Forward facing car seats

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I was looking at car seats the other day and read that you put your babies in a forward facing seat when they are 22 pounds.. My daughter is 17 pounds but only 6 months old... I was told they don't turn forward until a year.. So I guess my question is really when is the time they turn around?

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Victoria - posted on 01/18/2010

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I would suggest to anyone to check the law of the State you live in (for all of us in America). We are in Nevada and the law is 1 year and at least 20lbs, there is a fine for it being a "primary offence" of $500 in Nevada if you are pulled over by the police and some States you will be issued points on your license. I don't understand why so many are rushing to get their baby turned around. Surely the most important thing is to protect our children, and the safest position is rear facing. Our boy is over 20lbs and 28 inches long, too big for his infant car seat, so he is now in a convertable car seat REAR facing. I will be following the law and not turning him around until his first birthday in July.

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Karrie - posted on 03/14/2010

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Here in Australia, the law has changed in the eastern states to be rearward facing until 6 months. I know many who have switched to forward facing earlier, and it horrifies me. I dont care how much easier it is for baby to go into the carseat forward facing. I had an infant carrier, which I loved, but baby was getting to squished. We had bought a forward facing car seat to go into at 6 months, but, at 8 months my baby is still less than 8kgs, which is the minimum for a baby to be forward facing, so we bought a convertible car seat which faces rearward until 12 kgs. He will stay rearward until 12kgs, regardless of age. I dont care how bored he is! We give him a toy to play with and he is fine. His safety is more important than convenience for me and his entertainment.

Shalaina - posted on 02/18/2010

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I found out that not only is it different for each country it is different for each state. I have cousins who live in Indiana and they can face their children forward why they weigh 20lbs but in Pennsylvania they have to be both 20lbs and 1 year old.

Jeannie - posted on 01/24/2010

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We will be extended rear facing. We have a dvd player and this is the only time we let our son watch tv.

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They are supposed to be 20 pounds AND 1 year old...not supposed to flip them around until they reach both milestones!!

Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2010

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my son is 6 months and 23 lbs. he is still in a rear facing seat. he has outgrown his carrier so we got him a new car seat. we went to a careseat safety place and they told us at 30 lbs. or a year old is when to have a forward facing carseat

Gail - posted on 01/20/2010

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Its not just accidents that can cause damage - a lot of the time its just having to break hard, which you know yourself you and any passengers are thrust forward, as is your baby. Please PLease Please keep to REAR facing seats you would never forgive yourself if anything ever happened.

Janine - posted on 01/20/2010

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After reading that some Mothers have turned their baby forward facing prior to 12 months I am horrified! It is so dangerous and the American Academy of Pediatrics actually thinks that babies should be rear facing for more than a year! I would much rather er on the side of caution, then to turn my baby around so they can see more or be happier in the car! If a baby is fussy in their car seats, have toys or some other distraction, but PLEASE keep these precious little ones safe!!!

Rashida - posted on 01/20/2010

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one of my best friends does carseat saftey for the entire city of NYC under DOT and she said they MUST be rear facing until 1 year of age. The risks and danger is VERY VERY high.

Also, if (God forbid) you were ever in a car accident do you know that lets say the belt malfunctioned on the carseat you are not legally allowed to sue the maker of the seat because you did not install it properly.

I'm not trying to sound morbid or pushy, I just get a TON of info from her about it. One VERY scary situation happened in I believe TX; a mother was driving and was in a minor accident. The carseat restraint system which had worked fine did not function properly in the accident and caused a near fatal injury to the child. Due to the carseat malfunction the child had permit injuries. The mother tried to take the carseat manufacture to count but because the police and EMT have to by law record the carseat position, type, etc it was found that she had a child of 10months facing forward. The carseat company said that due to the childs are the carseat was not used properly so the suit was dropped. That was just one of a TON she has and uses to educate people.

They do look squashed, trust me I can relate my daughter is taller than some of my friends 1yr olds but truly they are not. It is not the head control you can see, it is the development of the muscles in the neck. Before 1 they are not fully developed no matter how well they hold their head up.

Just a note on the subject too, any toy, blanket, etc that attaches in or on the carseat actually will void your warranty for the carseat and remove all their liability. I was told this from a Graco Carseat tester himself!

Jessica - posted on 01/18/2010

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my son is 6 months old weighing 16lb 4oz and hes been in a front facing seat for about a month, i don't understand why there are weigth limits on which way they can sit, because matthews seat it very secure and he loves the fact he can see more when were driving, our car journeys have been better because not only is matthew happier we can see him when we look through the mirror.

Shalaina - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have been wondering the same thing! My son has a dr's appointment tomorrow so I will ask then. I believe we will just have to get him one that can go either way because he is over 20lbs and is 6 months tomorrow! I know that I do not want him facing forward yet though!

