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The recommended weight is 40 pounds. But the American Association of Pediatrics recommends the following as a guide:

Infants:

Type of Seat

Infant seats and rear-facing convertible seats

General Guidelines

All infants should always ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.

Toddlers/Preschoolers

Type of Seat

Convertible seats

General Guidelines

It is best to ride rear-facing as long as possible. Children 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds can ride forward-facing.


School-aged children

Type of Seat

Booster seats

General Guidelines

Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward-facing car safety seats. Children should stay in a booster seat until adult belts fit correctly (usually when a child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age).

Older children

Type of Seat

Seat belts

General Guidelines

Children who have outgrown their booster seats should ride in a lap and shoulder belt in the back seat until 13 years

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