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My dd moved from her Britax Frontier just after her 8th birthday. She now rides in a Britax Parkway booster 100% of the time.

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My 9yo is usually still in a booster. The 6yo still uses a regular five-point harness.

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My 10yo is still in a booster. The seat belt doesn't fit her correctly otherwise.
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.

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Janelle is 7 1/2, will be 8 in september, and is harnessed in our car, when she goes with a friend or with girl scouts she is in a highbacked booster. She is on the small side, was 42lbs when she turned 7 in september and according to the fire department (came to her school specifically to tell the kids what level of car seat they needed to still be in since I think 99% of them are in nothing, heck, I've seen many just sitting on their knees on the seat of the car while leaving the school before, so they aren't even in seat belts) in April was 39lbs, so she is really close to that 40lb mark. She's around 47-47 1/2"

Kincaid at 6 is 45lbs, but is also still harnessed. He doesn't sit still at all.

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Ohio's law just changed so that by *law* kids now have to be in boosters till they are 8 yrs old AND 80#s....
Colorado's law just changed to boosters until age 8.
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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!

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Here the law is 8/80/4'9", I intend on keeping my now 8 year old in a booster for as long as I possibly can. She's still in a hb booster.

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My 7 year old is in a high backed booster seat which he will probably grow out of before he's the recommended 57" just because he has a very long torso for his height.

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I haven't read all the posts, but this was very timely for my family. Both my sons (9 and almost 7) are not legally required to be in boosters, but both are.
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.
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My 7 yo is in a high back booster and will be until she's 80 lbs. That's a long ways away.

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Colorado's law just changed to boosters until age 8.
NY's law changed from 7yrs to 8yrs as well.

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So I tried putting my 9.5 yr old back in her Turbobooster (base only) and I'm in a dilema.

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.

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The Radian is very narrow, so it might give you some more room

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.

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The reality is, the laws of PHYSICS never change, regardless of state or local laws.
That's what I tell people who ask why my daughter's still in a booster, even though she's almost 9 and our state only requires them through age 7.
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.

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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!
I'm so happy when our ped backs us up! She told Janelle she needed to still be harnessed back at 6 when she was 34lbs, and she told her this year at 42lbs that she should probably still stay harnessed to due her normal growth rate of the last nearly 5 years of gaining 5lbs, losing 3lbs, plateuing for 9ish months, then doing it again.

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.

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My 8 yr. old (he'll be 9 in July) is in a high back booster.

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Hmmmmm. I let my DS ride w/out the booster when he turned 11, but now I am thinking of putting him back in. He is almost 12 now, but only about 75 lbs and about 4'8". He will be going into 7th grade in the Fall & will die of embarrassment, but I guess that is better than dying in an accident. I truly can't imagine there is 1 other 7th grader in a booster. Most I see are riding in teh front with no seatbelt on!!

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
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my 7.5 year old is in a backless booster

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My 7.5 year old is 4'5" and 65 pounds - he's in a high back booster in my car (which is 99% of the time) and a backless booster with other people.

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Ohio law has nothing to do with weight.

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.
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my kid will juust be moving INTO a booster at age 7, lol.

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My 8 1/2 year old is still in a booster. The majority of the time she sits in a hbb, but occasionally will sit in a backless one.
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My 7 year old is in a booster and will be for a long time. We put a strong emphasis on car seat safety in our family.

In Connecticut, the law states children must be in a booster until they are over 6 years old AND over 60 pounds.
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DS is 5, about 42". I intend on keeping him in a booster seat untill he is 10-12. We were in a car accident once already, and without the booster, he would've flown through the windshield. Better safe than sorry.

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My DD is 9 years old, weighs 55 pounds, and is approximately 4 feet 4 inches. She rides in highback boosters (Monterey, Vivo, Apex) in our two cars and my dad's SUV. When we travel by plane, we take the back off the Monterey and travel with it as a LBB in the rental car or family cars. When she rides with a good friend of ours, who also happens to be her Girl Scout leader and has an only child about DD's age, they have a LBB for her that I have "approved". She fits well in that vehicle/booster combination and she isn't in a situation where she would fall asleep in the car. The mom was going to be taking her on a GS camping trip and I was planning to put one of our HBBs in her car for that trip. (Trip got canceled due to weather.)

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.

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The law in my state is 8 years old and/or 4'9". Ds1 is 9, but only 4'6" so he still sits in his booster.

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

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