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Just curious, I'd your 6yo still in a high

Back booster? This id not meant to start debate but curiosity. I just saw a pic in FB of a kid clearly without one, he is 6 and in first grade and it seems so weird to me. I really think I am the only person IRL that still has their 6yo Kindergartener in a high back booster and I am no where ready to change it.
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Re: Just curious, I'd your 6yo still in a high

  • My DS(7 on 1/11) is no longer in a high back booster. I switched him out at a little before 6(start of K which was 4 months prior). I switched because the booster I had was a hand-me-down and was nearing its expiration date. I decided to just get the regular booster because it put him up to the level he was supposed to be while at the same time making it easier to switch vehicles with the booster if needed(blended family situation). Now he will be in this kind of a booster for sometime because he is only about 43lbs at the current time and I do not see him reaching 80lbs before he is 8.

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  • DS will be 7 next month and is still in a 5pt harness :)
  • We have our 6 year old twins in their high-back boosters. I haven't even thought about when to take the backs off because they are still well within the height limits.
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  • 6 year old in a Frontier, harnessed. She has 1/4 of an inch until her shoulders are over the harness. She can stay there until she's too tall, and then use it as a hbb. Most of her classmates don't use anything since its not mandatory passed their six birthday.

    They called her a baby, I told her that if they told her that again, to tell them she's not a baby, she's safe, which is more important to me. 

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    6 year old in a Frontier, harnessed. She has 1/4 of an inch until her shoulders are over the harness. She can stay there until she's too tall, and then use it as a hbb. Most of her classmates don't use anything since its not mandatory passed their six birthday.They called her a baby, I told her that if they told her that again, to tell them she's not a baby, she's safe, which is more important to me.nbsp;


    Ugh, that just made me sick both that a state is not concerned enough about safety and that because you are educated on the issue and worried about her safety she gets teased.y son takes the bus to school so no one knows but then again I hate that he is only is a lap belt on the bus, at least it is less than 1/2 mile but still not safe enough, luckily our state requires the belts at all.
    Jen - Mom to two December 12 babies Nathaniel 12/12/06 and Addison 12/12/08
  • My two 1st graders are in high back boosters.  I figure they'll stay in them until the don't need a booster anymore. 
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  • We have two boosters in our car, a high back and a backless, because we carpool with a friend and need a seat for her (our town doesn't have busing). Around town I'm fine with Julia riding in either. For long drives or if it's late at night she rides in the high back because it supports her enough to keep her upright while sleeping where when she has fallen asleep (exactly once) in a backless she slumped right out of the shoulder belt.

    As long as a child is sitting correctly there's no significant safety difference between a high back and backless, but the high back provides better support, so it's more likely they'll stay in position in that for long rides or while sleeping.

    Julia seems to be one of the few in her K class still in a high back, but then Emma is one of the few in her 3  year old preschool class still in a properly fitting harnessed seat (the few still harnessed are mostly in long outgrown seats) and many are in boosters, some backless. So I don't follow what everyone else does around me.

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  • Not weird at all!  We kept my son in a booster in my van until he was just about 8 y/o.  There are a few reasons for this:

    --he barely weighed 60 pounds, and the law in my state is that they're in a booster until 6 years AND 60 lbs.

    --when he was only 6, the seatbelt in my van hit him awkwardly unless he was in a booster.

    --we were in a pretty serious car accident when he was 6, and he was not injured because the seatbelt fit him correctly in the booster.

    I only moved him into a regular seat because he was too tall for the booster. 

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  • My 6 1/2year old is in high back booster and I plan to keep her in it for a while.  My girl is tiny and nowhere close to being able to go without.  I have no idea when I will stop using it but I can see it being at least a year or 2 - no rush since she is safer since the seatbelt fits her better and she has the head part. 
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    We have two boosters in our car, a high back and a backless, because we carpool with a friend and need a seat for her our town doesn't have busing. Around town I'm fine with Julia riding in either. For long drives or if it's late at night she rides in the high back because it supports her enough to keep her upright while sleeping where when she has fallen asleep exactly once in a backless she slumped right out of the shoulder belt.As long as a child is sitting correctly there's no significant safety difference between a high back and backless, but the high back provides better support, so it's more likely they'll stay in position in that for long rides or while sleeping. Julia seems to be one of the few in her K class still in a high back, but then Emma is one of the few in her 3nbsp; year old preschool class still in a properly fitting harnessed seat the few still harnessed are mostly in long outgrown seats and many are in boosters, some backless. So I don't follow what everyone else does around me.


    We have a Sunshine booster and the same model with their new name and they have good side impact protection, a backless booster has no side impact protection so it is not as safe.

