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Another car booster question

DS just turned 5 and is about 37 pounds and 42 inches tall. He is still harnessed in a Britax Frontier. I plan on leaving him 5 point harnessed for as long as possible, but is there any downside at this age and height? He still hasn't hit the 40 pound mark yet. However, he's mature enough to sit still and has always understood the importance of belting in, if that makes sense. I still assume I should keep him where he is for awhile longer? Do I need to worry about outgrowing height with this seat? He is just fine where he is, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. 
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Re: Another car booster question

  • I don't know the height for that seat but you need to make sure he still fits it properly as all kids do not have height in the same way - some kids have long torso's and some have long legs and short torso's so 2 kids could be the same height but fit into the seat very differently.  Check where the straps are based on his shoulders and where his head is resting on the back and then make a decision based on fit and not just height/weight.
    Jenni Mom to DD#1 - 6-16-06 DD#2 - 3-13-08 
  • Thanks! I'm pretty sure the harness is still ok and his head is just reaching the top of the seat, but I will double check. And he currently is able to buckle himself in correctly, so it's all good. I will keep him in it for now, I think, especially since he's not a huge kid.

     

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  • I'm going to guess you'll have no trouble with him outgrowing the seat by height. DD1 was almost 42" at 3 years, and she was all torso at that point. She still fit just fine in a standard Marathon.
    Annalise Marie 05.29.06
    Charlotte Ella 07.16.10
    Emmeline Grace 03.27.13
  • You still have quite a while before the harness is outgrown. We have two Frontiers, dd2 just outgrew the harness - now watch me cry. She is the worst in boosters, and she's stayed in the harness so long simply because she's not appropriate in one. Here's hoping. dd3 has one as well, I may evaluate her before 7, but she's pretty calm and sits well, she'd do well, but she has to stay over the 40lb mark.

    After your ds hits 40, you can look for signs of readiness, ie, can be focused enough to sit correctly boostered 100% of the time, doesn't nap (or stay put napping), and is rule compliant. DD2 can only do one of the 3. Hint - it's not napping, or slouching while napping.



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