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At what age can a baby go front facing?

My daughter is about to outgrow her car seat. Which was 0 to 22lbs. The car seats I see that are 22lbs and up are front facing. Isn't she too young to go front facing. She's 7 1/2 months.

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Asked by Cassandre at 9:11 AM on May. 18, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes, it's best to wait until at least one year (and in most states, that's the law) as well as 20 lbs. Many convertible car seats are rear facing until 35 lbs. It's encouraged to keep your child rear facing as long as possible.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:13 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • Yes, she's too young. There are different types of car seats. You can get one that is over 22lbs and will do both front and back facing. You should have her facing the back until she's a year old. It seems some pediatricians will say "keep them facing the back as long as possible" but my told me the opposite "have them face forward when they turn one - it might harm them more if you are in an accident and are facing the back after they are one - their muscles are ready for it".

    Answer by sauterelledesil at 9:13 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • Yes. Buy a car seat now that converts to both that is for babies that are like up to 35 lbs or more. They are not suppose to be front facing until they are a year old and you should wait even longer b/c they can seriously be injured front facing.

    Answer by ABPeterson at 9:14 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • You need a convertible seat. They sell them everywhere for rear facing up to 30 pounds or something and then forward facing after that. Most state laws require the child to be 1 before they get forward facing seats. Is she still in an infant seat? If so get her a convertible seat that goes from rear to forward. Our daughter is 8 months old and is 22 lbs right now and 27 inches long and we took her out of her infant seat at 4 months and did the convertible seat. It will tell you the weights from them.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 9:15 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • Hey Sweetie, yes your Baby is too young to front face. I just bought a evenflo Triumph Advance for $140 at Walmart. You can find them cheaper online. It rear faces to 35lbs, then front face/harnesses to 50 lbs. From there you will need to get an exclusively front facing one with a higher harness weight such as a graco nautilus. On average, children gain 10lbs/year after their first year or so. So an evenflo triumph should last you until at least 2 rear facing, which is what the AAP recommends, and then it will harness your baby, which is also safest, until around age 5.There are several car seat safety groups on here that are really great and will answer any of your questions. I really hope you join them and look into extended rear facing, which is rear facing past the age of 1 AND 20 lbs. However, if you choose not to do this, it is the law to have them rear facing until 1 year AND 20 lbs. At 7.5 mths old or even at 1 cont.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 10:00 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • her neck is not strong enough to withstand a wreck. The consequences are internal decapitation which is almost always, especially in young children, fatal. Their necks really arent strong enough until 2-3 years, but its best to rear face until the restrictions on your car seat, which most is 35 lbs.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 10:01 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • I put my son in a front facing at 8 months when he out grew his rearfacing one.... they do have convertable ones that can have children under 30lbs rear facing then can adjust to foward facing and later turn into a booster seat.

    Answer by Vanessannd at 10:15 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • She has to be rear facing until she is a YEAR and 20 lbs... it's the law. You'll have to get her a convertible car seat.
    But it's best to keep your child rear facing as long as possible. The american acadamy of pediatrics says children should be rear facing to a minimum of 2 years.
    You should keep your child rear facing until she out grows her convertible seat, 33-35 pounds.
    You'll want to keep you baby rear facing as long as you can to keep her as safe as possible. Forward facing seats put your child at risk of spinal injury and death from the force applied during the crash because of the immature spine and big heavy heads with nothing to support them.
    Look up on Youtube crash tests for rear and forward facing
    My son is 10 months now and will be rear facing until he outgrows his convertible seat.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:44 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • Thank you all for the feeback. I'll do some more research to find a convertible car seat for her size to keep her rear facing.

    Answer by Cassandre at 9:35 PM on May. 18, 2009

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