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post #41 of 99
My 8 year old is in a backless booster. He grew out of the high-back a while ago! He can't wait to be booster-free. We don't know any other 8 year olds who still use boosters.
We put him in a highback booster when he was 4. He was too broad-shouldered to fit in the Marathon comfortably at that age. I don't regret moving him to a HBB at 4, and will likely end up doing the same for my younger son.
post #42 of 99
My 7.75 year old is in a booster, though he is pretty tall, and I think he would pass the 5 test. But he doesn't complain about it yet, so in it he stays. My 5 year old is in a booster too.
post #43 of 99
I don't have a 7-9 year old yet, so I guess this is a little off topic, but I was shocked to see that all of the kids in my 4 year old's preschool class (except for him) are in boosters, and almost all of them are low back ones. I'm pretty sure there are several who aren't even 40 pounds. Kind of appalling.
post #44 of 99
My 7.5 and 9.5 yr-olds are both still in boosters. None of their friends are even though the law is 8 here.
post #45 of 99
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
Why is that so shocking to you? What's wrong with that?
Do they make a low-back one for the driver's seat? Because he'll be getting his license in 3 years.
post #46 of 99
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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).
I don't pass that step either...
post #47 of 99
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Do they make a low-back one for the driver's seat? Because he'll be getting his license in 3 years.
Just because he doesn't fit the belt properly at 13 doesn't mean he will be in a booster forever. And, FTR, my husband sat on phone books and pillows to drive when he got his license.
post #48 of 99
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Do they make a low-back one for the driver's seat? Because he'll be getting his license in 3 years.
There's nothing wrong with a driver who is too short to sit safely in a car being in a booster. However, most boys grow a whole, whole lot between 13 and 16. However, I do think it's pretty messed up that most car seat belts aren't made so grown women can pass the "seat belt crossing at the shoulder not neck" rule. I'm 5-4 and even with an adjustable seat belt, I can't make it fit right.
post #49 of 99
My 8.5 yo daughter is still in a booster since most of the time seat belts don't hit her in the right spot. She seems to carry her height in her legs.

The seat belt in the back seat of our truck actually fits her properly but there's no cushiony head rest behind her head - just the rear window. I use a HBB in that vehicle only becuz I worry about her hitting her head on that window. In other cars, I convert it to a backless booster. She seems fine with it, she knows it's for safety.
post #50 of 99
My 7.5 year old rides in a booster and will for quite a few more years. She rides in a high backed booster in my car, backless for school trips and friend's car. All the 1st and 2nd graders in her school at least have to a booster twice a week for school trips (they have drum lessons off campus and then have a wilderness day). The school will not transport them without seats. Outside of school, would say it is evenly spilt between kids who do still ride in one and those who do not. The law here is until 8.
post #51 of 99
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There are backless boosters that go up to 110# and 120#.
Aww thanks can you tell it has been awhile since I have had to booster shop...
post #52 of 99
I think the major problem here is that it is way too easy to be complacent. It is the issue with all carseats really.

It is too easy to say "my kid is fine." Because yes, the odds are on any given car trip, your kid will be fine... no matter if they are in a booster, a carseat, rear facing, laying on the floor, or hanging out the window.

But car seats aren't meant to keep your kids safe on a regular trip. They are meant to keep your kid safe in a collision. That is key. Just because your kid was fine on the last 9,999 trips you took without getting into a collision doesn't mean they are going to be safe on the 1,000 trip when you are in a head-on crash going 100km/h.

If you knew, with 100% certainty, that you would get into a crash the next time your kid was in your car, what would you do differently? Most parents would take the opportunity to have their child in the safest configuration possible.

The key thing to remember is that we will never know when an accident is going to happen. If we did, we would be able to avoid it.

I know all kinds of parents who worry about organic foods, chemicals in the environment and have banked their child's cordblood cells... but won't keep their child as safe as possible in the car. Any given child is much more likely to die in a car crash than to require their cord blood, so it is really hard for me to wrap my head around this reasoning.

I live in an area that required car seats to be used until age 4 - and booster seats count here. So a 2yo in a booster is legal. A 4yo without a booster in the front seat is legal. I have taken time to write politicians myself and basically was told to PFO.

For the vast majority of the kids unsafely restrained in vehicles, they will end up just fine, because they will be fortunate enough to avoid a collision. But not all kids are so lucky. If we are ever in an accident I want to be able to know that I did everything in my power to keep my child safe. If I didn't, I wouldn't be able to live with myself.

When I was a kid we used to ride around in our Chevy van sitting on lawn chairs, and "we were fine." True. But only because we never had a wreck. Otherwise we would have made front page news, and I wouldn't be sitting here.
post #53 of 99
my just about 8 year old uses a booster in one of our cars but not the other.. She is long legged and long torrso and fully passes the test in the car we removed it from, but because of the seat laout in our other she still needs the booster. SHe will turn 8 on the 26th of this month we JUST said okay to her not using the booster in the one car.

