Carseat

Lee-Ann - posted on 09/20/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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my son is 7 months old and 22 pounds. I put him in a forwad facing carseat because he is too big for the smaller one, it says only to 20 pounds. Is that okay?

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Laura - posted on 09/22/2010

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Like others have said, I would HIGHLY recommend putting your child rear facing. If you were in any kind of a wreck, even a minor one, it could be fatal to your child. I believe you are not supposed to have them front facing until over a year old.

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Malia - posted on 09/22/2010

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I'm in Canada and am pretty sure that it's illegal as well. Babies should be in rear facing car seats until the are 1 year old AND 20 lbs. My son is seven months and 18lbs. However, he was getting too long for his bucket so we changed him to a 3 in 1 convertible. Still backwards faces up to 30lbs and then forward faces and then turns into a booster. You can get lots of backward facing "big boy" seats that go to 30, 35 and 40 lbs.

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HEIDI - posted on 04/10/2011

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Have you considered bringing your car with car seat to fire department to make sure it's secured properly. I don't think she should be able to do this at all. It sounds like the seat may be too loose. I heard that they will put them in for you for free. You just have to ask.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/08/2011

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There is a new recommendation in line with European laws that says children should be facing rear until they are 2 years old. As someone else mentioned, their necks are simply not strong enough to withstand an impact. In many places outside the US, the mandatory age for front-facing is up to 4 years old for this reason! I purchased a booster for my little one, but I'm seriously re-thinking using it until she is significantly older/bigger.

Kelly - posted on 04/08/2011

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my child is 14 months, 32 in long and at least 27lbs and he is still in a rear facing seat. Not the infant carriers, but a 20-65lb one. They say if your child is 1 year old, over 20lbs and walking on own then to switch it at least thats what they say where I live. My son isn't walking on his own yet hence the reason why he is still rear-facing.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2011

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In most states the law is 1yr AND 20lbs not one or the other and it's very unsafe for a baby that young to FF there spines are not developed enough to with stand an impact FF please keep him RF until atleast 1yr if not longer it's so much safer my youngets is 20 months 23lbs 32in and still RF

HEIDI - posted on 10/04/2010

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As long as the forward facing car seat says from 22 pounds and up. However some car seats the newer ones are forward or rear facing now. I'd prob still put my little one rear facing when I have to switch to a larger car seat as I personally think it's safer. The reason for the rear facing car seat is because if you were ever to get into an accident their necks are not strong enough to withstand any trauma and they can snap like a twig. So if rear facing then their heads would be thrown back into the car seat protecting them from injuries and possible death...When a child is in the forward car seat his neck would fly forward. Hope this helps...

Jennifer - posted on 10/03/2010

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My peditrician has advised they would like children to be rear facing until 2 years of age. This is a very recent change in the pediatric community. My daughters were both rear facing until 1 year of age. We will probably keep Nathan (7 months) rear facing until 2 years of age as recommended.

Marika - posted on 10/03/2010

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It is NOT illegal in the US to have your baby in a front facing position. It is totally to your discretion and the manufacturers instructions on the car seat. Usually the car seat manufacturer advises it is best to face your baby in the rear facing position until he/she is a certain height and weight limit and sometimes it gives an age limit as well. So I would say as long as you read the manufacturers instructions and your baby meets the criteria and you feel comfortable with your baby in a forward facing position to go ahead and put your baby in that position.

Melanie - posted on 10/02/2010

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Im glad you asked this question because I have been wondering the same thing myself.

Hope - posted on 10/02/2010

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@ Amber K : Did you try a seat with a base attached? Your baby shouldn't be able to tip that.

Amy - posted on 09/28/2010

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if your not sure about your states car seat laws or safety information you can always go to a fire station and they'll properly set up your car seat for you ...

Mitzi - posted on 09/26/2010

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My daughter is almost 8 months, she has always been a bigger baby. she is in a forward facing carseat and seems fine...she is 22lbs...and her dr also said it is fine.

Cathryn - posted on 09/26/2010

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I have a friend whose LO is over 18 months and she still has him rear facing. I say keep your LO rear facing as long as possible. There's really not a reason to turn them around.

Jennifer - posted on 09/25/2010

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as long as the baby isn't flying around or falling down in the back seat i think it should be ok. but if you can, turn the car seat around, its much safer for him.

