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    Carseat Crazy mamahen's Avatar
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    Question 5 Step Check

    Ack! I’m SO not ready for this! My 4’ 8.5” 10 yo has been complaining about the seatbelt being too low and slipping down his arm in my car. He definitely still needs a booster in my husbands big truck but in my little car, it loos like he passes the 5 step test. It seems like a huge step to go without a booster so I want to be extra sure he’s ready. What do you think??

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    Re: 5 Step Check

    Hey there.

    Do you have better pictures without the booster? We can't see the lap belt at all under his hoodie, and the shoulder belt seems awfully high on his ribcage. But the belt does seem to be slipping down his arm with the booster. It may be that he needs a shorter booster, rather than no booster, but a better picture will tell us for sure.

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    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: 5 Step Check

    Bubblebum and without a booster.
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    Re: 5 Step Check

    Oh, much better. Thank you.

    The BubbleBum isn't being used properly, and that wasn't the booster you were using in the first pictures. He's slumping in the second picture, so it's hard to tell. If his hip bone is coming over the top of the lap belt, his bum is all the way back, his knees bend properly and his feet hit the floor comfortably, then the belt fit is good across his body.

    However, the Graco RightGuide will be flat under him and provide an amazing fit, and go above 57"/100 pounds, so you could use that and ease your mind and him into the next stage.

    Wendy
    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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