DD was about 5 1/2, DS switched a couple of weeks ago at 4 1/2. For both we had reached the 40lb weight limit on our harnessed seat and I haven;t found any options for higher weight harnessing here in the UK. They have both used boosters for short trips with grandparents and so on, it was good being able to sit in the back with them a couple of times to make sure they stayed in place.
I feel DD was ready, she sits well and we got a booster with wings round her head so she stays in place well if she falls asleep. DS I would prefer to have in a harness, I'm doing a lot of reminding him to sit back at the moment.
DD will be 7 in a few weeks. She is harnessed in a Radian. I own over 10 car seats and only have 3 kids. I had JUST gotten a new marathon and frontier when i found out i was pg with #3. I drive a prius and dh drives another small car. I ended up buying 5 radians and a keyfit so that we could safely transport all 3 kids in our cars. It sucked but i feel DD is safer in the radian then just a booster. She could probably sit right about 95% of the time but she sometimes falls asleep and she is also super skinny and i just feel she is safer in the 5pt. So, while is sucked to buy 6 new seats i feel better about it. She also prefers the 5 pt and says it is more comfy then the boosters she has tried.
I would have had to put DD1 (39 months) in a high-back booster a couple of months ago if I hadn't managed to find a better seat at the swedish car seat shop. In the UK there are no other options for 40+lb and 40+ inch tall kids. DD1 still has a couple of pounds left - she's about 38lb, but she'd outgrown the harness in height.
I think it's ridiculous that I would have had to put a barely 3 year old in a booster. I don't know about other people's kids but I wouldn't trust mine with just a seat belt - she'd be likely to open it while travelling. It's crazy that many many parents who don't know about options or can't afford those seats - and they are pricey, I had to save up for months to buy hers - are basically forced into a less than ideal situation for their kids.
My DS is 7 1/2 years old, 43 lbs, and is still in his convertible seat. His seat goes up to 80 lbs harnessed, and 100 lbs as a booster so I don't see any reason to move him out of it.
I switched my oldest to a HBB at 6.5 (around 50 lbs. and 47") and my second at 5 (45 lbs., 44"). My third is still a baby but it will be at 5 or 6 for her too. I'm pretty comfortable with switching them when they are both over 5 and express a desire.
We kept dedicated car seats in our 3 vehicles and she outgrew them, switching to a HHB at different times. We base our decision on the vehicle and seat. The last 5-pt. harness car seat she was out of was a Marathon at 6.3yo in my van. She is still in a HHB in my van, in a booster seat in one car and not in a booster at all in another car now that she's 9. It's always been all based on the safest fit for the particular car/seat.
DS is 7 1/2 years and about 55lbs. He is still in a Britax Regent in my car (harnessed seat) and a Graco Nautilus (harnessed) in dh's car. I just ordered a Britax Frontier 85 last night for him. We will switch him to that in DH's car (ds is outgrowing the harness in the Nautilus but is not quite ready for a booster yet). Next spring, when my Regent expires, we will move the Frontier to my car and the Nautilus back to dh's car (in booster mode). That should get ds to about 8 1/2 years before he starts using a booster on any sort of regular basis (he does have a booster seat he uses maybe 2 times a month in dh's parents car).
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
DD was 4 but physically she was above the 95% in height and weight, so she no longer fit any of our carseats and I didn't know any other options. DS is a tall, skinny lightweight so I'd imagine he'll stay harnessed for quite some time.
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
DD is 8, about 4' 4" maybe and somewhere around 65 pounds. I came on to look for booster recommendations because I think she's outgrowing her Regent. We use the regents in my van, where they mostly are, but my husband's car just has boosters for both DD and DS (who is 6, 4' 55 pounds).
Ds was 5 yrs and 43 pounds and started riding in one part time. He's still in the Nautilus harnessed for daily rides to school. We have a high back booster in the family car that's used for outings and errands on the weekend. I actually prefer him in the harness because he can buckle himself up properly. He still has a hard time keeping the strap untwisted and under the arm rests on his booster, especially with winter gear on.
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