does anyone know how old kids have to be to switch to a highback booster?

Amy - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son is 30lbs and going to be 3 this month and my daughter is going to be 1. I wanted to move her to his seat and get him a highback booster that he can use till he's 8 or whatever. I stopped at the police station and asked about the regulations but they didn't know!

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Adf0905 - posted on 06/03/2009

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I think it varies from state to state. You should be able to find the laws about car seats for your state online. But remember it's safest to keep them in a 5 point harness for as long as their height and weight allows!

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Crystal - posted on 05/09/2011

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most states have a law of 4yrs AND 40lbs at just 3 and 30lbs he is to small and although some boosters say 3 and 30lbs doesn't mean it's safer the safest is to keep him in his harness untill he maxes out the limits on it and the baby should stay RF as long as possible my 6yr old is stillin a 5 point harness at 44lbs 45in and my 21 month old 24lbs 32in is still RF saftey 1st comfort and conveince last

Jen - posted on 06/03/2009

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I know my daughter has a forward facing to high back booster car seat and it says to keep the 5-point harness until 35 lbs. It all depends on the seat, but most I've seen are 30-35lbs. You could always consider getting a seat like that because they go from 20-100 lbs. The one we have is an Evenflo, but I think Graco and Eddie Bauer make them too.

If you did want to look up the car seat law in your state you can google search it and then send the law makers an e-mail fro clarification. I know here in Florida they have to be 3 to be in a booster, but it doesn't clarify high back or no back booster. I'm surprised the police department didn't know.

Michelle - posted on 06/03/2009

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where I live (Canada) its 40 lbs AND 40 inches before they can be moved out of the 5 point harness into a booster seat.

Laura - posted on 06/03/2009

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I have heard as long as they are 1 years old and over 20lbs you can put your child in a regular front facing car seat. Your son should be fine. Alot of times if you just call the manufacture whoever made your car seats will actually let you know the regualtions for your state, because I did that the one time because I forgot my daughters front facing carseat in my husbands car and all I had was the infant carrier and I asked them if it was alright for my 13 month old daughter who only weighs 16lbs at the time they said it was ok for me to still have her in it, and actually they said the infant carrier can carry a child up to 25lbs, the one I had. Or you can go of course on the internet and found out what your states regulations are for car saftey for you children.

Kelly - posted on 06/03/2009

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It's not about age it's about weight and height. Most boosters say 30 lbs, but check the side of the booster it will tell you the min. weight requirement for that particular booster seat. Also your child has to be tall enough that the seat belt strap falls acroos the shoulder and chest properly. If he's not tall enough yet you'll have to wait until he is. Booster seats are a wonderful change... at least it was for my oldest (soon to be 4) he hated the car seat and it was a battle to get him strapped in. Now he feels like a big boy and doesn't fight me on it. Best of luck!

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