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13 months old, carseat question

I have a 13 month old who weighs 21.7 pounds. I'm confused. Is it ok to switch
her to a front facing carseat? I have s britax, but most websites say to wait until 30 pounds.
Did you guys switch them or wait when yr toddler was 1 and 20 pounds?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:00 PM on Feb. 5, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

Answers (13)
  • the new AAP recommendation is to rear face to the limits of the seat

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 3:04 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • I've always turned mine around when they turned 1. They've all been 20 lb's when they've turned 1. The were all tall also which made rear facing uncomfortable for them because of their long legs.

    Answer by jreneei at 3:12 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • I turned my kids seats forward once they hit twenty pounds. But it would probably be best to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

    Answer by CinderAmethyst at 3:19 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • i agree with jreneei. height has a lot to do with it. i put my daughter in a front facing at 1yr 2 wks, 21lbs. my rear facing car seat said until 24 lbs. my daughter is now 18 mo and just got to 24 lbs(had some problems with weight), she cant be in a rear facing one. if your baby is too long for the rear facing then you should change it.

    Answer by leksismommy at 3:22 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • i have a britax. my 18 month old weighs 23lbs and she is still facing backwards, i'll switch when she is 2, even if she isnt 30lbs yet.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:22 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • when they turned 1 and were 20 pounds I flipped the seats around. but #2 wasn't 20 pounds til almost 18months - she HATED being backwards (she gets motion sick)

    Answer by hypermamaz at 3:34 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • A mom posted this in one of my groups both of these links answered alot of my questions about which way to face my daughter. I hope it helps :)

    Answer by Emma7-11-09 at 3:39 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • well its 1 and 20 but thats a just a minume. my dd stayed rear facing untill she was 33 mts,. she was 36 inches and 31 lbs when i turn her to FF. extended rear facing is alot safer is not law but it should be. my ds is 11 mts and he truns 1 in 2 wks and he will be rearfacing until he either reaches 35 lbs or hits the carseat height limit

    Answer by piwife at 4:06 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • my dd hit 20 lbs at 6 mts. at 1 she was 24 lbs

    Answer by piwife at 4:06 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

  • Your child meets the requirements to turn her around. If she is fine sitting rear-facing, I'd leave her. If she screams the whole carride, I'd turn her. GL! : )

    Answer by mickstinator at 4:11 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

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