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My son is only 32 lbs, but is 42", too tall for his current car seat (Cosco Ventura) - it's limit for the 5 pt harness is 43', but his shoulders are already above the highest slot. However, it's min weight to use as a belt positioning booster is 40 lbs. So it looks like we MUST get a new seat.<br><br>
It seems the choices would be -<br><br>
- a belt positioning booster with a minium weight of 30 lbs<br><br>
- a five point harness seat that goes higher than 43" max height - assuming the top slots are high enough. It looks like there are few choices, mostly Britax (costing $240-$300!!)<br><br>
I know the safest option is the 5 pt harness, but it's hard to justify spending nearly $300 for a seat to fill in the gap b/c of his height/weight proportion, more expensive than the his other two seats combined!<br><br>
Are there any other options?
 

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How old is your son, and what is his torso height? (seated, from bottom to shoulders)- that measurement is more important than total standing height, since a forward facing carseat is outgrown when the shoulders go above the top strap slots (or the child's weight exceeds the harness limits), so a child with a long torso will last less time than one with longer legs at the same height.<br><br>
There are a number of options for seats with taller top harness slots (I think- I'm not sure how high the Ventura's slots are, but if it's similar to other Cosco combination seats, they're around 15"), even without getting a higher weight seat (one which harnesses past 40'). The Evenflo Generations harnesses to 40lbs and has 16.5" top slots, and then turns into a pretty good booster seat. If you have high seatbacks or adjustable head rests in your car, the Cosco Apex harnesses to 65lbs, with 17.5" top slots, but requires seatback or headrest behind it. Both of those run around $100. If you want some real excitement, at 32lbs he's light enough that you could get a Cosco Uptown, with ~16.5" top slots, and put him rear-facing until he's 35lbs (my almost 6year old would desperately love to be rear-facing again, and is very sad that she weighs too much).
 

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I have the sunshine radian. Its slots are a little higher than the marathon and goes to 65lbs. Its rated for 49inches and runs just under $200 ( 169 on sale!) I really like ours.
 

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Really for a tall kid my choice would be the regent.<br><br>
You've run into the problem of the myth of the cheap carseat.<br><br>
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The Regent is great if harnessing for a very, very long time is highly important to you. I think extended harnessing is great, but I also recognize that a well fitting booster seat with a child old enough and responsible enough to sit properly (for the whole trip, every trip) is a very safe option. If the tall child in question is 2, then no question in my mind, a Regent is worth it as other seats are unlikely to harness long enough to get him to safe booster age; if the tall child in question is 4.5 (and 32lbs), then I think a 40lb harness limit combination seat with fairly high harness slots is a good choice, as would be a convertible seat with high enough slots (like the Radian, or as I suggested, the Uptown) to get him to age 5 or 5.5 is a fine choice, after which either the combination seat can be used as a booster, or a good high back booster can be purchased for $50-$70, which is still less than the outlay for a Regent and overall quite safe (and it seems like most 5+ year old kids who sit in a Regent in their primary vehicle also have a low or high back booster for use in other vehicles).
 

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He was 4 in May; I haven't measured his torso height, but it is tall enough that his shoulders are just higher than that top slot.<br><br>
I think behavior-wise he's ready for a belt positioning booster - he's an easy-going kid, eager to please and comply with rules. His big brother has been in a booster for a while and sits in it well, so he'd have a good role model (and tattle-tale).<br><br>
Thanks for the ideas, I have somewhere to start now with researching the options!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you want some real excitement, at 32lbs he's light enough that you could get a Cosco Uptown, with ~16.5" top slots, and put him rear-facing until he's 35lbs (my almost 6year old would desperately love to be rear-facing again, and is very sad that she weighs too much).</div>
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Ha! If I did that he would eat non-stop until he gained the three pounds! As it is he's been counting the pounds to 40 and trying really hard to grow, and I really don't want him so weight-focused.
 

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If you have high seat backs or head rests in your vehicle it sounds like the Cosco Apex might be a really good choice. It works well as a 5 pt harness with higher slots and goes to 65 lbs, then also works well as a booster. It's also only around $100 so not as bad on the budget as some other seats out there.
 

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If the regent isn't your cup of tea, the apex is a good choice, as is the radian (which is 166 w/ free shipping right now at amazon.)<br><br>
This video made me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> and sealed the deal for me when I was contemplating putting my tall, skinny 4.5 year old in a seat belt positioner booster.<br><br>
This video shows a five point harnessed booster (on the far side of the car) vs. a traditional booster (closest to you) in a 30 mph frontal crash.<br><br><a href="http://www.oeamtc.at/netautor/html_seiten/kisitest_2002/videos/test2002/frontcrash/recarostart.mpg" target="_blank">http://www.oeamtc.at/netautor/html_s...ecarostart.mpg</a>
 
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