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# How long should my baby be rear-facing?

My baby hates being rear-facing. She always cries when I put her in her seat. How long should we take this? Why is this the recommended method? Will she be facing backwards until she's 18?

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According to common recommendations, babies have to be rear-facing until at least one year old and at least 20 pounds, whichever comes last. The reason for this is that in case of an accident, this allows the pressure to be distributed along the entire back and neck of the baby. Some parents worry this might break the baby's legs. It's important to remember that a crash strong enough to break your baby's legs might break its neck and back if facing forward. While nobody wants their baby to be injured in any way, remember that a leg injury is much easier to recover from than back injury.

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As a certified car seat technician, I need to tell you that the law in states that your child must remain rear-facing until they are 1 year AND 20 poinds. For your child's safety, they should remain rear facing as long as possible so the carseat absorbs the crash forces rather than your baby's chest. Most rear-facing seats go up to 22 pounds. Many new seats go up to 35 pounds plus the convertible seats (can be used rear and front facing) go to 35 pounds. To be honest though, most babies don't like being rear facing after 18-24 months.

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It 1 year old and 20 Lbs or if they are standing well on there own and 20 Lbs. They can be put forward facing that is what I was told by the car seat people through the police.

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• Posted on Jun 26, 2009

i say get a new one.. the tolerance level on the plastic, could have been weakened, ever if it were nto in use at the time.. just the impact of the vehicle could have weakened it, i would say especially because it was rear facing, the force fo gravity prolly made it jolt backward which could have weakened it tremendiously
! i vote, new! its so worth spending the extra 250.00for a new one rather then riskin the life and safety of the bambino!

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• Posted on Sep 11, 2009

Depending on your seatbelts, you have to lean your body weight onto the car seat to make it tight.

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Identify the parts. A car seat will likely come with two parts - the base and the actual cradle itself. The base part is what will actually be in the car, while the baby cradle (seat) is removable and portable - the baby cradle can be taken out of the car and easily attaches to most grocery carts (the front part where bigger kids sit) and restaurant high chairs (move the standard restaurant high chair upside down and you will have yourself a cradle holder).

Give it a try. Place the booster flat on the backseat of your car and run the seat belt around it to hold it down - read your instructions and they will have detailed graphs on how the seat belt hurts. Also look at your car manual as they will have special instructions and buckles for car seats

Get confirmation. Move your baby seat cradle on top of the base (remember, it always faces the rear, when your child is old enough you will have to buy a different type of car seat that faces forward towards you). With your hand, sternly move your baby car seat from side to side, if the cradle is easily swaying your car booster is not securely fastened. Remove the cradle and pull the car seat belt as snug as you can and try again

Get double confirmation. Call your local fire department and make an appointment to stop by - they will check and confirm your car seat is installed securely. Remember, this could save your child's life so 10 minutes with your local fire department is only a very small inconvenience!
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This is about all I could find for you. Hope it helps.
Had one - its a huge pain in the **** and I always busted my fingernails doing it. The metal clips have to slide over the bumps to get them out. I hated that thing. May I make a suggestion? Return it. lol . I'm figuring you got a combo seat - Evenflo Generations, Bolero, Chase, that is a forward facing only seat to 40lbs, or a convertible seat like Evenflo Tribute that is forward facing to 40lbs. Since I don't know her age its hard to make a suggestion, but for just a little more money (we paid \$79 for our Chase) you could get a much better seat. If she needs a convertible that will rear face, get the Evenflo Triumph for \$150 or less, The Evenflo Triumph Advance (not the original Triumph, make sure it says Advance) is a great seat. \$150 version at Babies R Us has padding similar to Britax seats, top slots of 17", harnesses to 35lbs rear facing, and 50lbs forward facing. \$120 Walmart version just has little less plush padding. Wide open belt path, easy to install, though it doesn't have built in lockoffs. The harness adjusts at the front of the car seat, you don't have to take the car seat out of the car just to raise/lower the straps. It's one of only 2 seats that does this (The Britax Boulevard is the other, I believE), and it has infinite harness adjustment so the harness always fits perfectly until its outgrown. No more tugging straps to tighten them either. You tighten and loosen the harness using knobs on the side of the seat. As a major bonus, it can be used in a recline position even in forward facing mode. Awesome for kids who still sleep in the car. I LOVE THIS SEAT! LOL My son, who is too big for every other car seat at Walmart has the same amount of room in this as the Britax Marathon.

If she is forward facing (over 30lbs and over 2years old) then a Graco Nautilus would be a lot easier to use and install, \$150. Harnesses to 65lbs and then becomes a booster, will be the last seat you have to buy her. Metal reinforced.

Combo seats are usually a major waste of money, as they only harness to 40lbs, no more than most convertible car seats, so you're really not getting any more use out them then the convertible seat.
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### Rear Facing / Foward Facing

I have this same car seat, you don't have to fold anything down to make it rear facing, what I did was used a rolled up towl to place in the crease of the seat to help hold up front of the seat, they also sell rolls of styrofoam that people use to do the same thing, I found the towel worked just fine to tip the seat back a little for smaller babies that can't sit straight up. Hope that helps:)

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### I can't fit my car seat rear facing

I am not from the U.K. but from personal experience Canada, you can go to your local police department or health unit if you have them there. there is a possibility that the fire dept lads will show you the best way to put the seat in as well.

you could also try here http://www.britax.com/ i did choose the uk site and it's down. be that as it may you can contact them regarding instructions as well.

Robert

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