What Age Size To Switch Car Seats And A Teething Question

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One GRIM Mama - January 7

We have a bought-new carrier car seat that Grandma gave us at the baby shower and it's been working wonderfully. GRIM is now 4.5 months old and I've switched the shoulder straps to the taller slots. Last week, my aunt and uncle gave me a front-facing car seat and a "big kid" booster bucket seat (the kind with the slot for a car's shoulder strap, etc - very swank!) that were both bought-used. They told me they thought I should have them NOW so when she's ready, we'll be prepared. GRIM is sitting mostly on her own, but tends to tilt to one side or the other until she's all the way down if you don't keep an eye/hand on her. My son is thirteen (fourteen later this month) and that should give you some idea of the last time I had to deal with things like when to upgrade to the next car seat! LOL Also.. she's been teething since about 3 months, we think, but still no sign of nubs. Just fierce chewing, lots of drooling, and occasionally enough pain to need Tylenol and Baby Oragel. Recently, she's begun spitting up at least a little after each and every feeding. I was used to her occasionally spitting up a little - what my mom used to call a "burp up" - but this is enough fluid/mucous to bypass the bib entirely and end up down her front and my desk/arm/leg/whatever else is below her. I don't mean throwing up, this doesn't have that kind of volatility or volume. She's also spitting up smaller amounts between feedings. We're at 4-5oz every two hours if she dictates she's hungry. Could I be overfeeding her? Is this maybe a teething issue? I'm really hoping she hasn't started her system into an eat-purge pattern from chewing on her fingers after eating.


Malica - January 7

You should be using a rear-facing car seat until 1 year of age and 20 lbs or more. You can look up your current car seat online if you don't still have the information that came with it, or check the seat itself to see -- sometimes they print it right on there. You may end up having to get a larger rear-facing car seat if she outgrows the current one before she's 1 year old. You'll definitely want to look up the car seats you just got. It's highly recommended to NOT use second-hand car seats. If they've been in an accident before they are no longer good, and there are recalls and constant improvements to safety. Do your best to look them up on online -- hopefully they're a least not too old if you are going to use them. If you can't find any info about them, wait until at least 22lbs (some are 20lbs, some 22. I haven't seen any with higher recommendations that that), and at least a year old.


mjvdec01 - January 8

First of all, second hand car seats are a big no-no. Like Malica said, you have no way of tracking wether the seat had been in a accident and there could be recalls, not to mention the advancememts in technology. Tell your family you are sorry, but it isn't safe and she needs a new seat. Britax has the top safety rating. You want the Britax Marathon seat, it will fit her up to 65 pounds. They are about $279, but when it comes to safety, not to mention how long she will use it, it is well worth the cost. Second, when adjusting the shoulder straps, they slot they come through should not be above her shoulders. Third, she needs to be rear facing until like Malica said, atleast 20 pounds AND one year. However, it is recommended that you keep your child rear facing for as long as they are comfortable. For a lot of children that can be well past a year of age. As far as the spitting up is concerned, our youngest will be 6 months on the 17th, he is eating 7 ounces every 2-3.5 hours and spits up a bit here and there between feeding. I don't think it is much to worry about. Nathan isn't over-fed and it is a regular occurrence. Nathan is also munching on his fingers constantly and he actually gags himself at times.


DDT - January 8

I completely agree with Malica but - as a sidenote - you can get car seats that are 2 in 1 or 3 in 1 that convert from rear-facing to forward facing as your baby gets older. You pay more upfront but it will last longer for use. They are of course way bigger than the infant carrier car seat and ideal for those bubs who grow way too much way too quickly. Both my sons only lasted 5 months in the infant seat and then I swiched them to the convertible seats. They must stay rear-facing until they are 1 year AND 20lbs min.


gabby509 - January 8

Why do they need to stil face backwards if they are over 20 lbs? My car seat says 1 year OR 20 lbs. I'm not trying to say anyone is right or wrong, I'm just asking a question.


clindholm - January 8

Gabby- Rear facing has been proven to be the safest when an accident occurs. I kept my dd rear facing until well over 1 year. We changed her to forward facing when she no longer had the room required to fully stretch her legs.


gabby509 - January 8

Thanks. I was getting redy to switch ds to his forward facing "big boy" carseat because his legs are hanging over the end of his infant seat and his legs are touching the seat of the car. I'll put his bigger car seat in there and see if he has enough room. What if he doesn't? Also he is 21 lbs and only 7 months, so is it still unsafe to do forward facing?


Whitney - January 8

Gabby, I think you have to take into consideration age & weight together... I've heard that the reason you need to wait until after 1 is because their neck & back muscles are stronger, so if you are in an accident they will less likely to get wiplash or another neck or spine related injury. My son (who's now 3) was also a big boy at 20 pounds at 6 months & outgrew his carrier carseat, so I bought a 2 in 1 kind that is rear & front facing & switched it to rear facing at 7 months & front facing around 13 months, & he's still in the same seat 2 years later. It's worth the extra money for a 2 or 3 in one seat.


DDT - January 8

gabby: As you know Jaxon is about the same size as King (if a little lighter and longer) and he fits very comfortably in his rear-facing convertible seat with lots of room to grow into.


gabby509 - January 8

I just looked at our "big boy seat and it can be rear facing too, it says it's a 3 in 1 car seat. So thanks ladies, I will definitely be putting his big boy seat rear facing!



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