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what age can you start putting the car seat facing forward in your car!?

 
cindyodopson

Asked by cindyodopson at 8:20 PM on May. 23, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It's the law to keep her rear facing until she is 1 and 20 lbs... or like someone suggested that it's not a law in all states... all car seats have a Proper usage claus that says 1 and 20 which means you are accountable if something were to happen.
    The american acadamy of pediatrics says children should rear face to the minimum of 2 years... it's the safest for your child to keep them rear facing until they out grow their convertible car seat.... which is around 30-35 lbs... so 2-3 years old before you would turn them.
    You'll hear many mom's on here don't wait that long, but they choose not to do what is safest for their child.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:11 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • 1 year old is the minimum age and 20 lbs
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 8:22 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • But its better for baby to stay rear faceing as long as they can
    JenW777

    Answer by JenW777 at 8:26 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • You "can" do it whenever you want. It is the law in about 7 states that a baby must be at least 20lbs AND 1 year of age. It is a strong recommendation EVERYWHERE for those minimums.

    The new recommendation by the AAP is rear facing at least until 2 years.

    It is suggested now as well, to keep them rear facing as long as possible until the maximums of the seat are reached (height and weight)
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:36 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • It's best to stay rear facing until they reach the maximum weight limit (rear-facing) for your carseat. For example, my car seat is a Britax and the rear facing weight limit is 35 pounds.

    The AAP recommends waiting until they're at least 2 years old now: http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/12-a
    asyoulikeit

    Answer by asyoulikeit at 8:37 PM on May. 23, 2009