At what age does the car seat face front?


Emily - posted on 08/06/2009




The longer they can face backwards the better. It is far safer for them, and adults too if it were possible, to face backwards. Here is an article with more info

This article also says that the American Academy of Pediatrics is expected to change their recommendation from the 1 year and 20 lbs rule to 2 years and 30 lbs.


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Christi - posted on 10/28/2009




my son says 20lbs AND one year. i stress the and becuase my son is ten months and already 24lbs but we cannot turn him around until he is atleast a year old.

Tiffany - posted on 10/27/2009




Thank you Claudia Lopez for posting this video!(Sorry couldn't figure out how to quote without the video being automatically played and apparently your comments get deleted if that happens)

My son is bigger than average children his age and once his feet touched the back seat and he reached the weight limit I probably would've changed his seat to forward facing. The dummy test especially shows this...thank you thank you thank you!!! I suggest everyone to watch her video she posted!!!

Heather - posted on 10/24/2009




ya i was pretty confused by this,too.. we had to buy my son a new carseat and on the new one it says rear facing till 20 lbs or a year... but umm.. my son was 21 lbs 14 oz at his 6 month apointment and is now 8 months old so hes heavier now i just dont know by how much.. soo i wasnt sure weather to keep him rear facing or not.. but after reading it carefully decided best to keep him rear facing... he can use this seat till he reaches 37 lbs.. which, at the rate hes going.,may be before hes 2!! !

Kristin - posted on 10/24/2009




You need to check your state laws and your seat. Some older infant seats are only good to 20 lbs. Newer ones have higher weight limits. The lowest standard I believe is 1 YR AND 20 LBS. Not one or the other but both requirements. If you have a heavy baby then purchase a convertible seat to allow rear facing to the 1yr mark. My youngest is 2yrs 4 months and still rear facing she weighs 24lbs. She will rear face until her head is within one inch of the top of the shell or she reaches 33 lbs (the limit for her seat). Just info for you to have. Parents complain that kids legs are uncomfortable bunched up or that they are afraid they will break in an accident. But I ask you go sit somewhere and have your legs dangle down with nothing to rest on from just above your knee. You will see your legs cramp and hurt most older kids actually try to rest their feet on the vehicle seat when facing forward. A question I ask people when they say aren't you afraid she break her legs. Well yes it is a concern but I look this way. BROKEN LEGS CAST IT!!!! BROKEN NECK CASKET!!!!. Also the child mortality rate in Sweden is much much lower then here in the US. Because they rear face their until 40 lbs and then go right to booster seats. A young child whose head weight is much of their body has a tremendous force put on their neck in an accident. To the point where internal decapitiation occurs.

Megan - posted on 08/08/2009




In the past it has always been one year of age and 20 pounds but they are trying to change the laws to be two years of age. You may think that your child is bored, but I would rather have a bored child that is alive than an injured one! It is much safer to have them rear facing.

Sandy - posted on 08/07/2009




most are after 30 lbs. That should be around 1 year old. My son is already 30 pounds but in the state i live in, its illegal to have them facing front until they are at least 1 year.

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2009




That depends on each state. some go by height and weight others just go by age.

Deborah - posted on 08/07/2009




Talk to your doctor to get the latest information. I know that new recommendations have come out in the past few months. The reason the babies are turned backwards is neck and spine development and they are finding that the longer they stay in the backwards position the better it is for them. The argument of legs to long is this: If (god forbid) you get in an accident injuries to the child's legs such as a break is a lot better then injury to the spine, so this is why they are pushing to keep babies turned backwards as long as possible.

Tara - posted on 08/06/2009




It depends on where you live. In most provinces in Canada it's 1 year AND 20-25 pounds in weight, similar guidelines in most US states, not sure in other countries.

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My pediatrician said that they have to be 1 yr old AND 20 lbs so if they are 1 and not 20 lbs no. 20lbs and not 1 yr old still no. Pediatricians are an excellent source of info!

Jacqui - posted on 08/06/2009




Yup if your baby is like my sister's, and over the weight limit of her car seat at 4 months, you go to the convertible ones, that face both backward and forward, and wait till they're at least a year before turning it around. Safety-wise, 2 years is now reccommended, but that is still your choice. If you want to do that, like I said, you can get a convertible car seat. Those go to a much higher weight limit. My sister says they're much bulkier than the ones that only face forward though...but I guess that shouldn't really be a factor in the decision making. My baby's forward because she was always getting the sun in her eyes, and she was getting very bored back there all by her lonesome.

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The LAW requires 20 pounds AND 1 year old. I hear a lot of parents say, oh, he or she is too big for the car seat. So what if there legs hang over. It is against the law because you are endangering the well being of your child!!! And actually, I think they are going to try and up that age soon here because they are still finding too many children are getting hurt when they face front. So, ONE YEAR AND 20 POUNDS!

Valerie - posted on 08/06/2009




Everything I've seen says at least 1 year old and 20 pounds. At 1 year is when their spinal column has developed enough to safely face forward and be OK in the case of an accident. HTH!

Lucy - posted on 08/06/2009




most of them are 1 year, they get bored after that!! but check your specific one - if you've lost the instructions look it up on the internet :)

Cinnamon - posted on 08/06/2009




If you read the car seat, it will tell you, but mine says 20lbs or 1 year old

Amanda - posted on 08/06/2009




After 2 years old, and/or you have reached the weight limit of your convertable carseat (most are around 30 lbs).

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