Current Recommendations. The current recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is to keep children rear-facing until they reach the maximum height or weight for their convertible seat. … Some state laws and some convertible car seats say that kids can ride forward facing if they are at least one year old.
Is rear-facing really safer?
Rear-facing is still the safest way for children to ride, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics which recently updated their guidelines in 2018. Every transition actually reduces the amount of protection a child has in the event of a crash.
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).
What is the weight and height to sit 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.
At what age and weight does Florida law state that a child can move from a rear-facing to forward facing car seat?
Normally when children are older than one year and weigh more than 20 pounds, you can switch to a forward-facing car seat in the back of the car.