What age/weight do children typically switch to booster seats?

Heidi - posted on 07/04/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 3 in two weeks and she's dying to ride in a booster seat like her friends but she is petite, only 26lbs and I want to keep her in the infant seat until 40lbs like the manual says, but that could be a long time from now. Does anyone know the height/weight requirements for booster seats?

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Laura - posted on 09/07/2011

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Safekids.org has quite a bit of useful information regarding car seats and booster seats.

Brandee - posted on 07/14/2011

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I got the Graco Nautilius for Brandon after he turned one. Kids can be harnessed in it until they are 65 lbs. and I plan on using it with a harness for as long as I can. He is very comfortable in the seat and never fights about getting into it. Now he even like to latch the chest buckle himself. Also, he can not get out of it at all. My niece is 9, but she is only about 42 lbs. and not yet 4'9" tall. Kids should use a booster until they are 4'9" tall because that is when the regular car seat will hit them in the correct places. IMO 3 year old is way to young to rely on the cars regular seatbelts to restrain the child even if a booster is used. I would recommend using the 5 point harness as long as possible, but everyone has an opinion. Good luck.

Jessi - posted on 07/12/2011

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your child should be 40lbs before she's out of the harness on the car seat. especially if she is petite!!!! my son is 3, and tall... i thought i bought a great car seat but turns out that some harnesses are more adjustable than others, and ill have to buy ANOTHER seat for him just to fit his size. its a pain... but especially if she is small, you should really stick with the seat with the harness. a seatbelt just wont protect her the right way and could cause more damage in the event of an accident. i hope this helps :)

Crystal - posted on 07/07/2011

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You could give your local police station a call and they should be able to tell you that information or maybe even the fire station, you could also do research on line to find that information out, some states are different. I know here in GA they just raised the age limit from 6 to 8 as far as needing to be in a booster seat... Hope this helps! :)

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Penny - posted on 10/04/2011

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I know its 40lbs because my 5 year old is 38lb and still waiting for a booster! I keep telling to to eat really well and in 2 more lbs she'll be in a booster too! Its not worth chancing their safetly for something like that.

Christi - posted on 10/04/2011

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first you should go to your local police/fire department to ask this question. If they are not able to answer this question they will give you the information of where to go to get the answers. Our town used to hold child safety seat checks to let you know if your child was in the right safety system. If you live in Maine here is the website to go to to find out what the law is: http://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/

Denise - posted on 09/07/2011

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Use the car seat with the harness. Your child is too small to be in a booster. What is more important your child's safety or you not hearing the whine about the seat.
Ps my daughter is 6 and just in a booster. She complained all the time however I was not going to risk her safety as well as the rest of the family

Tara - posted on 08/14/2011

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My car seat goes up to 65 bls and Jared is fine with being in it so I will keep using as long as I can.

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