How much should a baby weigh to face forward in car seat
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer, which is often well beyond 2 years old.
Once a child has outgrown their rear-facing car seat, the AAP recommends that children continue to ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
Typically, this is around 65-80 pounds or when the child is around 4-7 years old. However, it’s important to check the specific weight and height limits of your child’s car seat and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
It’s also important to remember that the longer a child remains in a rear-facing car seat and then in a forward-facing car seat with a harness, the better protection they will have in the event of a crash.
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