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question about car seats

I feel like my 5 month old is so squished in his car seat he looks uncomfortable in it. He's 5 months and weighs 15lbs. When can you get one of those bigger car seats made for bigger kids, how much does he have to weigh or how old does he need to be? Also, when can you start facing your child foreward?

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Asked by walkintherain at 2:50 PM on Dec. 20, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Forward facing legally should not happen until AT LEAST 1 year AND 20 pounds. It's by far the safest way to ride, though, so it's best to keep them rear-facing until they outgrow the limits of their seat.

    As for when you can get a convertible seat (the bigger ones that do rear- and forward-facing, you can do that whenever you want to, as long as you keep it rear-facing until at least 1 year and 20 pounds.

    And don't let looks bother you too much. There are very few kids who are legitimately uncomfortable in their rear-facing seats, infant or convertible. Regardless of how it looks to you, consider that they don't know any better, that's how they've always ridden in the car, so they're not going to think anything of it. And it's safer. :)

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 3:00 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • In most of the infant car seats that I have seen the straps can adjust to a higher level on the shoulders and in some the back is even adjustable. He needs to remain in a rear facing carseat until one year of age and he weighs more than 20 lbs. If your carseat isn't adjustable in any way you may have to invest in a new rearfacing seat.

    Answer by AshleyBishop06 at 3:02 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • Your infant can go in a convertable car seat rear facing only if the harness straps at the lowest setting are at or below his shoulders. The harness straps when rear facing should always be that way. Even though the law states 1 year and 20 lbs your little one would be so much safer rear facing to the limits of his next convertable seats. There are many options now that make this possible to up to 40 lbs. The car seat safety group on here has car seat techs and other knowledgeable ladies that can help find a great seat for your little one that fits your budget.

    Answer by Codysmom2106 at 3:07 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • You can get a convertible car seat now but the baby has to stay rear facing for at least a year AND 20 lbs. Research does show that waiting longer then the recommended 1 yr / 20#s to forward face is life saving and the best choice.


    Answer by mama_l at 3:25 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • You can use a convertible seat NOW, provided that you use it rear facing until at LEAST 12 mos of age and 20 lbs. I, and many others, will advise you to keep that seat in the rear facing position for as long as your child is within the RF limits.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:38 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • You can switch him to a RF convertible seat at anytime... I switched my son at around 6 months because he outgrew his infant seat. Convertbile seats tend to give a lot more room. You child must remain RF until he is at least 1 years old AND 20 lbs... but it's best to keep him RF until he's at least 2 years old.
    My son is a big guy... 39 inches tall and 35 lbs and he's still RF.

    Some seats to look into:
    Cosco Scenera 40 lbs - newer model - cost about $50
    Graco MyRide 65- cost about $115
    Safety First Complete Air- $160


    Answer by AmiJanell at 8:08 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

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