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Booster Seat Weight/Height Requirement

deedlesdeedles Posts: 2,467Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
Does anyone know where I can get the breakdown on this.. My MIL bought a booster seat for my son (Buy One Get One Free.. dontcha know.. :P ) anyway hubby brought it back and is all excited to use it for Liam because he thinks the other one is cumbersome for the car..

Liam is in something like this.. example not the actual one but something like this..

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This is what she bought... example not the actual one but something like this..
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I would agree that the current one is a pain in the tush but I know he's not ready for the booster seat. but lovely hubby thinks he knows it all..


He had a booster when he visited my folks because my folks couldn't find anything on short notice and got the wrong type (which we used for short car rides) wrong I know but we were both in the back with him

anyway, I know there are requirements somewhere..

any suggestions

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Liam: 6 years old
Colin: 3 years old
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Member Since: August 2000

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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    Isn't Liam only 2? I can't remember now!

    Boosters are for children at least 3, and probably closer to 4, and over 40 lbs. My 4 year old doesn't fit these requirements yet (he's 35ish lbs).

    On my Moms board, a number of Moms have had problems with the backless kind of seat you've shown. Kids can wriggle out of them quite easily. So in addition to the rules above you need to add "mature enough to stay in seat" to the requirements for using a backless booster. I don't anticipate us ever getting to that stage LOL.

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  • deedlesdeedles Posts: 2,467Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Liam just turned 3 in August. and only weighs in at 32lbs

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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I knew I had lost a year there, sorry Liam!

    But yeah, he'll need to be 40 lbs to use any booster I've ever seen and definitely that one that you've posted.
  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Alexander will be four in a few weeks, weighs around 36 lbs, and will not be going to a backless booster like that for at least another year. The five point harness is too important and I don't find three year olds to be all that trustworthy.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    He definitely still needs one with a back. I really liked this Graco kind with my kids. They are less cumbersome and the back comes off when you transition to a backless. It's minimum weight is 30 FYI. My kids both went in them about the same weight as Liam is but they were closer to 4.
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    We just switched Connor (who will be 3 in Dec) to this seat:

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    Safety 1st Vantage

    It can be used as a 5-point-harness car seat up to 40 lb, which I think he's still under, and a belt positioning booster seat for 40-100 lb. I think the backless booster type seats have a minimum requirement of 40 lb.
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  • deedlesdeedles Posts: 2,467Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    He definitely still needs one with a back. I really liked this Graco kind with my kids. They are less cumbersome and the back comes off when you transition to a backless. It's minimum weight is 30 FYI. My kids both went in them about the same weight as Liam is but they were closer to 4.
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    Jess the Mess.. I like that one, especially since it converts to a backless... I knew I wasn't crazy, time to put my "Mother Foot Down"

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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I'm very much a stickler about carseat safety, but I would keep him in a 5-point harness if I were you. The one sarah posted is good because it converts to a booster; my sister has something similar for my nephew.
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  • Mamacurl3Mamacurl3 Posts: 1,559Registered Users
    i want to say it's 4yrs and 40lbs. I might be wrong though since that's when I put Olivia in a booster.

    My 4.5yr old is 42in and 40lbs and is still in a 5pt harness. I'll probably keep him in until he's 5. Even then I'll keep him in the booster convertible and just go drom 5pt harness to the seat belt. I didn't move my dd (6yrs old) into a no back booster until she was 6yrs.
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  • curly_keltiecurly_keltie Posts: 791Registered Users
    I have a Graco Nautilus
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    It converts from a forward facing seat to a high booster to a no-back booster. I like that it has high height and weight limits for the 5 point harness.

    From what I recall, the minimums for a booster are 40 pounds AND 4 years old. You have to be at least both before being in a booster seat.
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    We have the Nautilus and love it. Xander is especially fond of the cup holder.
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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
    PixieCurl wrote: »
    I'm very much a stickler about carseat safety, but I would keep him in a 5-point harness if I were you. The one sarah posted is good because it converts to a booster; my sister has something similar for my nephew.

    Same here.

    Use your mommy foot Deedles. The only way I would use that seat is in a pinch...like you said at the MIL's house.

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