Turn that seat around! (or not…)


As most of you probably know, I’m on a birth board with other moms who had babies in August 2011. Honestly, it’s kind of boring now that there aren’t any debates on vaccines, breastmilk vs. formula, etc. Everyone’s just doing what’s best for their family (which you should do anyway), so I’m just scrolling through post after post on Halloween costumes, and where to find the best coat for the cold weather that will never make its way here. (I bet you $10 DS will be in a t-shirt and jeans at Christmas!)

But, one post actually caught my eye today! It’s about car seats, and whether people have started turning their kids forward facing yet now that they’re one. Legally, in my state, you CAN turn a child forward facing at the age of one, AS LONG AS they are 20-22 pounds.

However, “the AAP advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat.” (From the American Academy of Pediatrics)

Here is a fantastic graphic on car seat recommendations from the NHTSA (click the image to make it larger):

At 13 months and 24-ish pounds, {Hunter} exceeds the current forward-facing law, but his seat is still rear-facing (and will be until at least his second birthday).

We may not do everything “crunchy” around here, but we are extended rear-facing!

If you’re in the market for a new rear facing convertible car seat, there are a ton to choose from! (I can personally vouch for the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat & the Britax Advocate 70 CS Click and Safe Convertible Car Seat. Both are fantastic!)

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  1. FYI: You quote Texas’ carseat RECOMMENDATION, not the law. The law states that they have to be in a seat sized and positioned according to the seat manufacturer’s minimum requirements. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/childPassSafetyFAQs.pdf Unfortunately, Elena will be soon rear facing until we get the minivan (prob Dec). Our car just cant accommodate two rear facing seats and the newborn takes rear facing priority. I was comforting to know that in an emergency, my husband could place Elena’s forward facing carseat in the front seat of his truck as that is not illegal assuming no other appropriate spot (it has no back seat and you can turn off the passenger air bag). Thankfully we have never had a medical emergency in which only his truck was available but its nice to know that is one less thing to worry about. I cant wait till we get the Sienna and get rid of the truck.

    • Allie @ The Practically Green Mom says:

      I think you may have misread. Yes, the RECOMMENDATION is rear-facing until 2, but is against the LAW to forward face before 1 year AND 20-22 lbs. Which is why I said: “Legally, in my state, you CAN turn a child forward facing at the age of one, AS LONG AS they are 20-22 pounds.”

      This is the information I found regarding the car seat law. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/carseat.htm

      Phase 1 – Rear-Facing Seats

      Infants: Birth – 35 pounds. Rear-facing infant or rear-facing convertible safety seat as long as possible,up to the rear-facing height or weight limit of the seat. Properly install rear-facing in the back seat.

      Phase 2 – Forward-facing Seats

      When children outgrow the rear-facing safety seat, they should ride in a forward-facing safety seat as long as possible, up to the upper height or weight limit (40 – 80 pounds) of the harnesses. Usually 4+ years old. Properly installed forward-facing in the back seat. NEVER turn forward-facing before 1 year old AND 20-22 pounds.

      It says the same thing in your link –

      What are the recommended four stages of child passenger safety?
      1. Rear-Facing Seat: Infants stay rear-facing as long as possible – to the upper weight
      limits of the harness – but never forward-facing before their first birthday and 20-22


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