is 28 months to young to be in a booster seat? if your child does not like the car seat?

Megan - posted on 06/06/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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my 28 month old son dislikes his car seat? but he is only 27.8 lbs ? to early to put him in a booster? or would it be harder for us ?

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Crystal - posted on 05/15/2011

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yes 28 months is way to young for a booster seat the minimum is 4yrs AND 40lbs my 21 month old is still RF and my 6yr old is still in a 5 point harness

Megan - posted on 05/15/2011

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I was just told at our 1 yr check up that I should keep my daughter rear facing until she is 24 mths.

Cari - posted on 05/14/2011

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They have the little padded shoulder straps for car seats...If it only seems to be the straps you could try those first maybe that will make it more comfortable...an other thing is adjusting the straps to a higher hole on the car seat (if you haven't already) If you have to buy another car seat, I would check out convertible ones that change into booster seats..so in a couple years when he is ready for the booster you won't have to go out and buy ANOTHER car seat...:) Good Luck!

Crystal - posted on 05/09/2011

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yes it is way to early the minimum is 4yrs AND 40lbs which is also the law in most states it is extremly unsafe to put him in a booster at his age his bones are not storng enough he stillneeds a full harness my almost 6yr old is only 42lbs and is still in a full harness seat at his age a regular seat belt would not hold him and if you were to get hit hecould be thrown from his seat please go on youtube and reaserch boosters versus 5point harness my almost 2yr old 24lbs 32in is still RF

Geralyn - posted on 06/12/2009

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Allison is absolutely correct. Just because at some point you can legally turn around a rear-facing seat or move the child into a booster seat does not mean that it is safe for your child. The laws provide for a minimum standard, and frankly I am not willing to follow the minimum standard for anything when it comes to the safety of my child. If you were ever in an accident and your child were seriously injured or killed, I can assure you that you will not have peace of mind that you were following the legal requirements.



Recently the recommendations dramatically changed with regard to when you should turn around your rear-facing seat,while the laws in the US still say 20 lbs and 1 year. I had just turned my son around to forward-facing. Its was actually through several knowledgeable moms on here that I learned of the recommendation, and I immediately, without hesitation, turned my son's seat back around. He did not care in the least. And I know that if we ever get in an accident, I will have maximized his safety.



If you have never been in a car accident, it is one of the scariest experiences. The force that impact at even a moderate speed is incredible. The smallest object becomes a projectile. That force on such a little body can do such harm.

Kerry - posted on 06/11/2009

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i looked this up the other day and the law is they can aged 3.. the law doesnt specifie the weight on the sight i was on, i just did a search , "booster seat laws" and found the info..

Adf0905 - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:



Quoting Allison:




Quoting leah:

my 21 month old son it too tall for his baby seat and the straps dont fit him, he weighs 15kgs and i have put him in a booster seat that has wings and a head rest.
The harnesses are too short but i found one that attatches to a retractable belt. It brings the chest sash down so it does not dig into his neck. The only concern i have with this set up is that he can fidget, so i have to be vigilant, but otherwise if your child is too big for his baby seat i would say move him up if you think its time.

Remember you are the best judge of what is right for your child.







How tall is your son? Many convertible car seats are built to keep the child in a 5 point harness until they're 5-6 years old. Of course, some 6 year olds are bigger than others, but the average 5-6 year old should be able to fit in a 5 point harness. I really encourage you to look in to the safety of a 5 point harness vs just a seat belt. Google Kyle David Miller and watch the video!









I don't really understand how this fits into the discussion. The seat belt didn't work. It's a car malfunction, and if his daughter's didn't work, she would have been killed. I get that a harness would have helped, but I don't get why they sell booster seats and why safety tests are put out and reviewed if they aren't safe.





Because boosters aren't made for 2 year olds and their small frames. Nor are adult seat belts. There are safety tests, but do they test them on the equivalent of a 2 year old? No, they test them on larger dummies. There are also laws regarding booster seats and there are height and weight requirements in the handbook of boosters. Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's the safest. That video does fit in to the discussion, because those who are moving their child to a booster seat at a young age/size need to know what can happen. Yea....the seat belt didn't work. It was a car malfunction. That doesn't mean their car won't malfunction during an accident. I'm just making sure she's aware of the dangers.

