Originally Posted by AFWife
I'm not trying to be argumentative...I'm truly curious....
When do you stop worrying about height and weight and go by age? I went to college with a girl that wasn't even 5" tall and probably not quite 100lbs at 18!
Originally Posted by Dov'sMom
Did you ever drive with her?
I went to high school with a girl who maxed out at 4'10 and 85lbs. She needed a booster to drive so she could see the road properly...
I am 4'10" and I weigh 97 pounds (I am 35 yrs old). I've needed pillows to sit on when I drive my entire life, except for when I had a car with a highly-adjustable electric driver's seat that boosted me and put me forward enough to forgo the pillows.
I use two pillows now in my full-sized pickup truck. I wish I could turn off the driver's side airbag because I sit about 12" from the steering wheel out of necessity, and that's truly scary.
I often joke about the current state laws that require a booster seat for any child under 4'9" or 80 pounds. If they change it to, let's say, 5' and 100 pounds, I will legally require a booster seat to drive. (I laugh about it, but deep down, I'm a bit worried that with the current increase in average size and weight for most children, they might do exactly that. Will I need some kind of exemption??)
As for my kids, they aren't as small as me (well, one of them is - she's 11) but because of my genetic influence, they are
smaller than average. My DS2 is going to be 7 in March and he's not 40 pounds yet; however, when I can afford it I will transition him to a booster since he's lanky and the 5-point harness is starting to not fit him as ideally as it should. As of now, he's 6 years, 9 months and still in the 5-point harness.
I wish I could consider the more expensive seats like everyone on these boards talks about. I have two Gracos and an Evenflo, though, because they're inexpensive. I don't know what models they are but they all cost under $100.