out growing infant car seat

Becky - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 51 moms have responded )

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I know this might sound silly but i really dont know what to do. my daughter is 9 months old and she is almost at 22 lbs. Is it too soon to go ahead and get her a toddle car seat?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2011

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car seat laws depend greatly on where you live. in the united states, we are required by law to have our children rear facing until they are both 1 year, and 20 pounds but that is the bare minimum for safety. the american academy of pediatrics recommends that children rear face, in a convertible car seat until they are 2 years old, or until they hit the maximum weight limit on their convertible car seat (which is typically 30-35 pounds). no matter what country you are in, the longer you can rear face the better. children who are forward facing are at much greater risk of being internally decapitated if you were to get into a front impact crash.

Carolyn - posted on 02/11/2011

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Sandie, if their legs get a bit squished they well, get a bit squished :)



Unfortunately many people feel they need to forward face their children once their legs touch the back seat . It really should be safety over comfort. I kind of put it this way, would i prefer fractures in the legs ( which apparently rarely happens) or internal decapitation?



Unfortunately some kids are going to have longer legs, be taller than others etc, before meeting the legal age and weight requirements to be turned forward. So those little knees bend up or out , or you get a seat cover and let him kick away ;)



My son is 25lbs at 8 months, his legs reach the seat, and he will remain in his 3-1 carseat rear facing for as long as humanly possible.

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I agree with the others. Get a convertible car seat and leave her rear facing as long as possible.

Sarh - posted on 02/08/2011

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Get her a convertable car seat that allows her to rear face. It is the LAW that children must remain rear facing until they are 20lbs AND 1yr of age.
Cade is 8m old, at his 6m appointment he was 20lbs and 27in long, in the past month, possibly weeks, he has grown sooo long. I am going to keep him rear facing until he is 40lbs which is the max weight for rear facing on the convertible car seat I am going to get tomorrow.
The car seat I'm going to get is the Evenflo Triumph 65 LX Convertible Car Seat. Once bubby is 40lbs/out weighs the weight limit for rear facing then he can be forward facing in this same car seat until 65lbs!
http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=3...
This is the link for the car seat I'm getting.

Stephanie - posted on 02/08/2011

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I highly suggest buying a convertable carseat and keeping them rearfacing as long as possible. You can find decent priced convertible seats that have a good weight range.

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Kristine - posted on 05/18/2011

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No, Just get one that you can still put in the rear facing position until she is one.

Esther - posted on 05/18/2011

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you need to get her convertible seat. you can get one through your insurance if you have medical assistance if not. kmart and walmart have some for $39 to $50. than it needs to be rearfacing like infant carrier. a lot of convertibles are made for infants from birth.

Terri - posted on 04/10/2011

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First it is not & never has been ok in the USA to turn the child forward facing prior to one year. Thankfully there is a law passed now requiring them to stay rear facing longer if you have questions why simple search car seat laws you can see videos as well without trying to hard.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/health...
for larger children like mine (is and always has been in the 90% for height) there are car seats to out last their growth & keep them rear facing long enough this is just one example http://sunshinekidsbaby.com/

Natasha - posted on 02/15/2011

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if your laws say wait till 1 year well wait till they are 1 till forward facing but a 9 month old should have good head control to sit forward` facing my 6 month old has good head control and they recommended forward facing

Samantha - posted on 02/15/2011

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Go ahead and switch and turn her forward if she has good cotrol of her head and neck. If not, use a convertible that is bigger but can still be placed backward.

Melissa - posted on 02/15/2011

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We had to get our twins new car seats at 6 months. They were too tall. As long as it's still rear facing, you are fine to get a new one.

Jamie - posted on 02/15/2011

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most toddler seats can continue to sit rear facing which many states require until 1 yr old or a certain weight. Many toddler seats also can be used as a infant seat (weight limit starting at 5 lbs) so its never to early as long as you follow proper guidelines for that certain seat. (: happy car seat hunting (:

Beckey - posted on 02/15/2011

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It depends on the laws of where you live, If all else fails- get a rear facing car seat.

Rebekah - posted on 02/14/2011

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As most have suggested, you'll need a convertible car seat next that allows your daughter to be rear-facing past 1 yr. Both of my kids outgrew their infant seats prior to 1yr and so we put them in a Britax Marathon rear-facing.... And I'll just add, they stayed rear-facing until their 2 yr old Birthday.

Rebecca - posted on 02/14/2011

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Most research now is saying no front facing until 2 years. You can get the convertable car seats. Rear facing for up to 35 pounds, forward facing and booster.. They are worth the price. I wouldn't put a baby under one especially in a forward facing car seat! not worth the risk!

Angela - posted on 02/14/2011

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Definitely go ahead and make the switch! I put my oldest into her convertible seat when she was 6 months old and she RF'd for I forget how long. We had to turn her around shortly before we had baby # 2 because her seat wouldn't fit RF behind the driver in either of our vehicles. I'll be switching my 3 month old over to a convertible seat soon because I'm tired of lugging her around in the infant carrier. :)

as far as leg room goes, my oldest would just cross her legs when she was RF'ing, and she actually still does that in the car.

