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Poll Results: How old is too old for a child to be in a booster seat?

 
  • 16% (23)
    7-9 years
  • 23% (32)
    10 years
  • 5% (7)
    11 years
  • 11% (16)
    12 years
  • 5% (8)
    13 years
  • 2% (4)
    14 years
  • 0% (1)
    15 years
  • 0% (1)
    16 years
  • 0% (1)
    17 years
  • 32% (44)
    18+ years if the person hasn't reached 4ft. 9in.
137 Total Votes  
post #21 of 166
My dd is 7 and is in a booster. She thinks the cup holders are cool so she doesn't mind it.
post #22 of 166
My nine year old son is happy in his booster - here in PA it is the law, and since it has been the law since he was little he doesn't know any different.
post #23 of 166
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Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
Unless your kid is tall enough to sit safely in a seatbelt it's absolutely stunned to say, "Ok, you know, I think at 9 you are old enough to die in a car crash. No booster for you!"

Good grief. If your kid needs a booster, put him in it, don't pass on your weird insecurities to your child (the general 'you' of course)
post #24 of 166
The legal criteria for my province is one of the following:

- child turns eight years old
- child weighs 36 kg (80 lbs)
- child is 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.

and that will be my minimum standard.
post #25 of 166
This is a hard question for me. I didn't pass that 4'9" requirement until I hit a growth spurt around 14 maybe even 15 years old. My son is more of average size so i'm not worried about him taking THAT long... but I could not see myself forcing a teenager to sit in a booster seat.
post #26 of 166
I don't have an answer yet. I certainly have not set an arbitrary age in my head. DD is only 10 months old. Needless to say, she's sitting rearfacing in a convertible seat and could care less about what her peers are doing. However, I am 4ft 10in. I did not ride in a booster in high school. I did not ride in a booster in middle school. I was not in a booster when I was 7. I have no memories of ever being in a seat, but I know I was. My mother, 4ft 11in herself, followed the laws (in the 1980s) about carseats.

I do not meet the requirements for sitting in front of an airbag. I'm too short and not heavy enough (maybe I am now postpartum). When I was learning to drive my mother would not let me drive in a car with airbags. She even desperately tried to get her own airbag turned off.

I have no trouble seeing over the steering wheel in my Honda Civic. I can reach the pedals without issue. If I felt a need, I would use an adult booster. However, even as ballsy and unconcerned with others opinions I was as a teen, I can't imagine riding in a booster then.

I have no clue what I'll do if my DD is as short as me. No clue at all.
post #27 of 166
Very short adults need to use a booster, unless they can find a car that's designed to fit them. Most cars simply are not designed with extreme heights in mind and therefore an adequate safety level cannot be acheived for them without modifications such as boosters and possibly something done to the foot pedals, for shorter people and larger vehicles for taller people.
post #28 of 166
As long as they need to be in one, which will probably be a LONG time for Evan who isn't on the height or weight chart as of now. He'll easily rf to 4 or 5, as will Ilana.

Quote:
strapping them down and covering them with padding or just getting on with life.
That's ridiculous, considering if you don't strap them in right, they might not get to get on w/ life. I find it absurd that some of you care MORE about your kids theoretical emotional health (since most kids want to be safe and if that includes a booster, they'll happily sit in one) than their life. What good are emotions if you're dead? There wouldn't be laws about carseat safety at all if parents would care enough to do what is best for their child to begin w/.

Did anyone watch Oprah recently where the little girl (7) was decapitated by her seatbelt? That's what can happen if you're in a seatbelt that doesn't fit, child or adult.
post #29 of 166
havent read the posts yet, but my sis had a friend whose last day in a booster was the first day of 9th grade- thats when she grew out of it, she was super petite
post #30 of 166
another thing is, while nobody rode in a booster seat past 3 or 4 when i was little, now almost all kids that age are still in harnessed carseats. a 10yo in a booster was unheard of, but it's not anymore. it is quickly becoming the norm.
post #31 of 166
Question ---

Are there any booster seats that work with lap belts? In our cargo van, the back seats (which are removable) have lap belts only, so with DS, his booster doesn't work with a lap belt really. Is a lap belt as big a problem for safety as shoulder for kids who are say over 40 lbs but not 4'9"? I know when I was a kid I travelled in the back with lap belt all the time probably from age 3 on, although I know there's been a lot of safety info since then. We obviously always try to use our other car when possible, but sometimes we may need to transport the kids in the cargo van and I'm not sure what to do. For now we can put DD in her infant seat (she's 22 lbs) when that's necessary and DS in the toddler seat but in another year that won't be feasible. So I'm wondering if a lap belt for the short, very necessary trip for say a 5 or 6 year old who ways over 40 is a huge safety issue. If it is, I need to be armed with info for DH, who comes from a country where they are only starting to put babies in car seats at all.
post #32 of 166
In my state it's only the law that they remain in boosters until 6 years old. Heck, they don't even have to wear SEATBELTS in the backseat after age 11, so I'm sure I'll be the 'crazy lady'. My son will be in a booster seat until he's 1) 8 years olad and 2)can safely wear an adult seatbelt and have it hit him in the proper place. He's fairly tall for his age (37 inches tall right now) so I'm sure he'll be tall enough by 8...but he'll still be in a booster until then.

