Booster Seat for older kids...

My son is 8 1/2 years old. At his yearly checkup, in September, he was 53 lbs and 49 inches tall. Does he need a booster?

According to the NHTSA, he doesn't need one.

Children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 49 tall.
Moms of older kids or big younger kids, do you use one anyway?

Thanks.
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My son is 8 1/2 years old. At his yearly checkup, in September, he was 53 lbs and 49 inches tall. Does he need a booster?

According to the NHTSA, he doesn't need one.

Children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 4’9” tall.
Moms of older kids or big younger kids, do you use one anyway?

Thanks.
Originally Posted by medussa
i think the rule is that if the child is under 8 years of age and 80 pounds and is so short that he can't sit with his legs bent over the edge of the seat, he needs a booster seat.

the problem is that there are a lot of kids who meet the age and weight requirement, but who are rather short, with legs that still stick straight out when seated in the car and who won't want to be put in a babylike booster seat. in those cases, it's a parent's call.
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Height-wise, he should be fine. I think the concern is that they will slip under the strap if they are not tall enough. I'm not sure how a booster would help if a child is not heavy enough, though.

I know a lot of people with "older siblings" who let their younger ones out of a booster at 5. Makes me nervous. My 9-yo sat in one longer than he needed, because he he is very cautious, moreso than I. He's 72 pounds and 58 inches. Tiny.
Minneapolis, MN
Thanks for the advice.

Poodle, I'm not sure about the weight part either. I'll do a little more research. I'm leaning toward keeping him in a booster, at the minimum. My concern is that he might pull his arm through, as I've seen him do, to not have the belt near his neck. A booster with belt positioning might help.

We have this seat, without the 5 point harness.

Maybe you could move him to a flat booster? That would give him some height without the feel of a "baby" seat. It's what my daughter is in. She's 53 inches and 49 pounds (opposite of M!)
Minneapolis, MN
Maybe I'll get him the Graco Turbo Booster without the back. I just have to make him promise not to put the belt under his armpit.
Height-wise, he should be fine. I think the concern is that they will slip under the strap if they are not tall enough.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Actually, I don't think he is tall enough. The recommendation is 4 feet 9 inches, not 49 inches.

Here's some more info from my favorite Car Safety website...

When can my child be in a regular seatbelt without a booster? Children are not ready to be in a regular lap/shoulder seatbelt until:
  • They are tall enough so that their legs bend at the knees at the edge of the seat; and
  • They are mature enough to remain seated with their backs flat against the back of the seat and not slouch; and
  • The lap belt sits high on the thighs or low on the hips (NOT on their tummy!); and
  • The shoulder belt crosses the shoulder and chest (NOT on their arms or neck!)
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Last edited by Katherine Naomi; 02-06-2008 at 03:46 PM. Reason: spelling
Great resource, Katherine. Thanks!

And if I haven't said so before, congrats on the upcoming arrival of your baby girl.
And if I haven't said so before, congrats on the upcoming arrival of your baby girl.
Originally Posted by medussa
Thank you. We're thrilled!! Only 16 more days until our C-section and we can't wait!
3A, Shoulder length spirals and S curls.


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