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Poll Results: How long did you/will you harness your child?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 14% (19)
    age 3-4
  • 45% (60)
    age 5-6
  • 17% (23)
    age 7-8
  • 4% (6)
    age 9-10
  • 18% (24)
    Other, please explain
132 Total Votes  
post #61 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adventuredad View Post
Harnessing older kids, 4+ years, doesn't offer any safety advantage so my son went straight to a high back booster after rear facing to about 4.5 years.

My now 3.5 year old daughter will do the same thing.
As long as they are able to sit properly.

DD 5 the one time I allowed her to ride in a booster decided to throw a temper tantrum when we were leaving and was sliding herself down in the seat.
After that I decided to keep her harnesed until that is not an issue.
post #62 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adventuredad View Post
Harnessing older kids, 4+ years, doesn't offer any safety advantage so my son went straight to a high back booster after rear facing to about 4.5 years.

My now 3.5 year old daughter will do the same thing.
Please share the journal article information or links to the studies proving this. Thanks!
post #63 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by mommy2two babes View Post
As long as they are able to sit properly.

DD 5 the one time I allowed her to ride in a booster decided to throw a temper tantrum when we were leaving and was sliding herself down in the seat.
After that I decided to keep her harnesed until that is not an issue.
My DD has known since before she was 2 not to mess with her belts, not to touch the harness release button, not to slide about etc. I am a gentle mama as it goes but that is totally different - she would no more mess about in her seat in a tantrum than she would lift burning coals from the fire during one, it's NOT negotiable in our family. The only time she tucked the belt under her arm (early on after moving her to the booster) i noticed immediately (i am very vigilant) i threw a FIT and she still remembers! My father was the same (and we were in seatbelts a good while before the law required it too!) and he too has sternly asked DD about good booster use and she answered him more fully than i imagined she was capable of. She's not 4 until April.
post #64 of 76
DD will be harnessed for as long as the height/weight allows. Seems the carseat industry is finally changing so by the time she's out of RFing, who knows how long that will be!

Heck, DH and I would love to have H belts in our cars, too. I think car manufacturers are in the dino age w/ the stupid shoulder belt.
post #65 of 76
We tried ds in a booster as he was turning 5. He sits really nicely and is developmentally ready for a booster. But, he fell asleep in the booster after 5 minutes in the car, and flopped right forward. My other kids flop against the sides, and it was never an issue, but this kid was really not safe when he was asleep. He also sleeps soundly in the car, so even though we woke him up, he went right back to sleep and flopped forwards and to the side.
DH was happy for me to spend the extra money on the Nautilus when he saw that, and we installed it this morning. Although ds was very happy with it when he tried it in the store a few weeks ago, he didn't want to go back to a harness after being in the booster for a couple of weeks, so we told him it was like what astronauts sit in for blast-off. Height-wise he'll fit harnessed for a long time (my8yo ds still fit), but the crotch strap may only last him for another year or so.
post #66 of 76
I chose other. The disadvantage with polls like this, is that they do not take into account the wide difference in what is legal and available in other countries. I would have loved to have gotten one of the higher harness weight seat that are regularly discussed on this forum.
My 3 yo outgrew his harness seat by height not by weight, so he is now in a german seat that uses a complete body shield up to 18kg. (After shopping around, we discovered that group 1 seats here in the UK, would only gain us an extra half inch in torso height. If he continues his current growth pattern, he will be using the body shield until his 5th birthday (when he will be approx. 18kg), then the seat converts to a hbb.
post #67 of 76
My DS will be harnessed in our car until he outgrows his Regent. At 2.5, he is 40 inches tall and very long torsoed, I do not expect him to be in it past about 5.
post #68 of 76
DS will stay harnessed as long as possible. He's currently in a Regent (in my car, used the most often) and a Nautilus (in dp's car, used a couple times a month). He will fit harnessed in the Regent for a few more years, I'm sure, as he's pretty small for his age (he's 6 years 3 months). The Nautilus I bet he fits in for another couple years before we move that to booster mode.

I do NOT trust my ds to sit properly in a booster seat. He is big on safety and follows most rules pretty well (especially if I tell him something is a "safety violation" because he doesn't want any safety violations!). But when he gets in his moods (he has autism) there's no telling what he will do. I wouldn't put it past him to get out of his booster seat and jump out of the car while I'm driving down the road at 70mph. So, he'll remain harnessed (and I've not taught him how to unbuckle himself either) as long as possible.
post #69 of 76
DS was only about 3 when he outgrew his harnessed seat by weight. I would have liked to keep him harnessed longer. I'll keep DD harnessed as long as possible.
post #70 of 76
DD is 3 years 10 months and just hit 30lbs. I wont booster her until she is at least 40lbs, and that probably wont be until she is 6. At that point, we will evaluate maturity and overall readiness to use a booster seat and go from there.

She is currently RF in an 06 Radian with a RF weight limit of 33lbs. I could get her a Radian with a 40lb RF weight limit, but not sure if I want to spend the money on a seat she will only use for 2-3 years.
post #71 of 76
Other. My kid is 5 and rides in a booster in my car most of the time and also in his dad's car. In his grandma's car, he rides in a regent and will until he outgrows it, it expires, or DS can buckle himself in the booster correctly every time (which will probably happen before he outgrows it or it expires). Grandma can't be trusted to buckle him in a booster (she tries to do it over the armrests every time!) so even though I feel he's safe in one (exactly why he's in one in the other cars), it'll be a while before I get one for her car.

So probably till 6 or so but not because HE'S not booster ready...grandma isn't.
post #72 of 76
Ds is rearfacing in a Radian now, so it depends on when he outgrows it. It has an 80lb weight limit, but it might expire before he reaches that! When he outgrows the Radian, OR it expires, then I will decide weather or not to buy another harnessed seat. It would depend on how old he is at the time.

I guess I'd harness him until he is close to 80lbs.
post #73 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by leighi123 View Post
Ds is rearfacing in a Radian now, so it depends on when he outgrows it. It has an 80lb weight limit, but it might expire before he reaches that! When he outgrows the Radian, OR it expires, then I will decide weather or not to buy another harnessed seat. It would depend on how old he is at the time.

I guess I'd harness him until he is close to 80lbs.
He will probably outgrow it by height WAY before 80lbs.
post #74 of 76
DS is now RF in his Radian XT (this is his 3rd convertible as he keeps outgrowing the RF limit just as a seat with a higher RF limit is released in Canada) Anyway he will stay RF till he out grows his Radian XT and then I will FF him in it if he still fits the straps. I will most likely buy a Harness/Booster seat combo when he outgrows the Radian if there is one that fits him and if not he will go into a high back booster.

So I will keep him harnessed in a 5 point harness as long as I can even if it means buying a new seat. I do believe that it is safer to be in a 5 point harness (if it wasn't then race car drivers would only use a 3 point) Also if there is an accident and DS needs to be removed from the car he can be removed in his seat in case there is neck or back injuries. Not to mention the story of the little guy being ejected from his car because the seat belt failed on his booster.
post #75 of 76
I voted other. I'll keep them harnessed to the limits of their seats, but I have no way of knowing how old they'll be then.
post #76 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by DahliaRW View Post
He will probably outgrow it by height WAY before 80lbs.
Yeah, that. My 5 year old is just on the verge of outgrowing the Radian by height for forward-facing, but is only 42 pounds. Granted, she's a tall kid. But still a LONG way from 80 pounds.
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