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Emily Lee

About the Author Emily Lee

Emily Lee is an Injury Prevention Coordinator with the Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Injury Center. She is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Emily and her husband love exploring the city and spending time with their new dog, Bella.


  1. Any opinion on the move to a booster? My son is nearly 5 and about 34 pounds. Should I switch him or keep him in his 5 point harness?

    Nicole - February 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm Reply
  2. My grandson is 3 1/2 yrs old. He weighs about 36 lbs. When is i time to switch to a booster seat. Thanks.

    Pat Goller - February 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm Reply
  3. I have always been an advocate of rear facing until 2. My 22 month old is a big dude. He is just over 36 inches and 34 lbs. His car seat says it is approved rear facing up to 48 inches and 40 lbs. As long as he doesn’t exceed the seat requirements, I can leave him rear facing, correct?

    erin - February 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm Reply

    patricia - February 26, 2014 at 8:02 am Reply
    1. In my opinion, i would rather my baby have broken legs than a crushed skull… check the facts. it is better to rear face for as long as possible regardless of their legs.

      amanda - November 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm Reply
  5. What happens if you get rear-ended? Is it any different than the child being front facing with a head-on collision?

    Chris - February 26, 2014 at 11:11 am Reply
  6. The recommendations and laws regarding child passenger safety seem to be constantly changing and/or revised. Can you tell us what the current recommendations are, or a reliable site to go to in order to be safe and current?

    Bobby Daugherty - August 27, 2014 at 12:35 am Reply
    1. Hi Bobby – Emily provided this response to your question: Much of the confusion is that there are differences between the recommendations of organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and laws that are established by individual states. The recommendations are made in the best interest of the child to keep them safe while in the car and are usually more strict than the law itself. Here is information from the AAP: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx And this is a state-by-state look at the laws: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html The AAP is always a good resource for the most up-to-date recommendations that are informed by the latest research. Hope that helps!

      Kate Setter - August 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply
  7. My 24 month old is 36″ and 39lbs. His Diono recommends rf 45 lbs. But he is so large it’s like squishing him in the car seat. I’m seriously considering ff. I should probably wait?

    Amber - September 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm Reply
  8. My child is still rear facing. She is 4 years old and weighs 38 lbs. She has a Britax car seat and the maximum weight for rear facing is 40 lbs. I am extremely nervous about turning her forward facing. Should I buy a new seat to keep her rear facing? I looked into the diono which goes up to 50 lbs rear facing.

    Shannon - October 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm Reply
  9. I’ve had a massive amount of grief from the grandparents on both sides about my 19 month old STILL rear facing. Britax Boulevard has a max rear facing weight of 40lbs and our eleanor is less than 22 lbs. I know I’m not crazy or overprotective, just changing with times and up to date knowledge. With our baby girl being so very petite, I know when she turns two, I will still want her rear facing with good reasons
    I’m a huge advocate for child car safety. Keep informing and stick to your guns mama’s.

    jessicak - November 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm Reply
  10. My son is 6 months and 27 pounds! Does anyone have any recommendations for a convertible car seat?

    marisa - February 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm Reply
  11. Hi, I want to know if I can put my 8 month old in a different car seat that is convertible car seat that can be use for rear facing cause I’m having another one on the way and don’t want to purchase another infant car seat than have to move my 8 month baby than have to buy a new car seat for her when she get bigger cuz I can’t afford it. I want to know if I can put her in a different car seat like the convertible car seat that can be rear facing also? Please let me know.


    ym - February 23, 2015 at 1:11 am Reply
  12. Hi! My 10 month old boy is a big dude. He is 38 lbs and 37″. We have already bought two new car seats for him because he is growing so quickly.
    Can you please advise us on front facing?
    Thank you

    Gina - March 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm Reply
  13. My son is almost 4 months old and about 23lbs and 28″. Our current car seat is good until 35lbs or 32″. I am wanting to only have to buy one more car seat like a transition between infant and booster or if I can just buy one more and be done. Do you have any suggestions to which type? Or a specific mode you prefer. We also want to try to keep him RF as long as possible, but our boy is growing so fast so I’m trying to find something that will allow him to grow the longest.

    Sarah w - March 24, 2015 at 4:15 am Reply
  14. Hi! Had our 2 year well check today, and my pediatrician acted like I was crazy suggesting that extended rear facing is a better way to go…my mom came with us, and is anxious to forward face my son. She feels like the pediatrician gave the go ahead. The doc stated that extended rear facing was from 12-24 months. I didn’t feel like arguing with her and now I’m just kind of confused. My son is almost 36″ and 30 pounds. I believe the RF limits on his seat are up to 40lbs and I need to double check the height limit, but I don’t think he’s close to the limit.
    Thanks for your input and help.

    Sara - July 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm Reply
  15. I don’t agree with the age restriction I feel it should be based off height and weight due to my daughter at a year old was tall enough to fit into 2t pants if she stayed rear facing at that point we had to fully cross her legs Indian style and then she still was uncomfortable. What would you do in this case cause now she is three and size wise she is about to fit into 6t pants?

    Courtney - September 3, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply

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