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Around what age do kids move from a convertible carseat to a booster carseat?

I have no idea how long I should expect to keep my kids in their convertible carseats. I don't want them to suddenly outgrow them before I have a chance to figure out what type of booster seats we need. I know there are height and weight limits to consider, but around what age did you move your kids into a booster carseat? What type of booster did you get? Do you like it?


Asked by TweenAndTwinMom at 11:51 AM on Jun. 25, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Child Safety Techs recomend that children be at least 4 years old and at least 40lbs. before moving to a belt positioning booster seat, and that it is best to wait until the child is mature enough to sit properly 100% of the time.

    My oldest was four and a half and 40lbs when we moved him to the Graco Turbobooster. It is a good, yet inexpensive seat. My second child hit 40lbs. at only 3yrs. old so we bought him a seat that would harness him until 65lbs. He stayed in that until he was six years old, and then switched to a booster.


    Answer by sarahmae3 at 2:06 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • Check your state laws. In CA where I live, the child MUST be 4 years old AND 40lbs...but My 5 year old is dinky, and she's in a Graco Natulis and can stay harnessed until 65lbs (which is safer).

    However...I wasn't so car seat smart when my oldest was younger, and she was in a booster at 3 (and I thank God every day we never got into an accident.) She's always been in a Graco Turbo Booster...the High Back kind. She's 7 now and still in it. I love it - super easy to deal with, and she loves the cool print on it.

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:25 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • well it de4pends if you plan on extended rear facing, also the type of seat you have, for example i have the myride 65 for my kids, it rearfaces up to 40lbs and forwarfaces up to 65 lbs. both my 3 1/2 yr old and my 1 1/2 year old are still rearfcaing. and i plan to use the seat to its maximun weight limit both ways. i will not put my kids in a booster till they are at least 6 yrs old maybe 7. depends on how much they weigh.

    Answer by piwife at 12:39 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • I moved my girl to a booster when she was about 3. But, she's always been kind of big for her age. We took the back off somewhere between 3 1/2 and 4 years. The seatbelt fell perfectly across her chest where it was supposed to so we didn't see a need for the back part of the booster. Now, she's 5 1/2 and sits in the same backless booster.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 11:58 AM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • You need to check with your state law. Or call your fire department to find out. I changed my daughter to a booster seat at the age of 2 and a half. She wouldn't stay in her convertable carseat anymore. And she sat still and stayed buckled up in the booster.

    Answer by MKSers at 11:59 AM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • Totally depends on the kid (besides laws). If you are going by kids were each different. My oldest daughter is tiny and was in her toddler seat until she was 6 then in a 5pt harness booster until she was 7. That's when she hit 40lbs and moved into a regular booster.
    My son went into the 5pt booster at 2 and was in a regular booster at 3 1/2 (I know--before the age thing, that was a long time ago and he was already 45lbs).
    My middle daughter didn't get into a regular booster until she was 5 1/2. My youngest daughter is 4 and only 32lbs. She has a booster with a 5pt harness and will be in that for awhile. Heck my oldest is 10 and only 45lbs and is still in a booster.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 12:30 PM on Jun. 25, 2010