Can I put my 12 month old in a forward facing car seat?

Child rear facing in an UPPAbaby Knox Convertible car seat

Short answer: yes, it's legal in some states.

Long answer: no, you really, really shouldn't. While some states may allow forward-facing car seats for one-year-olds, it's not the safest or recommended practice. Research and safety experts strongly advise keeping your child rear-facing for as long as possible - minimum age 2, but goal is until they max out their seat. Rear-facing car seats have been proven to provide significantly better protection for young children in the event of a crash. So, while the law may permit it in some places, the safest choice is to keep your child rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight or height limit specified by the car seat manufacturer. Your child's safety should always be the top priority.

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