    Oh, and I should add that our state is 80lbs or 8yo.
    Jen - Mom to two December 12 babies Nathaniel 12/12/06 and Addison 12/12/08
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    We have two boosters in our car, a high back and a backless, because we carpool with a friend and need a seat for her our town doesn't have busing. Around town I'm fine with Julia riding in either. For long drives or if it's late at night she rides in the high back because it supports her enough to keep her upright while sleeping where when she has fallen asleep exactly once in a backless she slumped right out of the shoulder belt.As long as a child is sitting correctly there's no significant safety difference between a high back and backless, but the high back provides better support, so it's more likely they'll stay in position in that for long rides or while sleeping. Julia seems to be one of the few in her K class still in a high back, but then Emma is one of the few in her 3nbsp; year old preschool class still in a properly fitting harnessed seat the few still harnessed are mostly in long outgrown seats and many are in boosters, some backless. So I don't follow what everyone else does around me.
    We have a Sunshine booster and the same model with their new name and they have good side impact protection, a backless booster has no side impact protection so it is not as safe. Oh, and I should add that our state is 80lbs or 8yo.

    There are no standards for testing side impact protection in the US, so there's no verifiable way to know whether or not the manufacturer's claims of side impact protection are true. My daughter's high back booster is a britax parkway, which claims significant side impact protection as well, and it may offer some, may not. We don't actually know. I chose it because it was the tallest booster on the market, gave her a really good belt fit and has a clip in the crotch area that helps her stay positioned well while sleeping. I would love to believe that Sunshine Kids/Diono and Britax have reliable methods for testing side impact protection, but until the NHTSA adds that to their list of criteria it's no more than a marketing tool. Just like JJ Cole claiming their "bundle" me is crash tested to be safe. 

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  • DS will be 6 in April. He is in a high back booster and I don't see us taking the back off any time soon.  He still falls asleep in the car sometimes and the high back gives more support.
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  • DS had a highback booster until he was 7ish. He was smallish and was more comfortable in my car in it. He probably would have used it longer but his friends didn't use them.

  • Geez I must be a bad mom but I moved both my kids to a booster with no back at 4. They are 5 and 6 now.
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  • Just switched my 6.5y olds from a 5pt harness Marathons to highback boosters last week. It'll be awhile before the backs come off since my kids are so short.
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    My two 1st graders are in high back boosters.  I figure they'll stay in them until the don't need a booster anymore. 

    This...  The one that DD has is more comfortable than if she just had the booster.  It also has side lights which is nice for her from time to time...  Granted, I could remove the back part of the booster, but she doesn't mind it, so it stays..

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  • My 7 yr o,d is still in a 5 point harness. Her seat goes to 52 inches ad 65 pounds before she has to move to the high back. She is currently 50 inches and 58 lbs.
  • She is in our vehicles. If she rides with grandparents or my sister, she's in a backless booster. She's around 50" and 50 lbs, so she's definitely tall enough for the belt to fit properly with just the bottom portion of the booster. She's also usually only on short car rides them. With us, it's more likely that she'll be on a long car ride, and with a high back booster, she can sleep in the car while staying in the right position. I also like the added side impact protection of the high back booster for everyday use. When she outgrows the height limits of the HBB, then we'll move her to a backless until she meets the height requirements (4'9") for a seatbelt only.

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  • My 7 year old + 4 months is in a low back.  

    In some southern states (AL. FL, etc) doesn't require boosters after age 6.   

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  • My friends DD will be 9 in March & is still in a high back booster (Frontier) she just switched from the 5 pt harness to the seatbelt option due to her height. She does have a smaller booster that she can put in her friends cars when they carpool or have sleep overs.
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  • DS will be 6 in Feb. He primarily uses a 5-pt harness but he is getting tall so we will switch his seat to highback booster soon. We have a Graco Turbobooster in our secondary car.  We will keep him in a highback booster for as long as we can. 

  • My ds is in 1st grade and still in a HBB. He'll be 7 next month.

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  • Yes.  I actually wish I would have kept her in her 5 point harness for another year.  We switched her right around her 6th birthday to a high back booster.  With that being said, I've gotten comments from my family that she'll be in her seat until she starts high school.  My sister's daughter who is younger than mine doesn't even ride in a booster seat at all.
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  • DS is 6.5 and is in a Britax Frontier in my car and a Graco Nautilus in DH's car, both used with just a seat belt. I will be moving my DD to both of these seats with the 5 pt harnesses soon (since she is out growing her current seat), and DS will get a new seat. I haven't decided if I will just get a turbo booster for my car and a backless for DH's car or if we will go with 2 HBB. DH leaves all of this to me, and I need to see what fits DS best before I decide.

    From what I see of his peers, most of them are in backless boosters. There are a some (usually children that are the only one in their family) that are in HBB. Seems to be the norm for those with more than one child to move them to a backless sooner. At least in my area.

  • DS is still in a high back booster. It's safer to me because I can better control the belt positioning. The law just changed here in AZ to requiring safety seats up until age 7, but at school drop off this morning, I saw so many kids obviously under 7 without boosters. It makes me want to vomit.

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