rear facing, to front facing to booster

Bianca - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter ALWAYS has her arms out of her seat belt, and i tighten the straps but than it is way too tight and it scares me as she is always leaning forward and trying to push herself out, and im worried if we are ever in a car accident (touch wood) that she will be hurt as she is not strapped in propably, so the QUESTION is, at what age can i put her in the booster car seats, not the ones she sits on for height, but the ones with the sides, simler to a carseat but not as much and pretty basic, but you can buy the seatbelt harness to go with it, that hooks to the seatbelt strap at the back of the car. I cant seems to find the information im looking for...

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Crystal - posted on 01/26/2011

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how old and how big is your daughter they need to be at least 4yrs and 40 pounds for a booster

Lindsay - posted on 11/14/2009

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The rule for tightening the harness straps is that you want to be able to put a finger between the strap and her body and have no extra space. If there is more room than the one finger the carseat won't function correctl if something were to happen. Also make sure the chest clip is at armpit level. She should be in a rearfacing convertible til she weighs 35 pounds and then turn the seat forward until she weighs 65 pounds. She should not be put into a seat belt booster before she weighs 65 pounds it is to dangerous.

Betty - posted on 11/12/2009

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Just get one of those clips that hold the harness in place at the chest (or make one). If you put her in a booster seat she will likely climb right out of it while you are on the freeway.

Danielle - posted on 11/12/2009

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babies should stay in rear facing car seats untill they are one year then they can go to forward facing seats, then they go to boosters when they are in kindergarten (thats the law in mo). my friend has this same problem with her son taking his arms out while she is driving. she went out and got a small pillow case and cut the ends and put them over the straps in front and her son stopped getting his arms out.

April - posted on 11/12/2009

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1 year -and- 30 punds here in South Carolina. Your state may be different though. You could go to your local Babies R Us or baby store and they should know there.

Danielle - posted on 11/12/2009

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All seats have different recommendations. In PA a child must be 50 lbs. or 5 yrs old to be in a booster. What you need to do is explain to your daughter that it's very important to have her seat belt on ALWAYS! Show a good example by wearing your own. When she does take her arms out, pullover and fix it. Tell her she cannot ride in the car unless she is buckled properly. This is something you need to be forceful about, only because it does involve safety. Be persistent! Never let her get away with it, because she will want that exception as often as possible. It may take time, but she will give in eventually.

Elle - posted on 11/11/2009

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In most states the law is 1 year old. Most car seat manufacturers go by weight and height - around 25lbs and 27 inches, I think. I would go to the store and just look on the size recomendations on different car seats.

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