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should i switch my daughters car seat?

HELP? my daughters legs hang over her car seat that she has now but the new car seat that i bought says for 22 lbs and up and shes only 20 lbs. should i switch it or wait till shes 22 lbs. PLEASE HELP


Asked by mmkidder88 at 8:40 PM on May. 16, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • It's okay if her legs hang over the edge, as long as she still has 1in. of the carseat's shell above her head. If the new carseat says it can't be used until she is 22lbs. then you need to wait to use it until she meets the weight limits as it wouldn't be safe for her otherwise. I'm assuming that it is a forward facing only carseat as well? If so, you might want to try returning it and getting a convertible carseat - again assuming she is still using the infant seat? Convertible carseats are made for babies and toddlers who are 5-40lbs. and most can be used rearfacing until 30-35lbs. The AAP now recommends that toddlers remain rearfacing until they are at least 2yrs. old and 30lbs. as rearfacing is 5x safer than forward facing. A good convertible carseat that is inexpensive is the Cosco Scenera which you can get for about $40 at Walmart.


    Answer by sarahmae3 at 9:37 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • I am pretty sure you're safe to switch her. It'd probably be better. If you really want to make sure, take her and the seats to a car seat check place (usually fire dept or police station) and they can advise you.

    Answer by sparrowprincess at 8:48 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • fire stations are no longer allowed to install carseats. don't think they can give you advice either. reason being is if, God forbid, someone get in an accident and the carseat is defective/not installed properly, they can get sued for it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:58 PM on May. 16, 2009