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post #21 of 45
DS1 is 6 years 7 months. He is right around 50lbs and is maybe 45 inches tall. He is all legs though, and I only just had to adjust his Nautilus harness to the top slot. He is very mature in the car and very rarely falls asleep on a trip, so I suppose I could switch him to booster mode, but why? He's safer where he is, he makes no objection to the harness. He can buckle himself and only needs a hand unbuckling the lower part of the harness. Plus, on those rare occasions that he falls asleep on a long, late ride, I know he is positioned properly.

DS2 is 5 years, 3 months. He is well within the range of his harness limits, and while he is pretty mature and I think I could trust him to stay upright and positioned in a booster, he still falls asleep regularly in the afternoon on a car ride, so he would not be a candidate yet for a booster. He's even lighter than his big brother was at that age, so I think he will go harnessed well after his 7th birthday too.

We've never been in a situation where it might be easier to use a booster for a one-off ride. I'd probably be comfortable with that for DS1, but not DS2 yet.

I do look forward to the day that the kids need no help getting in and out of the car, and air travel with three kids sounds downright simple if you take the carseats out of the equation, but that can wait...safety first!
post #22 of 45
DS1 is 4y10mo and he'll be in his 5 point harness for a while longer. He's 45" tall and about 47 pounds. I just noticed yesterday that I need to move the harness up to another slot. A Nautilus is good as a 5-point until 65 pounds or 52 inches, right? If I am correct in the limits of the car seat, then he has at least a couple more years in it.
post #23 of 45

We got a high backed booster that includes a 5 point harness and transitioned when we had his little brother and the convertible carseat went to the newborn, DS1 was 3 years. I love that this booster can keep being used as 5 point harness til he's much taller, he's 5 years now and has a little room left.

post #24 of 45
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Originally Posted by GardenStream View Post

DS1 is 4y10mo and he'll be in his 5 point harness for a while longer. He's 45" tall and about 47 pounds. I just noticed yesterday that I need to move the harness up to another slot. A Nautilus is good as a 5-point until 65 pounds or 52 inches, right? If I am correct in the limits of the car seat, then he has at least a couple more years in it.
 


The 5 point harness can be used until 65 lbs. or until the child is too tall for the top slot. They say 52 inches is the height limit but it really depends on your child's torso height. The top slot is about 18.25 inches. My DD has a long torso, but she's only 45.5 inches and she became to tall for the harness in her Nautilus a few months ago.

post #25 of 45
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The 5 point harness can be used until 65 lbs. or until the child is too tall for the top slot. They say 52 inches is the height limit but it really depends on your child's torso height. The top slot is about 18.25 inches. My DD has a long torso, but she's only 45.5 inches and she became to tall for the harness in her Nautilus a few months ago.


I hauled the car seat inside and adjusted everything. I moved the straps up to what I thought was the top slot. It turns out that there was another slot hidden by the headrest that I didn't even know was there. I also remeasured my son. He is 46 inches tall and he still has 3" left until his shoulders will be even with the top slot. joy.gif
post #26 of 45

We started transitioning dd to a booster part time when she was 5yrs 7months old and 44lbs.  We now use the booster full time and have since right around her 6th birthday (she'll be 7 next month).  

post #27 of 45
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I'm assuming that you mean adult lap/shoulder belt but just wanted to clarify for other readers, a booster should NEVER be used with only a lap belt.



Yep, sorry, I did mean shoulder+lap belt. I'm just so old that I automatically call it a lap belt, even though it goes over both. (I remember the days when our cars didn't HAVE seat belts!)

post #28 of 45

Dd was 5 years 2 months when we switched her to full time booster use.  We were having a new baby and she could not (still can't) buckle herself in or unbuckle herself and the idea of having to buckle three in for multiple trips a day (she's in school) was daunting.  So, since she can buckle herself in with the belt and sits apprpriatly 100% of the time the booster is perfect for us.   At the time we switched, she weighed about 45lbs but I don't recall her height at all.   My second child is four years old, but only 30lbs and lacks the maturity needed to even try a booster at this time.  Maybe in a year (though I doubt he'll gain 10lbs in a year, but we did just take him off of milk which has helped his stomach issues a lot!)


