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Would you booster a 3 year old

post #1 of 88
Thread Starter 
I mean in a pinch with the other choice being not going anywhere at all. Say you are without your carseat and the only option is a booster seat.
post #2 of 88
Nope. Not a 3 yr old.

I'd stay home.

-Angela
post #3 of 88
How much does the 3 year old weigh? I have boostered my 40 lb 3.75 year old, but I wouldn't if they were much under 40 lbs.
post #4 of 88
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Nope. Not a 3 yr old.

I'd stay home.

-Angela
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post #5 of 88
Thread Starter 
My DS is 42lbs, 41inches tall.
post #6 of 88
I guess it depends on how big the child is and if they are able/willing to sit properly. I probably wouldn't do it for a small 3 year old, or one who wouldn't sit up properly. My kids did but they knew to sit up tall with the seatbelt in the right place and they were both big - 40 pounds and 40 inches at age 3.

If you are not confident that the child would sit up with the seat belt positioned properly, or they are not tall enough I wouldn't do it. I would also only do it in a high back booster which is designed for smaller kids.
post #7 of 88
I did it once when dd was barely 3. But it was a car service to the airport in a different city, so the only other option was missing our flight. So I buckled her up the best I could and told the driver to please go slow.

But I think I'm going to buy a booster for dd when we go on a plane trip next month. DS car seat and hers seem too much to schlepp. But she'll be 2 weeks shy of 4 and I think her height and weight will be fine. I was actually going to ask about backless versus folding styles.

Given your son's size, I think it'd be okay in a pinch.


And Alegna, I swear I don't mean to be following you around (and disagreeing no less!) Sorry! We seem to be on the same threads lately.
post #8 of 88
Thread Starter 
Problem solved. I will just go out and get another harnessed seat and put it in my closet. LOL.
post #9 of 88
I think it depends on the size of the kiddo. My 3yo ds is still in a regular carseat but his siblings were in conversion and/or boosters by the time they were 3.5 depending on what car we were in. My youngest is a runt though so its not a matter of how well he can sit, its a matter of how safe he would be with a seatbelt/booster. IMO he is too tiny to be protected by a seatbelt. 40+ pounds and inches? to me would be ok with one of those conversion seats. My 3yo is only 26lbs.
post #10 of 88
My kid is a meter tall and 18 kilos. He won't be three until March and he has been in a booster since we got to the UK.

We have also used a booster in a pinch for my 2 and 1/2 year old niece, who usually still rides in a car seat.

I don't think it has ANYTHING to do with age. It has to do with their size AND their ability to sit up properly in a seat with a real seat belt.
post #11 of 88
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My kid is a meter tall and 18 kilos. He won't be three until March and he has been in a booster since we got to the UK.

We have also used a booster in a pinch for my 2 and 1/2 year old niece, who usually still rides in a car seat.

I don't think it has ANYTHING to do with age. It has to do with their size AND their ability to sit up properly in a seat with a real seat belt.
You yourself said it has to do w/ how they sit, maturity comes w/ age. I don't know a single 2yo who can sit properly in a booster (and very few are the 40# min) w/out someone next to them to keep them in their seat. It also has to do w/ bone strength and physiological development. By 6 a child has a fully developed and fused spine and pelvis along w/ other pelvic development that helps keep the lap belt on the hips and off the stomach. That's why while 4 is the reccomended MINIMUM, 6 is a better minimum.
post #12 of 88
No, I can't think of a single reason I would put my ds (4 years 4 months) in a booster. I would rather stay home. However, I don't see this scenario ever coming into play since I have a carseat in my car for him and, well, I always have my car. So.... not likely to happen in my scenario. DS is in a Regent and has plenty of years to grow. He's 37ish pounds and 42ish inches at 4 years and 4 months.
post #13 of 88
I have been debating this with my newly four year old. Not that I have any intention of boostering her, we have HWH seats in every vehicle she rides in, but would I? In an emergency, yes. I would. For an urgent situation, yes, still would. She is 4 and 38lbs. For a trip to the park, nope. She could just stay home.
post #14 of 88
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Originally Posted by ilovemyavery View Post
In an emergency, yes. I would. For an urgent situation, yes, still would.
IMO an emergency is a whole different ball game...

-Angela
post #15 of 88
Just out of curiosity...what are you all putting your kids in? My dd is just shy of 5 and 35ish pounds and is in what I am assuming you all are calling a booster seat. She has been in it since she was 4ish. (don't remmeber when exactly wwe switched her) Are your kids in 'regular' over the head carseats? My dd would not fit in one! I guess I just cant picture it.
post #16 of 88
I have been wondering about this and do not think I would. Ds is 3 yrs 11 months and 42inches and 42 lbs but quite the wiggler. I have a wizard that goes to 65lbs as a 5 pt harness. I plan to get the regent for other cars that he rides in. They have seats that convert to boosters at 45 lbs but I do not feel comfortable that he will say put. In an extreme emergency I might put him in a booster but definately not on a regular basis or if if was not truly necessary. Just not worth the risk.
post #17 of 88
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Just out of curiosity...what are you all putting your kids in? My dd is just shy of 5 and 35ish pounds and is in what I am assuming you all are calling a booster seat. She has been in it since she was 4ish. (don't remmeber when exactly wwe switched her) Are your kids in 'regular' over the head carseats? My dd would not fit in one! I guess I just cant picture it.
Not sure what you mean by over the head carseats. At that age I would probably have dd in a regent which is a harnessed seat.

My dd is 3.5 and still rear facing in a britax boulevard.

-Angela
post #18 of 88
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Originally Posted by tofumama View Post
Just out of curiosity...what are you all putting your kids in? My dd is just shy of 5 and 35ish pounds and is in what I am assuming you all are calling a booster seat. She has been in it since she was 4ish. (don't remmeber when exactly wwe switched her) Are your kids in 'regular' over the head carseats? My dd would not fit in one! I guess I just cant picture it.
Ds is in a 5 point harness. It is not over the head, just a typical 5 point harness. I plan to keep him in one as long as possible as he is a kiddo that is in constant motion and I would not feel comfortable otherwise.
post #19 of 88
Over the head meaning the kind with the plastic part that usually buckles between their legs.

I guess I am lucky that my kids are really well behaved in the car...no wigglers here I have my 6.5yo son and just-about 5yo dd both in boosters so the seatbelt falls on them better. We have a built in carseat with the 5 point harnes straps but I think it said 30lb minimum which is why I don't use it with my peanut.
post #20 of 88
My son is 4 and I wouldn't put him in a booster. 5 point harness or we stay home. Fortunately we live within walking distance of nearly anything I would ever need or want.
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