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when is it time to switch my child out of her infant carseat?

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tbrosnan

Asked by tbrosnan at 2:47 PM on Sep. 24, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • At 20 lbs you can use one designed for kids 20-40 lbs and either front face or continue rear facing
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:48 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • when they have outgrown it for height or weight
    peanutsmommy1

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 2:49 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • not true blue, if a child is 20 lbs before one year of age they MUST remain rearfacing, it is 1 AND 20 lbs, not either/or
    peanutsmommy1

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 2:50 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • if she outgrows it by weight or has less than 1 inch of the hard plastic shell above her head. You should keep her rear facing until she is at least 1 year and 20lbs but there are many convertable carseats that will allow you to keep her rearfacing much longer than that if you choose.
    foxracing43701

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 3:08 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • When she outgrows it. At which point it's safest to move her to a convertible seat and keep her rear-facing as long as that seat allows.

    As long as she's rear-facing until at least 20 lbs AND 1 year old, it really doesn't matter whether she's in her infant seat or a convertible seat. My son was in his until about a year because he was so small. My daughter was taller, and with two kids it was difficult lugging the carrier around, so we switched her to a convertible when she was able to sit up on her own in a grocery cart or high chair (and when her legs got too fat to fit in the front carrier, lol).
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 3:17 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • Check your owner's manual.
    _Tam_

    Answer by _Tam_ at 3:28 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

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