As a first time parent (5 years ago), I remember anxiously waiting for my baby to turn 1. There’s so much excitement surrounding their first year birthday and it also means an upgrade from the baby infant seat to a front facing harness car seat. Well, that’s what I thought anyway, but the truth is there is a lot to take into consideration before switching your bundle of joy from a baby car seat to a front facing 5 point harness.
My youngest baby turned 1 just last month, but she’s only tiny at 17 pounds (About to 20% percentile) and isn’t ready for her “big girl car seat” just yet. It depends on age, weight, length and shoulder height. Another myth is that as soon as babies over 22 pounds they should be placed in a front facing harness seat, no, no, no, this too isn’t always the case, babies under 1 year should always still be rear facing even if they have outgrown their infant seat.
Still confused about what seat to use when? Yeah, I was too. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make sure your precious cargo is in the right sized car seat, Britax has you covered with this easy peasy lemon squeezie “car seat fit my child calculator“. You just enter your babe’s stats and the calculator does the rest for you. It will give you ideas as to what seat your child should actually be in. Because let’s be honest here, your child’s safety isn’t something you want to be guessing with.
For us, we will be in the baby car seat for a while longer and that’s ok. She still enjoys naps in her seat while we go out for car rides (I’d love to trade with her actually a nap sounds marvelous), and I’m happy knowing that my little girl is safe and sound in her seat just in case of an accident.
As an added bonus, please remember that if for any reason you are in a car accident (even a fender bender), you have to replace your child’s seat. Car Seats have been specifically made to protect your kids from impact, and that’s not something you want to mess around with.