are you still using a car seat?

Pamela - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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are you still using a car seat? Or is it time for a booster seat?

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Jeanie - posted on 01/25/2010

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You should follow the safety regulations according to where you live and also the recomendations of the specific car seat/booster seat you have. Different seats have different size requirements. Using a seat just because other people do isn't going to keep your child safe.

Emily - posted on 01/21/2010

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Definitely feel safer having my son in the car seat. I think his goes up to like 60 pounds or so, and he's only 33ish lbs.. Plus he still has a couple notches for the seat belt. So he'll be staying in it a good while longer!

Amanda - posted on 01/19/2010

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We had to buy a new carseat for my son who weighs over 40lbs. It actually goes up to 65 lbs for the 5 pt. harness. Our pedi told us he has to be 4 years old AND 40 lbs before he can move to a booster. Plus, I just feel safer having him in the 5 pt. harness.

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2010

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Boosters aren't to be used until your child is at least 40 pounds. My daughter is only 23 pounds, so we're a ways off yet! :-)

Courtney - posted on 01/16/2010

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they told me that as long as your child will fit in a car seat, use it!

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Amy - posted on 08/28/2012

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Depends on how much your child weighs, and how tall they are. My son is 44" tall and weighs 50lbs. He has been in a booster seat for about 6 months now...

Shaz - posted on 01/05/2012

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by law in australia kids have to be in the back seat of a car in a car seat/ booster seat until they are seven. I just changed my boy from a baby car seat to a booster seat but he had to earn the 'big boy seat'. hes 3 and looks like hes six so it had to happen because he was just outgrowing it. You can get booster car seats now that still have a five point harness like the baby convertable seats if the kids not ready for a seatbelt only deal or car harness

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2011

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Booster. My daughter needed the car seat. Come to think of it she may need a booster soon too. :*(

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2011

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Booster. My daughter needed the car seat. Come to think of it he may need a booster soon too. :*(

Elisha - posted on 08/23/2011

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My honest opinion is .....that most 3 yr olds don`t have the maurtuity to sit in a high back booster. I have 4 kiddos..... 3 are 3 and older. I kept all in straps till they were almost 4. I think you should use your car seat to the fullest potential and then try the transition. So a trial run a few times, they way you can see if you feel comfortalbe enough and safe that your child is ready. I also have friends that believe rear facing a child to the highest weight you can is the safest way to go.!! If you can afford a more expensive car seat......go with a Graco Natulis. The straps go till 65 pounds. And if you choose. The straps can b taken out at 3 yrs old, but the child HAS to weight 40 pounds by law.

Kathy - posted on 08/23/2011

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my daughter loves the booster and we have one but she's not quite the right height or weight. for short trips I'll put her in a booster.

Elisha - posted on 08/14/2011

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I's say a radian 80. It will keep your child in or most of them. Till they are 6 or 7. Even some over the age limit of 8.I will be purchasing 1 of my son that is 4. But the extended use of rear facing is good too for this set. It holds up to 45 lbs rf. my son would only be able to ff. BEST IDEA EVER AND SAFEST!

Ashley - posted on 07/30/2011

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Kameron (4) is still in a 5pt harness seat cuz well he's little lol, and savannaH is in a high back booster seat, to small for a low/no back seat.

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My son (1/31/07) has been moved to a booster seat as of May. The harness was sitting too low on him, and squishing his crotch on the largest settings, however the seat belt sits just right over his chest.

Lauren - posted on 06/21/2011

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my son is 4 1/2 and is big enough to sit in a booster seat with a high back but still sits in his car sear cause he wont stay buckled in the booster seat... :( but he doesnt fight me with the carseat so i guess its ok.

Andrea - posted on 06/20/2011

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My daughter is 4 1/2 nearly, she is 42" tall and weighs 43 lbs. (Yes she is quite tall). I bought her first belt position booster seat over the weekend to put in my husbands car for emergencies when he must pick her up. I do most of the drop offs and pick ups at preschool because my schedule is better suited than his. I am still not comfortable with her being in it very long. In my vehicle which is the primary one she is in, she is in a high-back booster with a five-point harness Her pediatrician recommended keeping her in that until she reaches the height and/or weight limit which is 50" and/or 65 lbs. for the seat that she has.
Do what is right for your child, ask a doctor, consult your state laws, and then do some research, know the recommendation for both the seat your child has now and the one you are looking to purchase.

Crystal - posted on 06/14/2011

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both my girls are still in car seats my oldest is 6yrs 45lbs 45in in a radian 65 and my youngest is 22 months 25lbs Rear Faceing in a britax roundabout 50 to many people are in a hurry to switch to a booster for your kids saftey you shouldn't rush to move them into the next stage car seat

Teresa - posted on 06/13/2011

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My son is still in his carseat. It is actually good up to 80 pounds and he is quite comfortable in it. I love the harness and the safety of it.

