The AAP recommends that all infants ride rear facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. 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.
Can infant seats face forward?
In the Car
DON’T put your infant seat in the front row or have it forward-facing in the rear. DO keep your infant seat rear-facing in the back seat of your car. Why? A baby’s head and spine are better protected from injury when he or she rides facing the back.
What is the weight requirement for forward facing?
Types of Forward-Facing Car Seat Restraints
Combination seats with harness: Seats can be used forward facing with a harness for children who weigh up to 40 to 65 pounds (depending on the model) or without the harness as a booster (up to 100–120 pounds, depending on the model).
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
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.
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.
Does car seat go behind driver or passenger?
Place the car seat in the backseat.
The safest spot for your baby is always in the backseat — preferably in the middle spot, away from passenger-side air bags. If your car doesn’t fit a car seat securely there, place the seat on either side of the backseat (or, if you drive an SUV, in the second row).
How much should a baby weigh to face forward in 2021?
Forward-facing car seat – required for children who weigh 40 pounds or less; Booster seat – required for children under age 8 weighing more than 40 pounds and four feet, nine inches or shorter; Vehicle’s seat belt system – required for children ages 8 and older or taller than four feet, nine inches.
What is the rear-facing weight limit?
Rear-Facing Car Seat Safety Tips
Maximum rear-facing weight range varies from 22-35 pounds. Check instructions and labels carefully, as weight and height specifications vary. Seat should be semi-reclined at approximately 45 degrees when rear-facing; use angle indicator on safety seat.