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#1 of 8 Old 03-27-2012, 07:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My dd is 5yo, and I am getting ready to put her in a booster.  We have a Nautilus, but I think I'm going to use that in one of our cars for her younger brother in a harness.  I also don't like how heavy it is to move, and I want something that would be relatively easy to move between my car and dh's.  Talk to me about booster seats, what do you like, what do you hate, how cheap can I go?

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How tall and heavy is she?  I assume you are looking only at high-back boosters?  

 

The Turbobooster fits most kids, especially smaller kids, really well.  They run about $45.  Very lightweight!  You want to make sure that the booster helps the belt fit properly on your daughter (not all do!).  The lap portion should be low across her hips, not across her soft abdomen.  

 

Also consider if you are going to want a "LATCH-able" booster or not.  Some boosters have LATCH connectors (like a car seat).  These do not make the booster safer for the rider.  However, when an un-LATCHed booster is unoccupied, it must still be buckled in with a seatbelt so that it doesn't become a projectile in a crash that could injure other passengers.  Are you willing to buckle the seatbelt over the booster every time?  If not, you may want to look into a booster that has the option of using LATCH.  The Britax Parkway SGL is one option.  It fits taller, leaner kids well.  The Sunshine Kids/Diono Monterey is another option which would be good for a stockier, broader-shouldered kid.  They aren't as cheap as a Turbo, though.


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Thanks for the discussion.  I'm glad the Turbobooster is light...they look like they could be heavy.

 

She is 40# and 44", and not a small child.

 

I do not currently have latch in my car, so I don't expect I'll buy for that feature alone.

 

ETA:  I feel better about high back boosters; seems like more help positioning the seat belt and more protection for their little bodies.  Also, my minivan has bench seats without head rests, so I want her to have something behind her head.

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Without headrests you have to have a high back booster.  The turbobooster is a great choice.  If you go with another, make sure it does not require head support behind it.

 

And you'll need a new vehicle before she moves out of the booster to a regular seatbelt or to a backless booster.


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Without headrests you have to have a high back booster.  The turbobooster is a great choice.  If you go with another, make sure it does not require head support behind it.

 

And you'll need a new vehicle before she moves out of the booster to a regular seatbelt or to a backless booster.


Okay, so if I drive my 8 year old niece around, we need to find a high back booster that's tall enough for her?  I never really thought about those back seats being dangerous.

 

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Correct.  Is she currently in a backless?   Everyone needs head support to the tops of their ears at least, so if there are no adjustable head restraints in the rear seat and her ears come over the top of the vehicle seatback, she needs a high back booster.
 

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Okay, so if I drive my 8 year old niece around, we need to find a high back booster that's tall enough for her?  I never really thought about those back seats being dangerous.

 



 


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She has both high back and backless, but is not yet big enough to ride in the front seat (the only one in my car with a headrest).
 

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Correct.  Is she currently in a backless?   Everyone needs head support to the tops of their ears at least, so if there are no adjustable head restraints in the rear seat and her ears come over the top of the vehicle seatback, she needs a high back booster.
 



 



 

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Then she needs to be in the highbacked booster (which is outgrown when her shoulders are above the belt guide or ears above the top of the shell) if there are no headrests in the back seat.


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