When do you know your infant is ready for a bigger car seat?

Kristina - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




My daughter just turned 6months on March 3rd. I was just wondering when I should get her a bigger car seat? I still have her in a little carrier. Please help me! :D


Chelsy - posted on 03/07/2010




most kids or babies out grow their car seats by height before weight. So I would keep an eye on her height. The rule is 1in above their head but some car seat mommys are now saying 2in is safer. My son has been in his "big boy" car seat for almost a month now. He out grew his infant seat by height and almost by weight at 5 months. When I took him in for his 4month check-up he was 17lbs 11oz and 27 1/2in long. About 2 weeks ago when i measured him he was 28 1/2in long and i'm sure he has gotten longer since then.


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Brandi - posted on 03/07/2010




Go my what the max weight is on your current car seat... IF you are in the market for a new one try the Myride 65 by Graco.... Nicely priced and holds 5lbs to 65 lbs...and it is a rear facing up to 40 lbs.....My daughter is right at 16 lbs and we are about to get her a new one... Good luck.. Hope this helps

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The best thing to do if unsure is to go to the ambulance where they fit and check baby capsules and car seats free of charge and they willl give you all the info you need. But basically when your baby is the weight it says on the seat you can turn them facing forward or if they can hold there head and neck up unaided and are near recommened age to turn round that will be fine. and when their neck is in line with the back of the car seat they are too big and need an upgrade as this is dangerous if in a car collision.

Ashley - posted on 03/05/2010




My daughter is 5 and 1/2 months. In a few more weeks we are going to switch her to a bigger car seat cause she looks cramped and she is so long that her feet are hanging over. We had to take her cozy cover off the other day cause she likes to wiggle a lot and didn't have the room to move.

Lindsey - posted on 03/05/2010




My 5 month old is in a big boy rear facing car seat he was getting to heavy to carry in the infant seat and was looking cramped.

Rebecca - posted on 03/05/2010




i agree with karen... my son got too chunky and long for his seat and it was cutting into his shoulders, so he has been in his convertable seat since 4 months! he didnt reach the weight limit of 22 yet, but it was time bc he screamed everytime i put him in his carrier!!!! its whatever is best for baby! most of those convertable chairs are suitable for infants, so whenever you want to!!!

Karen - posted on 03/05/2010




you can change her to a bigger rear facing car seat at anytime. my son is five months and he's going into his "big boy" rear facing seat tonight. he is just getting heavy for me to carry in his infant carrier. but, if your daughter hasn't reached the weight limit (which is usually 22lbs) you don't have to switch her. just make sure she stays rear facing until at least 1 year. the seat i just got is rear facing to 35lbs and then forward faces to 65lbs and booster seats to 100lbs so i'll never have to buy another seat

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