This was me too, but then practicality whacked me in the face (can't refuse to host playdates, can't buy a minivan, and I just can't be paranoid because I get so nervous and lose weight when I worry about the might-bes)! Mine are now 5.5 and 8.5, and both in Graco boosters. The 5.5yo only rides in the high back, the 8.5yo usually is in the backless/popup. He prefers the high back for long trips (more comfy for snoozing), but is truly about to outgrow the back. My 8.5yo is more comfy NOT in a booster in grandma's truck--it has a "short" backseat (the kind very uncomfy for adults) and he fits great in it--it also has a built-in seatbelt adjuster. He also has ridden in the back middle of our car without the booster when ds5.5 has friend come home. That seat is funny and feels higher up (that good old back middle), and it works. I cannot get 3 car seats in my back seat safely--I also can't put 2 huge Britax and a third child. There is no way to buckle that 3rd child's belt.
My 8.5 has a seated height of 27", my 5.5yo is 22" (he came into the booster last year when he outgrew his harness seat that fit soooo nicely in the car, boo-hoo!). They are both all torso in height, with short legs, so THANKS to whoever posted that info. They are both like their grandpa
My 8yo has many friends still in boosters. We all make it very casual and normal--I have 2 pop-up boosters in my car, and the 8yos ride in those. I actually don't give them a choice, and they just sit. I think the law here is 6 or 60, but they constantly advertise 4'9" on TV. FWIW, my 8.5 yo is 57 pounds! With ds5.5's friends, everyone is in boosters with a few in harnesses. We have never had kids tease, I think I am lucky.
Just about every state has different laws.
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Originally Posted by jeca
To each their own.
They were harnessed until five after that we switched to high back boosters, I'm okay with it. IS aid the same thing when mine we not that age yet. I would just like to get them a new one. My six year old does complain that none of her friends use boosters and she is going into the second grade (I guess that's suppose to matter to me).