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    CPS Technician christineka's Avatar
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    Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    Anyone have one? How do your girls feel about being harnessed? Anyone have any pictures to share? A harness means the buckles are up front. I have no issues with my dds in boosters- the problem is buckling. I'm just looking at the options right now. Would you reharness a 10 yo who has been in a booster for 5 years, just so she could buckle easier?
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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    Piper is 7 and the crotch strap doesn't bother her (except the RSTV).

    If the 10 year old is ok with it, and fits, sure. My Nautilus took a trip to the airport and I wish it was here. Piper takes so much longer to buckle her Parkway.

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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    Dresses are one reason my daughter wanted to be in a booster (at age 7+).

    If I *had* to reharness a 10yo because there was no other way for everybody to be safe, I'd do it. But otherwise, I'd give her the choice.
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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    Joy is only 6, but she's gotten funny about modesty issues (hilarious considering she preferred being naked for about three years! lol) She doesn't really have a preference between her booster and her harnessed seats.
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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    My girls are not that old but they wear dresses in the car all the time. They wear shorts, leggings, or capris under so the buckles don't bother them as much. And my oldest gets her own straps on and assists in pulling the dress where it needs to go (she can't quite buckle herself yet.) I think it will depend on the girl.
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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    No, I would not reharness a 10 year old, particularly a 10 year old who all ready may have social adjusting issues.

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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    No, I wouldn't re-harness a 10 yr old.

    DD wears dresses / skirs most of the time and wears shorts/leggings/capris under them so buckling isn't an issue.
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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    I think I have come up with a booster solution. My kids are already weirdos by sitting in booster seats. Their peers haven't sat in a car or booster seat for 5-6 years.

    What if my almost 10 yo decides she would like to be harnessed? Back when ds1 had a radian, dd would ride in it whenever he was not around. She said she felt "secure" in the radian.
    Christine *mom* to

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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    If she *wants* to be harnessed, truely wants it, I would, probably. I'd also evaluate how the child is socialy, and if it would make her "weird"er, etc, I'd try not to.

    You can turn the belly pad around and flip it upside down to help protect modesty. I saw pics on here, somewhere, once.
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    Re: Older(7+) dress wearing, harnessed girls

    Quote Originally Posted by christineka View Post
    What if my almost 10 yo decides she would like to be harnessed? Back when ds1 had a radian, dd would ride in it whenever he was not around. She said she felt "secure" in the radian.
    If she *wants* to be harnessed, then I would be ok with it as long as it was her choice.

    I would be more inclined to use a booster for school activities / around town and a harnessed seat for highway driving and longer distance travel though.
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