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My son is 3 months old and quite big. It’s becoming very awkward (for us both) when I put him in and out of the car. I was going to wait and see how he was supporting himself at 4 1/2 – 5 months but would love some advice, opinions and past experiences to help me decide. Thanks in advance

Posted by majabx, 22nd May 2014

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  • Car seats for kids usually come with weight and length guidelines so you know round about when to turn them around

  • Car seats come with weight and size restrictions, go on whatever they say and the size of your baby

  • It goes on weight o

  • The minimum is 6 months but you should wait until 12 months if possible. My daughter was 9-10 months when I turned her but she’s 13.5 months now and she still goes reverse facing on long trips

  • I think you need to wait until he’s at least six months old and when his shoulders reach the mark on the carseat. I would imagine that he should also have good control and be able to lift and move his head around.

  • it is not legal until 6 months to face them forward. most new seats have a measure on the seat that when their shoulders are past a certain height you can turn them around. I wouldn’t rush as they are safer laying down as long as you can but definetly by 12 months unless really small (which your son obviously isn’t)

  • Check the law before you decide.

  • If you can keep him refacing until 6mths old it’s a little safer

  • Im pretty sure you have to wait until they are at least 6 months old. It also depends on how big they are. We changed our car seat 2 weeks ago and we have a 9 month old.

  • At least six months. If its too uncomfortable, have you got the right seat for him?

  • Its against the law to turn a baby before 6mths, pure and simple. Its recommended to continue rear-facing to at least 12mths

  • You need to check the manufacturers recommendations for your seat. It is actually worked out on height and weight, not age. If he is in the upper range for his age you might find that you can turn it around. Check your instructions or the manufacturers web page as each seat is different.

  • If you are uncertain, you can ask your healthnurse for your own satisfaction.

  • I think they have to be around 6 months or weigh a certain amount legally before you should turn them around

  • My 19 month old is still rear facing. It does depend on your seat. You work out ways to get them in & out, as they get bigger & more supportive of their body it’s easier to get them in & out.

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