A (childless) colleague of mine asked me today if I knew something about carseats. While I'm not an expert, I certainly know more than he does.
He has friends coming to visit (today, apparently) with a 5 year old and a 2 year old. Friends are traveling by train and didn't bring the carseats. My colleague had borrowed a backless booster from a neighbor and was wondering if he could use it for the 2 1/2 year old, since the parents had said the 5 year old would be OK without a car seat.
I told him that the law in our state was:
1. The 2 1/2 year old needed a harnessed carseat, not a booster.
2. 5 year old needed a booster.
I said that the 5 year old could use the booster, but they needed an actual carseat for the toddler. He asked about renting one. I said "you know, for the price that you could rent one for, you'd probably be better going to Target and buying one. I also am not sure I trust the rented ones."
So, he's off to Target now to buy a carseat. Should I have let him rent one? He can get a Costco Scenra for $60. I'm feeling a little guilty about 'making' him spend so much money for a guest.