When Do Babies Face Forward In A Stroller
It’s natural for parents to want to find out when is it safe for their baby to ride in a stroller facing forward. Switching from rear-facing to forward-facing can be an exciting milestone for you and your baby. But when is the best time to switch?
When Can Babies Face Forward?
Experts recommend babies stay in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years, or until they have reached the maximum weight and height limits for their seat.
For strollers, the general rule of thumb is to wait until the baby is able to sit up unassisted and holds their head steady. This typically starts to happen around six months when developmentally ready. However, it can also be different for each baby, so don’t worry if your baby isn’t quite ready yet.
Signs Baby Is Ready To Face Forward
Here are some signs that a baby is ready to face forward:
- Head Control: the ability to hold their head up and steady while sitting.
- Posture: the ability to sit with their back straight and bottom firmly planted in their seat.
- Leg Strength: the ability to support their own weight while sitting.
- Stability: the ability to maintain balance with minimal swaying while seated.
Safety Tips When Facing Forward
When facing forward keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Only switch to a forward-facing stroller after the baby is developmentally ready.
- Make sure the baby has plenty of supervisory care while in the stroller.
- Securly buckle your baby in the stroller.
- Avoid using any accessories that block your baby’s view while in the stroller.
- Avoid using any infant carriers or bassinets that are not designed to fit the stroller.
In conclusion, remember not to rush the process of switching from rear-facing to forward-facing in a stroller. Babies are developmentally ready for forward-facing at around six months, but it is best to wait until your baby displays the signs of readiness.