My aunt has my 4 y/o cousin in just a backless booster and I just want to shake her...thats totally unsafe. James will be HARNESSED until he can't be harnessed anymore (or gets booted out of the harnessed booster by a younger sibling, won't happen till closer to 6 or 7 more than likely)
post #33 of 166
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Originally Posted by aprilushka View Post
Question ---

Are there any booster seats that work with lap belts?
No. Booster seats should never be used with just a lap belt. Always use them in seating positions with a lap AND shoulder.
If you have a vehicle that does not have lap and shoulder belts in the back, post here and we'll see if we can find you a retrofit kit for your vehicle.
For clarification, we are speaking of belt positioning booster seats here and not harnessed restraints.

DC
post #34 of 166
I would need a retro fit to go with removeable bucket seats that didn't come with the car.

It may be a tall order but I suppose someone makes them. We bought the car and seats three years before having kids so we didn't really think about it.
post #35 of 166
I guess how comfortable your children feel in a seat, what they see their friends doing and whats available etc all edpends on the laws in your state. Here we are still at 4 years old and 40 pounds (and our kids can get drivers liscences at 14 for roads) so it is rare to see a child over the age of 5 or 6 in a carseat. At 4 Ava is already aware that kids her age are not always in car seats. I can't imagine what it would be like dropping a kid off to middle school and making them climb up into a car seat.
post #36 of 166
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Originally Posted by lilyka View Post
I guess how comfortable your children feel in a seat, what they see their friends doing and whats available etc all edpends on the laws in your state. Here we are still at 4 years old and 40 pounds (and our kids can get drivers liscences at 14 for roads) so it is rare to see a child over the age of 5 or 6 in a carseat. At 4 Ava is already aware that kids her age are not always in car seats. I can't imagine what it would be like dropping a kid off to middle school and making them climb up into a car seat.
It's better to imagine that than imagine them dead in a relatively minor accident because they weren't properly secured in the car. Imagine a car accident where you and your baby walk away unharmed and your 5 year old, who was simply in an adult-designed restraint, is brain damaged or dead. These injuries and deaths occur daily.
post #37 of 166
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Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
The legal criteria for my province is one of the following:

- child turns eight years old
- child weighs 36 kg (80 lbs)
- child is 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.

and that will be my minimum standard.

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post #38 of 166
Quote:
is rare to see a child over the age of 5 or 6 in a carseat.
Wow, I guess these things are really regional. I don't think any of my daughter's friends are out of boosters yet, and she's about to turn six. It hasn't occurred to her that she might not have to have a booster.

She did agitate, strenuously, to move out of the Roundabout to a booster, and then later to have the booster back removed. But riding with nothing? No way.

A backless booster seat is not a particularly bulky or babyish-looking object -- it's just a higher version of the car seat, and you feel more comfortable riding in it because the shoulder harness isn't sawing to your neck. If I were under five feet, I'd probably want one too!
post #39 of 166
LOL... since when would I care what the other kids in my childs class think about him riding in a car seat.... IF we rode to school everyday in a clown car with monkeys flying out the tailpipe and they didn't like it...I could care less... and if my son said, "Johny thinks I am a baby because I ride in a car seat".....I would tell him"Johny is a moron and apparently Johnys mom isn't too concerned with how safe ole Johny-boy is as they drive around in a world where people text their best friends about what they saw on Oprah all the while drinking their iced -oh-la-latte doing 75mph on their way to gymnastics"
Then I would add...
"but your momma loves you....and who cares our windows are tinted...now get in a buckle up..I got to text my friend"

Seriously people are some of you okie-dokie with "My kids friends will tease them and I don't them to hurt my kid emotionally"?
My grade schooler has never even mentioned it to me.
Tricia
post #40 of 166
The themes remind me of when I was a kid and my parents ALWAYS made us wear our seatbelts-or the car did not go. I had friends who got to ride anywear (floor, back of the van, etc) in the car without seatbelts. I thought it was so cool, I bragged about riding with them and not wearing my seatbelt. Mom found out, talked to my friend's mom and that was the end of that.


But now as an adult, I never ride without a seatbelt and won't start the car until everyone (even MIL!) buckles up. I am thankful that my parents took my safety that seriously.

Abby is tiny, likely she will be in a booster through at least middle school. If she gets bent out of shape that most kids are NOT in boosters, I plan on letting her pick out her own "grown up" booster. But sitting without one, will NOT be an option in our family.

But this is coming from the 17 yr old babysitter who bought a carseat for the 3 year I watched after being horrified that her parents buckled her into my car with a regular seatbelt.
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