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My very tall 3yo is in a britax marathon currently. however he is almost outgrown the straps on the highest setting. is it too early for a booster? (he meets the requirements for the parkway)<br><br>
any suggestions on boosters?
 

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Absolutely too early IMO. I would get a Regent if you can swing it. I wouldn't use a booster till 5+ in most kids.
 

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thanks so much! I will look into the regent. I just don't want to buy something that he will only use for a year kwim? I really did think 3yo was way too young for a booster though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> I am just so bummed he is outgrowing the marathon so quickly!
 

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After trying in vain to obtain a regent (apparently everyone and everywhere was sold out for a bit), we ended up going with <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2452313&cp=2255983.2256187.2256193&view=all&parentPage=family" target="_blank">this</a><br><br>
So far so good, we only use it in DH car where he only really rides once a week or so. Thankfully DS likes the harness, and I intend to keep him in in as long as possible. He says its comfy, and his butt def has much more room.
 

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I would go with a Britax Regent or a Cosco Apex. I have both for my 4 yr. old and they are both really great. 3 is WAY too young for a booster. I am 5'7" and my shoulders are only an inch higher than the highest harness slots in our Britax, and my ears are below the top so I could almost ride in it! It is really huge! I am maybe 2" too tall (torso) for the Apex.
 

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I wouldn't go with a booster either.<br><br><br>
I have a Safeguard Go for my 5 yo and a Sunshine Radian for my 4 yo...how tall is he?
 

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Yeah, with a kid outgrowing a marathon at 3 the regent is the only prudent choice IMO. It has the highest straps on the market right now.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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he HASN'T quite outgrown the Marathon yet. actually I checked this morning and he does have a bit more to go! so yay! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
I guess the reason I thought he was outgrowing it was he gets out of the straps CONSTANTLY! I am very dismayed over this and don't know what to do? I have it tightened as tight as it will go though! suggestions? can I tighten in further from the inside of the seat somehow? DD (1yo) is starting to do the same thing too :rollseyes<br><br>
what can I do?<br><br><br>
also why are the weight requirements so low on boosters if kids under 5 shouldn't use them? is it against the law to use a booster under 5yo? if not why the heck not?!?!?!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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btw a kind MDC mama sent me this link earlier <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><a href="http://www.kyledavidmiller.org/pages/home/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kyledavidmiller.org/pages/home/index.htm</a>
 

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No, it isn't *against the law*...at least the state law. But it is against the laws of physics and human development. No three year old is mature enough to sit properly in a belt positioning booster.<br><br>
When you've tightened the straps, they should be completely taut and you shouldn't be able to get more than one finger under the harness over the chest clip. If you can't tighten it that much, have you checked to see if the harness is hung up on something in the back?
 

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The weight limits are low because occasionally there will be a five or six year old who is mature enough to sit in a booster, but is just very, very, very skinny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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OP, we are in the same situation.<br><br>
DD is just now growing out of her Marathon (just in time for baby in September to take over). I've been looking at the Regent as a replacement for her. It seems like the same seat only bigger!<br><br>
Anyone else being criticized for wanting to/spending the $250 for the seat? I can't believe the grief I am getting (like it's anyone's business anyway.) Just 'cause they sell a $40 POS at Target does not mean it's a good idea, KWIM? I want DD in the safest and most comfortable seat I can find. It seems like the Regent is just the thing.<br><br>
Plus she LOVES her Marathon. She asks to sit in it all the time (in FL she does not have to be in a car seat and my car has built in shoulder straps adjusters that fit her-same as in a booster seat). She loves to watch TV or read a book in it when it's in the house.
 

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hmmm, well maturity aside you still would think it would be safer to be in the carseat until 5yo or so then regardless of size? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br><br>
yeah maybe the straps are hung up on something on the inside? I have taken the seats apart once or twice each (to clean) I will do it again this weekend and check it out! thanks!<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, it isn't *against the law*...at least the state law. But it is against the laws of physics and human development. No three year old is mature enough to sit properly in a belt positioning booster.<br><br>
When you've tightened the straps, they should be completely taut and you shouldn't be able to get more than one finger under the harness over the chest clip. If you can't tighten it that much, have you checked to see if the harness is hung up on something in the back?</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">hmmm, well maturity aside you still would think it would be safer to be in the carseat until 5yo or so then regardless of size? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</div>
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Absolutely. We would all be safer if CARS had 5pt restraints.<br><br>
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I have a 4 yr. old, who I consider very mature, but he will be in a carseat for a long time to come! He has ridden in a booster on occasion and it scares me to death. For one, it is not safe to sleep in a booster because their head will slump over. For another, if they lean over they are no longer correctly positioned-- my son is always leaning over to pick something up (his brother likes to throw things) or give his brother (who's in a rear-facing carseat) a hug or kiss. he knows not to but sometimes he can't resist kissing the cute baby right next to him. And he is just so small still, I feel much safer with him in a harnessed carseat. He will be in his Husky until at least 6, maybe 7 or 8, depending on how we feel in a couple years and when my littlest outgrows his carseat.
 

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I second the suggestion for a SafeGuard Go. I'm having a hard time imagining a 3-year-old mature enough to sit in a booster safely (we have to remind our 6-year-old from time-to-time and she's fairly mature/responsible for her age). The SafeGuard Go is compact, and will last even a tall child quite a while as you first use it with the integral 5-point harness, but later can remove that for booster seat operation.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">btw a kind MDC mama sent me this link earlier <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><a href="http://www.kyledavidmiller.org/pages/home/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kyledavidmiller.org/pages/home/index.htm</a></div>
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What is the evidence that car seatbelts fail more often than the harness in a seat? They are designed for 200+ pound adults, so I would think the rate of seatbelt failure involving 60 or less pounds of child plus booster would be quite low.<br><br>
I feel horrible for the family.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If he's outgrown a Marathon, he's too tall for the harness on the Apex, too. A three year old is way too young for a booster...</div>
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Not necessarily. AJ only has about an inch, maybe 1.5" left in an MA, but about 3" left in his Apex, he's just now needing the top slots.He still has about 2-2.5" left in his Radian, but has been in the top slots of that since before he turned 3! He's in the 3rd slot on the Regent. Crazy short kid w/ the long torso. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
You can get Regents at BRU now, we just saw the Sahara one last weekend there.
 
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