car seats?

Beccie - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my 3yr old sits lovely in the car was wonderin wen she can sit in just a booster seat is there an age-height margin? thanx

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Children should remain in car seats with 5-point harnesses as long as possible. There is no safer way for a child to travel in a car than rear facing. Some 3 year olds still fall into the category to ride rear facing in certain car seats, regardless of how long their legs are. If rear facing is not an option than forward facing with a 5 point harness is a must. Many car seat manufacturers allow a child to use the harness until they weigh 65 lbs. That is how a child should ride regardless of what the state laws say. If you don't believe me look up crash test videos on youtube for car seats. You will be horrified about what happens to a child in only a booster seat....avoid it as long as possible!!!!

Cate - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi,

In Australia you now have to have children up to the age of 7 in a booster seat. My kids are 7 and nearly 11 they are in built in booster seats and they have five point harness. I am going to keep them in the harnesses as long as I can as we had a car crash and it saved them.

Hope this helps.

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Crystal - posted on 03/12/2011

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just curious how big was your 3yr old most boosters go up to 80-100lbs and 53-57in

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Based on learning from a highway patrolman on the side of the road - your best bet is to contact your local authorities (police, fire, DHS, etc) and ask them what the state laws require. My daughter was 3 when I HAD to remove her from booster seats. I spent 30 minutes arguing with the patrolman who pulled me over, because she had outgrown all booster and child-car seats. It was finally determined, after he radioed back to the dispatcher (who had to consult the "manual"), that it is a height/weight minimum, and she was double both state minimums. I received a strong apology from that officer, but I wasn't about to be ticketed for endangering my child, simply put: If you can find a carseat that she can fit in, sir, I'd be happy to utilize it.

Jacki - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Beccie, I Googled your area for car seat requirements. It looks like they did place a law in requiring any child under 4'5" to be in at least a booster. It does vary from state to state & country to country (manufacturer designs as well). I switched my oldest from 5pt harness to booster with full back seat belt when he was 4yrs & removed the back from it when he hit 60lbs. I am sure your local police can minimum requirements as they will be the ones that will have you in violation. Good Luck.

Cindy - posted on 02/04/2010

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I'm agree with Michelle and Rebecca, I bought a 5 point harmess to my daughter too (sunshine Radian-80 lbs)
My daughter's friends are using booster seats already and she was complained about her car seat and I just told her that I din't care about another kids, I care about my kids and that I bought the expensive car sear because I wantto be sure that she is safer and now she says that to her friends and doesn't care anymore, she likes her carseat.
Watch the video that Rebecca told you, I watched it in you tube, I don't like booster seats.

Neysha - posted on 02/04/2010

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Boosters are for children over 40 lbs, but you still need to judge and see if she is too small for the car's seat belt- see if the belt sits nicely over her shoulder or if it comes up under her chin and is tight around her neck. Safety is the 1st thing, if she sits comfortably in the regular car seat, then it might be best to keep her there until it is uncomfortable.

Rebecca - posted on 02/03/2010

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I agree with Michelle, keep her in a 5 point harness as long as possible. I did a Google search when I was considering the same question & this video I saw greatly influenced me to stay with the 5-point harness: http://www.vimeo.com/2994502 I ended up getting the Sunshine Kids Radian 65 carseat, which you can keep your child in until they are 65 lbs. They actually now have one that goes up to 80 lbs, but I think by the time my kids weigh 80 lbs they may be able to be tall enough to be in a regular seatbelt. My 5 year old can buckle in & unbuckle herself on her own now, so you won't be stuck doing that part forever :)

Brittany - posted on 02/03/2010

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i live in va and my 4 year old and soon to be 7 year old both ride in a booster seat! my son likes it much better then the regular carseat that he just got out of!

Danielle - posted on 02/03/2010

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My 6 year old still sits in a regular car seat. In Pa they have to be either 4" 6 or 40 lbs and he is neither to be in a booster yet. I wouldn't worry to much about it. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Regardless of how lovely she sits in a car, a car accident isn't bias. Laws are the minimum requirement which are not always the best recommendation. While your out and about, have a look at the guides found on the back of the car seats/booster seats, depending on the manufacture style and brand and see which best suits your daughters saftey.

Michelle - posted on 02/02/2010

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Where I live in Canada its 40 lbs AND 40 inches before they can be in a booster seat. It all depends on where you live like other moms said.

Holly - posted on 02/02/2010

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I use a booster seat for my 3 year old and my 6 year old...of course I did this because when my 3 year old was growing out of her car seat ...I had no where near the money to buy a five point harness. I know it is safer and the safety of our children should never be compromised, but honestly I would have had to buy a booster in the next year anyhow. I hope this helps.

Joanne - posted on 02/01/2010

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Where I live the weight requirement is 40lbs. My son is 4 and weighs in at 35lbs, he hates the car seat..i'll be getting him a booster soon.

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Each state/province has it's own rules. For a booster though the general guideline is 4 years old and 40 pounds. I think there is a height requirement too, but I can't think of it off hand. Each booster seat is also marked with it's own requirements.

Tabb - posted on 02/01/2010

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It probably depends on your state. In VA they have to be 4 and weigh so much, and be so tall. My 4 year old is in a booster, but my 2 year old is still in the reg. car seat. My 2 year old weighs just as much as my 4 year old and is just 2 inches shorter, but by law, he still has 2 years to go before he can be in a booster.

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