I hear it regularly: "Rear-facing is a pain in the butt. Where is my child supposed to put his legs...up by his ears?! He hates the car seat and is so much happier forward facing, so that's what we'll do, thank you very much!" Add in an arm fold and utter a hearty "humph!" for good measure and you have your basic anti-ERF arguments.
Rear-facing in car seats is 500% safer than forward-facing. It's a cold, hard fact. It may not be convenient for you. It may not appear to be comfortable to you. It may seem over-protective to you, but 500% is a pretty big number...
So, here's my question: What if you're wrong?
First, let's look at this question: What if I'm wrong?
Well, if I'm wrong and extended rear-facing is not the bees knees that I think it is, I've mildly inconvenienced myself and maybe bugged my son a bit. Yup. That's pretty much the extent of the consequences there.
If you're wrong, though, and facing your child forward too early is not as minor a detail as you claim, you're looking at the potential for death, serious injury, and a forever-changed life.
The risks just don't outweigh the benefits when it comes to turning your babes around too soon.
Let me break it down a bit more for you visual learners:
Are you sure? Are you still sure you want to risk it? If you haven't already turned your babes forward, don't. Keep them rear-facing for as long as possible. If you've already turned them around, turn them back. Might it be an inconvenience? Possibly. Might it save their lives? Almost certainly.