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I keep reading that a baby should ride in a rear-facing car seat until 20 lbs and one year of age; however, my baby is almost 22 lbs and is just turning 8 months old! The infant car seat is too small...what am I supposed to do?

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com All infants should ride rear-facing until they have reached at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds. That means that if your baby reaches 20 pounds before her first birthday, she should remain rear-facing until she Infant-only car safety sea turns 1. There are 2 types of rear-facing seats: infant-only seats and convertible seats. Convertible seats can be used rear-facing for infants, and then converted to a forward-facing position once the child is old enough and big enough to do so safely. Convertible seats (used rear-facing) Are used rear-facing for infants from birth to at least 1 year of age and at least 20 to 22 pounds. Can also be used forward-facing by older children. Have higher rear-facing weight limits than infant-only seats. These are ideal for bigger babies. Have the following 3 types of harnesses: - 5-point harness - 5 points of attachment: 2 at the shoulders, 2 at the hips, 1 at the crotch - Overhead shield - A padded tray-like shield that swings down over the child - T-shield - A padded t-shaped or triangle-shaped shield attached to the shoulder straps Features to look for in rear-facing seats Harness slots. Look for seats that come with more than one harness slot to give your baby room to grow. The harnesses should be in the slots at or below your baby's shoulders. Adjustable buckles and shields. Many rear facing seats have 2 or more buckle positions for growing babies. Many overhead shields can be adjusted as well. Other features. Angle indicators (built-in angle adjusters that help you get the proper recline) and head support systems are other features that can help you install the seat the right way. Go here for more information: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/template.MAXIMIZE/menuitem.9f8c7d6359e0e9bbbf30811060008a0c/?javax.portlet.tpst=4670b93a0b088a006bc1d6b760008a0c_ws_MX&javax.portlet.prp_4670b93a0b088a006bc1d6b760008a0c_viewID=detail_view&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=token&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=token&itemID=061fab6383f62010VgnVCM1000002c567798RCRD&overrideViewName=Article

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