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post #21 of 61
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I guess I've just never seen a kid older than, oh, maybe 4 in a harnessed seat. But then again, I never noticed toddlers rear-facing as long as dd and most of her friends were until I had a kid that age. I noticed her shoulders are REALLY close to the Scenera's top slots today. Are that seat's slots particularly low? She has a long way to go to get close to the weight limit! Where should her shoulders be in relation to the top slots before we upgrade her seat?

Maedze, thanks for your take on the wording of the Maine law. It is a bit confusing. DD is certainly nowhere near ready to use a booster correctly. But the thought of having to buy two seats with higher slots sometime in the not-too-distant future isn't so great, either. Maybe we could manage with just one? Maybe I'm fretting over this a bit prematurely, anyway.
post #22 of 61
DS will be 6 in a few months and still happily harnessed
post #23 of 61
My oldest is 7 and still happily harnessed.
post #24 of 61
Wow you people have tiny little kids! My youngest is 3 yrs 10 mths old and has been in a high backed booster seat for about 4 months. We had her in a harness that said it went to 47 lbs but she outgrew it at 45 lbs. Yes my almost 4 year old is 45 lbs and also very tall so too big for a harnessed seat. My older two are 55 lbs (7 years old) and in a backless booser and 62 lbs (almost 9 years old) and in a backless booster.
post #25 of 61
My 7 1/2 yo (42 lbs) and my 6 1/2 yo (38 lbs) are both happily harnessed in Sunshine Radians. They aren't even in the top slot yet. My 3yo is in a Sunshine Radian too.
post #26 of 61
My Dd is 3 weeks shy of her 7th birthday, and at 39.5 lbs is still comfortably in a 5 pt harness carseat. Her 5 1/2 yo sister is as well - but since she is also 39.5 lbs, I figure she'll be in a booster before she is 6. One or both will be in booster seats this spring, at this rate.

It's been a total nonissue for us - for one thing, at 5+ they are capable of fastening their own buckles securely (I double-check to be sure, but it sure does save time for them to be able to do that while I get their little brothers in!) and it is just much easier than when they were 3. I do remember, when they were much smaller, being appalled at the idea of them being in carseats for years and years and years... but it turned out not to be a problem for us at all.
post #27 of 61
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Wow you people have tiny little kids! My youngest is 3 yrs 10 mths old and has been in a high backed booster seat for about 4 months. We had her in a harness that said it went to 47 lbs but she outgrew it at 45 lbs. Yes my almost 4 year old is 45 lbs and also very tall so too big for a harnessed seat. My older two are 55 lbs (7 years old) and in a backless booser and 62 lbs (almost 9 years old) and in a backless booster.
I strongly, strongly, strongly encourage you to put your 3 year old back in a harnessed seat. No child her age is mature enough to sit correctly in a booster, let alone a 3.5 year old. In an accident, the consequences could truly be deadly. PLEASE look at your options and find a more suitable seat for your child
post #28 of 61
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I guess I've just never seen a kid older than, oh, maybe 4 in a harnessed seat. But then again, I never noticed toddlers rear-facing as long as dd and most of her friends were until I had a kid that age. I noticed her shoulders are REALLY close to the Scenera's top slots today. Are that seat's slots particularly low? She has a long way to go to get close to the weight limit! Where should her shoulders be in relation to the top slots before we upgrade her seat?

Maedze, thanks for your take on the wording of the Maine law. It is a bit confusing. DD is certainly nowhere near ready to use a booster correctly. But the thought of having to buy two seats with higher slots sometime in the not-too-distant future isn't so great, either. Maybe we could manage with just one? Maybe I'm fretting over this a bit prematurely, anyway.

The top slots of an older style Scenera ARE quite low, and most kids, except the round ones will not make it to 40 pounds in one.

WRT to your seating situation: if your daughter were a bit heavier, I'd start booster training her at 4. But she's quite petite...I would plan on trying to keep her in a harness at least for another 18 months. When you do start booster training, look for a seat that fits littles well. The Graco Turbobooster (don't forget the screws in the armrests!!!) and the Recaro Vivo are both excellent options.
post #29 of 61
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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
Wow you people have tiny little kids! My youngest is 3 yrs 10 mths old and has been in a high backed booster seat for about 4 months. We had her in a harness that said it went to 47 lbs but she outgrew it at 45 lbs. Yes my almost 4 year old is 45 lbs and also very tall so too big for a harnessed seat. My older two are 55 lbs (7 years old) and in a backless booser and 62 lbs (almost 9 years old) and in a backless booster.
If the seat she outgrew had a 47 pound harness weight there are bigger seats on the market that could hold her harnessed 40lbs AND 4 years old is the bare minimum for safety to begin booster training. Before 4 years old there isn't enough physical development (I'm not talking about maturity, I mean strictly body structure) to safely have the child out of a 5 point harness. Maturity also comes into play and most kids won't be mature enough to properly sit in a booster seat (never wiggle, never reach for a toy, not slump if they are sleeping etc) until sometime between 5 years and 6 years old.

