How long does a baby have to face backwards? MrsSardina♥ Due August 25; 1 child; Wisconsin 499 posts
26th Sep '08

In a carseat? Does it go by age or by weight?

momika 18 kids; Chicago, Illinois 16030 posts
26th Sep '08

both... however the longer you keep them facing backwards the better!

teegirl 2 kids; Pennsylvania 1175 posts
26th Sep '08

Legally it's 20lbs. and one year old. But now they're saying to keep them backwards to at least one year and up to whatever the weight limit is on your carseat.

..alexandria.. 2 kids; California 886 posts
26th Sep '08

Both. They have to be 1 year AND 20lbs

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
26th Sep '08


The new recommendation is 2 years old AND 30 lbs

user banned 18 kids; Intercourse, Alabama 21308 posts
26th Sep '08

It's one year AND 20 lbs but I plan on keeping Nathan rear facing until he's 2 and 30

Glenda is a mommy to four 4 kids; Calgary, Alberta 1111 posts
26th Sep '08
Quoting Kelly56 *NOBAMA*:
lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
26th Sep '08

well legally has already been said, but we are rear facing to the capacity of our seat which is 35 lbs and 36 inches i think.

☠Jenniefahhh 1 child; Djibouti 70800 posts
26th Sep '08
Quoting natesmomma:
Danielle.*Koen'sMama Due September 18 (girl); 1 child; Michigan 27546 posts
status 26th Sep '08

ahhh Koen was 17 lbs at 3.5 months..
he's going to be 20 lbs in like a week lol

Megghan loves Alina Due August 29 (boy); 1 child; Ohio 23 posts
26th Sep '08

My hubby is a firefighter/medic who installs carseats professionally. You want to keep the baby facing backwards as long as you can (factoring in their height/leg room). This is safest in an accident and does no harm as long as the baby can remain backwards comfortably. Sucks b/c you can't see them in the mirror though, eh?

♥LittleWahine Due October 14 (girl); 1 child; Valencia, California 43145 posts
26th Sep '08
Quoting Love my Boys♥:
MrsSardina♥ Due August 25; 1 child; Wisconsin 499 posts
26th Sep '08
Quoting B's mama~MJL:
mama2my3 3 kids; Pearl City, Hawaii 1168 posts
26th Sep '08
Quoting Megghan:
♥ Dizzy Lizzy ϖ TTC since Dec 2010; 2 kids; Connecticut 38424 posts
26th Sep '08

One year and 20 lbs. If the baby doesn't meet either requirement then they cannot face forwards.

There are convertible car seats that are both forward and backward facing if the baby becomes to big for the infant seat before their 1st birthday.