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Booster Seats

Safety Institute Suggests Booster Seats Until Kids Reach 12 ? CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Until what age will you leave your child in a booster seat? At what age do you think it should be legally required?

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At 8 years old, Alyssa is only a few inches shorter than I am. She is probably about as tall as her great grandmother was as an adult (4'11"). I am not sure of her exact hight, but she is about to my nose. I am not sure how keeping her in a booster seat for 4 more years is going to keep her safer. DH's grandfather was 6'5" when he died and Alyssa favores that side of the family. I imagine by 12 years old she will be much taller than I am. One of my nieces on that side of the family that is 12 years old is 5'8". In no way can I imagine her still using a booster seat. Caitlyn, my youngest however is very tiny. At 12 years old she might still be very short. All of that to say age has nothing to do with how long a child should stay in a booster seat in my opinion.

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These recommendations were released here recently as well and they were slammed by many people, although this is a country where until recently the standard law was you were able to turn your baby forward facing at 6 months old (they have changed safety standards since then and now the law is 6 months or when they reach the specific height marker on the new seats, many still turn at 6 months. I have tried DS in some seats and at 3 he barely reaches over some markers)

I think if you want to do it, DS is a bit of s horty so he is likely top be in seats longer anyway.

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I think it needs to be a height issue and not age. As others have already said some kids are tall some are short. Robbie is average height and at 8 we could take him out of the booster but we are not going to. I figure in our car he will be in a booster for another 2 years unless he has a major growth spurt.

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We just let our 11 yr (12 in April) old out of her booster. She is little for her age, today at her sports physical she was 4 ft 7 and only weighed 68lbs. If they mandate it, it should go by size and not age. My DDs best friend (they are a week apart) is taller then me, so I think she is like 5ft 4 already and she weighs about 110, I cant imagine her in a booster seat for another 6 months

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I think it needs to go by the indiviual child and height/weight over age. My 6 year old daughter is still in a 5 point harness along with my other 2 kids. They all will be as long as their seats allow it. My 6 year old weighs less than her 4 year old brother and her 3 year old sister almost weighs as much as she does. It needs to be partial parent preference BUT there are too many people that dont follow the recommended guidlines as is.

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I guess I agree with everyone else. My 11 year old niece is not as tall as me, but we carry our height differently, so when we are sitting, our shoulders are almost level. A booster is supposed to position the belt over your shoulder properly. I would be interested to learn if it is still as safe if you are too tall and it positions the belt too high.

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It should be anyone under 140cm. (I don't know what that is in non-metric). That's the minimum height for car seatbelts.

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"blather" wrote:

It should be anyone under 140cm. (I don't know what that is in non-metric). That's the minimum height for car seatbelts.

I agree with this.

eta: Also, am I the only one that thinks that the weight limits on booster seats are a bit excessive anyway? I just bought a new convertible car seat for Reid, and the rear facing goes up to 40 lbs, the front facing goes up to 60 lbs, and the booster goes up to 100 lbs, and the lady was trying really hard to get me to pay more for the same seat except that all of the weight requirements go up a little bit, like the booster can handle up to 110 lbs. I'm sorry, I know conventional mommy thought is that you should want to keep your kids rear facing and/or in a five point harness as long as possible, but I just can't see doing it for that long. Going by the weight max, T would have been rear facing until he was four. He probably way maxes out the height requirement because he's almost 4 feet tall now and has always been super long for his age, but he just broke in to the forties with the past year. It just seems really excessive to me to have a rear facing four year old, or a 100 lb kid in a booster unless they are really overweight.

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This is one of the things on my daughter's 10th birthday list! I showed her the state law/guidelines and she wasn't too happy that she needs to grow 6.5 more inches. I'm fine with keeping her in a booster seat as long as possible.

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"blather" wrote:

It should be anyone under 140cm. (I don't know what that is in non-metric). That's the minimum height for car seatbelts.

Google says that is a tad over 4'7".

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Tiven is 9 and I just let her out of her booster a couple of months ago. Her old booster broke and we tried out a few new ones but none of them fit her very well but the deciding factor was that the seat belt *does* fit her well.

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Yeah, I don't understand this concept of "I will keep my child in a booster as long as humanly possible" concept assuming that the seat belt fits the way it is supposed to without the booster. Are you really any safer in a booster once you are tall enough to have the seatbelt hit properly? The whole point of a booster is to make sure that the seat belt hits low enough on your body. Once you are tall enough for that to happen, why would a booster be better than just sitting on the seat?

I googled it, and according to Google, a ten year old male child who is 4'7 and weighed 100 lbs (the amount that my booster can handle) would be in the 97th percentile for kid BMIs and be considered obese. And yet they were trying to sell me a booster that goes up to 110 lbs for $40 more. That's why I'm saying, excessive. Yes, I realize that childhood obesity is a problem in this country, but I kind of feel like I will cross that bridge if I ever need to, rather than dropping an extra $40 on something that I really hope to not have to need.

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It's also how your car is designed, too. My old Escort, the back seat seemed to be more designed for the comfort of adults, and my newer Escape seems to be more designed for kids. The seat is closer to the floor, and shorter front to back, so Tiven's knees bend at the right place and her feet rest flat on the floor, which are two of the requirements for the seat belt to fit properly without a booster. The middle belt fits her great; the one on the outside, I have her sit closer to the middle so it hits her shoulder the right way, but it still hits her hips & shoulder the right way and it holds her securely. I feel much better with her in this than wiggling around in a booster that isn't comfortable.

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According to this new recommendation, I should have been in a booster seat in high school. Heck, I could have fit in Alissa's booster seat Lol .