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My dd is shy of the height/weight limit on her seat but I was noticing today how her head sticks out above the top of the seat. Is that safe?
 

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Different seats have different guidelines, but in general ff they say the top of the ears level with the top of the plastic shell.<br><br>
How old is she? What does she weigh? What seat is she in now?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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A forward-facing car seat is outgrown one of three ways:<br>
1. By reaching the weight limit<br>
2. When the child's shoulders are over the top slots for the harness<br>
3. When the child's ears are at the top of the seat's shell.<br><br>
If any one of these things happens, the seat needs to be changed. Most kids aren't ready to safely use a booster until age 5-6.
 

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Well, DD is four and a half. She is about three foot four inches tall and weights right at forty pounds. Her ear level was about even with the shell and her shoulders were definately above the slots. While researching the other night, I found out that the seat I was using is really, really dangerous so I threw it out. It was an old one with the shield in front that I had bought used. (Yes, I now know better than to buy used ones too). I had no idea that those things were dangerous. I LIKED the shield because it gave her a place to rest her head while sleeping. Its the exact kind that ds1 rode in, the only kind I remember from back then (he's 16 now). I just told her she was too big for it and we threw it out. I have a booster for her. I'm totally willing to buy a new seat, I'd rather have her in a carseat than a booster but do they make any for kids over forty pounds or is it just time for the booster?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, DD is four and a half. She is about three foot four inches tall and weights right at forty pounds. Her ear level was about even with the shell and her shoulders were definately above the slots. While researching the other night, I found out that the seat I was using is really, really dangerous so I threw it out. It was an old one with the shield in front that I had bought used. (Yes, I now know better than to buy used ones too). I had no idea that those things were dangerous. I LIKED the shield because it gave her a place to rest her head while sleeping. Its the exact kind that ds1 rode in, the only kind I remember from back then (he's 16 now). I just told her she was too big for it and we threw it out. I have a booster for her. I'm totally willing to buy a new seat, I'd rather have her in a carseat than a booster but do they make any for kids over forty pounds or is it just time for the booster?</div>
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At her age and size, the best bet would be the britax regent. It has the highest straps on the market and a weight limit of 80lbs. There are lots of seats now that harness over 40lbs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
-Angela
 

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Does your car have headrest or tall seatbacks? A more affordable option would be the Apex 65. It has 17in harness slots & a 65# weight limit, but requires the tall seatback or adjustable headrest behind it. The seat also converts to a booster for later.<br><br>
Measuring her torso height & budget would make suggestions easier. Have her sit on the floor & mark where the top of her shoulders are, then measure from the floor to the mark.<br><br>
The good thing is that you figured out it was not safe before something happened. I always like to here when people are researching to keep kids safer. I hope you find the answers you need.
 

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My 4.5yo is 41" and 42# and in a Sunshine Kids Radian 65. I figure he'll make it to at least 6 and then we'll reevaluate. At this point, he's not ready to be in a booster and since it's safer to use a harness, might as well.
 
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