Easy to remember car seat rules

We're in the process of getting Avery a new car seat so I started looking into the laws/recommendations in our area. It was super confusing at first. The AAP, state law, and manufacturers requirements we're all different. It turns out that they we're all saying the same thing, just in different ways. Here's my simple way to remember what seat to use when:

Rear Facing: Birth to 1-2 years old.
Forward Facing: Min. 1 year AND 20lbs. Waiting until 2yrs is highly recommended.
Booster: Min. 4yrs AND 40lbs
Seatbelt Only: Min. 8yrs OR 4'9". Whichever comes first.

Not so bad, right? Avery's tiny so she hasn't hit the forward facing requirement yet. She's old enough but not quite 20lbs. I'll probably keep her rear facing until she turns 2 anyway. We're gonna buy a bigger convertible seat so she's more comfortable though.

I don't think we'll be able to get her in a booster until she's 6. According to her growth charts that's when she'll be 40lbs. At least I know she'll get out of it at 8. Even if she's no where near 4'9" LOL

    Thanks for sharing!
      8Theresa Gould
      It's hard to believe we are slowly outgrowing car seats and boosters. Just our two youngest left.
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        I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.