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Booster Seat Shocker Must Read....

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When I find out who heads up the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, I may have to kiss him (or her!) on the mouth. The folks who deal with all things safe in the car have come out with a suggestion that many kids should remain in a booster seat until -- get this -- 12 years old!

And to that I say thank you! It's about time somebody said it!

Not so happy? Maybe you're one of those parents who just couldn't wait to get their kid out of a booster seat?

I feel you; I really do. They are a pain in the tuchas, especially when your kid is legally old enough to be sitting in the regular car seat. Unfortunately, what the state says is OK isn't always the safest thing for kids.

More From The StirPutting Your Child in a Booster Seat Too Soon Could Have Tragic Consequences

In my state, my 8-year-old is legally approved for a regular adult safety belt. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reserves the car's regular seat belts for "children who reach a height of 4 feet 9 inches before their eighth birthday." Guess what? My 8-year-old is nowhere near 4 feet 9 inches.

Going booster-less is legal for my kid. But it isn't necessarily safe, and moms like me face a stigma when we keep our kids in the seats.

There are judgy moms and grandparents who look at us like we're over-bearing and over-cautious. Then there are the bratty little snots who come up with gems like "My mom says I don't have to sit in a booster seat anymore. You must be a little baby!" and make you want to kick them out of the carpool.

We're treated like WE'RE the problem.

But we're not.

The problem is bad information.

A kid doesn't magically age out of a booster at age 8. It turns out car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. But the IIHS reports that kids in boosters -- the data is of kids ages 4 to 8 because those are the ages of most kids currently using them -- are 45-percent less likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash.

Keep kids in boosters longer, and we could keep more kids alive.

To me, it's a no-brainer.

How long is your child going to be in a booster. Would they make it until 12?

by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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by Ruby Member on Nov. 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I go by the law. Both my boys are out of the boosters now.

by on Nov. 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM
I couldn't get that site to work. I even tried Any other ways to access it?

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Quoting VTdirtRd:Curious what's a 5 step test?

Quoting JasonsMom2007:My 6 year old is 4 ft and still in a booster. He will be until he passes the 5 step test. My 9 year old niece is still in one as well.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Quoting Janet:

I go by the law. Both my boys are out of the boosters now.

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by Member on Nov. 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM
My 9 y/o dd is almost 5'5". That's taller then my mom.. She was out of a booster seat when she turned 8. My 7 y/o ds is 5'0" and he will stay in his until he's 8. I cannot see keeping them in a booster seat when they are inches away from being taller then me, I'm 5'7", and taller then most adults..
by on Nov. 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

My daughter is 2 and only 25lbs and 34in so she will likely be in a booster of some sort until she is 12. I will not have her in a seat belt alone until she is 4'9 or till she can legally drive on her own. It is plain stupidity if you ask me for parents to put a child in a seat belt that does not properly fit them.

by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

My dd is 8.5 yrs. old & I have been saying for years, that she'll be in a booster until she's a teenager lol! She's just so short and petite. She's not anywhere near 4'9" tall yet, she's 50 lbs. and about 49" tall, and I'm NOT allowing her to drive in my or anyone elses car w/o her booster seat!! This is something her Father & I argue about too. I hope he cares enough, to take his dd life into consideration. It's a small compact little seat that isn't that big of a deal for some one to throw into their car, or even pick an extra one up! You could probably find one even cheaper at a consignment store!

If you have a bigger child who reaches, then go for it! If your son or daughter doesn't, then please be safe!!

by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM
My 12 year old sized out (wieght/hieght) around 6. He is 12 and currently 5'9 so I think he will be ok 😊
my niece currently 6 is still in one of course she will be until her dad decides otherwise. I can still pick her up and carry her around....
Personally I remember being in a booster until almost 12. I was a small girl. My little brothers where out of their seats before I was!

In all cases it is what is safest for the child. If they are to small for a seat belt to fit proper, they need a booster seat. Common sense.
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 3:33 AM
I'm not exactly sure of the laws in AK but my daughter is 7 (8 in June) and is 63 lbs. She is still in a booster, in the backseat where kids belong. My mom didn't allow us to start sitting in the front seat until we were like 14/15 years old and I'll stick to the same rule with my daughter. She's tiny, always has been for her age so if she stays on the slow and steady growth she's been on the last 7yrs she is likely to be in a booster until 12. Many of her friends are bigger and not in one any longer but don't tease her about it and if they have she just tells them it's for her safety because mommy wants her safe. I also plan to rear face her baby sister for as long as possible since in the last few years they've changed the suggested age to 2yrs old. I wish I had known enough to do this with dd#1 but I didn't and now that I do I plan to do it. She's not even due till Feb and I'm already on the search for the "perfect" convertible seat for when she outgrows the infant seat. She too will stay in whatever seat she's in until she either out grows it's regulation rules set for the seat or I feel she can move to the next, whichever comes first.
by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Thanks for the info.

by on Nov. 18, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Right now my kids are 5 and 4 and they both outgrew their 5 point harnesses over the summer so we moved them into boosters. My 7 year old is a peanut and wuold complain that she was the only first grader in a car seat, but I told her it was safer for her since she was smaller than them. I'm sure soon I will be hearing that she is the only kid in a booster, but I am keeping her where she is safest and she will need to deal with it.

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