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booster seats Charlie's Mama. ♥ Due February 4; TTC since Jun 2013; 1 child; North Dakota 1716 posts
18th Jun '13

When do you move a child to a booster seat with just a seat belt? My friend's kid is the same age as mine, which is 2.5 and she has him in a booster seat with just a seat belt. No five point harness..

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
18th Jun '13

4 and 40lbs. Some states only require the 40lbs. 2.5 is far to young and its so unsafe.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29663 posts
18th Jun '13

Yikes :shock: My 5 year old is still harnessed in a carseat. A 2.5 year old is definitely not ready for that.

Charlie's Mama. ♥ Due February 4; TTC since Jun 2013; 1 child; North Dakota 1716 posts
18th Jun '13

She got pissed at me when I asked her about it and she said obviously I wouldnt do anything unsafe for my child and blah blah. I'm sure he weighs 40lbs, but he's only 2.5 and she thinks its Ok because "he's the size of a 3yr old".

Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9966 posts
status 18th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Charlie's Mama. ♥:</b>" When do you move a child to a booster seat with just a seat belt? My friend's kid is the same age as mine, which is 2.5 and she has him in a booster seat with just a seat belt. No five point harness.."</blockquote>




:shock:



That's WAY too early and young for a booster!! Booster with a seat belt is required for the non wiggly children who can sit still and not fall asleep during car rides. That's scary. And definitely illegal, even here that's illegal. At least 4.

user banned 2 kids; Moses Lake, Washington 13508 posts
18th Jun '13

Yikes! Get her some car seat safety info stat!

Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9966 posts
status 18th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting tinana+2:</b>" Yikes :shock: My 5 year old is still harnessed in a carseat. A 2.5 year old is definitely not ready for that."</blockquote>



My daughter will be 6 next month and she's still in a 5 point. Hers is a convertible booster with harness.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
18th Jun '13
Quoting Charlie's Mama. ♥:" She got pissed at me when I asked her about it and she said obviously I wouldnt do anything unsafe for ... [snip!] ... my child and blah blah. I'm sure he weighs 40lbs, but he's only 2.5 and she thinks its Ok because "he's the size of a 3yr old"."

Even a 3 year old isnt emotionally ready to be in a booster.



When to Move to a Seat Belt:



For a child to properly fit a seat belt, the child must:



  • Be tall enough to sit without slouching;
  • Be able to keep his or her back against the vehicle seat;
  • Be able to keep his or her knees naturally bent over the edge of the vehicle seat, and
  • Be able to keep his or her feet flat on the floor.


Additionally:



  • The lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach; and
  • The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest, and not cross the neck or face.
  • Never let children put the shoulder belts under their arm or behind their backs, because it could cause severe injuries in a crash.


Best Practice: Keep your child should in the back seat because it is safer there.



http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightSeat.htm

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 75164 posts
status 18th Jun '13

What an idiot, oh my god.



I JUST took my 5yr 4mo old out of the 5pnt, and just use the bum part and belt.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
18th Jun '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Even a 3 year old isnt emotionally ready to be in a booster. When to Move to a Seat Belt: For a child ... [snip!] ... Practice: Keep your child should in the back seat because it is safer there. http://www.safercar.gov/parents/RightSeat.htm"


Question about "Be able to keep his or her feet flat on the floor." What if they can never touch the floor of the car because if their height. I'm a shrimp and I cannot .

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
18th Jun '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Question about "Be able to keep his or her feet flat on the floor." What if they can never touch the floor of the car because if their height. I'm a shrimp and I cannot ."

I think its assuming if they can touch the bottom.

Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9966 posts
status 18th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kimber-lily:</b>" Question about "Be able to keep his or her feet flat on the floor." What if they can never touch the floor of the car? :| "</blockquote>



Haha that's what I was thinking, my daughter is tall and skinny, but not that tall. We have a SUV and her feet can't touch the floor, but she's definitely mature enough to be able to have just the seat belt with her booster. But I feel she's just too skinny for it. I made a deal with her though, when her brother outgrows his harness (his seat is a convertible booster as well, just doesn't have the extra harness slots) he will move to her seat so he can stay harnessed and she can move to his with just the seatbelt. And she thinks that's a good plan lol.

user banned 2 kids; Moses Lake, Washington 13508 posts
18th Jun '13

Damn, where were all of you yesterday when this chick defended her three year old in a booster because she was too tall for her harness? (Too big/tall at 27lbs and 36in :roll:) Sigh.

Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9966 posts
status 18th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jillynne:</b>" Damn, where were all of you yesterday when this chick defended her three year old in a booster because she was too tall for her harness? (Too big/tall at 27lbs and 36in :roll:) Sigh."</blockquote>



Not defending her in anyway but convertible boosters are pretty expensive and reg convertible seats don't have the extra harness slots for older children. But still doesn't mean her child should be in a seatbelt booster smh.

gorgeouschaos712 2 kids; Hickory, North Carolina 596 posts
18th Jun '13
Quoting Jillynne:" Damn, where were all of you yesterday when this chick defended her three year old in a booster because she was too tall for her harness? (Too big/tall at 27lbs and 36in :roll:) Sigh."


DD us is 36in and 32lbs and I still keep her in harness at 3 years. She meets all requirements for use of high back booster without harness. I just don't feel safe letting her do it. She isn't aware of it either so there are no complications with trips.




OP this is not okay. If she were to get in an accident they will ask for LO's DOB and she can get in serious trouble for traveling with LO unsafely.