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Old 07-28-2011, 06:38 AM - Thread Starter
 
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This is a WWYD type of thing... my son (has an Autism spectrum disorder) has started unbuckling (to reach things) and also falls asleep ALL the time and slumps over - sleeps almost every time we are in the car. So I have been thinking about what I can do to make things more safe. He is currently in either a high back booster, or a backless booster depending on which car we are in, he weighs 73 pounds and is 52 or 53 inches. Do I have any options here for a seat with a harness that will both deter him from unbuckling and help keep him upright?

 


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Old 07-28-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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He would probably fit in a Britax Frontier85.


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Old 07-28-2011, 08:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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is there a height limit? I am not opposed to buying a harnessed seat for him so long as he's going to fit in it for a while.. I don't see this as getting better, if anything its getting worse (the sleeping anyway)

 


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My ds will turn 8 in October. He also has ASD. He is still harnessed in a Britax Regent (which expires next spring), a Graco Nautilus (but he's almost outgrown the harness in height) and we just recently bought a Britax Frontier 85 for him. He still has quite a bit of growing room in the harness and then it turns into a booster. BUT, the added plus is that you can purchase a SecureGuard piece to use in booster mode. This should help at least a little with the "wiggles" and slouching down when falling asleep. He's in the Regent in my car, the Frontier in dh's car, a Graco Highback Turbobooster as a spare for grandparents (rare occasion) and in his bio-dad's car (he rides in it twice a month for very short distances). The Nautilus is "retired" until fall, when the Frontier will be moved to my car and the Nautilus moved back to dh's car (in booster mode). But his main carseat will remain a harnessed seat for at least another year or so.

 

I would strongly suggest you find somewhere near you that sells the Frontier and try your ds in it and see how much growing room he has before you make the purchase. Good luck!


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