My 6-month-old is getting too long for his carseat: What one should I get him?

My son is coming up six months old this week and is getting too long for his car seat, what do I do? as a first-time mum I’m unsure of the next steps any advice would be greatly appreciated xx

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Look for a new one that is adjustable into his later toddler years. Totally worth the money long term.

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Are his ears over the top of the car seat? If not, its fine. They figure out leg room issue. Nothing u can do unless u turn him front ways, which isn’t good for him.

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I find the joie 360 good as it can be rear facing and forward facing and it’s easier on your back for putting them in and out, especially when they start getting bigger and heavier

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Switch to a convertible car seat? But until they are old enough to switch to forward facing their legs will bend, looks uncomfortable for them but it’s not.

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What carseat is he in? Just a regular infant rear facing carseat? As long as he can cross his legs or his legs reach over the sides. He will be okay. Keep rearfacing mama. As scary as the following statement sounds, and I’m saying it with love, broken legs are better than a broken neck. :heart:

By the way check the manual again for heighth and weight limits for that specific carseat. If you don’t have it, Google the brand and name and you’ll probably find the manual that way. If he can’t fit in his carseat due to those factors. Do some research on convertible carseats. They have different stages that could last you until the booster seat stage. :muscle:

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A convertible car seat would be next after the baby seat. I would recommend the garco extend2fit or the safety first grow with me ex. Both of them have a higher rear facing weight

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Keep him in the same seat. Just because he looks to big dose not mean he actually is.
Babies need to be in the 4 point harness and rear facing until 2.

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Even if u put him in a diff carseat or a convertible 3 in 1 no matter what the legs will still be in same spot… they have to sit rear facing.

I shifted both my kids so far in to rear facing regular car seats between 4 and 6 months because they were too long for the carriers in my opinion. Plus they no longer liked being in the carrier. I went in to a Greco rear facing car seat and they both loved them!

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As long as his head isn’t over the top it’s fine don’t worry about the legs xx

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You might need to upgrade your car seat to a “life” one where it can go from rear to forward facing and then booster. But up until minimum of 2 your chlmild needs to be rear facing! And buckled correctly.
Kids up to 3 and 4 years of age can be rear facing yes their legs are long but they can sit criss-cross or knees bent. I have an almost 2 yr old and he is still rear facing and I dont plan on changing that anytime soon.

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I love my Graco Extend2Fit. My 2 oldest were big babies so they transitioned pretty fast. This carseat let’s them rear face longer and will last a long time.

Convertible car seat- Graco extend2fit and keep him rear facing. My 21 month old is still rear facing in his graco.

Definitely don’t keep him in a newborn seat if he’s reached weight limit (check manual)

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It would’ve helped if you told us what type of car seat he is in. I’m assuming it’s an infant carrier car seat. It sounds like it’s time for a toddler seat.

Is he too long or do you need to adjust the shoulder straps? My 18mo is still in his first car seat and fits just fine.

I’m assuming you mean too long as in his feet are longer than the car seat… This is not an indication of the seat being outgrown. As long as the child is within the seats height/weight limits and there is at least an inch of shell above their head, their fine.

If you want to get a new seat, you’ll need to get a convertible seat, and continue to rear face your child until at least age 2. You can then take that same seat and use it forward facing when they’ve outgrown the rear facing limits.

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You could get a convertible seat. Not sure what seat you have now. As long as he is within the weight and height limits of the seat he doesn’t need a new one. Being long isn’t an issue really unless the height is over the seat limits. There legs will always seem long rear facing but they just bend them. He should stay rear facing till minimum of 2 years but as close to 4 as possible.

Im a first time mom as well and when my son outgrew his infant carseat we decided to get a 4 in 1 convertible carseat so we wouldn’t have to keep buying them. We got the graco 4ever and I love this carseat,its awesome!!!

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I got the Graco forever grow with me. It’s a 4in1 carseat that goes all the way up to a booster seat. I love it.

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