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010

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It must be different in different countried. I am in Australia and it goes by weight. My carseat is supposed to be turned front facing (it is a convertible one) when they are between 8 and 9 kg. My son is 6 months old and approx 8 kg and is now in front facing. Must be completely different though in other countries.

Tamieka - posted on 01/17/2010

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So are there car seats that accommodate longer babies? My son is almost 6 months but his feet at flat against the back seat of the car.

Katy - posted on 01/16/2010

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Here in the UK the laws are different. It's all about weight. The carseats do generally have an age group on it, but this is weight appropriate. My son is 51/2 months old. I bought him a forward facing car seat a few weeks ago as he was far too big for his old car seat. He is 21.9 lbs and very long...almost in 9-12 month clothing. He walks about in his baby walker happily and is very strong, with excellent neck control. He is much happier in the new car seat as opposed to being stuffed into the old car seat :-)

Cathy - posted on 01/16/2010

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this whole topic makes me nervous!! lol can't we just put them in a bubble made of steel?? lol

Mikayla - posted on 01/16/2010

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i really dont understand why some people are saying a child has to be a year, ok so laws are obviously differnt in differnt countrys, but a 6 month old can have the same development and weight as a 16month old, what happens to them pysically the day the become 1 - nothing its just another day of development and growth like any other day.

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2010

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Quebec law ( and I think it goes for the rest of canada) says that once your child is a year and has reached 22 pounds you can put them forward facing. My daughter is 19 lbs and 6 months old she is in the Evenflo Titan rear facing and will stay that way till she is a year old, regardless of her weight. my son was 26 ponds at a year and I could not turn him sooner, even though his poor little legs had to be indian style in the carseat because he was so tall, but I still didn't turn him around. Yes it looks uncomfortable but I would not take a chance with his health, forget the law listen to your pediatrician, if she says a year then its year. I am thinking back now and I turned my son to rear facing at 11 and a half months, for short trips but for long trips in my husbands car he was still rear facing for the other 2 weeks.

Mikayla - posted on 01/16/2010

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there is know age law, but a minumn/maxium weight law, they cant have an age law as every child develops and grows differntly. some babies will still fit in there rear facing car seat at one, while it would be dangerours for others, im sturggeling to get the belt done up on my 6month old in is carry seat, so i went to a store to ask about others, and its at 9months they start 4wd facing ones as long as they are 9.5kg/22lbs, so got one that is from 0-4years and can turn it round when he gets to 9.5kg.
a four year old would be so uncomfortable in rear facing, where would there legs go? i wouldnt do that to my child, i belive that as long as the seat is fitted properly how it should be and the child is of the right weight and has good head muscles it will be safe to have them 4wd facing.
they only say its safer for babies to go in rear facing becouse most accidents are from behind, but in order to be hit from behind with inpact doesnt a car going 4wd have to hit you?meaning that the baby in that car is not as safe!? and would be safer being 4wd facing.
just like they dont test car seats side ways, only backwords. so if your in a side collison the car seat can be jolted to either side, but apparently will spring back up fine, thats what i was told when i questioned our seat in our car.

Shelby - posted on 01/15/2010

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The law is 20 lbs AND 1 year, Personally we will be practicing extended rear facing until the MAXIMUM rear facing weight limit.



Look up benefits of extended rear facing on google and youtube, scary scary stuff.







Oh and height isnt an excuse to turn your child early, Ive seen 4 yr olds rear facing just fine.

Broken leg- cast it, broken neck-casket.

Gail - posted on 01/15/2010

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Your first child seat should last up to 9-12months depending on size of individual babies. They are designed for be rear facing for pure safety of you baby should your car be involved in a crash, instead of being pushed forward like the rest of the passenger (possible resulting in whip lash for adults) are just pushed into the back of their seat causing less movement to their fragile necks.

Also better for them to be rear facing in the back of the car too. Personally i have paid extra and purchased a Isofix Base which locks itself into the car its self and the car seat then is locked onto this which i feel is extremly secure and much safer than just a seat belt.

There are plenty of inexpensive toys you can purchase to keep your child amused, besides lets face it most babies are asleep within a couple of mins of being in a car.

Jessica - posted on 01/15/2010

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In response to Candace's post, what about if your child is too long to sit rear facing and their feet and legs bunch up? My son is over 30 inches and weighs over 20lbs but is only 6 months old. He doesn't fit in the car rear facing anymore.

Dannah - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son weighed 20lbs when he was 4.5 mnths old! I had to buy a forward-rear facing convertable seat. Mine will let him sit rear-facing untill he is 35lbs I did a lot of research and also talked to my pedi and decided to go with this one.



http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.d...



-I forgot to mention that this seat is available at virtually every walmart and Babies-R-Us it also reclines in a locked position so your little one doesnt have to sit straight up yet, you can wtill let them be reclined like their carrier seat is!!



Good luck!

