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Rear Facing Infant Seats

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Updated September 30, 2012

Definition: Rear-Facing Infant Seats With and Without Removable Bases: Are used rear-facing only, reclined at a 45 degree angle, with harness slots at or below baby’s shoulders and the harness chest clip at armpit level.
  • Infant seat base installation
  • For infants from birth to about 30 inches who weigh up to 22 pounds, although some newer infant only seats have 30 to 35 pound weight limits.
  • May require the use of a tightly rolled towel to allow for proper recline.
  • An infant’s head should stay at least 2 inches below the top of the child seat.
  • According to the latest car seat guidelines, infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat (infant-only rear facing car seat or rear-facing convertible car seat) until they are two years old or until they have reached the weight and height limits of their car seat.
  • If a younger infant or toddler meets the weight or height limits of an infant only seat before age two years, it is likely safest to move the child into a convertible seat which is recommended for a child up to 35-40 pounds in the rear-facing position. This seat is also placed rear-facing.
Featured Rear Facing Infant car seats: Newer infant only car seats with high weight limits include the:

adapted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Also Known As: Infant Carrier
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