Booster seat

Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a little girl who is turning 3 in March and is just about at the 40 lb mark. She is quite tall for her age and her seat that she is in now is getting too right for the straps, although they are as loose as they can go. I'm just wondering if anyone has their toddler in a highback booster seat which uses the regular seat belt?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2011

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Definately check into the laws in your area. Where I live (Ohio) the law states that a child has to be 4 and 40lbs before switching to any kind of booster. They do make 5-point harness seats that go up to 80lbs. and some probably beyond that.

Crystal - posted on 02/08/2011

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i would definetly look for a seat that will harness her longer 3 is to young for a booster and in most states they have to be atleast 4yrs to sit in one but they are a lot less safe than a 5point harness so if at allpossible find a heigher weight limit seat

Sinclairbrooks - posted on 01/28/2011

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My son will be 4 in April, he is 39 1/2 pounds and about 39 inches tall. I will be keeping him in a 5 point car seat as long as possible. I have it in the center of the back seat using the anchor system & feel that is much safer than a booster seat with a seatbelt, especially since he would no longer be "anchored" to the seat & also since he would be closer to the door of the car (side impact crashes). If you are going to move to a booster seat, I would check your state laws & ask your pedi for recommendations for the correct one - at this age if it is deemed safe, I would definitely use a high backed seat.

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I was wondering the same thing about my son, who is also 3 and right at 39.5 inches tall. He weighs 37 pounds. I actually did go and buy a booster, because I was worried that he isn't safe in his car seat anymore. After doing more research, I found out that as long as the tops of the ears don't go above the back (head rest) of the car seat, then they are fine and perfectly safe. In fact, in my state it is actually illegal for my son to be "seat belt only" restrained until he is 4. I recommend that you research the laws in your state. But it's not just about the law, it's what's safest for your daughter. Before I did further research, I actually installed the booster (seat belt only restraint) and drove around for 2 days (short trips to the grocery) with my son in it. The reason I ended up questioning and doing research is because of how EASILY he could get out of it, and how it just didn't feel right to me. You may have to step up to a different car seat for the in between time from now until she is ok for the booster. Sorry if this sounds confusing...I'm exhausted and typing this out on my way to bed lol Best of luck to you :)

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