She is 88lbs and pretty tall, def past what people "think" is the right age/size to go without but until she passes the 5 step test she will be in a booster and is fine with it.
~Katie~ married to J, mom to DD- A 13 yrs ,DS- L 7yrs , and my little nursling DD2- R 5yrs.
Kincaid at 6 is 45lbs, but is also still harnessed. He doesn't sit still at all.
jamie. crinkly (not quite crunchy) mama to 3 amazing little girls, an awesome little boy, and a baby girl making her debut at the end of this summer.
Jen 47 DS C 2/03 04/29/08/ DD S 10/28/09 DH Bill '97.
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My youngest just yesterday was complaining about being in a "baby seat". So, while parked, I took it out, and had him buckle up. I showed him the difference between booster vs. no booster. Making it real to him helped him see why he needs it.
He'll be thrilled to know many other kids are in boosters too.
My 7.5 yr old is in a highback Turbobooster on the outboard. The baby is in an infant carrier (Combi) with base on the other outboard due to LATCH. This just does not leave enough room for my 9 yr old's booster base, the boosters cover the seatbelt buckles completely and every single time we get in the car, I have to get in the back with them and have them sit in the boosters while I try to pull the boosters off the seat to get them buckled, then try to cram the boosters back, all while my kids (9 and 7!) are sitting in them. They simply can not buckle at all since the boosters are completely covering the buckles.
I think it's going to get worse when I move the baby to her rear-facing convertible. UGG.
Also, maybe try a different backless booster? The Turbo isn't the narrowest out there, and I think the Amp (made by Cosco I believe? forgive me if that is incorrect--I just woke up) is narrower, and it's cheap too. It's at Target for $15ish.
CPST & mom
The reality is, the laws of PHYSICS never change, regardless of state or local laws.
The laws of physics don't care how old she is.
She's tall but relatively thin, and there's no way her lap belt is going to rest in the right place without a booster for at least another year or two.
9yo and brand new as of 4/28/10!
Our seven-year-old and our nine-year-old are both in booster seats. I was so happy when our Dr. told the kids at their last appointment that they should expect to need a booster until they are at least 10!
She also told Kincaid if he wanted a booster he had to learn to sit still.
I'll keep my kids in boosters till they outgrow them or they are driving, whichever comes first.
My 8 y.o. is just in a booster seat without a back, but maybe I need to re-consider that, too.
I tend to be fanatical about these things, but I did give in to pressure
Candace, Married to dh , Mom to ds (8) , Gavin (9/30/10 - 12/19/10) and cautiously expecting our 4-29-12
Ohio's law that just began being enforced, but went into effect about 8 months ago, requires children under the age of 8 and less than 4 foot 9 inches to be in a booster seat.
In Connecticut, the law states children must be in a booster until they are over 6 years old AND over 60 pounds.
We already have the three HBBs, so she'll stay in those until she outgrows them or can pass the 5 step test. On the random times she rides with someone other than already mentioned, I dismantle the Monterey and she rides in the LBB. If that car isn't available, then I pop the entire Vivo in and everyone just has to deal with it. I get more questions from the parents than my DD or her friends.
So, today we were headed out in the car and DH was working from home and I had time, so I had DD sit in both cars to see if she passed the 5 step test (out of curiosity). Nope. She's really close to having her legs/back in the appropriate places, but the seatbelt doesn't cross her neck/shoulder properly in either car. The lap belt portion is almost correct in one car, but a ways off in the other. My dad is out of town in his SUV, but I am very curious about her fit in other vehicles now.
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa
Off topic (sorta) but funny, I have a friend who is 22 but 4'10" so according to my state, she's *just* able to get by without a booster
Elizabeth wife to Matt , mom to Logan (2/21/01) , and little man Desmond (9/23/08)
Mourning the loss of her father: Robert Edward Dillon 5/31/52 - 01/03/2011