Children should remain rear-facing in their car seats for as long as possible within the weight and height limits specified by their car seat. The minimum goal is two years old, but it's safest to keep them much longer until their head, neck, and spine is more developed. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) both recommend keeping children rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight or height allowed by their specific convertible car seat.
Rear-facing is exponentially safer for children. Turning them around to forward-facing is not a milestone you need to worry about or rush. Their head, neck, and spine depend on it!
All states have laws on when you can turn your child forward-facing too so make sure you are following your state's law. However, remember these will be minimums - it's always better to practice extended rear-facing and max out your car seat. Your convertible car seat likely goes up to 40 or 50 pounds rear-facing so get the most out of it and keep your little one the safest they can be!
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