Rhianna - posted on 02/13/2011

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hi, i dont really know how much 22lbs is but i know the safe n sounds toddler car seat is ok for kids from 8 kilos it goes on kilos and not age, if she can st on her own i would say get a new one if not wait till she is 12 months old! hope this helps

Jenn - posted on 02/13/2011

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At 9 months, babies still don't have the upper chest & head support to face forwards. If you're considering switching your baby to a bigger seat, make sure it's a 3 in 1 car seat. That way, your baby can still face backwards and won't need another car seat for a LONG time. As she continues to grow, face her seat forwards at about age 1 and she should be good from there.

Natasha - posted on 02/13/2011

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in Australia convertable carseats can be kept rear ward facing as long as possbile but can move to forward facing fro 8 kg bug still kilted then 12months straigh up fortward facing... my son moved forward facing at 6 months and 8.5kg as rearward facing he was 1. squashed 2. trying to pull himself to a sitting position and straining his kneck and the health nurses and peadeatriton told me to move his forward as he is old enough and will strain his kneck and hurt himself more rearward facing the way he was sitting...
Genia those pictures look funny how big is that child to be rear ward facing the laws are obviosuly very different in Aus as its 8kg or 6month forward facing... i tried keeping him rearward as long but what can yhou do when they are too big

Hanna - posted on 02/13/2011

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I'm not sure where you are in the world, but in the US, the law states that your child has to be AT LEAST 25lbs AND AT LEAST 12months old before you can put him or her in a forward-facing seat. If your infant seat fits her comfortably, keep her there and then in another 3-4 m get a toddler seat, if she's getting too big, then get her what is called a transitional seat -- it's bigger than the infant one, but still rear-facing and then can be turned around to be forward-facing.
i don't know which seat you currently own, so i don't know which option is best. personal advice, whichever seat you decide to purchase, "test-drive it", i.e. see if your store would let you try and install it in your car to see if it fits correctly and comfortably. good luck!

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Cassiopia,

That information is incorrect. There has never been a reported case of a child hurting/breaking their legs in a crash while rear facing. And even if they did, broken legs can heal, a broken neck will leave the child paralized or dead. It is perfectly safe to have baby's legs cross-legged, bent or touching the seat (and much safer than turning baby around before their neck can withstand a crash).

Erin - posted on 02/13/2011

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it depends greatly on the size and weight of your child! they do make rear facing toddler seats. We moved our son to a toddler seat at 1 year, and were so relieved, he was so much more comfortable. Make sure you check the specific weight and height requirements for the car seat that you end up buying. When we had to buy the infant car seat, initially, we purchased the LARGEST one I think they make. It's made by graco, holds babies up to 32lbs!

Martha - posted on 02/13/2011

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if the carseat is rear facing..it is NORMALLY good from i think its 6lbs and up...to 40...like i said thats normal from what ive seen..baby development i have never seen to be a condition...some people skip the infant car seat altogether and go right to REAR facing conv. car seats....

im not going to knock or judge anyone who puts their kid forward, but its the LAW for 20lbs AND 1 YEAR! if the carseat isnt fitting properly in the car then either switch the carseat or change cars! babies necks are NOT strong enough to face forward in a crash..thus the LAW that states 20lbs AND 1 YEAR!

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If she can sit up by herself, then it's not too young. Mine went to a toddler seat at about 9 months, not because she was anywhere near the weight limit, but because her legs were to long. Her doctor told me that her legs being scrunched up would actually be more harmful if we got in a wreak, and that we should put her in a front-facing seat.

Martha - posted on 02/13/2011

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MINE WAS 3 1/2 mo old...he was a chunky monkey at almost 21 lbs..and getting too long for the infant...JUST MAKE SURE its rear facing till 20lbs AND 1 yr! :) good luck!

Liz - posted on 02/12/2011

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Not at all. my oldest ( b/g twins) outgrew their infant carriers at eight months we got the convertible carseats that they just outgrew ( they will be three in June). My youngest outgrew his infant carrier at four months and we got him a saftey first complete air. He'll be one in July.

Laura - posted on 02/12/2011

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I got my daughter a convertible seat at 7 months because she was one heck of a buddha baby. Know what I mean? Big chubby baby that I couldn't for the life of me buckle into her bucket seat. She wasn't unhealthy, just chubby.

Got her the convertible and what does she do? grow 3 inches and lose the chubb ha!

But convertible seats are a god send. I front faced her at 20 months.

Sarh - posted on 02/11/2011

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I'm guess everyone referring to "toddler car seat" is talking about a convertible car seat?

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2011

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You can get the toddle car seat for your daughter, most are able to be forward facing or backward facing. I'm going to have to get a toddler car seat for my daughter because she is getting too long for the infant car seat.

