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ERF

What the hell is the benefit from this? Sure there's a 'risk' of having a carwreck, but it's a guarentee that your child's legs are gonna be up their nose beyond a certain age on this.... I just find it rather absurd.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:19 PM on Jul. 27, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (15)
  • I agree with the Op. I have a 45 inch 4 year old that would not be happy if he was made ERF.
    Mom2Just1

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 8:15 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Huh, broken legs or internal decapitation. Yeah, that's a no brainer. I will ERF.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:25 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • well, considering that a child is 500X safer rear facing and the AAP recommends ERF now, there must be something to it, huh?
    peanutsmommy1

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 4:23 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • okay so what age do people do this to?? My 4 and 5 yr old are both 95% on height...there's no way in our vehicle that this could even be done!
    KariLyn84

    Answer by KariLyn84 at 4:27 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • to the maximum height or weight allowed by your car seat. My DS can no longer rear face because he is too heavy
    peanutsmommy1

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 4:29 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • So kids are supposed to face backward until they are big enough to be moved to the door seat? Throw in the scare tactics you know, like decapitation, but eventually their legs are going to be too long to face backward. But hey, you're the parent. Do whatever you want. Personally I don't care what goes on in other people's cars.
    wildflowers25

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 4:32 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/StayRearFacing.aspx


    Many parents have the misconception that children are uncomfortable or at risk for leg injury by having their legs up on the vehicle seat or bent when kept rear-facing.  These concepts are completely incorrect. First, children are more flexible than adults so what we perceive as uncomfortable is not for children.  Think about how your child sits in everyday play. Do they sit with their legs straight out in front of them? When they sit on the couch, do they purposely sit so their legs dangle out over the edge? No. In real, everyday life, toddlers and preschoolers CHOSE to sit with their legs folded up - that IS comfort to them.


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    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:36 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Second, there is not a single documented case of children's legs, hips, etc. breaking or being injured in a crash due to longer rear-facing. There are plenty of cases of head and neck injury in forward-facing children that could have been prevented if the child had remained rear-facing. However, even if a leg or hip were broken or injured, it can be fixed. A damaged spinal cord (from forward-facing too soon) cannot be repaired and subjects the child to lifelong disability or death
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:37 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Why don't some of you watch the crash tests? It will make any "opinion" null. Because fact is, rear facing is even better for adults as well, we just can't drive like that.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:38 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • did you know that most crash tests involving carseat are also compared to the child simply sitting on the seat unrestrained anyways....screw statistics or crash tests-
    KariLyn84

    Answer by KariLyn84 at 4:40 PM on Jul. 27, 2010