Heather - posted on 06/12/2011

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both mine are still in carseats Lilli is 4 1/2 Theo is 2 1/2 they will be in them till they ot grow them Lilli is only 38 inches tall and 34 lbs Theo is 36 inches tall and 28 inches tall.

Crystal - posted on 05/09/2011

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my 6yr old is still in a 5ponit harness 44lbs 45in and my 21 month old 24lbs 32in is still RF booster are just not safe for kids under 4 AND 40lbs keep them in a 5ponit untill they no longer fit

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hi i am dalys, our lil girl is 4 y/o, and we switch to a booster sit when she was almost three, and always try to remind her, how safety is she sit there. there is a variety of colors for them. we love our booster.

Christina - posted on 09/27/2010

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My daughter is in a 5 pt harness (Nautilus) which harnesses until 65 pounds. She will be in it until she hits the weight or height limit. She is currently 38 pounds so she will be in it a ONG time and that is fine since it is the safest way to travel. My 5 month old will be RF until his limits (40 pounds) then harnessed FF until 65 pounds.

Andrea - posted on 09/22/2010

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I would follow the safety recommendations on the seat. My daughter is in a five-point harness booster seat. In my opinion, those are the best thing, because hers goes up 65 pounds, she is only 3 1/2 but already weighs like 45 pounds and is 39 inches tall. She had outgrown her regular forward facing car-seat, but she was not old enough to go to a booster yet, so I did some research and found the car seat that she has now. She loves it and I feel great because its safer than the regular booster used with the seat belt. Check online they have several, I believe I found mine at target.com, but I'm sure they sell them at other stores as well.

Sarah - posted on 07/27/2010

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our daughter is only 35 pounds and they are not to be in a booster until 40 pounds where we live.

Tiffany - posted on 07/13/2010

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car seat for my son, and the lil girl I baby sit, they are both 3 and a booster seat for the 5 year old girl I baby sit

Joy - posted on 06/29/2010

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An intresting thing I've noticed, with the 5 point, is that finding one to fit my girl is difficult, to say the lest. Where we are the laws have just changed over. Our girl had been in a booster+ harness ( so no strap btween her legs) the only seats avalible where we live are convertable ie Newborn- 18 months(up to 18kg) , or teathered boosters with harness (14-26kg). Trouble is, she's getting too tall for the convertable [Or when the child's eye are level with the top of the seat; say the installation instructions], and is just on 14kgs now- but we still have to put her in something.

Sandi - posted on 06/24/2010

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Carole -where i live the 5 point harness only goes up to 40lbs and my dd is 41 lbs she has to go in a booster seat and also its not 30 seconds longer to get 5 points harness buckled when u have to take taxis around everywhere and cant leave ur carseat left in the taxis and have to unbuckle it everytime ya get in and out of the taxis lol

Sandi - posted on 06/24/2010

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i havn't switched my dd to the booster seat yet but im going to very soon she weighs 41 lbs and super tall she is the size of a 4 year old

Shaundra - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter is riding in a booster seat. She is 3 and weighs 38 lbs. I just went ahead and bought that one because she outgrew the other one. This way I can just take the back off when she gets too tall for this one.

Carole - posted on 06/13/2010

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I don't understand why people are in such a rush to get children out of their 5 point harness car seats, So, it takes 30 seconds longer to get them ready for the trip, I think they are worth it. Requirements stated are only the minimum, so why would you only want minimum safety for your child. Our seat goes up to 65 pounds and 48 inches high, for the 5 point harness and I plan on using it as long as possible, then we can go to 120 pounds for the booster with the same seat, and have the option to use high or low back. Go with keeping you child safe.

Dana - posted on 05/30/2010

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my kids are in the Graco Nautilus and will be in the 5 point harness until they exceed the weigh limit. Booster seats aren't safe for 3 year olds as usually the weight is borderline of the minimum side. your kid has to be at least 30lbs to use and i don't remember how tall...but im a HUGE supporter of extended harnassing. its the safest.

Leslie - posted on 05/27/2010

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I switched my Daughter to a booster she's almost 40 lbs. She loves it so much better plus her car seat was getting way to tight for her

Carole - posted on 05/26/2010

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Absolutely, we ahve a five point harness for up to 65 pounds and will use it as long as possible, she may be 8 by the time she hits 65 pounds, lol, but like I said as long as possible. A lot of irresponsible drivers out there

Vette - posted on 05/21/2010

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We are using a high back booster, my daughter is 3, but she weighs 52 lbs and is 38 inches tall.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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our son turned 3 in january and I know he will be in a booster before next year. His brother however was much lighter at his age. He is 5 now. I can't wait until the little guy is finally in a booster seat!

