When to Switch From Infant Car Seat to Convertible


As a parent, it’s normal to feel concerned about your kids’ safety, particularly when you are traveling. While you do have a couple of choices when it comes to car seats for babies, you need to know what’s right for your kid, when to make the transition, and what’s recommended by the experts.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should wait until your baby reaches the maximum weight and height allowed for your car seat before transitioning to a convertible car seat.

In contrast, based on Consumer Report, you should make the switch as soon as your baby reaches 1 year old.¬†This recommendation is based on CR’s crash tests. Despite being tested, however, it didn’t change the AAP’s recommendation.

Now, what does that mean?

The recommendations can be confusing but you need to check for safety. Whether you decide to put your child in an infant car seat or a convertible car seat, check if it complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

And keep your baby rear-facing in the back seat of your car until he reaches 2 years old. If you are clueless on how to install infant car seat, we have a really helpful guide you might want to check out.