Kimberly - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Allison:



Quoting leah:

my 21 month old son it too tall for his baby seat and the straps dont fit him, he weighs 15kgs and i have put him in a booster seat that has wings and a head rest.
The harnesses are too short but i found one that attatches to a retractable belt. It brings the chest sash down so it does not dig into his neck. The only concern i have with this set up is that he can fidget, so i have to be vigilant, but otherwise if your child is too big for his baby seat i would say move him up if you think its time.

Remember you are the best judge of what is right for your child.





How tall is your son? Many convertible car seats are built to keep the child in a 5 point harness until they're 5-6 years old. Of course, some 6 year olds are bigger than others, but the average 5-6 year old should be able to fit in a 5 point harness. I really encourage you to look in to the safety of a 5 point harness vs just a seat belt. Google Kyle David Miller and watch the video!





I don't really understand how this fits into the discussion. The seat belt didn't work. It's a car malfunction, and if his daughter's didn't work, she would have been killed. I get that a harness would have helped, but I don't get why they sell booster seats and why safety tests are put out and reviewed if they aren't safe.

Geralyn - posted on 06/10/2009

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I talked with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician yesterday, because I had my son's convertible car seat checked. Sunshinekids Radian 80 makes a 5-pt harness convertible car seat that goes up to 80 lbs. There are car seats out there that are comfortable and that provide the safety protections that can meet the older or larger children's needs. So the idea of "too big" is no longer an issue.

Kate - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting leah:

my 21 month old son it too tall for his baby seat and the straps dont fit him, he weighs 15kgs and i have put him in a booster seat that has wings and a head rest.
The harnesses are too short but i found one that attatches to a retractable belt. It brings the chest sash down so it does not dig into his neck. The only concern i have with this set up is that he can fidget, so i have to be vigilant, but otherwise if your child is too big for his baby seat i would say move him up if you think its time.

Remember you are the best judge of what is right for your child.


I'm sorry, I disaggree with this.  Not when it's the safety of your child!



Your 'best judgement' needs to include research and safety requirements.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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http://www.kyledavidmiller.org/



Watch the video and hear thier story and know they are not alone! A five point harness is the way to go until any child has grown out of the manufactures standards, regardless of the law. The laws doe not always keep up with the research.

Adf0905 - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting leah:

my 21 month old son it too tall for his baby seat and the straps dont fit him, he weighs 15kgs and i have put him in a booster seat that has wings and a head rest.
The harnesses are too short but i found one that attatches to a retractable belt. It brings the chest sash down so it does not dig into his neck. The only concern i have with this set up is that he can fidget, so i have to be vigilant, but otherwise if your child is too big for his baby seat i would say move him up if you think its time.

Remember you are the best judge of what is right for your child.


How tall is your son? Many convertible car seats are built to keep the child in a 5 point harness until they're 5-6 years old. Of course, some 6 year olds are bigger than others, but the average 5-6 year old should be able to fit in a 5 point harness. I really encourage you to look in to the safety of a 5 point harness vs just a seat belt. Google Kyle David Miller and watch the video!

Leah - posted on 06/10/2009

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my 21 month old son it too tall for his baby seat and the straps dont fit him, he weighs 15kgs and i have put him in a booster seat that has wings and a head rest.

The harnesses are too short but i found one that attatches to a retractable belt. It brings the chest sash down so it does not dig into his neck. The only concern i have with this set up is that he can fidget, so i have to be vigilant, but otherwise if your child is too big for his baby seat i would say move him up if you think its time.



Remember you are the best judge of what is right for your child.

Anita - posted on 06/10/2009

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Depending on where u live..need to check the laws..the below applies to Australia, Victoria, Melbourne...



New rules for using child restraints and booster seats

From 9 November 2009 there will be some changes to Victoria’s road safety rules. These changes include new rules for the use of child restraints and booster seats in vehicles and will help parents and carers ensure their children are in the safest child restraint or booster seat for their age.



