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when you buy acarseat?

im buying one from walmart can you convert them into a rear facing carseat or do you buy them that way?

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Asked by firstimemommy21 at 7:31 PM on Jan. 3, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The only ones I've seen that can be rear and front facing are those that are rated birth to 30 lbs

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:35 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • You buy them that way

    Answer by Steph319 at 7:35 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • It has to be rated as a rear facing seat. If it says it's front facing, you cannot convert it.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 7:37 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • Some car seats are made to be convertable and others are just front facing.

    Answer by cinderellac1 at 7:39 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • It depends on the seat. If it is a convertible seat, it is ok to be used rear and forward. If it is an infant seat, it is rear facing only. There are also seats that are forward facing only.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:51 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • the previous posters pretty much explained your question but not all carseats are designed the same so even when they say they fit 5-65lbs or a certain height it really depends on the size of the child. There is a carseat safety group here on cafemom...tons of info to look at...and quite a few carseat techs that could help you find the right carseat for your needs, car, and budget :)

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 7:56 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • There are basically 4 types of seats...
    Infant seats- they kind that RF only and you carry them around... used from birth to 22-35 lbs depending on the seat
    Convertible seats- which RF and FF... many can be used RF from birth- 35-40 lbs and FF 1 year and 22-40+ lbs depending on the seat
    Forward facing only seat- which can be used when the child is at least 1 year and 20-22 lbs until they are 40+ lbs and many convert to boosters
    Boosters- highback and low back boosters for kids who have outgrown the harness until they are at least 8 years old.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:57 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • Carriers are only rearfacing seats.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 10:10 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

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