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Is it Time to Ditch the Infant Seat?

I have a really bad memory. Specifically, I have a really bad memory when it comes to remembering what ages to transition a baby to the next thing or phase.

Until I saw a friend’s baby (who was born the same week as Paul) sitting in a bumbo seat, I had no idea that it was “bumbo time” already. And I waited over six months to start solids, purely because it never dawned on me that it was time to introduce purees.

And just this weekend, I realized that other babies Paul’s age (or younger) have already transitioned out of the “bucket” infant seat, into a “big boy” rear-facing car-seat.

So, I guess it’s time to do that too?

But how do you know for sure when it’s time transition out of the infant seat? Are there “rules” or is it more of a personal preference type of thing?

Honestly, I should probably know the answer to this question, seeing as Paul is my 4th baby.

Currently, I keep the infant seat locked in it’s base in the car, and I stopped lugging Paul around in it weeks ago. Paul in the infant seat is just too heavy to lug around, and my back simply cannot take the weight.

And while Paul appears comfortable and snugly in his little pea pod of a seat, I bet he would also enjoy a “big boy” car seat.

If you’ve recently transitioned your baby from the infant seat to the “big boy” car seat, I would love to know how you knew it was time.

I’ve heard of babies as early as newborns going directly into a rear-facing car seat. On the flip side, also heard of babies staying in the infant seat as long as 20 months.

I’m officially confused.

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