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    Good age/size to start booster training

    When do you all think it is okay to start booster training?

    My dilemma is I need seats for DH's car for backup & occasional use. Spending a lot for harnessed seats for use maybe 2 or 3 times a month seems 'unattractive' but I'll do it if necessary. I know a lot of you will recommend the Nautilus, but my kids just do not fit well in that seat. They fit fine in the Frontier, but that again is a lot of $$ to spend on spare seats! So....is it okay to start riding in boosters for short, occasional trips? BTW, I would wait until they are 4/40lbs; not quite there yet... My gut feeling is that it is too young & small, but was interested in other opininions. It may take DD awhile to reach 40lbs, as she keeps growing 'up' but not 'out' I don't feel good about not having backup seats in DH's car, but so far there hasn't been a need. But I feel like I'm tempting Murphy's Law!

    Their stats are current in my signature. Thanks all!

    Oops! Growth spurt! Just checked weights again and they are 42 lbs & 40 lbs.
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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    I think 4 and 40 is entirely reasonable barring any special circumstances. If your child(ren) have trouble sitting still and you feel they simply aren't mature enough to even sit for a short trip I'd hold off a little longer.
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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    I think it depends entirely on your kids.

    I know some 4 year olds who are half- or full-time in a booster and sit perfectly.

    Then there is my daughter who is almost 5, and I would not trust her to sit still for a 3 minute trip, even if she was told her life might depend on it. She just moves constantly, even during our family prayers, she has always been constantly in motion since birth. (She also has some sensory issues that mean she's much more comfortable with that pressure from the harness.)

    So, long and short of it is it's down to how YOU, the person who knows them best and spends the most time with them, think they will do. You might want to try them out in the house or in the car in your driveway, not moving, for a short period of time and see how they do.
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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    Josef took his first ride in a booster last night-it was two miles up to the soccer field and back. He did GREAT, did not budge at ALL! Of course we have been having talks about his new red seat and that we do NOT move in it, but instead "rest our heads and enjoy the ride". And when you tell him that he says "but that's the Disney's man saying!" Since we went to WDW in December and he heard that mulitple times a day on the buses to the parks and back to the resort.

    Josef just very recently hit 40lbs, and he turned five in late November. Some of the other mom's I talk to on another board do not budge about the 40lb mark-not even if they are six, seven or eight, according to them they MUST be in a 5-point. Personally I feel comfortable booster training after the age of five, but I did have a wiggly worm until around that age. I kid you not after going to WDW he started sitting SO nicely in his Regent!

    We have the SK Monteray and I REALL like the SIP it gives! We looked at other seats, but the Graco Turbo just did not have "enough" for me to feel comfortable enough with it. We have never been able to see the Vivo IRL, but the seat depth looks shallow and I did not want to run into that issue as Josef gets older. I have had enough of buying car seats that do not last as long as we expected or develop a love/hate relationship with! So the Monteray is THE booster for Daddy's car, period!

    Good luck with your decision, your kiddos are ADORBALE!
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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    We started doing booster training at 4 and 42 with Bean the First.

    I know we really emphasize the dangers of moving to a booster too soon, but the fact is if the three qualifiers are met:

    1. Child is at least 4
    2. Child is at least 40 lbs
    3. Child can sit maturely

    a booster is a perfectly safe choice. I wouldn't move Bean the First (now 4.5, 44 lbs) to a booster full time, but he does fine on rides under an hour.

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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    I'm going to echo what every one else said - it really depends on the kids in question.

    But I have another question - you said your kids just don't fit well in the GN, but if it's only for occasional use and backup, do they have to be divinely comfortable? (I'm guessing it's a comfort-fit problem rather than a safety-fit problem, based on their stats?)
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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    I'm going to echo what every one else said - it really depends on the kids in question.

    But I have another question - you said your kids just don't fit well in the GN, but if it's only for occasional use and backup, do they have to be divinely comfortable? (I'm guessing it's a comfort-fit problem rather than a safety-fit problem, based on their stats?)
    Well.......that's a good point. Hadn't thought of it that way before. Maybe I'll re-consider the Nautilus, along with the Monterey.


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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    Would the Safeguard Go be a good option in the situation? I'm a little worried about the lack of SIP in that seat. How does the Go's SIP compare with the Nautilus?


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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    Outside of the five point harness the Go doesn't really have "SIP" but I think it would be a great choice for a 2-3 time a month issue. Does your DH's car have full sets of LATCH?

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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    Outside of the five point harness the Go doesn't really have "SIP" but I think it would be a great choice for a 2-3 time a month issue. Does your DH's car have full sets of LATCH?
    Yes, his car has LATCH. I have to check to make sure it has adjustable head rests in the back. I think it does...


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    Re: Good age/size to start booster training

    Quote Originally Posted by mommaon112903 View Post
    Good luck with your decision, your kiddos are ADORBALE!
    Thanks!


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