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I need some car seat advice. I am in New Zealand and we don't have as many options here for seats. My son turned 4 in feb and is 44" tall and weighs 44lbs. He is currently harnessed in a Sunshine kids Radian RXT, but we need a spare seat in my husbands car. His RXT doesn't turn into a booster so I was looking at the Monterey booster and was just wondering what everyone thought.
My DS2 is in a evenflo Symphony (not 65) he is 18 months and is 34" and 27lbs. I originally brought the symphony thinking i wouldn't need another seat but DS1 outgrew the harness weight way before he was ready to use a booster, which i think the evenflo can be used as? if that's the case should i get another RXT for DS2 and use the evenflo for DS1 in DH car?
3-in-1 seats usually don't make the greatest boosters, but I don't know about the Symphony specifically.
My advice would be to get another RXT, and use it in the second vehicle for your DS1 until he is ready for a booster (usually 5-6yrs old). Then you could get your DS1 a dedicated booster, and pass the RXT to your DS2, who would likely be close to outgrowing the Symphony by weight at the same time. Then your DS1's current RXT could be used for DS2 as well. This way you only have to buy 1 seat for now, and 1 later, and your DS1 can get to a better booster age.
I agree with Lexi. I don't know what all seats you have available, but I absolutely would NOT recommend boostering a child that just turned four. When you booster a child you are making THEM responsible for their own safety. He has to be able to stay in position no matter what. No bending to pick up toys/books. No moving to play with a sibling. A four year old just isn't mature enough for that.
Lexi is also right about 3-in-1's. They are notorious for providing poor belt fit and therefore actually INCREASING risk of injury to your child. When you do move to a booster, the lap belt needs to rest across your child's hips and the shoulder belt should be on the shoulder (not arm or neck as I've seen on some kids).
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