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How old does your baby have to be before we can turn the seat to face forward in the car?

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Asked by QuintinsMom520 at 11:28 AM on Apr. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 1 year

    Answer by hannahwill at 11:32 AM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • I think it is 1 year old.

    Answer by yoshiki56 at 11:33 AM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • they have to be 1 year and 20 lbs. even then I would look into a convertible car seat to rear face up to 35 lbs

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • That's exactly right. One year and 20 pounds is the minimum by law. If you go to google and find the National Highway Patrol website you can call them to ask and they will let you know that this is the law in all te States.

    Answer by jamesmommy12 at 11:36 AM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • There was recently a popular journal about this topic:

    You'll see that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear facing until age 2 now.

    Answer by evwsquared at 11:38 AM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • 1 year but the AAP is now recomending 2 years(as of this month!). Hopefully the laws will change to that effect soon.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 11:42 AM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • 1 year minimum. I plan to rearface until my son outgrows his convertible... hopefully 2-3 years old.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:16 PM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • We just got a convertible carseat that rear faces up until 35lbs. I don't know if I'll wait until she is 35lbs, but probably at least until she is two. She doesn't seem to mind the car. Most of the time she just passes out anyway.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:18 PM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • jamesmommy12 - It is NOT the law in all the states. Some states do not have a law about rearfacing like PA.

    Answer by purpleducky at 2:30 PM on Apr. 4, 2009

  • Law dictates no sooner then 12 mos and 20 lbs. Even if your state doesn't have a specific RF law, they do have a proper usage law, stating that the seat should be used according to the manufacturers recommendations, and no seat allows for FF before 12 mos and 20 lbs. The AAP is now recommending that you remain RF until 2 yrs of age, and many experts agree. Plenty of seats allow for RF until 35 lbs. It is proven to be safer.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:39 PM on Apr. 4, 2009

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