When should you swith from the caryy carseat to a toddler carseat.. alot of people told me when they are 1 or when the are 20 pounds..???
You can switch them to a converible car seat whenever you need to (if they outgrow their infant carrier, for instance). Just keep the convertible seat rear facing. The law is most states is one year and 20 lbs to turn forward facing, but it's much safer to leave them rear facing as long as possible. I recommend doing a lot of research before your turn your child forward facing.
Medic - posted on 04/10/2011
I never had a carry carseat, both of my kids started out in the convertable seats rear facing. My son rear faced until after he was 3 and my 14 month old is still happily rear facing at 31inches tall and 25 pounds. Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing, there is too much of a chance of them becoming internally decapitated front facing before they absolutely have too to risk my kids.
Karen - posted on 04/10/2011
you'll have to check the law where you live - some it's 1yr AND 20 lbs some it's 1yr AND 22lbs...many babies outgrow the carrier seat before 1 year but you can get great convertable seats that will be able to continue rear facing and then switch it around to a forward facing later and then into a booster seat. you can find some of these seats for a really affordable price at walmart and toys r us (i got one as a spare in my parents car for $70 - it rear faces to 35lbs, forwards to 60lbs and then boosters until 100lbs).
Kayla - posted on 04/10/2011
I changed my son when i could no long carry him and that cause he was 21 pounds at 8 months but its truely up to you girl i had to do it in my case i was a single mother this joint problems and it was easier for me to just carry my son then him plus the carseat. Like a said its up to you. your the mother and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. my only tip is find one that rear facing they are safer then others. thats the only thing i wish i could have made sure for my son but i didn't know until after 6 months of owning his current one that he still need one that was rear facing
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