My son is not small or short and only a couple of months younger then your daughter and he's still rearfacing in a 40lb rearfacing seat, and soon to be a 45lb one. I understand your daughter is over the weight limit for that, but really my point was that by height the seats we have will be outgrown rearfacing long before forward facing and he's not even done that yet.

From a safety perspective your daughter really should be in a five point harness still. It could be the difference between her staying restrained in a crash and not staying in the restraint during a crash... which is a pretty significant difference I think we can all agree.
post #30 of 61
I have a nine year old riding in a Regent. She will be there until she outgrows it by height. Since she has been in the 5th percentile or lower in height and weight since birth I don't expect her to out grow it by weight. I also have an almost 7 year old in a radian80 and I'm sure it will be a similiar situation.
post #31 of 61
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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
Wow you people have tiny little kids! My youngest is 3 yrs 10 mths old and has been in a high backed booster seat for about 4 months. We had her in a harness that said it went to 47 lbs but she outgrew it at 45 lbs. Yes my almost 4 year old is 45 lbs and also very tall so too big for a harnessed seat. My older two are 55 lbs (7 years old) and in a backless booser and 62 lbs (almost 9 years old) and in a backless booster.
My boys are big - bigger then yours for their ages. My oldest DS just turned 5 in October. He is 48'' and 52 lbs. He is happily harnessed, and will be for awhile, he still has a slot above the one he is in - in the Nautilus.

I plan on keeping him harnessed as long as possible - and would have no qualms if that was until he was 8 (but most likely it won't be given his size).
post #32 of 61
On the weight I know my DD also had a huge weight surge and growth spurt kinda late. At 3.5 shes was easily under 30lbs still and we had her in her radian 65 but by her Kindegarden year 5.5 years (late October birthday) she had suddenly popped up over the 50lb mark we then one day maybe just shy or right around her 6th birthday had an issue where the chest clip on her radian broke not sure how but she was also wanting to be more independent at that time so because she was mature enough tall enough and of a decent weight we made the tranastion to her booster which at 7 she is still in. I think shes around 60lbs now...

Deanna
post #33 of 61
I have a little 4 year old too. At 4y3m, she is 29 lb and maybe 37.5 inches tall. She was just turned around FF in her Britax Decathlon so that I can more easily fit the newborn seat for her sister coming next month next to hers. Her Decathlon has at least 2 more years till it expires, so I plan to keep her harnessed in it till then (she has plenty of room on the second slot from the top yet, and no way will she gain 35 lb in 2 years!). At that point, she will be 6.5+, and still probably not yet 40 lb, but due to age, I would be comfortable getting another Graco Turbobooster (her older brother who is 7 is riding in one now) for her then. So I too will have a kid still harnessed till close to 7.
post #34 of 61
my dd is 7y 7m, 47lb, 46" tall and 15.5" torso hight. she stil fully fits in her radian carseat and will for a long time yet. i wont rush her to a booster because of her age. as long as a she is fitting in a 5 point seat she will be in one.
post #35 of 61
DD will be 8 in March and still harnessed in her safegaurd go seat. She's 42 pounds and 43 inches.
post #36 of 61
Maia turned 7 in November. She is 48 inches tall and about 45 pounds and LOVES riding in her Graco nautilus w/5 pt harness. Many of her 8 year old friends ride in the 5 pt harness when with us. My car, My rules! I do keep a LBB for her taller friends though
post #37 of 61
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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
Wow you people have tiny little kids! My youngest is 3 yrs 10 mths old and has been in a high backed booster seat for about 4 months. We had her in a harness that said it went to 47 lbs but she outgrew it at 45 lbs. Yes my almost 4 year old is 45 lbs and also very tall so too big for a harnessed seat. My older two are 55 lbs (7 years old) and in a backless booser and 62 lbs (almost 9 years old) and in a backless booster.
My tall big ds rode harnessed until he was 8 yo; 73 pounds and 55 inches tall. The only reason I moved him to a (high-backed) booster was that his little sister grew out of her 40 lb seat and so needed a bigger seat that she will be in until at least 8 yo. I can't imagine putting a 3 yo in a booster!
post #38 of 61
Thread Starter 
After reading through this thread my title sounds pretty silly! I had no idea so many kids (on MDC, anyway) rode harnessed for so long. That's good to know, since that was what I figured we'd be doing here, too.
post #39 of 61
Just chiming in that I moved my daughter to a booster at about 7.25, because she'd been asking and she demonstrated good booster behavior.
post #40 of 61
Just adding to the chorus that DS is 6.5 and still harnessed. He's big for his age too--95 percentile in height and 75th in weight. But he still meets the criteria to stay in his Radian. I think he's only now anywhere near being able to sit properly in a booster. But since we have the Radian, no need to buy a booster just yet.

Catherine
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