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when to booster?

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My son is 14 months. Hes big for his age, 31 inches and 26 pounds. My aunt had a booster carseat. Like one that looked like a carseat but without the harness. Anyways she gave it to me and I was wondering when I could switch him to it. I figured itd be at about 2 years. I put him in it just to get a cute picture of him in it and he actually fit! What do ya'll think? I don't know the height and weight req. for it, so what do ya'll think?

Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM
In our state, a child must be at LEAST 40" before leaving a harness. We just had to put SS in a booster... He's 45" tall and he's 4.
NoahsMommy1121
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM
God i hope this is a joke!
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PinkButterfly66
by Ruby Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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No kids need harness type carseats for the first 4 years.  


 Car Seat Recommendations for Children 

Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time. 

Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits. 

To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements. 

Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12. 

Birth – 12 months 

Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. 

There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time. 

1 – 3 years 

Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. 

AGE 

4 – 7 years 

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat. 

8 – 12 years 

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there. 

DESCRIPTION (RESTRAINT TYPE) 

A REAR-FACING CAR SEAT is the best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord. 

A SEAT BELT should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest to restrain the child safely in a crash. It should not rest on the stomach area or across the neck. 

A FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT has a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash. 

A BOOSTER SEAT positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body. 

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March 21, 2011 

LucyHarper
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

No. My kid is five and he's still in a harness, and I'm not even one of those overboard carseat people. It has to do with his bone structure and posture, not just his size. He should be in a harness until he's at least 40 pounds and 4 years old, though its recommended to wait until they are 50 pounds.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Oh boy

Melbornj
by Platinum Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Are you kidding?  If not than when they are around 5 or 6 is a great time to booster.  Before then they should be harnessed.  Harnessed rear facing as long as possible and then harness forward facing as long as possible.

Diatech12
by Gold Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM
My oldest was a little over 4 and 40lbs. He coulf have stayed in his 5pt harness longer but he is tall and was getting uncomfortable. He is also more responsible and calm, he sits still and has never undone himself. And he has a full back booster
My 3yr old is still in the 5pt. There is no way on earth I would move him to a booster!
HaloWithHorns78
by Platinum Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM
4 years minimum. My 6 year old is still harnessed.
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CrimsonGrace
by Gold Member on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM
This! It is not even legal to have him in a booster yet, and the the car seat laws are a bare minimum for safety. If you have a wreck and he is in a booster, there is a huge chance he would be internally decapitated, and honestly he most likely would be ejected from the seat "big for his age" or not.


Quoting Kris_PBG:

At that size/age- he would be safest rfing. Boostering is not even close to a safe option.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Quoting Anonymous:

Hes my first and the only people around me with kids have their two yr old in them (my aunt) and her 3 yr old in a seatbelt. and my sis has her four yr old in a seatbelt. he hasnt been in a booster for over a year. And I KNEW that was wrong. So i was wantin to find out for myself. I looked online but it said check your carseat. :/






Just because they're breaking the law doesn't mean you should. You also must not know much about the internet, because just about every site will tell you that he shouldn't be in a booster and should be rear facing.
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