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Old 01-28-2015, 08:19 PM
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My DS.... I told him 4'9" and 80 pounds...

He hit that when he turned 11.
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:31 PM
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It's not what I would necessarily go by either, but it's a good guide line for the general population. For the majority of parents (particularly the random ones at seat checks), a concrete height is going to stick with them much longer than "move them out of the booster once they can do A, B, C, D, and E". And a height is a much better guess than an age. So in reality, its the "one size fits most" answer the pros have come up with. Some states have already started to adopt it as law and hopefully they all will eventually because the 6, 7, or even 8 year min doesn't cut it for the vast majority of kids.
Yeah, I definitely understand that. I just wanted to clarify that parents should still reassess selt belt fit once the child hits that height because due to torso height differences, 4'9" on one child will fit the belt better/worse than the next.

Unfortunately parents tend to be in a rush in this area to get their kids out of all safety seats. I've only seen a handful of fellow third graders who still use one, and my son is taller than most of his classmates.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:00 PM
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I'm really glad to see this thread... currently my 5 y/o is still in the full five point harness type seat, but I don't know all that much about what should come next, and when. All I know is that things have changed SO much since I was a kid... I don't have any recollection of being in a car seat - I can remember being younger than my DS and sitting in the back seat of my dad's little two door Monza. I remember being 6 or 7 when my dad bought a Jeep Comanche and sitting in the little middle bench seat (and shifting the stick for him, lol) or even piling into the back of the (covered) truck (it had a carpet kit so it was comfortable, but obviously not especially safe ), so all this car seat business is totally new to me.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:27 PM
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I remember being 5 or 6 and riding in the open cab of my uncle's truck, down the highway, to go get ice cream at Dairy Queen.

I also recall going on vacation and taking two of our neighbor friends. We were already a 5 person family and owned a station wagon, so my brother and his friend rode in the trunk space of the 'wagon.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:29 PM
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Yeah, I definitely understand that. I just wanted to clarify that parents should still reassess selt belt fit once the child hits that height because due to torso height differences, 4'9" on one child will fit the belt better/worse than the next.

Unfortunately parents tend to be in a rush in this area to get their kids out of all safety seats. I've only seen a handful of fellow third graders who still use one, and my son is taller than most of his classmates.
Right, and I figured any of us here would want the "better" answer, so that's why I'm always like "it's 4'9" BUT..."

It's rare to see boosters used here too. Well, they're used for 3-4 year olds maybe. But for the most part, you see 4+ year old's in nothing and grade schoolers in the front seat. It drives me bananas.

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I'm really glad to see this thread... currently my 5 y/o is still in the full five point harness type seat, but I don't know all that much about what should come next, and when. All I know is that things have changed SO much since I was a kid... I don't have any recollection of being in a car seat - I can remember being younger than my DS and sitting in the back seat of my dad's little two door Monza. I remember being 6 or 7 when my dad bought a Jeep Comanche and sitting in the little middle bench seat (and shifting the stick for him, lol) or even piling into the back of the (covered) truck (it had a carpet kit so it was comfortable, but obviously not especially safe ), so all this car seat business is totally new to me.
When my youngest sister Michelle completed our family of 7 in 1996 we had a 6-passenger truck. The next youngest, 3 at the time, rode in the center lap belt. No seat whatsoever. The other two, 8 and 9, shared the other rear seat belt. I rode in the front passenger's seat and my mother rode in the front center lap belt.

Ironically, my parents were actually really strict about car safety. They just didn't know that seat belts (particularly lap belts) aren't enough. They did keep Michelle in a harnessed seat until nearly 7 "because she was so small". But not one of us ever rode in any sort of booster.

I'm honestly not sure how any of us survived childhood. Luckily, they did put the fear of death into me about wearing seatbelts though because I wouldn't have lived to see 18 otherwise.
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My daughter is 8 months older than yours and still in a harnessed booster. It really bothers her that her friends aren't in car seats. As in, they should be too, not that she should be out of one. If she's anything like her sister, she won't hit 4'9" until she is 12! lol
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:32 AM
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My short, petite 9 yo is in a high back booster and will be for awhile I am sure. She has never asked to get out of it. I don't know if it's because she just doesn't care or just knows I will say not until she is bigger. Most of her classmates were using backless boosters in Kindy and nothing by 3rd grade.
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My 10 y/o's are in high-back boosters (56-57" tall), the 5 year old is in a 5 point, and of course the baby has her seat. Only one of my girls has made a comment about not being in a booster. She understands she needs to grow out of her high-back booster 1st.
I have the Incognito that Carly recommended on my Amazon list for when the time comes.

Not long ago one of the preschooler mom's made a comment about the seats, "Wow, you have a lot of seats in your car!"
She has a 3rd grader and a 5 y/o....both are not in seats.

I know I am in the minority with car seats in my area. Seems like most people want their kids out of them ASAP.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:06 PM
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My 9 year old is waiting till he is 10. Socially he hates being in a booster seat as not one of his friends uses one and they always make comments asking him why he still is using one. He won't be 4'9, but he has a long torso and well, I am giving in to the social pressure. It is very important to him to not look like a baby and we agreed on age 10.
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My 10 y/o's are in high-back boosters (56-57" tall), the 5 year old is in a 5 point, and of course the baby has her seat. Only one of my girls has made a comment about not being in a booster. She understands she needs to grow out of her high-back booster 1st.
I have the Incognito that Carly recommended on my Amazon list for when the time comes.

Not long ago one of the preschooler mom's made a comment about the seats, "Wow, you have a lot of seats in your car!"
She has a 3rd grader and a 5 y/o....both are not in seats.

I know I am in the minority with car seats in my area. Seems like most people want their kids out of them ASAP.

my almost 4 year old is still harnessed, he is only 29 pounds...he will probably stay harnessed until 6 and then we will take the straps of his seat and use it as a highback booster (we have a radian) Its not that I am trying to get my kids out of seats faster, I just didn't know at what age/height/weight it is safe for them to be out of a seat.
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Oh no, I wasn't suggesting you were trying to get your child out of her seat faster.
I was referring to those I see at the preschool I take my son to. He's in the minority, and so am I as a parent.
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My 9 year old is waiting till he is 10. Socially he hates being in a booster seat as not one of his friends uses one and they always make comments asking him why he still is using one. He won't be 4'9, but he has a long torso and well, I am giving in to the social pressure. It is very important to him to not look like a baby and we agreed on age 10.
The incognito may be a great compromise...
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Oh no, I wasn't suggesting you were trying to get your child out of her seat faster.
I was referring to those I see at the preschool I take my son to. He's in the minority, and so am I as a parent.
OK! Its hard to tell sometimes, via messages...lol
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My 11 uses a backless monterey. He probably technically 5 steps in at least a few of the seating positions in our cars. It's super close. My personal decision has been when the booster creates a worse fit than the seatbelt, then he can go without a booster. However, if he starts entering puberty or hits 13 before this happens, we will evaluate again and he may go full time without a booster if the belt fit is adequate. He is about 4 ft 8 and 72 lbs right now but the spot he's in, he still fits better with a booster than without.
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