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Belt postitioning booster at 4 yo?

post #1 of 10
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My son is 4.5, and weighs 40 pounds. He rides daily in a radian (FF), which has an upper weight limit of 65 pounds, so he'll be in that for a while I hope.

 

We are looking for a lighter, inexpensive carseat to use on a family trip that will be easier to lug around the airport. I looked into the cosco scenera, which was reccomeneded on a previous thread, but then I realized it's max FF weight is just 40 pounds, so it won't work. It seems like the other in expensive options are high back/low back boosters. These seem to use the belt that is in the vehicle-- they don't have straps in the booster seat.

 

I always assumed these were for older children-- are they safe for a 4yo? Does high or low back mattern? If so, it seems like a great travel option for us.

post #2 of 10

You can't use a booster on an airplane, so you'd actually have to check it (or use it as your carry on, which only some can do).

 

Where are his shoulders in relation to the top slots of the Radian?  If he is fairly average torsoed, the Evenflo SureRide could be a good option--- it's a convertible seat but has really high top slots (over 19" versus 17" on the Radian) so will last a long time as a harnessed seat. It harnesses until 65 pounds.  It's just over 11 pounds (compared to 25+ for a Radian) so pretty light. And they're often on sale for $80-100 so not a terribly expensive seat considering he would be able to use it for a few years until he was ready for a no-back booster.

 

Some kids are ready to booster at 4, especially for short times, but many are not.  You need to be sure that your child is ready to be responsible for their own safety--- that means no leaning over, no messing with the seat-belt, no putting the belt behind them, etc... Also, many kids can't sleep in a booster, so if you're hoping he'll sleep in seat it might not work out.


Edited by TiredX2 - 1/17/14 at 8:12pm
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much for your reply. AFter a lot of thought and research, we decided to get a luggage cart for the radian. It worked so well-- my husband said traveling was a breeze with the luggage cart, even with a layover. I just didn't feel comfortable putting him in a booster for the first time in a rented car; especially when they will be driving long distances. I will keep an eye out for the snugride for sure!

post #4 of 10

Good for you for sticking with the 5-point harness!  Most 4 year olds really aren't ready to ride in a booster, especially when they fall asleep!

 

Have a great trip! :)

post #5 of 10

Another vote for the SureRide as a travel seat. We just got one to replace our Scenera because DD outgrew it and it is nice and light. She rides in a Radian at home as well but even though it folds up and you can carry it like a backpack it is too heavy for me.

post #6 of 10

Thank you for this thread! 

I am traveling with my 42 pound 4-year-old and was considering buying a booster since he can legally ride in one now. But I had doubts and wanted to research it. 

He's big enough for a booster and if used properly I'm sure he'd be fine. But it's a good point about mental readiness. I don't think he is ready to sit properly in it and not unbuckle himself or fall asleep. 

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Originally Posted by marsupial-mom View Post
 

Thank you for this thread! 

I am traveling with my 42 pound 4-year-old and was considering buying a booster since he can legally ride in one now. But I had doubts and wanted to research it. 

He's big enough for a booster and if used properly I'm sure he'd be fine. But it's a good point about mental readiness. I don't think he is ready to sit properly in it and not unbuckle himself or fall asleep. 

 

Most kids aren't at four, so he's definitely not alone.  10-15 years ago there were so few options to harness past 40 pounds that it was common to see 3-4 year olds in boosters (improperly a lot of the time).  I feel so lucky that there are so many more options now!

post #8 of 10

If you have the budget for it, the ride safer travel vest is a fantastic travel option for kids who are 3+ and 40lbs (so they can ride safely in the airplane without a seat).  It fits inside my carryon.  It's a bit of a pain to use daily while on vacation, but I prefer the extra buckle time to lugging  a seat through the airport!

post #9 of 10

I just bought my 4-year-old son a high-back booster last week. It is the Evenflo Snugrider or something like that. It was on sale at Toy R Us for $35! It's been great and I highly recommend it. My 6-year-old has one too (an older version). I agree about making sure the child is "mentally ready" for the booster. The first two days we had it, my son got himself out of the seatbelt when we were stopped at a stop sign, then again at a red light. He wanted to show me he could "do it all by himself". Luckily, I was in the passenger seat in the front and was able to get him back in the seatbelt quickly. We had a long talk about that, and now every time we come to a stop, he checks with me to make sure if it's ok to get out of the belt. He's been fine ever since.

post #10 of 10

This is what I bought...

 

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11468531&cp=2255957.2273443.4392756.2256193&parentPage=family

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