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Is ERF common where you live?

post #1 of 62
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I swear, every toddler I see around here is forward facing- even ones who I'm sure are smaller than my DD (21 months and 25 lb. soaking wet).

Why don't more people know about ERF? Even our pediatrician said we should turn her around if she is kicking the seat I just don't understand why it's so uncommon to rearface toddlers. Makes me want to get the word out!
post #2 of 62
My DD2 i just a couple months older then your DD and she is the only toddler I know still RFing. What is ironic to me though is that Britax seats are everywhere here, most moms I know own one or several, even Regents, but no ERF.
post #3 of 62
I only know one other mom in the area who is still RF their toddler. I just talked a new mom yesterday about it, and she seemed really interested. But her baby is only 3 weeks.

I mostly see kids being turned FF at around 10 months. Seriously.
post #4 of 62
I don't see it around here at all! What's even worse is that most kids go to a regular seatbelt at 4yrs, if that. My toddler made it to about 20mo since he's all torso & already 30lbs, but he'll be harnessed for quite some time in his new Nautilus
post #5 of 62
I had to fight with the town's car seat inspection officer to keep DD's seat rearfacing (I was having a new one installed after a minor accident). She was 15 months old at the time.

The other tech backed me up and said he was thrilled to see someone working with the maximums of their seat limits, not the minimums. He said often they have to turn parents away who want to forward face their 9 month olds, because, "they're close enough, right?" Uhm, no, law is 1 year AND 20 pounds, not either/or, and NOT 9 months and 16 pounds. Sigh.
post #6 of 62
nope....too inconvenient
post #7 of 62
Not here!! My neice was FF the day she turned 1... my ds is only 25 lbs and although he's tall he'll be rear facing until 30 lbs per the carseat manufacturer. It seems like everyone around here turns FF right at a year old. Even my dad who is an engineer recently asked me when he can go forward! He of all people should know the laws of physics.
post #8 of 62
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Originally Posted by cognito View Post
I don't see it around here at all! What's even worse is that most kids go to a regular seatbelt at 4yrs, if that. My toddler made it to about 20mo since he's all torso & already 30lbs, but he'll be harnessed for quite some time in his new Nautilus
Ugh! Ds is 6yo, 60lbs and 54 or 55 inches tall. He is still in his booster and will be there until he hits 57 inches!!!!
post #9 of 62
Nope! I only know one other toddler who is RF, and that's because they were actually interested in the e-mails I sent out to all of my friends who are parents. They had me check their car seat install too.

Mostly, I have friends who are knowingly using their car seats incorrectly and don't care.
post #10 of 62
No, not at all. In fact, I only know one other 2.5-3 yo that is still in a 5 pt harness other than DS! Everyone I know is putting their 2.5, 3 and 4 yo in BACKLESS boosters!! :
I try to spread the word and tell people that not only is that ILLEGAL it's totally unsafe but everyone already thinks I'm just a crazy hippie.
post #11 of 62
I honestly don't know how most of my friends and aquaintances set up their carseats.

Most familes i know with toddlers also have older kids (since we would be socializing with the older kids), most of them have minivans- making it pretty hard to see the carseat setup from outside the vehicle. Unless we happen to be parked right next to them, AND leaving or arriving at the exact same moment they are, I woudln't be able to see inside their cars.
post #12 of 62
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Originally Posted by Zach'smom View Post
Ugh! Ds is 6yo, 60lbs and 54 or 55 inches tall. He is still in his booster and will be there until he hits 57 inches!!!!
Unfortunately OH has really bad laws. Technically, my toddler could ride in the AOE as a booster & he's not even 2!!! :

We're doing the best we can with our budget to follow best practice. Our new baby is much smaller than his brother so I'm sure he'll RF for a long time.

I try to educate people when I can. I carry ERF Handouts to stores with a baby department. Some people seem interested. My neighbor acted like she wanted to turn her 1yo little girl back around, but then never did though.
post #13 of 62
Sadly, no.
post #14 of 62
Heck, half the toddlers here aren't even in carseats. They are either in backless boosters or even bouncing around in the backseat. : To quote my BIL, "Accidents only happen on the highway." :
post #15 of 62
I rarely see a toddler rear facing. I know before he saw the statistics, DH was really excited about turning DS around when he turned one so he could "see better". I think that's a common line of thinking.
post #16 of 62
Around here, everyone is ff and half of them are in expired car seats. I'm thinking about printing out something to let them know that carseats expire. (All overhead sheild seats are expired, right?)
post #17 of 62
Nope.

In fact the vast majority of people I know/see turn their kids before their 1st bday. Once they outgrow the bucket they go FF...or as soon as they hit 20lbs regardless of age they go FF.

My DS RF longer than anyone around here, and I switched him at around 2 years (he was 29lbs, 34 in).

A lot of kids my DS age (3.5) are already in non-harnessed booster seats!
post #18 of 62
ds is 7 mos and over 20 lbs.. he is still rear facing ... hes getting to big for the darn bucket but I dont want to put him foward facing yet...and we have been looking for a careseat solution for our very tall heavy baby that is not hey just him in the foward facing toddler seat. what is this ERF? it sounds like something i could use.
post #19 of 62
Sadly, no. A friend of mine keeps telling me that I "need" to turn DD FF because "it's about strength" and "she'll be so much happier". The latter is probably true but I don't care how strong she is -- she'll be ERF until she reaches the upper limits of rear facing for her seat (which I think is 30lbs ... and she's only 19ish at 17 months).

She's never known forward facing so she doesn't know she's "missing" anything. We have the car seat mirror angled so I can see her and she can see me -- she makes faces at herself, plays peek a boo with me, reads books, and listens to whatever children's music I don't feel will drive me batty at the moment. We have our moments of fussiness but generally it's okay. I don't see any of this any reason to turn her FF when I know she's so much safer the way she is.

End of rant.
post #20 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 1littlebit View Post
ds is 7 mos and over 20 lbs.. he is still rear facing ... hes getting to big for the darn bucket but I dont want to put him foward facing yet...and we have been looking for a careseat solution for our very tall heavy baby that is not hey just him in the foward facing toddler seat. what is this ERF? it sounds like something i could use.
ERF just means extended rear facing- having your toddler in a rear facing seat after she reaches 1 year and 20 lbs. It's safer to keep them rear facing until they reach the weight limit of the seat (many seats rear face to 33 or 35 lbs now).

I'm sure people on this forum could give you great recommendations for a rear facing convertible seat for your LO!
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