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Car seat for a 5 year old Mommy2Kay Due April 20; 1 child; Florida 4247 posts
27th Mar '13

I'm getting my own car very soon and need a car seat for DS. At this point, what is worth buying? He's 45" and 42 lbs.

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
27th Mar '13

DS is in a Graco Nautilus.

Mason & Carmen's Mommy 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Michigan 3742 posts
27th Mar '13

Same size as my soon to be 5 yr old. I just use a booster seat tho.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
27th Mar '13

I have a graco nautalis for my 6yo & (almost)4yo. They are both still harnessed in them with room to grow.



If you just want a booster there are many good ones right now. Just make sure it's a high back booster & fits your child well. The seat belt needs to be on the thighs, hip bones not the soft stomach. Your child needs to sit still without moving the seatbelt or slouching or falling asleep.

Mommy2Kay Due April 20; 1 child; Florida 4247 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Mayhem.:" DS is in a Graco Nautilus."


What's the height limit on that? I know he probably won't hit the weight for many years to come lol but the height worries me.

Mama Rachael♥ Due April 2 (girl); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Asheville, North Carolina 15929 posts
27th Mar '13

My 3 year old is 44" and 34lbs and has plenty of room in her graco nautilus and it also turns into a booster when they're ready

Mommy2Kay Due April 20; 1 child; Florida 4247 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" I have a graco nautalis for my 6yo & (almost)4yo. They are both still harnessed in them with room to ... [snip!] ... hip bones not the soft stomach. Your child needs to sit still without moving the seatbelt or slouching or falling asleep."


What do you mean he can't fall asleep in the car? That might be a problem...

user banned Altadena, California 11084 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:</b>" I have a graco nautalis for my 6yo & (almost)4yo. They are both still harnessed in them with room to ... [snip!] ... hip bones not the soft stomach. Your child needs to sit still without moving the seatbelt or slouching or falling asleep."</blockquote>




High back boosters are for cars without head rests on the seat...no back boosters are for seats with head rests.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
27th Mar '13

My dd will be 5 soon, she is just in a booster seat now.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting I'm Marbles:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:</b>" I have a graco nautalis for my ... [snip!] ... High back boosters are for cars without head rests on the seat...no back boosters are for seats with head rests."


no back booster is no different than no booster at all. Watch crash tests on youtube with them.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy2Kay:</b>" What do you mean he can't fall asleep in the car? That might be a problem..."</blockquote>




When they fall asleep they slouch & the seat belt won't protect them in an accident. A seat belt will only work if in the correct position, if not it can cause injuries instead of preventing them.



As for the height limit on the nautalis, I'm not positive on what it is. It is really dependent on the child though. My son has a long torso & shorter legs & he is going to outgrow it before my nephew who is 8m older.



It's best to try them in the seat & see how they fit.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" no back booster is no different than no booster at all. Watch crash tests on youtube with them."</blockquote>




Not true. A backless booster sits them up higher so the lap belt is positioned on the boney hips & thighs not over the soft tissue of the stomach



A high back booster is better for positioning he seat belt on the child.



You (general) need to find the best fit for the child & vehicle. Some fit better in certain cars than others.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" no back booster is no different than no booster at all. Watch crash tests on youtube with them."</blockquote>




Not true. A backless booster sits them up higher so the lap belt is positioned on the boney hips & thighs not over the soft tissue of the stomach



A high back booster is better for positioning he seat belt on the child.



You (general) need to find the best fit for the child & vehicle. Some fit better in certain cars than others.

Mommy2Kay Due April 20; 1 child; Florida 4247 posts
27th Mar '13

What if I buy him the little pillows that you put around the neck so it supports his head?

user banned Due September 14 (boy); 1 child; Rhode Island 6726 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy2Kay:</b>" What if I buy him the little pillows that you put around the neck so it supports his head?"</blockquote>



If your worried about him falling asleep in the car why don't you just keep him in a 5 point harness for now? My little cousin was in a 5 point harness until he was almost 10. He never reached the height/weight limit on his seat and his mom felt that it was safest for him.