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When can a baby face forward in the back seat in a car seat?

Does it go by weight or the type of car seat. I have the infant rear facing car seat but i am fixing to have to get another one. Do i still keep it rear facing?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Nov. 13, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You'd want to keep him/her facing rear until about a year old. Their muscles aren't quite developed enough in case of an accident to hold their body and prevent serious injury.

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 2:20 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • My doc says the baby should be 1 year old AND 22lbs before turning the seat around.A lot of people say you should wait even longer because it's safer, but most people will say 1 year and 22lbs.

    Answer by Paesana82 at 2:20 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • i live in PA and it is 20 pounds or a year old

    Answer by jodi205 at 2:22 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • Our pedi says 1 year AND 20lbs. Not one or the other. I know I for one can't wait till I can turn her around!

    Answer by VastVeranda at 2:26 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • The longer they are rear facing: the safer. Usually, the law states that they must be rear facing until they are one and weigh 20 lbs. However, many experts recommend that children remain rear facing unti they are 2 and weigh 35 lbs.


    Answer by ivansmom07 at 2:44 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • yes if your baby is under a yr old then you need a rear facing or convertable car seat. and keep it facing the rear of the car.

    Answer by edgpag at 3:31 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • The minimum- 1 year old and 20 lbs. You can, and I believe should, keep them rear facing to the RF limit of the seat. Most convertible seats RF to 30-35 lbs. It is unsafe and in most places illegal to have your child FF before 1 year old AND 20 lbs. If your baby is 8 mos and 22lbs, he should be RF. If your baby is 18 mos, and 19 lbs, he should be RF.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:37 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • Keep it rear facing until it is at the limit of the seat. Kids are safer that way. The minimum is 20 pounds and 1 year but the longer the better.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 3:43 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • over a year AND 20 lbs.

    Answer by heatherama at 3:58 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • babies can only switch a 1 year AND 20 lbs!!

    Answer by SweetPoison at 1:30 AM on Nov. 15, 2008

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