Is it time for a booster seat?

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My son is exceptional tall for his age. I'm not worried about his legs. I'm worried about him. He is so tall in fact that the straps on his booster seat won't fit around him hardly. When I go to buckle him in I have to literally bend his arm backwards to make it fit. Then he cries because it's so tight. I can't loosen it anymore as it's already to the max.



I found this booster seat at Wal Mart. It's a 3 in 1. It covers a baby from 20 lbs to 100 lbs. Only problem is it's not rear facing. It's "top of the line" apparently so it's not too cheap and I wont have to buy him another one ever because it goes until he's a child. I don't know what to do. If the straps would work better I'd leave him in his car seat but if they wont fit them I might as well not put him in one at all. I'm going to wait till he's one. (September 13) Another problem is most "older aged" car seats hold up to 35lbs (our does) but m son is so long he won't fit. It's like break his arm, no car seat, or booster seat.



His measurements -approx 32 in long, 22 lbs, 12 in torso. He even wears a size 5 in shoes. His feet hang over the car seat but his shoulder are where the straps have problems... and his belly. He's not chunky they just won't adjust any farther out.



P.S. here's the link



http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

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Samantha - posted on 07/09/2010

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Go with your gut on which car seat too choose, I am a big fan of rear facing it is soo much safe this video really shows it I plan to find the longest rear facing I can, I find its a personal choice though but I think once you have hit a year forward facing him in this car seat is just fine

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Emma - posted on 07/09/2010

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As Karen said in the UK they are forward facing from 20lb or six months, i have to confess i put my son in a forward facing car seat at 5months as he was almost 20lb and was wedge in his rear facing seat and would go absoultely mad when i put him in it.

Karen - posted on 07/09/2010

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In the UK we are the same as Australia they are in forward facing from 6 months

Teresa - posted on 07/09/2010

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We had to move my son from a carrier to a rear facing seat when he was about 6mo old. He weight 18lbs 3oz at his nine month check up but is tall!!! We are hoping that he will reach twenty lbs by 9/2/10 because his feet are already touching the backseat of our car...this seat is 5lbs to 100lbs...safety first and he really likes it!

Shannon - posted on 07/09/2010

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DaKotah has outgrown her rear facing seat as well.... I have been shopping for a new one that is front facing so the day she turns a year old she can be front facing.... she is already 20lbs but not quite 1 yet.... wont be til sep 7th..

Arlene - posted on 07/09/2010

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wow is 1years old the age for rear facing in the states because its 6months here in Australia so as soon as he turned 6months we put him in a foward facing seat which he loved

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The one that I found at babiesRus is 170 I think but it's worth it. It is rear facing. It's just missing the cup holders (no big deal) I'm going to go ahead and buy it and start using it asap!

Laura - posted on 07/07/2010

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Go ahead and buy the seat if it is also rear facing. However, most places have a law that says a child should not be forward facing until they are 1 year old AND 20 or more pounds. This is because at that age they have developed their neck muscles enough in the event of a crash. They still aren't ready for that kind of impact right now, even though they are close to 1 now.

Candace - posted on 07/07/2010

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We bought the EddieBauer 3-in-1 seat online from Babies R Us for our son because he too outgrew his infant rear-facing seat in length and weight. It's a rear-facing and forward-facing seat. We also bought the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX as a second seat. The Eddie Bauer fits great in my car rear-facing but did not work in my husband's extended cab truck. It didn't fit and could not recline correctly. It is a big seat. The Evenflo works well in my husband's extended cab truck rear facing. That's what worked for us.

Chelsy - posted on 07/07/2010

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Yes you have to wait til 1yr. the law states 1 year AND 20lbs....
Your looking at the Graco Nautilus for your son??? that seat DOES NOT REAR FACE!!!!!!!!!! That is a FRONT FACING ONLY SAET!!!

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Thank you! I have another question -why do car seats say 20-65 lbs for forward facing? I thought you had to wait till they were 1 regardless of weight?

Andrea - posted on 07/07/2010

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Yes get the rear facing one it always better to have them rear facing if possible the longer the better. Glad you found on that will fit him and will be rear facing. My daughter is little she 18lbs and 27 inches she be able stay in a rear facing for a while.

Jane - posted on 07/07/2010

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Hi, my daughter is just a little big older then your little one and she is now into a forward facing booster seat as she is too big for her rear facing one and she has been perfectly fine in it and even loves the fact she can see more outside and its also similar to the one your looking at hope this helps xx

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Well, I was out shopping and I found a car seat at BabiesRUs today that's just 10 bucks more looks exactly the same BUT it's rear facing. So I think I'm going to buy it.

Chelsy - posted on 07/06/2010

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What seat do you currently have??? What is your son's height weight and torso length??? Torso is measured from butt (in seating position) to shoulders. I know a little about car seat safety so maybe i can help you find a seat that will work for you. or maybe get you more strap length.....

Crystal - posted on 07/06/2010

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When it comes to stuff like this you just need to go with what you're comfortable with. That looks like a very safe booster seat with excellent reviews. We're only 2 months out from our babies turning 1 anyways. If you really think you can't manage to squish your little guy in there any longer that booster seat looks like a good alternative. :-) Good luck!

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