Transitioning From Your Infant Seat

Baby sitting in Clek Mammoth Infant Car Seat while older brother sits beside her

Common Questions About Transitioning From an Infant Car Seat

Where did the time go? Doesn't it feel like you were just shopping for your infant seat yesterday and all of a sudden your baby is outgrowing it?! When it comes time to shop for a convertible car seat, there are SO many questions that we receive from parents. We hope to answer a few of them right here for you!When do you make the switch? What should you know about the car seat you choose? How do you pick the right car seat for you and baby? How do you install it?

When is it time to transition to a second stage car seat?

Little one's height and weight is what decides when baby has outgrown their bucket seat. Every bucket seat has a different weight capacity, so when baby reaches that weight limit OR their head is within 1" of the top of the seat (whichever comes first), it means it's time to move up! Typically, baby is between 8-12 months when they reach one or both of these milestones.

How do I know when they've grown out of the infant bucket seat?

Now this is tricky to answer. Baby outgrows their infant bucket seat when they reach the weight limit OR when baby's head is within 1" of the top of the car seat (whichever comes first). Most babies outgrow their bucket seat by meeting the height capacity before the weight limit BUT there are exceptions. It's also okay for baby's legs to hang over the edge of the bucket seat because it's only their head that determines when they've outgrown their car seat.

How long does my child sit rear-facing?

Longer than you'd think! Your child should sit rear-facing until they are 3 or 4 years old. 99% of car seats allow your child to sit rear-facing until they are 40 pounds, while some (like Diono) have extended rear-facing that allows your child to sit rear-facing until they are 50 pounds (approximately 6 years old)! After 3 years of age your child can sit forward-facing, but the longer child is kept rear-facing the safer.

Will any car seat fit in my vehicle?

Nope. Hard to believe right? That's why heading into Snuggle Bugz to dry-fit a car seat is a great idea. You may find that some taller seats block your view and some might be too wide. This goes for SUV's too. Just because you have a larger vehicle doesn't mean you can fit just any car seat in there. Some SUV's actually have shorter seats so you can be limited. Who knew? It really does come down to the best fit for your vehicle.

Can I install my car seat in the middle seat of my vehicle?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions. Please read the owner's manual of your vehicle to make sure you can do this in your vehicle. This is because the UAS clips that buckle and secure the car seat in your vehicle may not exist in the middle seat. If you have a bench seat in your car with 3 seats across, there should be 3 different sets of UAS clips (6 clips total) to allow you to install in the middle seat. You can't borrow from the outward seats as this could be harmful to your child. For instance, if you get in a car accident, the clips might be pulled in different directions and release entirely. Also make note, rear-facing car seats should only be installed rear facing up to 40 pounds if using a UAS install (they can be installed to car seat's maximum rear-facing weight if using the vehicle seat belt to install).

***FUN TIP***
If you decide to wash your car seat fabric be sure to put it back on while it's a little damp. This makes it easier to stretch and fit back on the car seat frame!

If you have any other car seat questions, comment here or give our friendly store staff a call! You can schedule a dry-fit appointment at that time too!

See you soon!

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