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I am aware at which age they legally *can* stop riding in boosters but I am wondering what other criteria I should take into account. In my state they have to be 8 years old or 80 lbs, not both.<br><br>
I have a 7 year old who is small so she won't be 80 lbs for a very long time. I think I heard 4'9" is a good benchmark to go by also. She won't be that for a while either.<br><br>
None of her friends are still in their boosters and she hasn't said anything yet, but I know that by next year when they are all 8 or above she'll probably notice.<br><br>
I also have a Honda Civic which I love and do not want to get rid of, but if either of my kids has a friend go places with us or we were to have another baby I won't be able to fit three seats in the back.
 

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I'm not quite sure what you're trying to ask. If you know the law than that is the required minimum, altho it's not always safest. Here is the 5-step test <a href="http://www.thecarseatlady.com/booster_seats/booster_seats.html" target="_blank">http://www.thecarseatlady.com/booste...ter_seats.html</a><br><br>
DH and I believe in keeping the kids in 5pt harnesses as long as possible and will likely buying them each a <a href="http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/frontier-85" target="_blank">Britax Frontier 85</a> when they outgrow their Blvds.<br><br>
HTHs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't really care about the law...well, I do, but I know that is just the bare minimum. Like, how the law says they must rear face until 1 year and 20 lbs but actually it is much safer to keep them rf for much longer than the law states.<br><br>
Your link was exactly what I was looking for especially this part "Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm? "<br><br>
Thanks
 

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I see there were others with the same question recently...just didn't go back a page!
 

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My son is 7, 57 lbs., 4'2" (one of the bigger kids in his class) and I expect him to need a booster for at least a couple more years. He's in a high back now but I'll consider switching to a backless at 8 or 9, and I already let him use a backless for playdates and such.
 

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i have a 9yr dd that passed the "test" at 8. i also drive a civic, 97. i found dd could fit in the regular seat sooner in the civic than many minivan and suv. as a 5'4 adult i find even i need to use the seatbelt adjuster in my parents' suv as it crosses at my neck.<br><br>
dd was in a turbo booster. she used the back part for the entire time. when she outgrew the back portion by height, she was also too tall to use just the bottom part.
 
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