My son outgrew his car seat. Is it too early to put him in a booster seat?!

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Danielle - posted on 04/10/2010

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My son is 2 but is the size of a 3-4 yr old we had to put him in a booster seat because he was just far too big for the carseat... you can get the fully moulded booster seats that can be used with either an ordinary seat belt or a harness the connects to the bolt in your car i found that best cuz it stops him being strangled by the seat belt

Lindsay - posted on 04/10/2010

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The law to move a child to a booster is 40 pounds but they also must be tall enough. Research after many children dying shows that children under 65 pounds MUST be in a 5 point harness. The research has also proven that children should still be rearfacing until they are 35 pounds.
1. rearface until 35 pounds
2. forward face harnessed until 65 pounds
3. booster until the child is 80 pounds AND 4 feet 9 inches

Here is the link to the booster seat crash test. It shows how the child actually comes out of the seat belt while the harnessed child stays safe in there seat.


Please don't put your son in a booster! His life is A LOT more important than the conveinance of a booster!! They make a lot of seats now that allow the higher weight capacity.

My daughter is in a Britax Boulevard which allows her to follow all the new carseat safety info.

Yes I am a self proclaimed sarseat nut!

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2011

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You can get what's called a "stage 3" convertible car seat also called a high back convertible booster. It's rated for 22- 40 lbs with the 5 point harness and up to 100 lbs with the car lap belt. It has a back. Check the laws in your state. Most states have an age, weight, and height requirement for each type of seat.

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2010

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Your child is over 40 lbs at 2 years 8 months?? Children should be in carseats until 40 lbs or higher depending on the carseat limits. It depends on your state laws on how long a child has to stay in a booster seat.

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Lakynn - posted on 01/11/2014

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Where can you find a seat with a 5 point harness that has a weight rating over 40 lbs because I can't find one and my daughter has been over 40 lbs and over 41 inches tall since she turned two and she won't be three until April. I was told it is absolutely unsafe to have a child in a harness if they weigh too much for it and I cannot find a seat with a higher than 40 lb weight ratio for the harness anywhere. Even the seat she has goes up to 110 lbs but the harness goes to 40

Crystal - posted on 03/12/2011

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emma you dont use a car seat at all or you just dont use a 5point harness because i'm pretty sure no matter where you live it's against the law not to have a child that young in a car seat not to mention very unsafe

Shanna - posted on 04/14/2010

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How tall is your child and what is his weight and age?



my daughter is 3 1/2 and is still in a 5 point harness 41" and 33lbs Hers is a convertable carseat and goes up to 52" and 100lbs.

Lindsay - posted on 04/14/2010

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To use a bottom only booster the child has to beatleast 40 inches tall. Yes the seat may say 30 pounds they also MUST be tall enough. According to the packaging with the Graco booster that MINIMUM height is 40 inches.

Michelle - posted on 04/13/2010

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You would have to check the laws in your area but it all down to weight and height. Even my 5 yr old isn't in just a booster seat alone. She has one with the back as well so it guides the seat belt so it fits round her prop.

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2010

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My stepmom bought my son a booster seat with no back, just the seat part. I don't think he's big enough to be sitting in that yet. I mean what if we get in a car accident and we are hit on his side? This booster seat says 30-100 lbs but I don't even like him to be sitting in it too long because as soon as he falls asleep, his head just flops from side to side from not having anything to support it.

Ashley - posted on 04/11/2010

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It depends on the laws for your state but all car seats have weight and height limits. With my oldest he out grew his rear facing at 10 months by height and my youngestout grew his by 11 1/2 months because of his height.

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2010

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If you child weighs enough to be put in a booster then yes you can put him in a booster seat early. I have a high back booster/car seat for my son that you can use a regular seat belt with. I know when my son was in an infant car seat he outgrew it in length before he did weight and his pediatrician told me to keep him in til he got to 20lbs.

Adrianna - posted on 04/11/2010

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if ur child is heavy enough to use a High back booster then yes but u want to make sure it has the back, my son has been in High back booster since he was lil over 2 because he is large for his size no obese but in the 100th percential, but it has to be HIGH BACK Booster because their backs arnt ready for not having support behind then if ur in an accident

Jen - posted on 04/09/2010

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Most states have laws about either a certain weight limit or an age. In Florida by law the child has to be in a car seat until age 3. There are car seats that turn into boosters that you can use the 5-point harness until 40lbs. and then you use the car seat belt. Most of those type of seats go from 20-100lbs. My daughter has one from Evenflo. I personally will not use a booster seat (high back or low back) until my daughter has hit 40 lbs. I think she'll be almost 4 before that happens considering she's 28 months and only 28 lbs. I prefer having my child in a car seat as long as possible and then a booster seat until she's tall enough. I have no problem with my child still being in booster when she starts school. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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Thank you all for posting. Kami, I was looking at a few of those but didn't know if I should get it or not. I know some booster seats say 35 lbs and I have seen a couple that say 30-100 lbs also.

Nicole - posted on 04/09/2010

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Check your state laws for one and for two, they make toddler car seat in all sizes and they have some that go from toddler car seat that uses your car's seatbelt (doesn't have a seperate one) to booster seat. You may want to look into one of those. It all depends on the age and weight or your child.

Kami - posted on 04/09/2010

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as long as he meets the weight and height limit i don't see why not. my son is two and he is now in a booster seat. the best one is the tow in one. it has the upper back support and when he turns four or five you can take it off and just have the bottom.

Chauntel - posted on 04/09/2010

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It depends on your state laws and regulations. Here in New York your child needs to be 40 lbs. in order to be in one. It used to be 3 and up can be in a booster seat, but now it's changed. I would look into your state dmv, it should tell you there.

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010

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Personally I would not do a booster seat with a child under the age of 3 yrs. Many rear facing/forward facing seats that have higher weight limits. Many booster seats will say at least 35-40 pounds, which is usually when a child is about 3 years old. Most don't give a age requirement, but for me not sure if I would feel comfortable with having a child younger than 3 yrs in a booster. Less protection for a younger child.

Emma - posted on 04/09/2010

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My daughter hasn't been in a car seat for nearly a yr now and she turns 3 in June

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