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Someone will probably be able to answer this quickly, but I am confused. FWIW, I know that my dd is <i>not</i> ready for a booster, but I'm trying to plan for the future. I want to get another car seat that will last till dd is ready for a booster.<br><br>
Both SILs put their kids in boosters right at 4 y.o. and I thought that was what I would do till I learned better. Is there a booster-readiness checklist?
 

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IMO for *us* I will keep dd harnessed until she outgrows the harnesses on the market. It's SO much safer.<br><br>
That said, I would not consider it before:<br><br>
5 yrs.<br>
40lbs<br>
sits correctly EVERY TIME<br>
doesn't fall asleep in the car regularly<br>
won't fuss with the seat belt<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">IMO for *us* I will keep dd harnessed until she outgrows the harnesses on the market. It's SO much safer.<br><br>
That said, I would not consider it before:<br><br>
5 yrs.<br>
40lbs<br>
sits correctly EVERY TIME<br>
doesn't fall asleep in the car regularly<br>
won't fuss with the seat belt<br><br>
-Angela</div>
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we hit 4 out of 5 of those at age 4.5 and got the booster. I would add that dd was also too tall for her convertible. She was 45lbs and 45 inches.<br><br><br>
eta: weird that that is so many 4s and 5s!
 

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For us it'll be age 6 before using a booster full time. I would probably be o.k. w/ him using a booster in a pinch now (he has once before) as long as the driver knew to watch him. He did fine when he used it before, but you never know. At 6 though the bones are more ocified (hardened) and the iliac crest should be there in the pelvic area. That's where the seatbelt rests on adults and makes boosters/belts fit better. For us, age is more imporant than weight, though AJ has no problems meeting the 40# limit. If Evan stays on his curve, he won't even hit 33# till 5.5yo, so I can only imagine when he'd hit 40#! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks for your input.<br><br>
I know you'd have to generalize here but... can the average child sit in a Marathon until they're 6 y.o.? I'm not talking about heavy or tall kids, just average sized kids. I know the Marathon goes to 65 lbs or 49 inches, but how old are most kids when they're that size? I have no idea. Maybe I should check out a growth chart.<br>
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I'm editing to say I checked the growth charts for older kids and the average 6yo girl is 40 lbs and 45 in. The average 6 yo boy is 45 lbs and 45 inches. So...it seems like the Marathon will last my kids until they're ready for a booster. Unless of course their torsos start getting really long, but they're not shaped that way now and neither are their parents. I'm starting to think I'm over-thinking this.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for your input.<br><br>
I know you'd have to generalize here but... can the average child sit in a Marathon until they're 6 y.o.? I'm not talking about heavy or tall kids, just average sized kids. I know the Marathon goes to 65 lbs or 49 inches, but how old are most kids when they're that size? I have no idea. Maybe I should check out a growth chart.<br>
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I'm editing to say I checked the growth charts for older kids and the average 6yo girl is 40 lbs and 45 in. The average 6 yo boy is 45 lbs and 45 inches. So...it seems like the Marathon will last my kids until they're ready for a booster. Unless of course their torsos start getting really long, but they're not shaped that way now and neither are their parents. I'm starting to think I'm over-thinking this.</div>
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FWIW, ds is slightly smaller than "average" if you go by the height/weight charts he is and always has been 50% for height and 25% for weight. That said when the kids are playing in the car (when we get to school early ect) I've noticed he's just now outgrowing the height in dd's Marathon. He is about 20 pounds away from the weight limit but he is just reaching the height limit. He's 6.5. We moved him to a Regent at about 4-4.5, he said he was ready for a bigger seat, he was saying that the marathon kind of bothered his legs.
 

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AJ is 4.5yo, 42# and 41" and has about an inch left in the Britax seats. I don't think he'd make it to 6. He will in his Radian though.
 

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Just based on looking at most of the kids in dd's kindy class I would guess that at least 75% of them would fit fine in a Marathon. Disgustingly the vast majority aren't even in a booster <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I wouldn't consider a booster full-time until 6 (and my kids have seats that will keep them harnessed until then, even though they're big), but for occasional short trips I would (and have) put a mature, 40 lb. 4 yr. old in a booster. My oldest is almost 5, 44 lbs. and 44" and has ridden in a booster a handful of times in my car when we were transporting a smaller child who I thought needed to be in a carseat.
 

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We put Justin in a booster when he was 6 years 8 months... his shoulders were level with the top Marathon slots, even though he's only about 47 lbs. I'd guess that he's a little shorter than average.<br><br>
There is no way I could put 4 1/2 year old Rebecca in a booster. She's only about 36 lbs, but even if she were over 40, she's WAAAY too immature to sit in a booster seat... she'd wiggle and play with it too much.<br><br>
Before we moved my son, we had a long talk about car safety, how you never play with your seatbelt, how it must be tight across your hips, not on your stomach, that you need to sit up straight, etc. He also remembers a rollover car accident that we were in a couple of years ago, so he takes it all very seriously. If he wasn't trustworthy in that way, I would not hesitate to buy a Husky/Regent for him, but I do feel that he's safe in his booster seat.
 

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Just for reference, my DD1 is completely average height, right at 50% on the growth charts, she'll be 5 next month, and I'm guessing that she'll be pretty close to outgrowing our MA's when she turns 6. Only by height wise because she is 33 lbs.<br><br>
She is such a lightweight that I'm planning on not even considering a booster until she is 7 years, even though she doesn't sleep in the car, can sit still, and won't fuss with the belts.
 

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My 5yo DS is in a Regent, but 3.5yo DS is in a Marathon. Older DS is 45" and maybe 43 pounds, and no way could he fit in his brother's MA. But, he has a very long torso. Younger DS is about 39" and 36 pounds and he's only about an inch away from outgrowing the MA. It's so much about the torso length, I think.<br><br>
In any case, if your DD doesn't have a long torso, then I think you would be fine to make it in a MA until age 5-6.<br><br>
My older DS was around 4.5yo when I bought his brother the MA. At the time, I couldn't imagine putting him in a booster. Now, just about 9 months later though, he has matured greatly. I can finally imagine putting him in a booster (I don't plan to until his brother outgrows the MA and I need to move him into his brother's Regent).<br><br>
I like that I have the Regent because I can move the child into the booster when I think we are all ready. I don't have to be forced into that decision by the fact of him outgrowing his seat. That makes me feel very comfortable. That it will be ME making the decision, and the decision won't be forced out of me due to circumstances.
 

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It's pretty hard to know what my kids' torso length will be at 6 yo, but it sounds like the Marathon will get them pretty close to that age. I would buy the Regent instead, but it doesn't look comfortable for sleeping. It's so upright. Those of you who have one- Do your kids sleep in it? Can they rest their heads on the sides?
 

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WE borrowed a Regent for a few wks right when AJ turned 4 and he could not reach the sides w/ his head so his head slumped. Didn't bother him at all, but it didn't look fun. <a href="http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f157/carseatqueen/Britax%20Regent/regent003.jpg" target="_blank">http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1.../regent003.jpg</a> I guess it's not as bad as I remember.
 

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My son sleeps in his Regent once in awhile. Now that he's older, he doesn't fall asleep in the car anymore unless we are on a long trip. When he does fall asleep, he rests his head on the side and is comfortable. He's never slumped forward, or done that head bob thing in the Regent. He started riding in his Regent at 3.5yo and it's never been an issue.
 

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My son is in a Husky (aka Regent) and sleeps in it fine on long trips (which we take often). I couldn't tell you exactly what his head does-- I think it just leans over to one side a little but not all the way to the edge of the seat.
 
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