12 month old in belt-positioning booster seat?!

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So a friend of mine's baby just turned a year old and she posted a picture of him in a booster seat with a seat belt... He's the same size as my 19 month old but I can't even imagine having her in a seat belt booster seat yet....



Is it even legal for a toddler that young to be out of a 5 point harness already?



ETA: (It's the kind with the high back... but still, it seems WAY too young to me.)

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Carlie - posted on 10/23/2011

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If a cop stopped her she would get a fine as it would be called 'not properly restrained'

Carlie - posted on 10/23/2011

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WTF!!! Absolutely not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 My child is 19 months and on the larger and heavier side and he DEF won't be in a booster like this UNITL at LEAST 4 years old!!

Shannon - posted on 10/19/2011

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I know in the state of FL where I live it is back facing till 1 year old AND 20 lbs in a 5 point harness till 40 lbs and (I think) 5 years old.

My doc has told me that if you can push those ages longer then do so because it is safer. My 7 year old little sister is just over 40 lbs and still sits in a 5 point, my mom's out look on it is she fits, it's safer and Faith doesn't mind so why not. She does have one of the smaller booster seats that works with the seat belt, but that is ion my car and that is only because there is not enough room with an infant carrier and 5 point seat for my 4 month old and 19 month old.

Good luck in trying to reach out to the friend.

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Janice - posted on 10/28/2011

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Considering the recommendation for SAFETY is now to stay in a rear facing seat for 2 years I think it is extremely irresponsible to put a one year old in a booster even if the law in your state hasn't caught up to the recommendation. If they were in an accident the chance of internal decapitation is fairly high for a young child so poorly restrained.

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I sent her a message on Facebook (I don't have her number and I live out of town) and she hasn't responded or anything. She has posted stuff since then so she had to have seen it. I at least expected her to message me back telling me to mind my own business. I'm assuming she just doesn't care.



ETA: Yeah, I just looked at the child seat laws for her state... At least 4 years and 40 pounds. *facepalm*

User - posted on 10/18/2011

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Most booster seats recommendations are 3 years and 30 lbs from manufacturer - not to mention state laws - boosters are NOT car seats!

Margaret - posted on 10/16/2011

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my daughter has just gone in to a seat belt booster seat but she is four years old. i use a five point harness seat for my son who is 18mths old, there is no way i would put him in a seat belt booster seat until he is four years old. in new zealand we have to use a five point harness seat until the kids are at a certain age to move into a seat belt booster, which is round 4yrs old.

Nicole - posted on 10/16/2011

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State laws are usually 3yrs and 30lbs to be able to use a booster seat....look up your state website and search for carseat laws there, they should have them ( I know California does) good luck changing her mind, that is soooo dangerous :(

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oh my goodness, you need to inform her that a 12 month unless 30lbs should be in a five point harness faceing backward in the backseat. if something were to happen and no one told her that would be very bad.state law is 12 months old and 30lbs can face forward. But if they are just 12 months and 25 pounds they have to still face backwards. it is against the law. and is child endangerment if someone else was to see and tellon her.

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Yeah... I know, but I was just wondering if there were any laws about how long you should keep a toddler in a 5 point harness. I couldn't find anything online. People seem to be incredibly lazy when it comes to getting their kid in the car... and don't care about the safety because they just don't think an accident will happen to them.

I was wondering if I had a law or something that could back me up when I say something...

Melissa - posted on 10/13/2011

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OMG SOOOO dangerous! They should be rear-facing until two...Have her you tube videos of what could happen. The child's neck and spine simply is not strong enough for that!!!!

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