Lori - posted on 01/14/2010

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it has Nothing to do with the Height Of your Child until they get into BOOSTER SEATS!!!! if your Child is Long then yes you can get a convertable Toddler Seat. they are Both Rear facing up to 50lbs and Front facing unil 100lbs. the Leangh Means Nothing... I took Mine out of an Infant seat cause he is 6months Old and 20lbs. I could carry him and seat anymore. Go to Whales.gov and Check out the Law

Lori - posted on 01/14/2010

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I Just got a New Car Seat for my 6 Month old the Other day by a Ceritfied Car seat specialist and she told Me you have to have 2 standrads before they can get Turned around... they have to be More then 20lbs and 1 years Old. so your Little Girl has to be Both of those things before you can Turn he around.

Megan - posted on 01/13/2010

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The law is 1 year AND 20 lbs. My 1st son reached the 20 lbs mark before he was 6 months old and was also very tall for his age. He was walking by 10 months but I kept him in the rear facing car seat until about 2 weeks before his 1st birthday just because he was so heavy and tall and he had great muscle control. My 2nd will be 6 months on the 21st of January and I know he's already over the 20 lbs mark but not sure about the height. He seems to be growing faster than my 1st so I'm just playing it by ear.

Leanne - posted on 01/13/2010

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the length on most infant carriers is 29 inches, but the really new graco ones go to 32 inches! for the convertible seat its 30 inches for rear facing...check the carseat manual before you make the switch as every carseat is different :)

Dayna - posted on 01/13/2010

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my daughter is 6 months and 19 lbs we were woundering about this too soo thanks we will wait to get a new car seat but i was also woundering about the height is too big for the rear facing car seat??

Victoria - posted on 01/13/2010

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Your baby HAS to be at least 1 year AND 22lbs, rear facing is the safest way for a baby to travel, so even though our boy hates hates hates being in his car seat, we have no problem waiting.

Leanne - posted on 01/12/2010

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my first 2 children were 20 lbs by 5 months old so rear facing was difficult, but it is the law to keep them rear facing til 12 months AND 22 lbs...longer if possible. however, as my boys were bigger than average, i turned them around at about 10 1/2 months. my doc said that the 12 months thing was for the muscle control but if the child is walking well those muscles in question were strong enough. (my boys both walked well at 10 mos) and they were over the height for rear facing so their legs were rested in an upward position on the seat back which also isn't safe. my daughter is almost 6 months now and almost 20 lbs and just over 27 inches but still in the infant carrier...rear facing is safest for children under 2! i also heard that they are working on changing the age part of the law to 2...

Whitney - posted on 01/12/2010

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20lbs and 1 year is what I was told by my boys' ped. The 20lbs for weight and the 1 year for complete head and muscle control.

Allison - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son is 5 1/2 months and weighs 23 pounds. I know here in the state of kansas that you cannot put your child in a front facing car seat until they are 1 year old and at least 22 pounds. We got him a convertible car seat.. so he can be rear facing and it goes up to 35 pounds.

Tammy - posted on 01/12/2010

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I was wondering the same thing my son will be 6 months in a couple days and he is almost 18 pounds and was 27 in long at his last appointment a month ago so we will be buying him another seat this month but don't know if he should sit forward facing. There are car seats that are for forward and rear facing which is what we will get and have him rear facing until he is a year.

Samantha - posted on 01/12/2010

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Yes they are now advising you to keep your child in a rear facing child seat until two years of age. It's not a law yet, however. The LAW is that all children ages 12 months and under must be restrained in a proper rear-facing child seat. Then, after one year if your child is still built small and doesn't meet the weight requirements it must STILL remain in a rear facing seat. Of course, you can always ask your child's pediatrician and they can give you the information you need. maybe when she goes to her 6 month well-baby? or if she already has you can usually just phone the office and ask or wait until her 9 month well-baby checkup.

Candace - posted on 01/12/2010

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Your child HAS to also be at least 1 year old to be forward facing. Along with the 22 pound rule, your child has to be 1 year of age as well. Your child, even though it may seen they have great head control, can suffer severe injuries or death if turned around too soon. They do not have to head, neck, shoulder muscles to withstand a crash. Not only is it very unsafe to turn an infant around too soon, it's also against the law. You can be fined and receive a ticket. I am so passionate about this topic (as you can probably tell :) ) because, being a nurse, I've seen way too many injuries that could have been prevented. Even if your kiddos seem strong enough and are at the required weight, do not turn them around until they are 1 year of age. I heard that may be changing??? They may actually be increasing the age???

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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I'm not sure what it is in Pounds, but here in oz the baby go in rear facing seat until they are between 8 - 12kgs (roughly 6 to 12 months i think). However having said that I turned our daughters carseat around to forward facing when she was 5.5 months and she would have been about 7.6kgs, it was just getting to hard to get her out of the seat. She has really good head contol which one reason I was ok to turn her around. You will know when to turn your baby around. Another reason we turn her around was because she so unconfortable facing backwards, she looked really squashed in.

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