Deanna
post #54 of 99
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But car seats aren't meant to keep your kids safe on a regular trip. They are meant to keep your kid safe in a collision. That is key.
I have never been complacent about car seat use, and am grateful to this day that I wasn't.

We were in a car accident when my oldest was 8, and my other 2 children were 2 yo and 5 months. It happened in seconds. Our car was totaled. The front end was less than a third of the size it started out as, and the firefighters had to cut us out. The damage to the front end rendered the car undriveable and unfixable. The airbags didn't deploy, but should have. The two younger children were in properly installed Britax Roundabouts in the back seat, and walked away from the crash without a mark on them.

At the time, my 2 yo was going through a phase where she would unbuckle her car seat while I was driving. About 1/4 mile down the road before the crash, I had turned around at a red light, and rebuckled her. It makes my blood run cold to think about what could have happened if I hadn't noticed she'd unbuckled herself, hadn't taken the moment to rebuckle her, or hadn't had her in the car seat. As it was, I was wearing my seatbelt, and I smacked my head into the windshield, and my knees into the dashboard, because the seat belt didn't engage quickly enough. The impact was just so fast.

It was just a routine trip, and we were on our way home from the vet, down a road that we traveled almost every day before the crash, and every day after, until we moved away.
post #55 of 99
dd1 used a booter till about 8.5yrs. i kept it till 10yrs just incase we needed it, but never did.

i have a friend with a small dd that was using a booster at age 9yrs (moved so don't know when/if she stopped)
post #56 of 99
My son will be 9 in January and is in a high back booster. When it expires in November I'm fine with him moving to a low back but he will still use a booster of some sort because he doesn't fit in the seat/seatbelt yet.
post #57 of 99
My almost 11 yo uses a low back booster. The law in Ontario is 8 yo or 80 lbs, most parents throw out the booster at 8 yo.
post #58 of 99
My child will be in her radian xtsl til she outgrows it. I know someone who has a 7 year old son still in his radian as well.
post #59 of 99
My 8.5 year old is still in a backless booster.
post #60 of 99
Does anybody know why seats expire? I haven't even thought about that! Must go check ds's. Where would it say?

That said, my ds is 9y8-1/2m old. He's tall and skinny, about 53" tall, I think? And nearly 60lbs. Some days
Me, I'm 5'1" and just now down to 171lbs from over 200, and I could use a booster! I used to drive a Plymouth GranFury and I had to sit on books and pillows to see over the dashboard

DS is in a HBB in my car, and low back ones in other people's cars, and is just starting to complain that none of his friends have to use one.
His best friend is just-turned-9 and is very small and doesn't use one. His parents are very conscious people and they're fine with this, but it seems to be as touchy a subject as breastfeeding, so I leave it alone, mostly. It's their child, after all. But it does appall me.

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My dd1 doesn't argue because it's never been a choice. Ever. I don't get that at all. I just don't understand why loving, informed mothers would make this decision.


It's not debatable, in my family.

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Where we live, kids are bullied if they are still in any kind of a seat in preschool.
Oh, that's horrible

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Originally Posted by chickabiddy View Post
and her friends have to use boosters in my car as well
Yep, me too. Everybody uses seat belts and everybody smaller uses boosters. If they balk, they don't ride in my car. It's me that gets the ticket if adults are caught w/o a seat belt.

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If I were an inch shorter, I would ride in a booster. I probably should!
Me too-- if they made one wide enough for my fat arse

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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
I respectfully disagree. What is more important that one's child's safety? What other factors?

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There are backless boosters that go up to 110# and 120#.
Really? Got linky? I don't think my ds will have to worry about that, but then again, he might. He's skinny.

The law is ambiguous here (NC), I think. There are places I've seen it listed as "8yo and (I think "and" and not "or") 80lbs" and then there are billboards all over that say "4'9". It's the law".

I know plenty of people that just ditch the booster when their DC turns 8. I am all about weight/height/the 5-step thingy. Thanks, btw, for posting that!

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But he doesn't complain about it yet, so in it he stays.
So...when he does, he stops using one? (*waves from Oakley* )

For me-- I don't count that as criteria for being unsafe

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At the time, my 2 yo was going through a phase where she would unbuckle her car seat while I was driving.


I'm so glad you all were safe!! How scary.

That said, when ds was that age, I used to turn the buckle part (with the button) around backwards so he was still buckled, but didn't have the dexterity to unbuckle it from the back side

Yeah, here (Western NC) I also see LOTS of kids too small/young to be in just a seat belt. It makes me really sad-- so scary. All it takes is ONE collision.
There have been times when I've been SO tempted to make DS wear a helmet in the car, too.
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