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Following on from my previous post about Forward Facing car seat install tips, here is the Rear Facing car seat install tips post. 

As parents there are so many things we hope he have done right, and among those things the car seat is maybe one of the most important things, as it’s going to work as a potentially life saving device. However it will only work correctly and do its job correctly, if it’s installed correct and the child is installed correctly in the seat.
Car seat fitting errors are still very-very high, from 2010-2014  54% of car seats were found to be incorrectly fitted at Godd Egg Safety’s car seat check clinics across the UK, and 0 were fitted wrong on purpose! 

What follows are my tips on how to get a good car seat install for your rear facing car seat. I hope you find them useful, but I can’t stress enough the importance of reading your car seat manual fully and completely before you start your car seat install!!
Not all car seats fit all cars, and not all car seats are fitted the same way.

For more information about extended rear facing and why it’s the safest car seat for your child, and yes that means you buy an ‘ERF’ car seat after the infant carrier, have a look at Rearfacing The Way Forward – UK’s leading independent information site for rear facing car seats. You will find several retailers in my side bar but also on the website. 

 

In the above video the car seat is not an extended rear facing one, but the tips are still the same even if the install is different. There are still some seats that do install this way, like the Joie range of car seats.

The below video shows our BeSafe izi Plus installed, it’s just a quick video to show a typical ‘ERF’ seat,  though the izi Plus is a beast of a seat there are others that are far slimmer and more compact, including other seats in the BeSafe range. 

 

 

Have a look at my list of ‘ERF Seats & Prices’ and if you are on a tight budget I recommend  having a look at my list of ‘The Cheaper Car Seats’.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you with more tips and tricks soon! 

 

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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 “The Rear Facing Car Seat – Install Tips Video

  1. Great tips! Our 3.5 year old is in a Britax Max Way, I love that he’s still safely rear facing. Our 15 month old is still in the maxi cosi cabriofix (?), but looking at the Joie Stages for him next. Off to read your ERF lists now. x

    • Thank you so much. I’m glad it’s a help. Love the Max Way it’s a lovely seat, but sadly as Britax doesn’t allow the leg to extend to the bottom of my compartments it was not a seat we could look at.

  2. Brilliant tips! We too have ERF seat for our toddler and wouldn’t have it any other way. We got a besafe seat which we really like, but had it installed by the shop seat installer as we wanted it to be done by a trained person #binkylinky
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  3. Brilliant tips! There is so much confusing information out there when it comes to car seats! #mummymonday x

    • Congrats on the new bump!

      Most infant car seats will fit baby from birth to approx 15 months with many lasting as long as 20.

      I always advice using hte infant car seat until it’s fully outgrown, and then buy the next stage car seat which also then would be an extended rear facing car seat.

      I have a list of all ERF car seats at the top under my banner.

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