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My son is 7 1/2 months old. He is 20 lbs and 27 inches long. He grew out of his little carseat about a month ago and now he is in a big one. Just curious to when we can switch it facing forward? He hates facing the rear. But I want to make sure it is safe to do that!

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Asked by BraydonsMama262 at 11:39 AM on Oct. 5, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • minimum of one year AND 20 lbs

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 11:39 AM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • NEVER sooner then 12 months AND 20 lbs, but honestly, it is MUCH safer to keep him rear facing even longer. Just curious, but how do you know he hates facing the rear? He might just not like being in the car that much, which is USUALLY the case. Also, since you are using a convertible now, you can make the seat more upright, he may be uncomfortable with the recline.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 11:55 AM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • 1 year.

    Answer by mompam at 12:00 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • The bare bones minimum by law is 1 year and 20lb. The american academy of pediatrics as well as many other reputable sources recommend keeping them rear facing until they are a minimum of 2 and 30lb. My son is 15 months and well over 20lb and hes still happily rear facing and will be until hes 2 and 30lb aqtleast. The 2 and 30lb isnt a law yet, but they are trying to make it a new one. Keep him rear facing as long as you can mama. It really is 5x safer. Go to youtube and type in forward vs rear facing crash safety tests. The reason to keep them rear facing will be very clear to you :)

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 12:33 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • You CANNOT forward face before he is a year old, no matter what his weight it.... not only is it against the law... but it's also extremely dangerous. And don't assume he hates rear facing... it's the only thing he knows, he doesn't have an opinion on which way he would like to face. Most children PREFER to rearface because it's more comfortable at the recline. He's not too big to rear face... my son is 37 inches and 30 lbs and still rear facing, their size does not matter, it doesn't make them any more mature than a smaller baby.
    I would check his recline on his seat... he might be more comfortable a little more or a little less reclined (within the guidelines of the seat of coarse)
    Keeping him rear facing until he outgrows his seat by height or weight will keep him safe.... his safety is the most important thing... give him something to play with and sing songs to him... it's just a phase.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 3:09 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

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