children have to be in a booster until they are 8. We will be buying an SUV in a few years to accommodate multiple children in car seats and boosters.

Mel - posted on 01/03/2010

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its just easier. Our mirror was constantly falling of. They like to see you and where your going. You can see they are safe, for example our daughter threw up for the first 17 months of her life and in a capsule they could choke on it. We are having another baby in July and intend to keep her in a capsule for the first few months but then have them both in car seats. Our laws how changes with booster seats however we now have to have kids in them until age 7 which makes it much harder for parents of 3 who have to buy new cars just to fit 3 seats in

Cassie - posted on 01/03/2010

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I guess I just don't see why it's "better" to be forward facing. We will be keeping our daughter rear facing until our next baby is born in July. We will then turn her around as an exciting, "you're a big girl now that the baby is here" kind of thing. She will be about 21 months old then. For now, she is rear facing with a mirror attached to the back of the rear seat so that we can see her and she can see us. It plays music and lights and she really enjoys it. She can still look out the window and has no issue rear facing. I just don't see what the rush to turn them around is.

Mel - posted on 01/03/2010

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I think every country is just different with different laws. Theres good and bad things about every country. If it was causing a major problem over here they would have change the laws a long time ago, but honestly I would find it very strange if I was ever in the US and trying to leave my poor child rear facing for one year especially my child as I believe there is a weight limit. My daughter is 21 months and only 9 kilos. She was the size of a 3-6 month old at 1. So I think it would have done my head in if we had laws that restrictive

Cassie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Well I honestly haven't looked into how the car seats are manufactured there but it is unsafe no matter how you look at it. If the child doesn't have the neck strength, their neck can break. That is just a fact. I will give it to you though that if the car seats are made completely differently in Australia than the US then maybe they have found a way to hold the head back to keep it from breaking the infants neck in the event of an accident.

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If it was dangerous we would not have these laws. Our car seats are made differently to yours. I always found it strange that the US waited so long. So really its just different countries different laws and no one is right or wrong or putting their childs life in danger. Forward facing car seats are not a big deal over here

Cassie - posted on 01/03/2010

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I think Australian laws need to catch up to research done on the neck strength of infants. If their laws truly are 6 months, they need to do some serious rethinking of those laws. That is putting so many babies in danger by being forward faced before they are ready. Just because they can hold their head up does not mean that their necks muscles are strong enough to keep their head from snapping forward and breaking their neck in the event of an accident.

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in the US at one year old or 20 lbs. But if you feel your child is ready earlier that is your choice. I live in Australia so we swiched our daughter forward facing when she was about 4 months old. At first we had to switch her back due to her bad head control but within a few weeks she was forward facing and has been ever since. In Aus it is 6-8 kilos or 6 months nowadays

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Quoting Natalie:

My daughter is nearly 6 months old and 1 week ago she started going in a forward facing carseat. Its when they grow out of the birth carseat that the can go in a forward facing one. My daughters feet were hanging over her old one. Its also when they can sit up on their own. My daughter looks alot more confortable in her new one and I am more comfortable when my boyfriend or I am driving as I can see her now :-) hope this helped xx



wow that is really early !!!! i would def think that you should turn her back around till she is at least a year. maybe using a bigger carseat is better but she is not old enough to be placed front facing.



my little girl is 25 pounds and 3 weeks away from being 1  and is still not forward facing. it is the law in canada and i would  get a huge fine  if  were to turn her seat around.



its all about saftey. you dont want anything to happen to her god forbid you got in a accident because you turned the seat around to early. just something to think about. good luck!

Cassie - posted on 01/03/2010

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If a child is turned forward facing before their body is strong enough, their neck can be broken in an accident. A child who weighs a lot or is able to sit up is not an indication of a body that is able to withstand the force of an accident when forward facing.

If you feel your child is too big for his infant carrier, you need to purchase a convertible car seat that can face both forward and backwards. If you want to be able to see your child, don't risk his life by turning him around, buy a mirror that attaches to the back of the rear seat so that you can see your child.

We bought a convertible car seat when our daughter was approximately 9 months old. She is now 14 months old and is still rear facing. I don't think there is anything magical about a first birthday and will not risk her life by turning her around early. I have heard that in Ohio, they are trying to change the age to turn a car seat forward facing to two. I think that is wonderful!!! Why would we ever want to risk our child's safety just so we can turn them around? Our daughter has no idea that she could ever face forward so it's not like we're depriving her of something that she is wanting.

Even if your child's feet are touching the back of the rear seat, their bones are still very flexible and it is unlikely that they will break a bone. Even if they did break a leg, I can honestly say that I would rather have a daughter with a broken leg than a daughter with a broken neck.

Krista - posted on 01/03/2010

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It depends on the car seat, but most of them are good up to 22 lbs, if I recall correctly. Mine is the Graco Snugride 32, which fits kids up to 32 lbs and 32" tall, which is great because my kid is growing like a weed, and if I had a car seat with a limit of 22 lbs, he'd likely outgrow that WELL before his first birthday.

Erin - posted on 01/03/2010

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Look at state law and car seat manufacter. All the advice in the world isn't helpful if it breaks the state law where you live or your car seat isn't meant to be used in that way. It sounds like you are using a baby carrier still. There are rear facing/forward facing seats that can save you the hassle of lugging a heavy baby around in the car seat. My daughter loves forward facing. She can see so much more and is happier and I can see what she is up to. Our state is 20 lbs and 1 year as it sounds like many states are. It took my daughter till about 14 months to be both. Have a good day!

Natalie - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter is nearly 6 months old and 1 week ago she started going in a forward facing carseat. Its when they grow out of the birth carseat that the can go in a forward facing one. My daughters feet were hanging over her old one. Its also when they can sit up on their own. My daughter looks alot more confortable in her new one and I am more comfortable when my boyfriend or I am driving as I can see her now :-) hope this helped xx

Sharina - posted on 01/03/2010

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Face him forward on his first birthday. Until then his little neck is too fragile and underdeveloped to risk injuring in an accident. I know they say twenty pounds but please wait until he is one because he is too valuable to risk losing or losing his health. Better to be safe than sorry. I don't mean to scare you but think about how you would feel if he got hurt. It's really not that big a deal to have him rear facing in a convertable seat (one that goes forward and rear facing) compared to dealing with injury or death.I just love him and I haven't even met him.

Renae - posted on 01/03/2010

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You have the read the manual, all car seats are different.



I have heard that leaving them rearward facing for as long as the manufacturer says is ok is best as its supposed to protect their spine better in an accident. (but not having read the actual research myself this is just what a few people have told me)

Kristahiri - posted on 01/02/2010

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the car seats usully have the info..but forward facing for my carseat was from 20 to 40 lbs and 29 inches or more.

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20 lbs AND 1 year old minimum to be in a forward facing seat. You can keep a child REAR FACING in a convertable carseat up to age 2. Rear facing is safest :)

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