Sarh - posted on 02/11/2011

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Oh, ok. Thanks for clearing that up Rachael, I was just going off of what someone told me. :)

Rachael - posted on 02/11/2011

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Brittax is a UK based company that makes rear facing convert able car seats. They sell them in the UK

Sarh - posted on 02/11/2011

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Sandie the laws and available car seats in the UK I've heard are vastly different! I was talking with another mom who was from the UK and she said that rear facing car eats past infancy are not available for purchase there.

Rachael - posted on 02/11/2011

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get her a convertible care seat that has a REAR FACING option and keep her rear facing AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!!!

Stifler's - posted on 02/11/2011

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I'm confused how can a 9 month old be too big for a car seat? They go up to like 20kg here. I doubt your kid is bigger than 20kg?? DO you mean that toddler car seats are forward facing?

Sandie - posted on 02/11/2011

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thank you Genia, that was really helpful to see the pics :) makes sense too, he does sit all squashed up, haha. thanks!!

Sandie - posted on 02/11/2011

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i think i need to see an older childs rear facing seat to properly understand lol, i cant imagine where his legs would possibly go, lol, in his baby seat it got to a point where his legs were up in the air lol....im gonna look into it and try to get more info, thanks!!!

Heather - posted on 02/11/2011

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Wow :) We had to upgrade to a toddler seat because my 9 month old son is the same height as a two year old and the poor guy was getting sacked every time he got put in the baby car seat :) No it's not too early to upgrade. If she meets the requirements of the seat you buy I say go for it.



My son is still facing rear but just in a bigger seat!

Sandie - posted on 02/11/2011

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this might sound like a stupid question, but my little guy is 20months and in a forward facing seat which was advertised for age 9months-4years...my question is, if he was in a rear facing seat where would his legs go? we moved him up to this bigger seat because aside from his weight he was kicking his legs against the back of the seat and getting a bit squished...ive not seen a rear facing seat for kids older than a few months...im from uk, am i just looking in the wrong places?

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2011

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You must keep them rear-facing as long as possible!! That is the safest way for them to travel. Convertible car-seats can be a little pricey but you can use them from infant to toddler. The Cosco Scenera is only $49.99 at Target and holds up to 40 lbs. The Graco MyRide 65 is a little more at about $140 but it is good up to 65 lbs. These are the least expensive ones out there (unless you find something on sale) You definitely don't have to spend $300+ on a carseat..it does not make it safer. Every carseat has to pass the same safety inspection

Stifler's - posted on 02/10/2011

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A convertible like the others said. Way too early for toddler seats.

Rachel - posted on 02/10/2011

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My boys outgrew their infant carrier when they were about 6 months old. I got them aconvertible car seats. Last year, we had to get a bigger convertible car seat because they got too tall for the one I have previously. They have convertible car seats that hold a child until they are about 50 pounds or 50 inches tall.

Genia - posted on 02/09/2011

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mine outgrew the bucket seat around 9-10 months too. some go to 20lbs some go to 25. Just remember if you do move her up to a convertible car seat you KEEP HER REAR FACING until AT LEAST 1 year. Better to keep her longer. Many convertible car seats have rear facing weight limits of 35 or more pounds.

Ashley - posted on 02/09/2011

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Invest in a convertible carseat. A convertible carseat can be rear facing and when it's time, it can be put forward facing. Your baby is definitely not ready to be forward facing at 9 months. I put my son in a convertible carseat when he was 8 months old, although I didn't turn it forward facing until he was a year. He's now 25 months and is still in that same carseat. Hope this helps!! :)

Heather - posted on 02/09/2011

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I put my son in a convertable carseat at 7 months. I have the Safety 1st all in one convertable seat. It rear faces up to 40lbs then he can forward face up to 65lbs then you can use it as a booster up to 85lbs. So I shouldnt have to buy another carseat. I found it at walmart for only $100. My son is so much happier now. He can see out the windows and seems so content.

Carolyn - posted on 02/08/2011

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i had to put my son in a convertible by 5 months. he is 25 lbs at 8 months. but as everyone says, make sure it can still rear face when you purchase it and you are good to go.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2011

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Yep, a convertible car seat is the way to go! I put my son in a convertible car seat around 9 months, too & it was so much better than that ole infant car seat. Make sure the convertible car seat you buy can still sit rear-facing, though! My son is 16 1/2 months old & is still rear-facing. :)

Lady Heather - posted on 02/08/2011

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I put my daughter in a convertible seat at 9 months, rear faced. Growing out the infant seat does not mean you have to forward face them! My daughter is now 20 months old and still rear facing in the convertible seat.

Brittany - posted on 02/08/2011

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No! My son was hutting 20 pounds at 5 months, so we moved him. We have it in the rear facing position, and he does so much better. He was much too cramped in the infant carry seat. Just make sure the seat that you buy is approved for children of her size and will sit in both the rear and forward facing positions.

Nana Adwubi - posted on 02/08/2011

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my concern is if my daughter is old enough to sit in a car seat. she is just 12weeks

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