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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gallery Of Extended Rear Facing Kids (Our Attempt At Making ERF The Norm)

Extended Rear Facing, meaning longer than one year old IS safer (

As of right now, the law here in the US states that you must keep your child rear facing until at LEAST One year old AND 20lbs. It does not say that you cannot rear face past One and past 20lbs. There is NO law that says they HAVE to turn forward at age one or 20lbs. That means the at One year old AND 20lbs, you child is at the BARE MINIMUM age and weight that they can be turned, it in no way means they must be turned. In fact, the AAP says that it is best if you can keep them until age 2 at the very least. 

Despite this, I still see TOO many parents turning kids early, or at one because they think it is the law, or because they think their kid under age one is "too long"/"too big" to rear face any longer. So, I wanted to create this posting to show OLDER and BIGGER kids rear facing and prove to the world that MOST kids CAN comfortably rear face way longer than everyone seems to think.

If you would like to add your child or know someone that would like to add theirs, please send the pictures and all info about the child's height, torso length, weight, age and carseat make/model/brand if possible to . 

Lorelei (10 months, 20lbs, 29 inches) and Eliza (3 years, 28lbs and 36 inches) 

rocking the Graco My Ride 65.~Nyssa

Morgan at 18 months old 24lbs 33in RF in a Graco MyRide

A few days after her second birthday. She is 30lbs 36in tall and still RF in the Graco MyRide

Riley Marie, 19 months!

Nathan, age 30 months, 30 lbs and 32 inches tall, 
rearfacing in a 2007 model Britax Boulevard

The next two pictures Nathan is 3 years 7 months, 38 lbs and 38 inches, 
Naomi is 13 months, 20 lbs and 28 inches, both rear facing in Radian XTSLs. 
Nathan is now 5 and forward facing, but Naomi is nearly 3 and 
still rearfacing as is her 1 year old sister Natalie

2.5 year old, Andrew, RFing in his Graco MyRide 65, 
enjoying a drink after playing hard at the park! 
He was 26.5 lbs in this picture, 34 inches tall. 
He's still rear-facing now at 28lbs and 36 inches tall. :)

Here's Grant! He's just over 12 months and 
just over 20lbs with NO plans to turn around! 
Pictured here loving his Diono Radian and all of its legroom!

Lyrik, 19 months old, in a my ride 65.  
The other seat is a britax frontier 85 
5 point harness for my 5 1/2 year old

Here are my RF pictures, my son stayed RF until he was 3yo and 35lb
and 37 inches long,
The picture at the Orange car show how you can have RF children in an
extremely small car, it is a Kia Rio, Plenty of room for mom and dad
too, he is 2.5 years old and 30lb there, the last picture he is
2years 9 months old and 32lb, the first picture he is 1year 4 months
old and probably 26lb

River is 2 years 8 months and 26 lbs and still rear-facing. 

She wears 3T clothes so she is pretty tall. 

Seth is 5 yrs 4 months and in a 5-point harness. 

He is 35lbs and wears 5T clothes so he is smaller. ;)

Justis RF at age 4. He is now 4 yrs 5 mos old and still RF

 3yr old, 32lbs, and 5 month old 17 lbs. RFing in Radians


  1. I'm looking for a good extended rear facing car seat, and think I have it narrowed down to the Graco My Ride 65 and the Britax (several of them allow for rear facing up to 40 lbs.) Does anyone have any comments about either one/ which one is better? I just want my twins to be safe, and they are quickly approaching not fitting into the Chicco KeyFit 30. Thanks so much for any info!!

  2. Both are great seats. All seats pass the same federal testing to be sold in the US. So all seats are just as safe as the next reguardless of price or brand. Id go try them in your car and see which one fits the best and which one is easiest for you to use correcttly every time :)

  3. Make sure to check height limits too. My DS is 31 lbs under the RF weight limit of 35 lbs, but 36 inches at the height limit, so we had to put him FF in his Alpha Omega in DH car. I have a Sunshine Kids Radian 65 in my Civic and he has plenty of room to grow RF. We can't afford to replace the AO yet, unfortunately.