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car seats

how long does a kid have to be in a rear facing seat???

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:10 PM on Apr. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • age 1 and 20 lbs minimum
    mamaof2748

    Answer by mamaof2748 at 8:11 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • oh wow, some moms are going to say up to 35 lbs.... BUT law in most states is 20 lbs AND atleast a year old.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:11 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • law in most states is 20 lbs/ 1 yr but some seats are made to be rear facing for longer, look at the seat info, some will hold a baby up to 35 lbs, some won't
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 8:13 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • By law? Bare minimum, 12 mos and 20 lbs. AAP is now recommending that children rear face until at least age two. Most convertible car seats allow for RF up to 35 lbs. It's been shown that it's safer in the event of an accident. I'm of the mindset that you should have your child RF as long as possible, and then after that, in a harness as long as possible.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:16 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • yep...what they said
    valerie0103

    Answer by valerie0103 at 8:33 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • The law in some states is 1 year and 20lbs. It's strongly recommended everywhere, though.

    (It's actually the law in only about 11 states)

    http://www.iihs.org/laws/ChildRestraint.aspx

    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:46 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • Like they said... 1 year AND 20 lbs. Which means if your child is 15 months and 19 lbs or 6 months and 25 lbs they STILL have to be rear facing until they meet both.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:14 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • Well, a KID shouldnt be turned around until 2 yrs-35 lbs. So leave your BABY rear facing until then.
    Auntiemom410

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 9:32 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • i was taught 1 year and 25 lbs... baby has to be both
    F43L34

    Answer by F43L34 at 9:56 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • The law in the US is to follow the carseats regulations, there are NO seats in the US that say you can FF before 1 year AND 20lbs...so thats the minimum.

    Its best to Rf as long as possible and AAP recommends RFing to atleast 2 years old.
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 10:14 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

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