how long do kids stay in booster seats. my son is 7 and doing the but my friends dont sit in one.

Janell - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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i have a 7 year old about to go into 1st grade and he keeps saying he hates his booster seat. at what point do you have him sit in a normal car seat?

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Katrina - posted on 07/27/2009

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it depends on the laws of your state. In MN they have to be in a booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4'9".

Kristina - posted on 07/22/2009

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You should check with your state laws. Your local police department will beable to let you know the rules. In my state the children have to be atleast 60lbs before the don't need a booster seat.

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Tara - posted on 03/13/2011

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It depends where you live. In Canada, as of July 2008, your kid has to be 9 and 4' 11" before they can be out of the booster, and they aren't allowed to sit in the front passenger seat until they are 12.

Crystal - posted on 03/12/2011

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my daughter is 6 and will be in a booster far pst 8 i'm sure becausei feel she's safer in it she's 42lbs and 45in i kept all tree of my god kids in one until they were almost 10 because they were not tall enough the shoulder strap would go across there neck idc what the law says i care about whats safest for the child and the law doesn't always= safe

Becka - posted on 07/27/2009

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I do believe that depends on your state regulations, if your child is at the weight requirement then id let them go with out the booster if not i know that PA states booster till they are 8. hope this helps

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WA state says 8 yrs old or 4'9" which ever is first. You also have to keep your child in the back seat until age 13.

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On the label of my kids car seat it states a height limit which I can't remember but I know the weight is up to 100 lbs. Which I find odd because some small women weigh that much. My oldest; my son is eight and is about 60 lbs and is still in a booster I am not sure what the MN law requires. I am curious now so I am going to contact the local police or fire station to find out. Good question!

Robyn - posted on 07/25/2009

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I think it works on weight and hight my oldest was in a booster seat until he was about 8 because he was little, where as my middle son was only in one until he was 6.
I had a two piece seat for my kids and when they became self conscious about being in a booster I just removed the back and threw a blanket over it so no one knew it was there.

Angie - posted on 07/25/2009

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My 8 year old daughter is still in a booster seat. When her friends say that they're not in one, she says that it's safer for her to be in a booster seat and that we make her use one because we love her.

Chelsea - posted on 07/25/2009

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Eva 12 is how old a child should be to sit in the front seat not to be out of a booster seat.

Jodi - posted on 07/24/2009

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In Australia, it is generally 7 years old, (and I think 35kg). However, they have been looking at older, because many children this age don't fit properly in adult seat belts.

Eva - posted on 07/24/2009

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It seems as if they will be in booster seats until they drive......I think the size of the child counts...certain limits for weight and height requirements with seat belts. The last thing I heard was under 12.????? Not sure, that was in De.

Marta - posted on 07/22/2009

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Personally as soon as they outweigh it! So that would be 80 lbs. I'd keep him in the backseat until he's 12 since the impact of the airbag can kill him.

Heather - posted on 07/22/2009

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First of all, I have three boys, the oldest is 9 and the twins are 8. My DR states that they all are not of height requirement to be out of the booster. However, seeing that I have a small vehicle, there is no way I can put all three boys plus my baby on the way in my car if I were to do so. It is up to you what you do, because you could chance it like I do, but I have no other choice, as your friend might have no choice either. I always thought it was 8 or 80 lbs whichever first. However, they are now saying height and weight are what is important, so what about those little people or smaller people, are they supposed to be in one until they are 15 or what, I think the choice is up to the parents, but the law might not like your choice, it is up to you!

Stacey - posted on 07/22/2009

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My Son, is 7 and 52 lbs. The state allows them to be out of the booster at 50. He sits in the middle in the back seat.

Michelle - posted on 07/22/2009

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My 7 year old is in a hi pod car seat...basically i keep him in it because it is safer and i really dont care what other people are doing for their kids...i say keep him in it for as long as you feel comfortable...

Aisha - posted on 07/22/2009

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call the fire dept. here it is 8 and 80 lbs. plus they have to fit the seat belt like u do, no neck rubbing.

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It may vary depending on where you live but here in IN, the rule is 8 yrs old or 80 lbs. Most people I know let their kids stop using a booster at age 8 regardless of their weight. I prefer to go by the weight or height because 2 of my children are small and skinny so they are nowhere near 80 lbs at 8. I make them stay in until they are 80 lbs or until they are tall enough for the seat belt to rest easily on their shoulder (instead of naturally falling across their face). It's just safer.

Chelsea - posted on 07/22/2009

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A child in VT has to be 4 feet 9 inches fall to be out of a booster. This is the normal height for a child to be to use a seat belt properly and to have their knees bend over the edge of the seat while sitting back against the seat.

Mary - posted on 07/22/2009

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children have 2 to be 11 to stop using booster seats
but i live in the uk i this helps

M'Liss - posted on 07/22/2009

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The latest research shows that children should be tall enough to have the adult belt fit properly, most children should be able to sit back against the seat comfortably and fold legs at the knees at the edge of the seat, This is usually about 10. Also the seat belt must fit comfortably across the shoulder (never behind the child). Many booster seats accomodate 80 lbs, some go to 100lbs. Please tell your child that he is safer in his booster seat than his peers.

From a trained safety seat inspector in Alberta

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