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When do you turn infant carseats around?

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Asked by 100 at 5:05 PM on Mar. 27, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • They're now saying at 2 years
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:06 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Most carseats will hold them rear facing until 30 or 35 pounds. That was 2 1/2 for our last baby.
    Jessica157

    Answer by Jessica157 at 5:08 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Thats crazy. Mine is 19 months and does not fit in his rear facing car seat since he was anout 15 months. His docter told me to get him a bigger the next step car seat. And it will not go in my car facing thr rear.
    Kimberly71682

    Answer by Kimberly71682 at 5:18 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • i did it at a year but everyone is different. they now are recommending 2yrs old. that is good for some but not for others. i think its by height and weight. considering i know kids that were very big for their age and impossible to put rearfacing.
    lambdarose

    Answer by lambdarose at 5:23 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Wait until your child is at least two before he can turn around to face forward.
    1truebeauty

    Answer by 1truebeauty at 5:24 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • If it is an infant carrier car seat - they do not turn around. Otherwise you cannot turn a car seat until the baby is 20 pounds AND one year. Though, like mentioned, new recommendations say 2 years. The baby/toddler usually does not mind bending their legs at all! My 2 1/2 year old and 16 month old sit rear facing still.
    micheledo

    Answer by micheledo at 5:26 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • You never turn an infant seat forward. If you mean a convertible, the minimum is 12 mos and 20 lbs, but the recommendation states at least 2 yrs or 30 lbs, and encourages you to keep your child RF to the limits of the specific seat.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:38 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Look on your carseat criteria. Also check with your doctor. I waited until I got the green light from my doctor (but that is just me).
    amanda1503

    Answer by amanda1503 at 6:28 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • 2 years old at least. After seeing the facts, it is just crazy to turn them around any sooner IMO.
    The risk of neck injury or death is 75% HIGHER if they are front facing under the age of 2 years old if there is a major accident.

    I would NOT trust the doctor...as they are NOT technicians in the car safety field. The AAP now says "2 year minimum" as of this month..so I trust them!
    boomamma

    Answer by boomamma at 6:46 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • U CAN NOT TURN AND INFANT SEAT AROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but a convertible seat u can turn at 1 and 20pounds but new studies show to wait until at least 2 years! my dd will stay rear faced until she out grows her convertible car seat rear facing! im hoping for 3 years-4 years!
    Caroline2010

    Answer by Caroline2010 at 10:25 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

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