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*Update* Getting a booster seat for 8 yr. old? got it!!

post #1 of 45
Thread Starter 
My DSD is 8, 9 in Feb. But she is reallly small...still can wear a sz 6x-7.
I don't like how the seat belt fits (or doesn't fit) her. It does all the things I see in the pictures for not fitting correctly....like sitting higher on her belly and riding across her neck. Plus she frequently falls asleep on the hour long trips we make every other weekend for her visitation, and slumps over in her seat against the door. (we have a '09 Honda Pilot)

I''ve talked to DH about wanting to get her a booster seat and, although he thinks I'm kinda crazy, is pretty much on board with me.

Now...how do I get DSD on board? What booster? Can you help me out with this...
post #2 of 45
If she likes to sleep in the car, I'd see if you can find a high backed booster for her with nice comfy headwings, and "sell it" to her by telling her it'll be so comfy for sleeping. Also it's far more comfortable to not have seatbelts cutting into your neck. If comfort is a motivation for her at all, lol.

FWIW, I think most 8-9yos SHOULD be in boosters, so that's not super unusual...
post #3 of 45
If she doesn't fit in the vehicle belts properly, then she needs a booster. I would prefer to see her in a highbacked booster, but really, a backless would be a significant improvement over no booster at all, and if that makes things easier in your family, I'd consider it.
post #4 of 45
If your car has side air bags in the back passenger area, sleeping leaning on the door is not safe. You really need a HBB if she is going to be on the outside for those long trips. Only other option I can see is a LBB if she sits in the center of the car, but even then she'll probably slump out of the belt....

But a HBB would be the safest. There are some very affordable LBB for everyday if DD doesn't want to be seen in a booster.

FWIW, my kids are so small I expect them to be boostered at least until 10 years, maybe longer....I'm small, and I know there are cars that I probably couldn't pass the 5 step test in.
post #5 of 45
My kids are small too so they'll be in boosters for a long time. Some boosters come in pretty pink patterns which my appeal to her. I told my dd I was getting her a beautiful "princess" seat and that it would be super comfy with headrests for her and she was excited about it. None of her friends sit in boosters anymore but she was still excited about her "princess pink" seat. The one I got her is the Sunshine Kids Monterey, but I think there are others that come in pink if pink might sell the seat to your dd.
post #6 of 45
Thread Starter 
so, I'm NOT crazy then? thanks..

The kiddos are usually 3 across in the middle row. DS in seatbelt, DD in her Keyfit in the middle and DSD in seatbelt. I'm looking at the HB TB because I don't want to spend a whole lot and have DSD refuse to ride in it. But, if the more expensive options are more comfy for sleeping, I think she'll like them better.

Anyone with experience with older kids in boosters? Which would you recommend?
post #7 of 45
Not crazy. My son will be 9 next month, and he's on the tall side for his age, and he's still in a booster. DD is 6 but probably bigger than your 8 year old (going by clothing sizes) and she's still in a booster, too.
post #8 of 45
On the issue of "selling it" to your DD, you can try what we did with our youngest. The problem is not comfort (he's much more comfy in his seat), but embarrassment. Very, very few kids around here sit in a seat beyond the legal requirements (if that), so he didn't want to be the weird kid. We told him that we would just make sure his buddies didn't see him in his seat. It just means parking a little further away for some things or getting there a few minutes early, but it totally puts him at ease. Zero complaints!
post #9 of 45
My dd is still in a booster at 9 and I plan on her staying in it until she outgrows the 100pd or 58inch height limit. It is the Graco Turbobooster. A nice safe relatively cheap seat.
post #10 of 45
Let her help pick it out!
post #11 of 45
Check out the Monterrey and the high-back Clek (can't think of the name off the top of my head!). Nice tall ones
post #12 of 45
Thread Starter 

I've been researching...any more ideas?

Ok, I've searched online and found...
-The TurboBooster (highback) for $79 (30-100lbs) 38-57' high
-Britax Parkway SG for $119 (40-120lbs) is the slide guard a PITA?
-SK Monterrey for $139 (30-120lbs) 38 to 63' high

Can't find the height for the Parkway..


I like Latch option on the Monterrey and I did see the Frontier ($279) but it's really expensive....maybe use as booster for DSD and pass on to DD when she gets older for her FF harnessed seat?? Actually, I'd probably end up passing on whichever booster I end up getting..

I'm leaning toward the Monterrey, any pros/cons to that one?
post #13 of 45
My daughter loves her Monterey, and it would fit most 8yos nicely, but an 8yo might feel squished in a Turbobooster. What is the child's height and weight (I know you wrote she was small.)? I have comparison photos of a 49"/52# 7yo in a Monterey and Turbobooster, if that would help.
post #14 of 45
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by chickabiddy View Post
My daughter loves her Monterey, and it would fit most 8yos nicely, but an 8yo might feel squished in a Turbobooster. What is the child's height and weight (I know you wrote she was small.)? I have comparison photos of a 49"/52# 7yo in a Monterey and Turbobooster, if that would help.
The photos would help
I can't get measurements until we pick her up on the 19th for Christmas. Her mom didn't know (and wouldn't get them) when I asked....
post #15 of 45
I'd think about the Parkway SG too, because it's narrow and will probably fit better in a 3-across situation too
post #16 of 45
49", 52#, age 7.5

Turbobooster, third of six headrest settings:
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...rbobooster.jpg

Monterey, third of twelve headrest settings (and side wings expanded all the way for larger carpool child):
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...f/monterey.jpg
post #17 of 45
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
I'd think about the Parkway SG too, because it's narrow and will probably fit better in a 3-across situation too
Have you used the Parkway with an older child? The seat didn't look as roomy (as Monterrey) and I don't know about the slideguard...how do older kids feel about it?


Chickabiddy,
thanks for the photos..they do help. The Monterrey does look much more comfy and roomier. (DD is beautiful, btw)

I think we'll have room for whichever seat I decide on but I would like to try it in the car before I make the final choice.

I'll post a photo of DSD if that'll help...
post #18 of 45
The Parkway is decently roomy inside, and the slideguard really comes down to personal preference. My daughter would absolutely hate it; other kids don't seem to mind.
post #19 of 45
Thread Starter 
Here is a photo of the kids. DSD is next to my 110lb, 5'4" DS
Does that help at all?
post #20 of 45
I haven't personally, but I saw a picture of a girl with about your SD's stats in it (perhaps a bit taller?) and she looked quite comfortable.
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