Aimee - posted on 05/20/2010

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We moved to the Britax Frontier 85, it has the 5 point harness but converts to a belt positioning high back booster as DD gets bigger. It has cup holders and arm rests, like the boosters, so it's similar to big brother's booster but still gives her the safety of the 5 point harness...and gives Mommy and Daddy peace of mind, too!

Cathy - posted on 05/05/2010

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I live in Nova Scotia and according to the laws here, my son will be in a car seat until he is at least 44 lbs. And then he's in a booster seat until he is 9 years old or 4 ft 9 in. The child's safety link with the IWK has set new boundries. It certainly makes the kids safer.

Nicole - posted on 04/22/2010

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Rules in my state are 4 yrs 40 lbs 40 inches; so we're not quite there yet. Seems like life is easier with a booster but I still feel safer with him in a car seat!

Rebecca - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son is still in a car seat with the 3 point harness. He dosnt complain about it as its all he has known, besides he has no say in it anyway. Its much safer. He is 40 inches but only 27lbs so he has a ways to go yet before hes in a booster.

Sara - posted on 01/27/2010

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Check your seat and your laws. I know from experience that keeping them in a car seat longer is better. My husband was a tow truck driver and is now a truck driver. Car seat all till above 45 or above the height requirement for the car seat. All my car seats went to 60 ILB for the harness. Also booster seat with shoulder strap adjuster is best. We use those kinds. I wish you all safe travels.

Michelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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We moved our daughter to a booster seat when i was pregnant so that she would get accustomed to being in the seat and not get upset when she sees the baby in the car seat, but recently she has learned to unhook herself from the booster seat so i'm a little unsure as to a good way to secure her now because she can also unbuckle the car seat.

Esme - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yes, I have twins and they are still in their car seats. Must admit that we have purchased booster seats for our second vehicle which we normally travel in if we go on any long(er) distance travel. My son is a little bit smaller thatn my daughter and he is still a bit more comfortable in his car seat that in the booster chair.

I think you should let your child's wheigh and size be the deciding factor.

Emma - posted on 01/17/2010

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In the uk the advice is to use the forward facing car seat until the child is 40lbs or the top of their head is over the back of the seat, then its ok to move onto a booster seat, my sons a little bruiser so don't think it will be too long before he's on a booster!

Diane - posted on 01/13/2010

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I just started a booster seat for one of my boys! He is 34lbs and over three feet tall. The car seat was not fitting him anymore. I love the booster it is so much easier to use from car to car.

Danielle - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son is 3 and he is still in a car seat. Depending on where you are at there is a height and weight requirement for a booster seat and I believe it's 40lbs AND 40in but it has to be both requirements...at least for ohio, but you can call the fire dept. (yes the fire department) and they can most likely tell you, at least in ohio they install car seats for free so someone there should know otherwise try to call your local baby specialty store like babies r us

Karen - posted on 01/13/2010

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we use a booster which has the 5 piont safety harness. i put my son in it at about18 months cause we were expecting our second child. its from 8kg to 26kg. (17lb - 57lb) its adjustible, so it doesn't matter how tall your child is.

Traci - posted on 01/11/2010

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I moved my older son to a booster when he hit 40 lbs because that was the weight limit for his 5 pt harness. My younger one, at about 32 lbs, is still in his 5 pt harness. The 5 pt is safer so I recommend keeping them in that until they hit the limits for the 5 pt. Then go to a booster. A high-back, belt positioning booster is recommended unless the child is exceptionally tall. The belt positioning part is needed to make sure the sholder strap falls at the right spot on their shoulder. It should be right in the middle, halfway between the neck and the edge of the shoulder. If it's up by the ear, or falling off the shoulder, it's positioned wrong and can be dangerous in an accident.

Brandi - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son weighs over 40 lbs so i put him in a booster seat, if your child is smaller than that i would stick with a car seat.

Paula - posted on 01/11/2010

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Car seat but def thinking about changing into a booster. My son is probably 36lbs & looks soo uncomfortable in his seat so I might change. I'm gonna check w/ his pedi next month.

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

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Where I am its the law where we have to have them in a car seat until they are 4 yrs or 40lbs so my daughter wont be going in to a boaster seat until next year as she is still only 25lbs.

Kelly - posted on 01/10/2010

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I'd stay with thecar seat so much safer, i put my son in a booster while on vacation and it didnt work at al to much frreedom he was trying to constantly unhook himself and wasnt secure in the seat to well even when hooked

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