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Heres some numbers and websites u can look at: 1-888-SAFE-TIPS (723-3847) or www.safekidscanada.ca...1-877-247-5551 www.ChildSeatInfo.ca hope it helps

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No it's not okay! Rear facing is SO much safer and most states recommend/require that you have your child rear-facing until age 2. That's a long way for your son to go yet. Most carseats designed to be the next step after a infant/carrier type seat are designed to be first used rear-facing and only used forward facing once the child weighs more. Turn him back around!

Vicky - posted on 09/24/2010

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Technically it's a minimum of one year old AND 22 pounds but you can leave them rear facing a lot longer. Please do the research on-line for yourself. At 7 mo. his body is not capable of withstaning the forces of a collission. Their heads are the biggest/heaviest part of their bodies and in an accident if put forward facing too soon they can sustain neck an spinal cord injuries which can lead to paralysis or death .

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2010

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id keep him rear facing.. you have to remember that when your baby starts to move around more he will start to loose the weight..

Kelly - posted on 09/23/2010

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@Laura-WOW! That is a scary powerful video! Made me cry to see that poor little boy like that. I will definitely be keeping my little boy rear facing as long as I possibly can! Thank you for sharing.

Danielle - posted on 09/23/2010

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the law in my state (indiana) is over 20 lbs &&&&& OVER 1 YEAR OLD to be forward-facing BUTTT i would recommend keeping him rear-facing as long as possible. not only for the law, but for his health as well.. (youtube rear facing vs. forward facing) and u'll know what i mean

Katie - posted on 09/23/2010

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i think forward facing car seats are suitable from 9 months. thats what the recommendations say on the seats. but they can stay rearward facing till they are too big for it.

Katrina - posted on 09/22/2010

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It is recommended by pediatricians to keep your baby in a rear facing seat until one year because their neck muscles are not strong enough to protect them in an accident. There are multi step carseats out there that are for both rear and forward facing. That is what I use for my little one.

Karen - posted on 09/22/2010

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If I were you I would go to your local police station and ask them. There should be an officer who is trained in how to properly install car seats. That's what I did when I switched my seventeen pound son from his infant seat to a rear facing seat. The officer was very helpful letting me know that I did install it correctly.

Amber - posted on 09/22/2010

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i've been debating as well about turning my daughter cause no matter what car seat i put her in even the biggest ones i could find she manages to push against the seat in front of her and tilt her seat backwards. so my mom told me it would probably be best for her to face forward. but i am worried about the accident stuff even though she has a very strong neck.

Katrina - posted on 09/22/2010

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yea at my baby's 6month check he was 23lbs 8oz...i had to change his carseat but my doc said he has to be 23lbs AND 1 year old..

Cheryl - posted on 09/22/2010

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As previously mentioned it is illegal to place a child in a forward faced position until they are BOTH a certain age and a certain weight which your carseat manual should specify. I have used a Britax Marathon seat for my oldest two daughters which goes form 0 to I believe 65 pounds. On this seat it says to only use rear- facing until the child is both one year old and a certain weight and then it can be used in the forward facing position from such and such weight to such and such weight. Always consult your carseat manual for instructions on what the legal ages and weights that your seat can be used in which position. If it is used then find out what type of seat it is and google the proper usage for that model.

Sandra - posted on 09/22/2010

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Yes your child has to be One Year and over 20 lbs until you can switch to the front facing car seat I have four children and that is what the fire department and the doctor and the DPS said. You will be fined if your child is not secure in the car seat the right way. I hope this helps

Leanne - posted on 09/22/2010

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I think it depends on which state you live in, but I'm not positive. Some may be 20 lbs or more, some may be atleast 1 year AND 20 lbs. One of the girls I nanny for had to be rear facing for well over 1 year because she didn't meet the weight requirements.

Kristy - posted on 09/20/2010

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My daughter is 7 months old and we are switching her to a bigger carseat now because hers is only till 22 lbs..We have it set up in our car rear facing though because we were told to put it rear facing until they are around a year old..I heard because if they are in an accident it's safer to rear face until they were older..

Denise - posted on 09/20/2010

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in the US im pretty sure its illegal before they are both a yr and 20 lbs. they make convertable carseats now that go up higher in weight

Tina - posted on 09/20/2010

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Usually you can still turn the carseat around and face them backward until they are one year old. They say one year because if you are in a wreck it can hurt their neck since they may not be strong enough to hold it up well. It is at your discretion, my first two babies were forward faced once they reached 20 pounds, i don't know what i will do this time around, probably rear face in the bigger carseat until they are at least a little closer to a year.

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