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If infant is only 21 22lbs and just turned a year old can they be turned around in car seat to face forward?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Nov. 18, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • most laws it's 20lbs and 1 years old. check your state laws

    Answer by armywife43 at 11:24 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • I would keep them backwards for as long as possible. I did it closer to 25 pounds. Safety is the best policy. Check online for your state's law about it or call your pediatrician....they would know.

    Answer by Babylove76 at 11:26 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • The absolute legal minimum is 20 lbs and one year. It is safest to keep them rear facing as long as possible. Many convertable seats rear face to 35lbs.

    Answer by jaycee1124 at 11:29 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • like your other posters i would check the laws but where i live (PA ) it is 20lbs and a year old

    Answer by jodi205 at 11:29 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • I'm not sure what th weight and/or height requirements are, but my 2 year old is 24in. & 20lbs. and she's still backwards in her carseat. They say to leave them that way for as long as possible. You can call your local health Dept. They can tell you what's best.

    Answer by BlessedMommy64 at 11:30 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Depends on the car seat. Keep in mind their weight fluctuates, so at 22 lbs may be too heavy for a rear facing or may be too light for ff facing. Just check the spec on the car seat and follow those.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • 1 year old and 22-25 lbs

    Answer by LexsiesMommy at 11:35 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • they say in most states i think 1 year old and atleast 20lbs. i turned my son around at 1 i would have left him reafacing longer but he was just to long his legs were up on the seat so he had to be turned around. read what your carseat says and check your state law.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:42 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • I had the same question. My son is a 10 months old and weighs 24 pounds. I tried to put the carseat rear facing but his feet touched the backseat so he would have been so uncomfortable and in my opinion more unsafe than it being forward. So I just did it forward. I asked my pediatrician and she said it was fine. He's the size of some 1 year olds so what's the difference. I think this law was just made because some people don't have a brain and would put say a 3 week old facing forward!

    Answer by MarcsMummy at 11:47 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

  • Yes they can normally, but they are safer to be rear facing as long as possible.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 12:21 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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