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What is the recomended weight for a front facing car seat?

My son is 7 months old and 19 pounds, but I wanted to wait as long as possible.

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Asked by ours at 6:56 PM on Jun. 29, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 20lbs and 1 year

    Answer by amymartinez0214 at 7:06 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Bare minimum is 1 yr and 20 lbs. Children under 1yr and 20 lbs MUST RF. Most convertible seats allow RF up to 35 lbs. After 35lbs, a child MUST rear face (with the exception of the new Graco My Ride, which RF to 40 but I believe it is for SHORT kids)

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:16 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Ok, good to know. He's growing up so fast!

    Answer by ours at 7:23 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • You've got plenty of time before you need to move him.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:31 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Law says minimum of 20 lbs AND 1 year. Most convertible car seats (not the infant carriers) go up to 30-35 lbs rear facing. Keep them rear facing as long as possible. Mine were about 20 months both when they got turned around. First one got too tall second go too heavy!

    Answer by aeneva at 7:35 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • No, the "law" does NOT say minimum of 20lbs and a year. The law is such in SOME states...about 9. It is not the law everywhere.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:07 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • The las DOES require 1 year and 20 because even if the state doesn't spell out 1 and 20 they all have a proper usage clause which means you have to use the seat as directed and they ALL say 1 and 20.
    But it's best to keep your child rear facing as long as possible in a convertible seat... most rear face to 35 lbs but some now to 40. That would mean a child that is over 2 years old.
    Ther American Acadamy of Pediatrics says children should rear face to the MINUMIM of 2 years.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 8:20 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • It is the law that is MINIMUM of 1yr/20lbs. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you rear face to 2yrs/35lbs.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 10:35 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Arizona's law is 20 pounds and one year. let's say.. he's 20 pounds but not one year. you can't FF. must be both.

    Answer by DeathBat at 1:22 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

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