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#31 of 45 Old 12-12-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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Sitting on a booster seat they can see much better out the window. That's a big selling point for DD who is quite prone to travel sickness, anyway.

She only weighs about 49 lbs at 8yo, so will be a while before she's legal in CA without a booster.

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I don't know how mature your DSD is, but what helped A TON with my 9.5yo DD was having her watch crash test videos of high back vs. low back boosters; seeing the dummy's head crash into the window sideways really made an impact on her and she is convinced that she's safer in her Monterrey than a low back or no booster. And none of her friends ride in any type of booster at all, so we had a bit of peer pressure issues going on when driving other kids around, etc.

We have a Monterrey as her primary seat, and a Compass B540 for grandma's car. The Monterrey fits a petite child SO much better, IMO.

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OK, so DSD is 55lbs, 48" tall and has a 17" torso


Does that help with reccomendations?

We talked to her about getting a new seat for her and how it will be more comfortable, safer, and she can see out better...she is pretty excited

Dh is really leaning toward the Evenflo Big Kid ($39) or any other compatible lower priced booster (funds are extremely tight right now with the new baby, me not working and the Holidays)
I'd rather get the SK Monterrey (on sale for $99) or the Parkway ($119) or even the Recaro Vivo ($99)

What can you ladies give me to either support my argument or help me be ok with the Big Kid???
Keep in mind she will be in the 2nd row of a '09 Pilot and next to the infant who rides in the center in her (current) Keyfit
p.s. I really think we need to stick to a a HBB because of her being against the door AND her tendency to want to curl up and sleep the side wings would really help by giving her a place to rest her head

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Ack, stay away from the Big Kid. It's really not a fantastic booster It's not *terrible* but it's really not good. It's got really lousy side impact protection, and the lap belt tends to position quite poorly. It's also not that tall.

Again, I'd avoid the Monterey just because it'll be too wide to be next to another child restraint comfortably. I'd go with the Parkway

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Yeah, no BigKid. That thing is horrendous.

My vote is Parkway, Monterrey, or Vivo. The Monterrey is wide, but I don't think it's so wide that it would be a problem, next to an infant seat in a full-size SUV.

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If price is a sticking point, look at a Graco Turbooster, sometimes on sale for $50ish (no, not quite $39, but not $100 either). The Turbobooster will be outgrown sooner than the ParkwaySG, but given that she's already eight, she'll be ready for a backless by the time she outgrows the highbacked portion of the Turbo.

(And she wears a 6X? Wow, kids are different. My daughter's a similar size and she wears a size 8.)

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We had my dd in a turbo booster that she loved until she outgrew it. She will be 8 in January and is about the size of your ds. We have our ds in a Nautilus which does seem to have a higher back on it then the turbo booster which is important with our very large for their age children, but wouldn't likely be such an issue for your family. I've seen the turbo booster around $50 several places while looking at car seats recently for new baby and ds2.

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ok, so I talked to DH some more, If we go for the more expensive seats it will have to wait for next payday which is a month away

If we get a booster now, it looks like it will have to be the Turbo Booster or maybe this one (Harmony?) any of you know about that one?

We found the TB in store for $50 (in either pink or black/silver), so no waiting on shipping

The ONLY thing I really was hoping for is the Latch feature

oh, Chickabiddy, yep she can still wear her 6x/7 shorts and skirts...just not pants because they are too short...tiny little waist on her but we mostly get 8's and they are just a little loose on her

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The turbo is a great seat for the price.

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OK, so DSD is 55lbs, 48" tall and has a 17" torso
My son is 7, and just a tad smaller (46"? and 48 lb) and fits very well and likes his Graco Turbobooster (high back) with plenty of room to grow.

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sorry to be a pain...

anyone have any experience/input on the HB Harmony I mentioned. As
I'd like to get her booster asap and trying to decide between it and the TB. The Harmony looks more comfortable....

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So, I got DSD her new seat. We went with the HBTB in "Girls Rock" and she loves it!
It fits her well and she's still got some growing room (at least 2-3 notches on the headrest settings)
I got a really great deal on it too. Found it in a local Target on sale for $45

Thanks for all the suggestions and help ladies
She is very proud of her new seat and tells almost everyone about it and how much more comfortable, safer, and what a great view she has. I love the fact that DSD is now riding safer, at least when she's here. (her mom wasn't too pleased )

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I'm glad you are happy with your purchase. The Harmony has oddly shaped belt guides: the Turbobooster is easier to use. The Harmony also does not have energy-absorbing foam in the headwings, and I think that's a nice safety feature to have.

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My 9 yo and 7 yo are still in boosters in dh's car, and in Britax 5pt harnesses in my car. We've had a few issues with friends teasing them, but 9yo dd dealt with it by looking the kids in the eye and saying "So?" in a tone which meant "And your problem is what exactly?" The teasing stopped, and my kids just accept going in their seats. In this state, it is illegal for them not to be in boosters at their height, but very few of their friends' parents seem to bother.
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