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post #21 of 99
My 7½-year-old is still in a high-backed-booster. She is the only child her age that we know who still rides in a HBB. Most kids her age don't have boosters at all; and if they do, then the are always the basic backless kind. She has never had a problem with it before. However, recently she did have her cousin come over and tell her all about how her mommy doesn't make her ride in one anymore AND how her mommy lets her ride up front now! Of course my daughter was upset and wanted to know why she couldn't do these things. I told her the truth. I told her that I loved her very much and I wanted her to be as safe as possible. Those things her friends are doing are NOT safe, and though they may seem like fun... I love her too much to be "fun" all the time.
post #22 of 99
My dd is 7.5, in a HBB, and most likely will be for 1-2 years. She's not very tall for her age, so I don't think she will fit properly in the seat without a booster of some sort for a bit.

Heck, my MIL is only 4'11", she might not pass a 5 step test in some vehicles!
post #23 of 99
You know, I'm 5'2" (ok, almost, but I'm calling it 5'2" anyway!) and there is no way I would pass the 5 step test myself in most vehicles. I'm pretty sure my daughter won't pass until she is MUCH older- late teens, probably. Maybe more thought needs to be given to car design so those of us who are under 5'8" are safer while riding as passengers.
post #24 of 99
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Originally Posted by boheime View Post
My oldest is turning 8 in a month and is still in his Regent. We had talked about the possibility of getting him a HBB when he turned 8, but he still has plenty of room in his Regent, it doesn't expire for another 2 years, and our budget could use a little catching up with all of the medical bills I've had recently. So, chances are I will have an 8 year old in a Regent a month from now. He'll eventually switch to a HBB which will get him (at his current growth rate) until he is probably 12-13. We are looking at Monterey for him, so it will probably switch to a LBB at some point if he is in it until he is 13.
A high-backed booster at 13 years old!?!
post #25 of 99
My ds1 is about to turn 16yo. He used a booster until he was 11yo and wasn't allowed to sit in the front until 12yo.

My ds2 is almost 8.5yo. He uses a clek LBB. He is about 51" tall and a super skinny 54 lbs. Bony build and low muscle tone. He'll be in the booster for at least another 3 years no problem, as it is rated to 120#.


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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
The law here is 8 years old so my oldest stopped using one when he is 8 and my middle will stop using hers (low-back booster) in November when she turns 8. My youngest is turning 5 in January. She'll be in a high-back booster until she's 6 and then I'll let her switch to a low-back one until she's 8.
Is your 4yo already in a booster? I hope I'm reading that wrong. I STRONGLY encourage you to do a bit more research. I'm sure that after you do, you will use the 5 step test rather than the law.

It really bears repeating:

5-step test (and it's all or nothing -- 80% is not passing):
~ shoulder belt crossing between neck and arm, not riding up on neck
~ lap belt crossing low on hips and thighs, not riding up on belly
~ back and buttocks against seat crease
~ knees bending at edge of seat (and preferably feet resting on floor)
~ able to maintain position for the entire trip

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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
The law is 8 years old. I feel the law is fine. No they aren't 4'9" but they sit just fine in the car.
Would you use that line of reasoning no matter where you lived? I ask because in my state, a 3 yo is legal in a LBB and the law for no seat whatsoever is either 3 or 5, I forget which.

I say this for whomever may be reading: THE LAW IS NOT ENOUGH. You must go by safety standards, not state law. And you must use your seat correctly, every time, no matter how long or short the ride. Your children are too precious to take a chance with their lives by using an inappropriate seat (or worse, none at all!)
post #26 of 99
My 9-year-old is in a Britax Parkway still. I think I will move him to a backless booster. When he asks when he can be in a car without one, I tell him when he is 4'9. He gets it, even though none of his friends are in boosters.
post #27 of 99
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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
A high-backed booster at 13 years old!?!
Why is that so shocking to you? What's wrong with that?
post #28 of 99
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Originally Posted by confustication View Post
You know, I'm 5'2" (ok, almost, but I'm calling it 5'2" anyway!) and there is no way I would pass the 5 step test myself in most vehicles. I'm pretty sure my daughter won't pass until she is MUCH older- late teens, probably. Maybe more thought needs to be given to car design so those of us who are under 5'8" are safer while riding as passengers.
I absolutely agree that vehicles should be designed to keep smaller people safe as well, but you can also be reassured that small adults are safer in cars than small children. During puberty, the hip bones become harder and sharper. This helps keep the lap belt, which is the most important restraint, down where it belongs during a crash. (The arms of boosters are designed to act as "artificial hips" for children who do not yet have fully-developed hipbones.)
post #29 of 99
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A high-backed booster at 13 years old!?!
That caught my eye, too.
post #30 of 99
My 9.5 year-old is still in a booster. Honestly, he is tiny, though, like 13 percentile.

