OT - Need advice on a car seat

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OT - Need advice on a car seat

We just bought a car seat for DF's car and I think DS may be too young for it. Its a seat that converts eventually into a booster, but calling it a booster is wierding me out because he isn't old enough for that yet.

He is 2 & 2 months, 30lbs, about 3 ft tall.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=16439808&findingMethod=rr#BVSecondaryCustomerRatings

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It looks fine! It converts to a booster, but not until you're ready.

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Does it have a 5 pt harness and then convert to a booster? Because the way it reads it seems like a booster that converts to a backless booster. If that is the case, I would stick with a car seat.

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Does it have a five-point harness to use at first and then you use the car's seatbelt later? Or, are you planinng to use the car's seatbelt now?

ETA: Ha! Lana! Great minds... Smile

I would also recommend sticking with a regular car seat for now. Has he outgrown the recommendations on the regular carseat?

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"b525" wrote:

Does it have a five-point harness to use at first and then you use the car's seatbelt later? Or, are you planinng to use the car's seatbelt now?

ETA: Ha! Lana! Great minds... Smile

I would also recommend sticking with a regular car seat for now. Has he outgrown the recommendations on the regular carseat?

Agreed. I would stick with a regular car seat (convertible) instead of the booster.

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ITA with the others. Your little guy needs to be in a 5-point harness until he's at least 4 years old or 40 pounds. From the page you linked, click on "All Car Seats" at the top left, then click on the "Convertible Car Seats" tab, and you'll get a list of almost 100 seats that are good for his age.

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Thanks ladies! I don't think it has a 5 point harness. We'll just use the one in my car. Smile

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Agreed. He needs the 5 point for a couple more years.

Glad you've decided in that direction!

Happy driving!

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Oops, I assumed it did. I'll just be quiet then.

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He needs to be in a 5-point-harness. I know 6 year-olds still 5 point harnessed Smile

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I kept my boys now age 8 and 9 in 5 pt harnesses ALL the way through, at 5 years old we got them new carseats/ boosters will full backs that went up to 80lbs with 5pt harness and 100 lbs without the 5pt and removable back. For me the 5 pt was super important after watching a youtube video of a shoulder belt failing and the full back car seat without 5 pt harness went flying through the windshield and one twin lived the other didn't. I figured if I bought my Honda Odyessy for crash test ratings I better do the same with car seats.

Sorry for the book ;).

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This is the one we bought, it was the cheapest that went up the highest in lbs and heigth.
http://www.target.com/p/Graco-Nautilus-Car-Seat-Garrisson/-/A-12442565 It worked great! and I just gave them to a neighbor.

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This one is in the same price range (if money is an issue) and is usually a much better seat if you really want to forward face him.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Maestro-Booster-Silver/17182079

and if money isn't an issue there are a couple of seats that go up to 85lbs now in a 5 point harness. Britax Frontier and Recaro ProSport are two and there are quite a few cool (some inexpensive!) seats coming out before the end of the year (novemberish) if you guys decide you need one for the other car.

Children have to be able to sit properly in the seatbelt without wiggling before getting moved to a booster (even the high back ones) on top of the laws relevant to your state.

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If money is an issue, many fire stations, hospitals, and birthing centers have free carseats or vouchers for free car seats.

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85 lbs in a 5 pt harness?

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I didn't even realize that they could come out of the 5pt at 4. DS will be 5 in Feb and he is still in a 5pt in the Frontier (love, love this seat). I have no plans to move him to a belt anytime soon.

Lana, I was 85 lbs going into 9th grade. Dying laughing picturing me in a 5 pt trying to be all cool to impress the older boys.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

85 lbs in a 5 pt harness?

it sucks that it's needed because some kids that weigh that much aren't old enough to legally sit in a booster. Sad

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nevermind I didn't understand the post lol

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Oh and one thing I learned carseats usually have a life of 5 years after which they figure the plastic could break down so are not insurable. So are recommended to be replaced. That is why we bought new ones when the boys turned 5.

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"Rivergallery" wrote:

Oh and one thing I learned carseats usually have a life of 5 years after which they figure the plastic could break down so are not insurable. So are recommended to be replaced. That is why we bought new ones when the boys turned 5.

The expiration dates are right on the car seat.

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Are they still about 5 years?

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"Rivergallery" wrote:

Are they still about 5 years?

About 5-6 years. It's best to always look at manufacturer and expiration date though, because a seat could have been manufactured in 2007 but someone purchased it in 2008 and they may think it expires from the time they bought it.

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Exactly right.. Thanks!

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"Rivergallery" wrote:

Exactly right.. Thanks!

You're welcome:)

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