New blog series

Hello fellow parents!

I am starting a blog series called; [Our ERF Journey], which will be about ERF (extended rear facing) but most importantly the parent’s/carer’s/childminder’s etc.  journey to ERF.

Would you like to take part in sharing your ERF story? Tell us of how you learned about ERF and decided to go for ERF, how you changed to ERF from FF or how you had no idea about anything at all and was then told and decided to change seats?.. stories like that.

I think it would be hugely beneficial for other parents who are either on the fence a little or who wish to know more! Together we can spread the knowledge from a more personal point of view around the world.

Would you like to join?

Please email me at: erfmissionATgmailDOTcom

With the subject: My ERF Story

Send your finished typed up story and any photos you wish to have added to the post. If you are a fellow blogger please send me your post in the code format so I can simply copy and paste it directly. I love sharing social media profiles, so just add yours if you would like to be promoted.

I would love it if you have at least one photo of your child (feel free to blur the face – if you do not know how to do this I will do it for you if you wish just add it to the note in your email) and also please make sure that in the photo your children are correctly fastened in the car seat!

If you could also add what car you currently drive and the name of your seats (though I will be able to tell either way) in your story that would also be great as it would help with vehicle search as well.

 

If you are unsure of what I mean by correctly fastened children – I have added a helpful tip image below.

4 Steps to securing your child in their car seat correctly-

The reason I stress this is because it’s extremely important.
After all: 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed in the brain at 60,000 times the speed of text.

Did you know that imagery is what is stored in our long-term memory? This means even though we might think that seeing a wrongly installed car seat or a wrongly installed child in a car seat, on telly – maybe on Facebook, is no big deal the truth is that we store the image in our brain subconsciously. Unless we know otherwise – we think it’s correct.

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I hope as many of you will join us as possible!

Have a lovely weekend and as always drive safe!

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Other stories in the series:

My ERF Journey - Bev's Story

My ERF Journey - Rachel's Story

My ERF Story - Louise

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Therese has completed the ‘Advanced Child Car Seat Training Course’ at TRL (Transport Research Lab) and is a CPD accredited car seat expert. She blogs about in-car safety, car seats, tips, reviews, give-aways and advice. She’s a mum on a mission to change the law and raise awareness. She is also a breast feeding advocate and gentle parenting promoter who loves cloth nappies, baby-wearing, BLW and co-sleeping/bed-sharing.

18 thoughts on “Share your ERF journey in our new blog series!

  1. I am so happy about this posta nd your blog generally speaking. ERF is so much safer for the baby and still lots of parents are not aware of it. When I went to the shop, to get a car seat for the babay, it was clear that ths shop assisstant didn’t know it. I just ran away from there! I will share your post as a lot of parents still make the mistake to buy seat going the wrong way #KCACOLS

  2. Thank you so much for your positive feedback.
    I had the same experience when it was time to look for a new car seat for my daughter. I had just moved to England from Norway – where ERF is the norm – and I was shocked at what I was met with. I must admit that back then I wasn’t as educated as I am now and it spurred me to start this blog really. To educate and spread awareness. I did end up with an ERF seat and over Facebook I got some wonderful contacts that I still have close relationships and even work with today – so it was really good.
    Thank you for sharing my post – and please, if you want to share your ERF story do it! Send it to me on email and I’ll add it to the list for this series. It’s wonderful for other people to read how someone’s journey began, plus it’s educational. xx
    ERFmama would like you to read…[ Our ERF Journey ] – Bev’s Story…My Profile

    • That’s wonderful Hannah! I’ll look forward to your email!! And yes a point of the series is to share stories from parent’s about their own journey so that other parent’s can read about it and that way we share the knowledge more and more.

      Thanks so much for finding your way here.

  3. Such a great idea for a series and a brilliant way to share this vital information. You’re right in that I think a lot of us are perhaps not as competent as we think in securing our children and so the more people there are that are happy to share their story the better.

    Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

  4. I had never heard of the acronym ERF until now…what exactly do you consider extended rear facing? I kept mine turned around until 2, but I have heard some prefer to go longer. I also know many more who have chosen to turn their kids around early…Thanks for sharing this with us at the Family Joy Link-Up! Hope to see you again this coming Sunday!

    • Hi Rachel!

      Extended rear facing car seats are intended to keep babies and young children rear facing passed the infant car seat stage. So in america they are called convertible car seats – they have a rear facing limit that is usually 40lbs or more. Here in Europe we have two main kinds which one is rear facing to 40lbs (average 4yo) and the other one to 55lbs (average 6yo). We also now have a new regulation that focuses on height more than weight and they are currently RF to 105cm which is the average height of a 4 year old child.

      It’s wonderful that you kept yours RF to about age 2 – it’s so important for their safety! The recommendation is to keep children rear facing for as long as possible until they have fully outgrown their RF limit on their car seat and also as close to 4 years old as possible.
      You can find lots of good info on the whys here: http://www.rearfacing.co.uk

    • Hi Rachel thank you so much! I hope to get lots more contributions so please spread the word. It was really nice being back so I hope to be back again soon.

  5. This sounds like it will be such a useful series! We don’t have a car so the only time we use a seat is if we’re going out with the grandparents – it’s such a hassle getting it all sorted from scratch each time, so I prefer the bus so we can just take the pushchair on and be done with it! x
    Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) would like you to read…Party Bags and Supplies GiveawayMy Profile

    • Hi Emilie!

      How wonderful to hear and “meet” more ERF parents! I would love to share your story if you want to share it with us all!

  6. I’m trying to keep my youngest rear facing, he’s still in the ‘baby’ one, I need to get the next size, up, is there a low cost one you’d recommend? Thanks so much for linking up to #stickyfingers, hope to see you again next week! Jenny x

  7. I think this series sounds like a great idea to get more information about erf to parents. My youngest is 2 and is forward-facing, but she is big (tall and heavy!) for her age. I would’ve like more information when we were first moving her out of her group 0 seat though. x #KCACOLS

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