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    Question I have no idea what to do!!!

    I have kind of a tough question for you guys! I have to bring a boy who is in Payton's class (2nd grade) home on Wednesday. He is quite the chubby kid (his mom said one time that he weighs about 125 lbs) and he's probably 53-55 inches. Bottom line….He is HUGE for second grade!! I am absolutely stumped on what to do. It is doubtful that he fits correctly in the seatbelt and is too heavy for a booster. But,can I put him in the Monterey even though he is at least 5lbs over weight limit? Would that be ok?

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    i'd put him in a backless monterey and not think anything of it

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    i'd put him in a backless monterey and not think anything of it
    That sounds fine, but is it ok even though he is over the weight limit???? Iv'e heard that they are set in stone..but it's just a booster..so I don't see how much of a problem it could be..

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    I agree, I'd take the back off and have him go backless in the Monterey.


    ETA - using the seat backless does go against manufacturers instructions but in the case of a backless it's really just lifting him up to give him a better fit with the seatbelt. It's really your decision as it is not approved by the manufacturer. I'd rather see him go backless in the Monterey than with the back if he is over the weight limit.
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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    IMO, having a child in a poorly-fitting seatbelt is worse misuse than using a backless booster over the limit. Sometimes there are no "good" choices, but sometimes one of the "bad" choices is clearly worse than the other, and this is one of those times.
    CPST and Mama to a 13yo girl, 5-stepped at age 10 and 5'

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    I'd do a backless booster without second thought. My nephew is 10 pounds heavier and in the first grade and rides in a NBB. He doesn't fit the NBB well, much less just the belt.
    Anna~ RN and expired CPST (hoping to recert soon!)

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    I've never used a booster before but are there issues with the width of the seat? I'd be concerned if a fella that big would have enough space, you'd hate for him to be squished...the backless ones I've seen have arms.
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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    The Combi ones are really wide. There are some other wider ones as well.
    Anna~ RN and expired CPST (hoping to recert soon!)

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by NotJUSTamom View Post
    It is doubtful that he fits correctly in the seatbelt
    Not to mention that legally, in your state (my state ) he needs to use a booster until he's 8YO or 4'9".
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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    I have a 130 pound 2nd grader(7 year old) that I watch 4 times a month. I put him in a backless Cosco Prospect. He is a lil' smooshed though. He is also around the same height as the boy you listed. He fits TERRIBLE in a seatbelt....
    He does not fit in these backless:

    *Graco Turbo backless
    *FPSV backless

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    I agree with the others that the backless monterey would be best. My oldest has been using a booster past the weight limit for quite a while now.

    Emily tech and mom to Jacob 16, Daniel 13, Benjamin 9, Elizabeth 6. Child care provider to 4 other kiddos.

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    Re: I have no idea what to do!!!

    Sometimes parents need to make difficult decisions. I have a big kid who passed the 5 step test and was over 4'9" in my minivan at 7 1/2! He was most comfortable in a RightFit (80# limit) prior to that. What to do? We decided to use the RightFit anyway until he had a good seatbelt fit and go against the weight limit. Our reasoning was that we knew what seatbelt syndrome injuries can do.

    In smaller cars, we chose not to booster after the 5 step test was passed due to his head being close to the roof while he was in a booster!

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