I have a 26mth old and I was wonder if I could put him in a booster seat?..hes almost 35 lbs

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Kayla - posted on 01/28/2009

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ok Thanks guys I wasnt sure because I have to move my other child in a car seat and I was wondering could I get a booster for my oldest then move my youngest out in his other one i guess not! thanks for the input..there should be more info on this suff!

Joy - posted on 01/27/2009

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NO! Keep him in a 5-point harness as long as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now recommends that children stay harnessed until 65 lb. the Graco Nautilus is a great seat for this. It also converts to a belt-positioning booster and then to a backless booster. Retails for roughly $150.

Melinda - posted on 01/27/2009

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I would not do it, the seat belt alone does not keep them in as well as a 5 point harness! They learn to slip out or unbuckle the normal seat belt fast! We have our 3 1/2 year old in a booster type car seat with a 5 point harness..it will eventually convert to a regular booster when she outgrows the harness...you may want to look into something like that.

Becky - posted on 01/26/2009

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If a seatbelt fails then that has nothing to do with the car seat. I have had my child in a car seat from 24 months. I always make sure the seatbelt is locked and pull on it just for sure. The majority of the time the seatbelt is not all the way buckled and it goes unnoticed. If a seatbelt fails it doent matter what kind of a seat you in. I have seen so many familys that have lost children for this reason I my heart goes out to them. Accidents happen and I am so sorry for your loss Allison! I believe that the weight standard is a good  thing to go by. I also think that it depends on how your child acts in the car. If he is well behaved you should go for it but if he likes to play and move around alot or fight when you put him in the car then you should stay in a 5 point seat. It is your choice and there is nothing wrong with either decision. Go with what you feel comfortable with.

Jana - posted on 01/26/2009

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NO No NO!!!  Just because he/she is heavy enough for a booster doesn't mean they don't need the protection of a 5 point harness.  When it comes to kids safetly in a car ALWAY side on the over cautious side.  If those videos don't get the message across then ask your doctor and she what they say.  I'm sure they will tell you a big NO not until the child is 4 and then in a booster until they are 8!!!

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