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worried about moving daughter into booster carseat....

My 4 year old daughter ( 43 pounds and very tall... but not exactly how tall because she hasnt been measured lately... but she is often mistaken for a 6 year old )

Anyways she always says she wants a new carseat ... and for Christmas we were going to get her a booster ( with a back ) ... it has places to hold the seatbelt in the right postion and all of the reviews are good....

I am just worried about having her in a carseat with the regualr carstraps and not ones that are attached to the actual seat...

Was you worried about this? Is it even anything to worry about ?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:53 PM on Nov. 21, 2010 in Parenting Debate

Answers (12)
  • What seat is she in now?

    Answer by DazzlednSeattle at 7:57 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Oh, and yes, it is certainly something very serious to worry about.

    Answer by DazzlednSeattle at 7:58 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • she is just in a covertable carseat...

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 8:03 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • You really need to measure her and see how tall she is. The seat we have is totally convertible to up a 100lb kid. So we are just going to use the LATCH system to hold the seat in place and then use the belt over him when its time.

    Answer by Misteh at 8:08 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Aside from a convertible seat - it really matters what type of seat it is and what weight/height it harnesses to. I would get her a shiny new seat if she wants one... a Nautilus... that way she can harness until 65lbs and then it changes into a high-back booster and backless booster when she's 6+. This isn't about a right of passage in growing up into a big kid - it's a serious safety concern.

    Answer by DazzlednSeattle at 8:22 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Misteh- you can't do that with your seat. Most likely its a 3 in 1 and when you are using it in booster mode you are not allowed to anchor it with the latch.

    OP: most convertible car seats only harness to 40 pounds so check the weight limit on your seat. Since your daughter is 43 pounds, if your seats harness limit is 40 pounds then you need to get her a new seat immediately. There are seats that harness higher that are reasonably priced if you want to keep her harnessed. If not, then she is at the right age to use a booster. Just make sure she knows how to sit properly each and every time.

    Answer by heatherann0221 at 8:59 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • If she exceeds the weight limit (which is typically 40lbs), or her head is completely above the car seat, it's time to switch to a different seat that accommodates her new needs.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 11:39 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • mine are in boosters and they are 3 and 4, they have been fine, and we have great seats!

    Answer by JoLee12345 at 6:33 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • It should not bother you too much. It is considered safe and these child safety seats go through rigorous inspection before put out on the market for purchase.

    Answer by Ellie4040 at 9:07 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Does she need a new car seat? If she doesn't need one, I wouldn't bother getting it until she does.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 7:37 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

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