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November 21st, 2013, 01:06 PM
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hello all! I want to put my son in a high back booster seat that I can take off when he gets older. what would you reccomend? He just turned 4 in august and he is about 32 pounds. thanks!!
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November 21st, 2013, 02:52 PM
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I don't have a specific brand to recommend, but I'd look for something with lower anchors as most kids forget to buckle their booster in when they aren't riding in it (left un buckled an unused booster would become a dangerous projectile in a crash).

Also make sure that, even though he is legally of age he is not yet 40lbs (required by most laws and almost all boosters before moving out of a 5point harness) In addition he must be mature enough to sit upright (not falling asleep) or leaning to reach things for the entire trip, every time you're in the car. The lap and shoulder belt will be positioned differently based on different boosters and it is very important to have proper belt fit both on the shoulder and across the thighs so be sure to check that first!
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November 23rd, 2013, 05:12 AM
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A newly 4 yr old is actually not safe in a booster (even though legal in many states). A child needs to be mature enough to sit in the seat properly, not play with the seat belt, not lean over for a dropped toy, to learn how to sleep in postion, etc. Boosters are really for the 5-6+ crowd. I'd plan on harnessing at least another year and then go from there. Do you need suggestions for a harnessed seat?
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November 26th, 2013, 08:18 AM
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well I thought I have seen the booster seats that have a 5 point harness that can be converted to a regular high back booster, then later on taken off and just the booster seat. I am by no means ready to put him in a regular seatbelt. I trust him because he is very alert and mature but still doesnt meet all the weight requirements. his seat is about to expire soon and I was hoping to get something around feb, march.
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November 30th, 2013, 04:56 PM
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That's something different then. A booster means the child is restrained only by the car's seat belt. What you're describing is a combination seat (harnessed seat that changes to a booster), which is absolutely appropriate for him.

How tall is he, and what shirt size does he wear? What is your budget? What vehicle(s) is it going in, and does anyone else ride in the backseat with him?
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