The new rules for using child restraints and booster seats

Starting 9 November 2009, children under seven years of age must wear a child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a car for improved safety.



The type of restraint will depend on the age of the child as follows:



Children aged under six months must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint

Children aged between six months and under four years must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint OR a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness

Children aged between four years and under seven must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness OR an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened.



There are also new laws for where children can sit in vehicles.

If a car has two or more rows of seats, then children under four years must not travel in the front seat

If all seats, other than the front seats, are being used by children under seven years, children aged between four and six years (inclusive) may travel in the front seat, provided they use an approved restraint or booster seat.

Cheryl - posted on 06/09/2009

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he needs the straps. try getting the covers for the straps to make them softer. my father works in the 911 center were we live and is always telling my girls that his friends like them to be buckeld right. maybe you can make it fun for him like if he gets in his seat like a good boy he can have a small treat. good luck and hope he stays safe

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Keep him in his car seat until he is at LEAST 4 years old. Please, his discomfort or annoyance is NOT worth more than his life.

Angela - posted on 06/09/2009

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It's also to protect them. Their bones are too fragile at that age and if there was an accident and they were not properly strapped in and protected their bones are easier to break.

Megan - posted on 06/08/2009

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yeah most of them say like 40lbs ,hes only 28 lbs and 2 ft 10 so yah he is kind of small hell be 28months the 18th of this month,but maby ill try looking at some differnt ones and go from there maby a new seat might help..hes is doing the same thing well pulling his arms threw the straps and tryin to un hook it ,thanks :)

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I don't think so at all! You need to get online and look up the credentials for the State you live in and their take on the age limits. We decided to buy a booster for our son a little after he turned 2 because he had learned how to unhook his safety harness in his seat. Granted, it took awhile to get him so that he wouldn't unhook the seatbelt on his booster seat, but now we hardly have any issues at all.



When it comes to size, check the boxes at the store you decide to buy your booster from and see if he meets the criteria. Our son is a little over 3 feet tall and about 37 pounds last we checked and will be 3 in October.



Good luck! :)

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From an EMT's point of view.....yes, it is too young and too small! Check the child safety laws in your state.

Megan - posted on 06/07/2009

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okie thanks :) ill def check it out maby look into getting him a new car seat nd let him pick it out ? LOL

Kathleen - posted on 06/07/2009

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I believe he weighs too little for him to go up in a booster seat. Most car seats go from the 30-60lbs I believe. As Ci Ci said check the weight requirements on the seats. Some of them can be researched online. I think he can be in convertible car seats or all in ones.
I know my all in one goes to 100 lbs. Let him know that and ci ci is right. He needs to wear it for safety just like mommy and daddy does. Check the position, the straps all of that to make sure it's fitted for his height.
We had that problem with the convertible car seat we have, the straps were for a shorter child and we had to move them because they were pinching him.

Adf0905 - posted on 06/07/2009

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Too young and too small! Check your local laws....I think most are 4 years or 40 lbs. But it's safest to keep him in a 5 point harness for as long as possible. Sometimes kids just have to deal with things they don't like!

I'd definitely look in to different car seats. My daughter's car seat has thick, soft covers over the straps, so she doesn't even know they're there.

Megan - posted on 06/07/2009

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thanks ,ill check it out !! he just dont like the straps on his shoulders,some times hes good some times hes worse ,maby trying a differnt car seat might work ,thanks

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Go to the local super store (lots of choices) and look at the weight & height requirements on the booster seats. There could also be applicable laws about age. But I'm pretty sure he's too young/small.



You could try different car seat. They're not all the same. Has he always disliked the car seat? Or just since you turned it around? Maybe he gets motion sickness? Or are the straps pinching/too tight? Is he lonely in the back seat? What about letting him personalize it with a couple of stickers?



But in any event, you're the parent and need to be the parent and tell him that he has to wear his seat belt all the time in the car - just like the grown-ups do.



Good luck with your detective work.

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