Post # 1
I need to buy a new car seat for my daughter for daycare. She is 14 months and 27 pounds. I have primarily been looking at convertible car seats, but they seem to only go up to 40 pounds. The booster car seats say from 22 pounds to 80 pounds. I feel like it would be smarter to purchase a booster car seat as she would be able to use it longer. This won’t be her primary car seat, just the one for daycare when they need to go somewhere. Any suggestions? (I am looking primarily at cosco brand since they are affordable and got good safety ratings!)
Post # 3
A convertible seat will grow with your baby, while a booster seat is just that–a seat that a smaller child sits on until he or she is big enough to sit properly in the car (has to do with safety and where the seat belt hits). At 14 months, she is *way* too young for a booster–it’s recommended that children be rear-facing until age 2 OR reaches the height/weight limit of the car seat.
From the AAP:
“Once your child exceeds the height and weight limit of his infant car seat, purchase a convertible car seat with a higher height or weight limit (most go to 35 pounds rear-facing) and continue to use it rear-facing until age two, or until your child hits the height or weight limit for rear-facing use. At that point you can make the switch to forward-facing– or you can purchase a convertible car seat with a higher weight limit for rear-facing (some go up to 45 pounds). “That’s a very personal decision for the parent,” says Hoffman, one that may also be influenced by the size of your car, the arrival of a younger sibling, or your budget.”
Post # 4
She is too little for the booster.
Post # 5
boosters shouldnt be used until the kid is 40+ lbs, usually much older. and the convertible is used after the infant seat. your babe should be in a convertible.
Post # 6
As others have said. She is too young for a booster or even a booster convertible. She needs car seat.
Car seats use their own buckling system while boosters ONLY use the cars seatbelt- which is too dangerous for 14 month olds because they can un buckle themselves and it is not designed for this age (strap placement can choke a toddler).
A convertible car seat offers much more support for you little one. Better safer straps. More support for proper posture. More padding.