rear facing

How long to keep your child in rear facing? When to start forward? Some convertible car seats has no rear facing but the weight might match the child that is possibly almost to a year old? Will it be bad to start your child in forward facing too early even though you're following the weights on the carseat?

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    07/22/14
    www.safekids.org has the guidelines for each state. I believe that to switch to forward facing it's weight and age. I am personally keeping them rear facing as long as possible (as long as the car seat allows) now that the laws have changed. I think it's more comfortable for them when they fall asleep in the car seat and in the case of an accident their little head won't become a weeble wobble.
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      07/22/14
      I've heard you're supposed to wait until two years old now. I switched Nina at just under 1 year, since she was already so big. I've heard you -can- switch at One now, as long as they reach a certain weight and height...something like 20 lbs? Nina was already over that by then (she was wearing 24 month old clothes before she was even 12 months old yet), so I didn't worry. She's much happier front-facing, too.
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      07/22/14
      My son is in a booster seat because of his size. He was always switched at the minimum because he's a big kid. My middle daughter stayed rear until she was 15 months, then grandma reinstalled the seat and put her forward facing.
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      07/22/14
      lol Yeah, I get that with the three youngest. My oldest is tiny.
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      07/22/14
      Beth
      Way to go keeping him in a booster Melissa!!!! Mine will likely be in boosters until they move to the driver's seat ;)
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        07/22/14
        Beth
        Hi Misty! I'm a CPST (nationally certified car seat tech) and I will tell you without a doubt that just because the seats weight limits allow your child to ride forward facing, it does not mean it is safe... or even legal!!

        Laws vary by state, but most say your baby must be at least 20lbs and 1 year old (both, not just one or the other) to forward face. Best practice is to keep your child rear facing to the maximum weight you can in the seat you own. The suggested age is 2 years old.
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