Originally Posted by nicole lisa
How old is your child in the seat right now? There are seats which harness up to 63 pounds. DS is turning 8 in a couple of months and only 46 pounds. There's no way he'd still be in a harnessing seat even though he could be for a few more years. No way would any of his friends' parents be willing to install a carseat every time they wanted to take him swimming or to a movie.
Dd is almost 4 now. But frankly I don't care what the kids think. It's non-negotiable. If you had a teen who wouldn't be seen wearing a seatbelt, everyone would say that's absurd.
My kids will sit in the safest way in cars - period.
Many 8 yr olds won't fit by height in any harnessing seats even if they still easily fit by weight. Most seats are outgrown by height before weight.
My kids will be rf as long as possible.
My kids will be in 5pt harnesses as long as possible.
My kids will be in high back boosters as long as possible.
My kids will be in boosters as long as appropriate.
My kids will always wear seatbelts.
I'm not big on rules for most things. But this topic is a non-negotiable in our household.