All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear facing for 2 years or more.
How long should a baby be in a rear-facing car seat?
Babies are safest in a rear-facing restraint, and would only be expected to outgrow these restraints when they are two to three years old. Children should stay rear-facing for as long as possible. As your child grows, it may appear that there is no room for their legs when they are restrained in this position.
How much should a baby weigh to face forward in car seat 2019?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.
Why is it safer for a child to be rear-facing?
Car seat research has shown that children up to 23 months old are about 75 percent less likely to die or sustain serious injury in a rear-facing car seat than a forward-facing one. That’s because a rear-facing seat spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body.
Can my 18 month old sit forward facing?
All manufacturers of convertible safety seats — the kind that can be rear- or forward-facing — say in the instructions that the seat must be rear-facing until the child reaches 1 year and 20 or 22 pounds, local officials said. Child safety specialists said they have long known that rear-facing is safest for all ages.
What is the height and weight requirement for forward facing?
Maximum forward-facing harness weight range can vary from 40-85+ pounds. Make sure child is within weight/height limits for the seat and head is more than one inch below the top of the car seat shell. READ the instruction manual AND the safety belt/seat section in your vehicle manual for proper installation guidance.