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rear facing carseat- alabama (help plz)

okay i read that the child has to be a year old and 20lbs before they can face forward...so what if my son is 7 months old but weighs 20 lbs, can he face forward???

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EheartsZ07

Asked by EheartsZ07 at 9:49 AM on Jul. 24, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No. That would be 20 pounds OR 1 year. The law is 20 pounds AND 1 year. Just make sure his current seat has a weight limit over 20 pounds.
    Kiwismommy19

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 10:04 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • No it has to be both 20 lbs and 1 yr. My DS was 20lbs way before 1 yr old we kept him RF. He's actually 17 months old now and 30lbs and 35 inches long. We still have him rearfacing. His current carseat RF to 40 lbs.
    DixieFlower

    Answer by DixieFlower at 10:12 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • Has to be both bc under a yr their neck muscles still aren't developed enough to support the way their head whips back & forth in a crash.
    Nyx7

    Answer by Nyx7 at 10:17 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • No. They can't face forward until they are both 1yr. AND 20lbs. If your child reaches 20lbs. before 1yr. you can/should switch to a rear-facing convertible carseat. It is actually 5x safer for babies and toddlers to remain rearfacing. A baby who is switched forward before 1yr. is at risk for internal decapitation during an accident.

    Check out these links for more info.
    http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html
    http://www.childrestraintsafety.com/rear-facing.html
    http://carseatblog.com/?p=5168

    sarahmae3

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 11:32 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • The new recommendation is 2 years and 40 lbs and BOTH critera should be met. The 1 yr 20 is outdated. It is dangerous for children to forward face in an accident. They are pretty much guaranteed to be killed in a car wreck. Please watch these crash test videos to see WHY it is important to rear face as long as possible. Seeing is believing.

    rear facing is safest: video demos
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:27 PM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • it's best to keep them rear facing as long as the seat will allow. and if you don't have a seat that will last to a year rear facing, you definitely need to get one. there are some affordable seats that rear face a lot longer than a year though. you can get a lot of help in the car seat safety group :)
    Stefanie83

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 1:33 PM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • Nope. Even if the law states 1 yr OR 20 lbs instead of AND, every state has a proper usage clause, stating that you must use the seat according to the manufacturer's specfications, and no seat allows for forward facing under 1 yr AND 20 lbs. In addition, I must state that you should really look into car seat safety, it's now being recommended to keep children rear facing even past the required minimums. It's much safer to keep a child rear facing for as long as possible.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:02 PM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • No he cannot. He has to be 20lb and a year to forward face by law. If baby has outgrown the infant carrier get a convertible carseat. And the AAP is trying to pass a law not making it so they are 2 and 30lb before they can be turned forward cause research has shown that its way safer. I dont need the law to be passed for me to do it though. My son is over an year and 20lb and hes still rear facing :)
    carsonsmommytam

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 9:20 PM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • thanks everyone! safety is first! but i bought a convertible carseat and put it rear facing but when my son falls asleep his head falls forward...that doesnt seem safe either if we had an accident or not! so what do i do about that?
    EheartsZ07

    Comment by EheartsZ07 (original poster) at 12:37 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

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