Too big for car seat, too little for booster seat...
My son is 42 1/2 inches tall and 36 pounds. He's 3 1/2.
I don't have a car and rarely use his car seat, so I was a bit surprised to see this morning that he's just about outgrown his car seat since I haven't used it in a couple months- the shoulder straps, at the highest setting, go behind his shoulder by at least a half an inch and his head is quite above the back of the car seat, by at least an inch and a half. The car seat itself has a weight limit of 50 pounds- I'd thought he'd be good for a while there. Obviously, not- he's thin and long waisted. I have a booster seat I've been saving for him, but taking a good look at it this morning, the weight requirement is good- 30 pounds, but the height needs to be 45 inches- my son is just short of that.
I don't have the money to go get another booster seat or car seat right now. It's not a matter of me not wanting to spend the money, it's a matter of choosing to go without enough food or having the electricity turned off for nonpayment if I even spend $40 out of budget. (Child support is now 16 months overdue, but that's a different post.) I don't have anyone I can borrow the money from- we're all in the same boat here. What can I do?
I pray for the day Family Court recognizes that CHILDREN have rights, parents only have PRIVILEGES. Only then, will I know my child is safe.