When is it safe for my child to sit front-facing in a car seat?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids stay rear-facing in their car seat until they’ve met the maximum height and weight requirements for their car seat as recommended by the manufacturer. There are tons of different car seats and the guidelines are going to vary based on the car seat that you have. You mentioned that it sounds like your daughter is tall enough but doesn’t weigh enough to be turned front-facing. It would be best for your daughter to stay rear-facing until she reaches that maximum weight requirement. Guidelines used to be that children were turned front facing once they got to 12 months of age and 20 pounds. But recently the guidelines have changed because recent studies have shown that kids are 75% less likely to die or incur a serious injury from a car accident if they are rear-facing. This is largely due to the fact that kids who aren’t tall enough and large enough don’t have neck muscles that are strong enough to support their little bodies during an accident. It would be best if you left your baby rear-facing until she’s met the height and weight requirements suggested by the manufacturer. If you have any other questions for me feel free to ask them on our Facebook page and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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