Is it time to retire infant car seat??

I haven't had a baby in a long long time, so I have to ask.
Elli is 6 months and though she hasn't reached 20 lbs. yet - she's 18 - she isn't fitting in the infant seat anymore. She's nowhere near fat, but she's just a big baby, very long arms and legs, and she's hanging out all over. Her feet hang off the seat about 2 inches!

Is it safe to move her up to the next seat, or should I wait until she meets the weight requirement?
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You can move her up to a convertible carseat, which means that they can be positioned rear-facing for infants less than 12 months of age, then switched to forward facing when the child is older.

My baby is about 17 pounds and around the same age as Elliot but not as long. I'll probably wait until this summer to switch her over to the convertible.
they should be rear facing until 20lbs and 1year of age.. it sounds like you need a bigger rear facing car seat.. a convertible should accommodate a big baby in the rear facing until they reach one year of age, and then that carseat can be changed into a front facing..
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This may be a stupid question, but have you moved the harness up to the biggest setting? I know my baby bucket has several slits that the shoulder straps can go into. If you have, you may need to get a convertible seat if she isn't comfortable. But is it really bothering her that her legs are sticking out? My little sister was very tall and she had to put her feet up onto the back of the seat long before she reached the weight limit. It didn't seem to bother her at all.
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Once she has either reached the weight limit set out the car seat manufacturer - or she is within 1 inch of the top of carseat, you should switch her to a convertable seat. How long she remains rear facing also depends on the manufacturer. Although the recommendation is for babies to be 12 months AND 20 pounds - some car seats are used forward facing at 22 pounds.

DS is nearly 17 months and because he is such a light weight - and our carseat's recs are for 22 pounds - he is still rear-facing.
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There is no question that Ellie should remain rear-facing. She must. The question is whether she can move up to a larger seat. She can, as long as it remains rear-facing.

Bailey, that's a great suggestion. I did notice a huge difference with fit when I moved the straps up (there are only two slots in the Graco).
OK, I'm actually so old that when my last child was born 15 years ago, there was no such thing as a convertible car seat! My age is showing. We just moved em on up to the next size.
Yes, I've moved the straps as far as they will go, she's just too much baby for that little seat. So I guess it's time to go shopping.
Took her to dr. yesterday. She's 18 1/2 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long. And wears a size 4 shoe. I'm telling you, my other girls were always skinny, with skinny little narrow feet. Ellie's feet are thick and wide. She gets it from her daddy.
Did you do it for love? Did you do it for money? Did you do it for spite? Did you think you had to, honey?
- Eagles






OK, I'm actually so old that when my last child was born 15 years ago, there was no such thing as a convertible car seat! My age is showing. We just moved em on up to the next size.

There were convertable carseats back when my 16 and 21 year olds were babies. The seats faced rear from 5-20 pounds then forward to 40 pounds. That's what convertable meant. What wasn't available were carseats for beyond 40 pounds, other than very unsafe booster seats. My older sons were in regular seatbelts from age 2 on because they were over 40 pounds and no longer fit in their carseats.

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