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post #21 of 26
Total car seat safety freak here.

DD will be 3 y/o (about 29 lbs) in 2 weeks. She has been FF and back to RF 2x already. First time I flipped her was at 26 months (about 26 lbs) becasue her seat broke (britax had a recall but it didn't get to me soon enough) and our back-up seat would not get a secure RF install. Once we got the new seat, she went back RF.

Then again when we had DS we turned her FF. I am not sure why this time, I did get a better fit with his seat next to hers with her FF I guess. We flipped her back RF when we got him his big seat (a radian) becasue again, both seats installed better RF.

She has had it both ways and we actually get LESS complaints out of her RF than FF. FF she was always complaining that her legs hurt and she was kicking my seat and constantly dropping stuff. RF none of those are issues. No one i know IRL has their kids RF past 1 though. So sad. I try to educate but it falls on deaf ears I think.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mrsboyko View Post
Total car seat safety freak here.
No one i know IRL has their kids RF past 1 though. So sad. I try to educate but it falls on deaf ears I think.
I totally agree, and it's very sad

My DD does NOT like sitting FFing. Her legs just dangle and she hates it, she'd much rather have them curled up or resting on the seatback.

Glad to hear you're keen on ERFing
post #23 of 26
Totally with you on this.
My son will be rear facing until the day he hits 35 pounds. And then I might start looking for a seat with a higher rear facing weight limit. Does such a thing exist?
post #24 of 26
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Sami- yep, they do exist Currently, the seats out there are:

Graco MyRide65: Rear faces to 40lbs, Forward faces to 65lbs.
Safety 1st Comlete Air: Rear faces to 40lbs, Forward faces to 50lbs.
Sunshine Kids Radians (not xtsl): rear faces to 40lbs and some forward face to 65, some to 80lbs.
Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL: Rear faces to 45lbs!! Forward faces to I believe 80lbs, but not exactly sure on the forward facing.

I have the My Ride and the Complete Air, and love them! If you ever need comparison photos, I have photos of DD in them. The complete air has a taller shell, so is better for taller kids. The My Ride has a much shorter shell.
post #25 of 26

will be ERF

My DS is only 5 months but he'll be ERFing. I read up on carseat.org forums before buying his car seat and learned how much safer it is to keep kids rear-facing for as long as possible. I'm also prepared for resistence--I gather from that forum a lot of people feel oddly invested in turning kids around and hassle people who don't. I'm sure as this compelling info becomes more widely known and accepted it will become the standard practice, maybe even law.
post #26 of 26
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I don't really hassle people who don't do it IRL, I usually have to hassle them more to get rid of their expired seats and actually buckle the seat in right and keep their kid harnessed correctly... ERFing usually isn't my top priority when talking to other parents. Things are just that bad sometimes However, I usually mention it to them, and try to encourage it.
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