Post # 1
I will have a 3 year old by the time the one in my belly is born. We are looking at getting new carseats for both girls.
My DD is 35 lbs right now and will probably be bigger once she hits 3 the end of this year. This booster says min weight: 30lbs but will she be old enough to use a regular seat belt?
Post # 3
Wow for some reason I can’t think that far back (my dd is 7) but I am pretty sure she was in one of these by 3.
The car seat I bought had two different hooks to adujust where the seatbelt sat on the child’s shoulder. Maybe look for something like that if you’re worried about the strap.
Post # 4
@figgnewton: There will also be a height requirement, does she meet BOTH the height and weight requirements? Personally I’d keep her in a five point harness as long as possible. Some of them even go up to 100lbs
Post # 5
It does depend on how tall she is and where the seat belt comes across her.
Post # 6
we have the graco all-in-one car seat so I’m not 100% sure. it was easier to go with that one because it’s the only one DD will ever need and it grows with her 🙂 it was semi-expensive (thank god for coupons though!) and it’s absolutely perfect!
Post # 7
@figgnewton: I remember when I was as kid and I could just jump in the front seat of the car with my parents. I suppose no one cared about what happened to us 😛
Post # 8
My little brother has this carseat… lol yes littler brother he will be 5 in August. I’m fairly certain he does not know how to use the seatbelt himself. Last time I was there within a month or two ago I picked them up from daycare as a suprise and he still needed me to buckle him. so you will likely still need to buckle her in… but he loves his carseat and its very easy if the carseat fits in the seat properly.
Post # 9
You should check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. They have tons of info on car/booster seats, instructional videos, safey ratings, etc.
Post # 10
I would check the specific seat you have but I am fairly certain the safety guidelines would suggest a full five point still. The guides suggest staying in the lower level seat until the max listed, not squeezing in at the minimum. Most parents go to a booster seat way too early.
Post # 11
@figgnewton: At 3 years old your DD should definitely still be in a 5 point harness (I’m sure she doesn’t have the maturity needed to stay sitting straight at all times with a regular belt… see booster seat readiness checklist) & would actually be safest rear-facing (5x safer since her neck & spine simply aren’t marture enough to withstand the impact of a crash forward facing).
Here’s some info on extended rear-facing which the aap recommends until the child has outgrown the limitations of the seat.
Also, your childs height is important as well as weight for choosing the best seat. Some seats have lower height limits than others so you definitely want to consider it for whatever seat you get. Here’s a list of recommended seats & their stats! We have a Combi that rear-faces until 36″ & 33lb… on the shorter extended facing life-span than others but it’s compact & we plan on putting our next in it from newborn & getting a seat with a higher limit for our DD (who will be 2-3 when the next arrives)
Lastly, so it doesn’t seem like I’m trying to step on any toes or anything I’d like to say that my oldest (whom is almost 9) has been in a backless booster since the age of 4 & honestly I am mortified at the safety guidelines I’ve found out since having my second child (14 mths). I really never thought it was that “big of a deal” but can honestly say I’m so glad that I never had to find out first hand how dangerous my mistake was. eek! We now do extended rear-facing & my son has strict instruction on what is required of him to stay in his backless booster or we can get him a high back booster (yes this would be for my almost 9 year old). I know as parents we all just want safe kiddos so I try & share this life saving info as much as I can! =)