 

 


 

post #29 of 45

My dd was 4 and a half.  She had outgrown her car seat height wise and was ready for the switch height/age wise.

post #30 of 45

My children will be 7 in June and are still in their Regents.  I think they will be over the height limit around the time they turn 7.

 

post #31 of 45

DD was  about 5 1/2, DS switched a couple of weeks ago at 4 1/2. For both we had reached the 40lb weight limit on our harnessed seat and I haven;t found any options for higher weight harnessing here in the UK. They have both used boosters for short trips with grandparents and so on, it was good being able to sit in the back with them a couple of times to make sure they stayed in  place.

 

I feel DD was ready, she sits well and we got a booster with wings round her head so she stays in place well if she falls asleep. DS I would prefer to have in a harness, I'm doing a lot of reminding him to sit back at the moment.

post #32 of 45

DD will be 7 in a few weeks.  She is harnessed in a Radian.  I own over 10 car seats and only have 3 kids.  I had JUST gotten a new marathon and frontier when i found out i was pg with #3.  I drive a prius and dh drives another small car.  I ended up buying   5 radians and a keyfit so that we could safely transport all 3 kids in our cars.  It sucked but i feel DD is safer in the radian then just a booster.  She could probably sit right about 95% of the time but she sometimes falls asleep and she is also super skinny and i just feel she is safer in the 5pt.  So, while is sucked to buy 6 new seats i feel better about it.  She also prefers the 5 pt and says it is more comfy then the boosters she has tried.

post #33 of 45

I would have had to put DD1 (39 months) in a high-back booster a couple of months ago if I hadn't managed to find a better seat at the swedish car seat shop.  In the UK there are no other options for 40+lb and 40+ inch tall kids.  DD1 still has a couple of pounds left - she's about 38lb, but she'd outgrown the harness in height. 

 

I think it's ridiculous that I would have had to put a barely 3 year old in a booster.  I don't know about other people's kids but I wouldn't trust mine with just a seat belt - she'd be likely to open it while travelling. It's crazy that many many parents who don't know about options or can't afford those seats - and they are pricey, I had to save up for months to buy hers - are basically forced into  a less than ideal situation for their kids.

post #34 of 45

DD is 6 and 40lbs and still happily harnessed in her Frontier.

post #35 of 45

My DS is 7 1/2 years old, 43 lbs, and is still in his convertible seat.  His seat goes up to 80 lbs harnessed, and 100 lbs as a booster so I don't see any reason to move him out of it.

post #36 of 45

I switched my oldest to a HBB at 6.5 (around 50 lbs. and 47") and my second at 5 (45 lbs., 44"). My third is still a baby but it will be at 5 or 6 for her too. I'm pretty comfortable with switching them when they are both over 5 and express a desire. 

post #37 of 45

My oldest was 6 years old and probably somewhere around 50lbs. DD #2 is still in a 5-pt harness and is 6 1/2 and weighs maybe 48lbs.

post #38 of 45

DS1 was 4y11m, had reached the weight limit for his 5pt harness seat (20kg)

 

post #39 of 45

We kept dedicated car seats in our 3 vehicles and she outgrew them, switching to a HHB at different times.  We base our decision on the vehicle and seat.  The last 5-pt. harness car seat she was out of was a Marathon at 6.3yo in my van.  She is still in a HHB in my van, in a booster seat in one car and not in a booster at all in another car now that she's 9.  It's always been all based on the safest fit for the particular car/seat.

post #40 of 45

DD was just over 4 and 40 pounds, but is very responsible in the car: she sits properly and doesn't shift around.

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