If I were an inch shorter, I would ride in a booster. I probably should!
post #31 of 99
wes was in one until he was over 11. hes not technically tall enough but he sits in the seatbelt properly
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post #32 of 99
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Originally Posted by confustication View Post
You know, I'm 5'2" (ok, almost, but I'm calling it 5'2" anyway!) and there is no way I would pass the 5 step test myself in most vehicles. I'm pretty sure my daughter won't pass until she is MUCH older- late teens, probably. Maybe more thought needs to be given to car design so those of us who are under 5'8" are safer while riding as passengers.
I agree. I'm 5 feet even and my kids are on the small side, too. I'm not planning to keep my kids in a booster until they meet the 5-step test if that means they would have to keep using one way past what other people consider the normal age. Of course their safety is important to me, but I don't think we should all feel obligated to do the absolute safest thing all the time. There are other factors to consider besides safety, and there are options that are reasonably safe even if they aren't the absolute safest possible.

ETA: To address the OP's question, my 7 1/2 year old is still in a high-back booster, and I'm not planning to stop using it as soon as she hits 8.
post #33 of 99
My ds will be 8 in a few weeks and he is in a HBB. I was cleaning out the van and carseats this weekend so out of curiosity he sat in a seat without his booster and he was pretty close to fitting but his feet weren't on the floor and the seatbelt was still a bit high on his neck. I can see him using the booster for at least another year or two. Maybe it's just us but I really am not too aware of what other 8 year olds are sitting in. I know ds has never mentioned it and I don't think he could really care less what he sits in.
post #34 of 99
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Originally Posted by blessedwithboys View Post
Is your 4yo already in a booster? I hope I'm reading that wrong. I STRONGLY encourage you to do a bit more research. I'm sure that after you do, you will use the 5 step test rather than the law.
Yes my 4 year old is already in a HBB. And what exactly is wrong with that? She is almost 5 years old and she weighs 46 lbs and is in the 98% for height. I do not see the issue with her being in a booster and actually find it ridiculous that you would take issue with that.
post #35 of 99
My oldest will be 8 in January. He is in a high-back booster in my car but uses a backless in other cars. I asked him to sit in the seat next to him (while parked) and try just the seatbelt and he said, "Mom, the seatbelt is at my lips." He realizes he needs a booster, and he's pretty big (50-51"). It's not something he would argue about. He actually prefers the HBB over backless because it is more comfortable. I think the seatbelts in the second row would be more likely to fit him in the foreseeable future but my other 2 (younger) kids are in those seats.

My 46 lb. 4.75 yr. old is in a harnessed seat and will be until 5.5-6.

Most of the kids we know around here who are 6+ don't use a booster. The law recently changed to 7 years but it's ignored. I've seen, within the past month, an infant lying on the front seat (reported to the cops but they did nothing), a 1 year old in a convertible carseat with the harness taken out and a lap belt passed over the kid, *many* toddlers/preschoolers in nothing at all, and forward-facing infants. It's shocking but it's obviously the norm around here and the cops don't seem to care. We moved in June from Ann Arbor and there, every kid I knew was in a booster until 8, which is the law.
post #36 of 99
Dd2 was 10 in July and is still in a booster.
post #37 of 99
My 10 1/2yo is still in a low back booster because she doesn't pass 1 step of the 5 step test. (the shoulder strap rides up on her neck). She sits in the last row of our van and the strap is just too far up. I don't know what I am going to do when she gains another 6lbs and weighs too much for the llb. I am hoping she grows up in height before then. She is tall but it is all in the legs. Im my moms car she passes the test just fine.

I agree that the laws in my state are not enough to keep the kids safe. According to my states "laws" she doesn't need to be in a booster but those laws were not enough to keep my friends little boy safe as he flew out of his seatbelt and died.
post #38 of 99
My dd who just turned 10 on the 6th is still in her high back booster. She still likes 2 inches being to tall for it and 20pds to heavy for it. She will stay in it until she reaches the 57 inches or 100 pds which ever comes first.

My ds who will be 6 on the 18th is in a 5pt harness that he likes 20 pds and 9 3.8 inches to outgrow the harness part. The seat as a harness fits up to 65pds and 57 inches and up to 100pds as a booster.

The law here is 8yo but I feel that dd is safer in the booster. None of her classmates have been in any sort of car seat since K Same for ds. But she dosnt have a problem at all with it. Same with ds sitting in a car seat is just what he has always known and dosnt know any different.
post #39 of 99
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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
Yes my 4 year old is already in a HBB. And what exactly is wrong with that? She is almost 5 years old and she weighs 46 lbs and is in the 98% for height. I do not see the issue with her being in a booster and actually find it ridiculous that you would take issue with that.
Most 4yos, regardless of size, are not booster-ready. A few are. I am more concerned about kids being out of boosters at an arbitrary age than a 4yo in a booster, though.
post #40 of 99
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Originally Posted by Katie T View Post
My 10 1/2yo is still in a low back booster because she doesn't pass 1 step of the 5 step test. (the shoulder strap rides up on her neck). She sits in the last row of our van and the strap is just too far up. I don't know what I am going to do when she gains another 6lbs and weighs too much for the llb. I am hoping she grows up in height before then. She is tall but it is all in the legs. Im my moms car she passes the test just fine.
There are backless boosters that go up to 110# and 120#.
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