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    Lillian
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    When should my baby move out of the infant seat?

    My daughter, Mia, is 6 1/2 months old. She weights 16.5 lbs and is 26 inches long. When should she move out of her snugride car seat? The manual says the limits are 22 lbs and 29 inches, but from reading on here I see that they can outgrown seat before the height limit if they have a long torso. So how far above the strap slots can their shoulders be? My manual doesnt say anything about this. Thanks!

    Lillian

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    Car-Seat.Org Zealot skaterbabs's Avatar
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    Babies outgrow their infant seats by height when they have less than 1 inch of hard plastic above their heads. should slots height doesn't matter when RF because the straps should be at or below the shoulders.
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    The infant seat is outgrown when one of the following happens:

    Baby is at the weight limit

    Baby is at the height limit

    Babies head is within an inch of the top of the carseat shell

    Babies shoulders are above the highest slot. RF infants shoulders must be at or below the slots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    The infant seat is outgrown when one of the following happens:
    • Baby is at the weight limit
    • Babies head is within an inch of the top of the carseat shell
    CORRECT -- the inches listed are a guideline based upon when the average baby's head would likely be 1" from the edge

    Babies shoulders are above the highest slot. RF infants shoulders must be at or below the slots.
    INCORRECT It is OK on newborns if the lowest harness slot is slightly above the shoulders ... but otherwise the harness slot must be at or below the shoulders for all RF infants, toddlers & preschoolers! (Best practice for small infants is to find an infant seat that does have slots low enough to be at or below instead of above).

    If you don't carry your baby in the infant seat anymore, now would be a fine time to get a convertible ... but so long as the top of her head still has at least 1" until it reaches the inside edge of the carseat shell/frame then you've got a bit of time -- you could at least start shopping around now just for fun

    The *best* carseat fits the child, fits the vehicle & will be used correctly every ride!

    What vehicle year, make, model do you own? Will kiddo be riding in various vehicles? If you want to begin looking around now we can help you narrow down some good choices for you to decide between....
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    Right now I own a 99 Honda Accord, but that will be changing in about 6 months. We are *planning* on buying a 2002 Lexus es300, but that could change too! I was planning on buying a Britax after she outgrows her infant carrier. I do still use the carrier to take her in store etc., also. She gets tired sitting up for long periods of time, so right bow we still use the carrier.

    Lillian

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    That's fine if you use the carseat as a CARRIER only after it is outgrown by height.

    I have several friends whose children outgrew their infant seats by height but were still unable to sit up, so going to stores with the babies was tough. They all used their infant carseats as carriers only when they went shopping. It made life a lot easier on everyone!

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    Just be prepared to explain to CPSAdvocates that you use an appropriate carseat in the vehicle when they approach you in public about the outgrown carrier
    TIFF ~ doula & all hours childcare provider
    SCARLA: winter '02 . . . Jr. Roller Derby level III
    BEAR: spring '11 ... Recaro Sport + Clek Oobr
    RAHNE: summer '17 ... MicoMax30 + RadianRXT
    childcare: 0-7yrs... Contender + Frontier Clicktight
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