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What age do you change into a bigger car seat...When/what age can you let your child sit facing forward?

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Asked by 1ZomB-Mom at 12:01 AM on Jul. 1, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My kids left the carrier when they outgrew the limit and then with the convertibles they stay in it till they reach the limit on those then go in a booster. The recommend you keep kids rear facing till they are about 2

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 12:03 AM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • My kids outgrew their carrier at around six months. We switched them to a convertible. They stayed rear facing in that until their first birthday (before the new recommendations) and turned them around. They outgrew that at 3 and now are 4 and 7 and still in boosters. The 7 year old is in a backless booster now (had a back at one time till hubby left it in the front yard for 6 months). The 4 year old is in a backed booster. They will stay in those until they are 8+ and 4'9", the "graduation requirements" for my state.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:12 AM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • Thank you ladies!!! I've been doing research n going to have to get a convertible seat real this weekend lol...thanks again!

    Comment by 1ZomB-Mom (original poster) at 12:14 AM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • Check your state laws! Here in California and on CHP website... face backwards until 20lbs, and carseat until 40lbs, booster until 60lbs

    Personally I have carseats that adjust and grow with them... more expensive but I don't have to worry they outgrow since it is up to 80lbs!

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 12:24 AM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • im RF till the max on her seat 40lbs!then will ff to 65lbs max on her seat then go to a booster!

    Answer by Caroline2010 at 1:03 AM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • You can switch to a bigger, convertible carseat at any time, as long as you keep it rear facing. The current LEGAL requirements to turn a child forward is 12 mos AND 20 lbs, but the AAP and NHSTA recommendations are to keep your child rear facing until at least 2 yrs and 30 lbs, and encourage you to keep your child RF to the limit of their seat. Regardless of what I recommend, you should follow the legal requirement of AT LEAST 12 ms and 20 lbs before considering turning your child forward facing.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:12 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • A baby can be in a convertible seat at any time.... with my son he outgrew his convertible seat at 6 months at which point we was moved into a Rear facing convertible.... he is STILL rear facing at nearly 3 years old.
    Children should stay rear facing until they outgrow their convertible seat.... to at least 2 years and 30 lbs (longer is better)
    There are some convertible seats out there that are better than others.....
    Ones to stay away from- anything that claims to be a 3 in 1 seat - they are junk and for sure won't last long. ex Alpha Omega
    Really nice seats (from low to high)
    Cosco Scenera 40 - nice price, nice seat... rear face to 40 but also only forward faces to 40
    Graco MyRide- RF to 40, FF to 65 costs around $120
    First Years True Fit- better for tall and skinny kids... RF to 35, FF to 65
    Any of the Britax Convertible are really nice...

    Answer by AmiJanell at 2:06 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • You of course need to to comply w/ your state's LAWS, however, you really want to use "BEST PRACTICE," which means it may not be REQUIRED but it's the SAFEST. This is one area where you DON'T want to make a mistake! You can go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's site & find updated guidelines. You can get excellent info at The Stir also. Once you know what you need to do for your child's safety, have your seat installation checked--at a local hospital, fire station or wherever they have car seat technicians who are certified in checking that your installation is correct; 85-97% of child passenger restraints have AT LEAST ONE ERROR in their installation! Better safe than sorry!

    Answer by suemayonline at 5:22 AM on Jul. 5, 2011

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