affordable seats that harness past 52lbs...

momtoesther

New member
I just finished arguing with a friend :( She has her 52lb 3 yo in a lbb (illegal in Alberta) because he outgrew his all in one.



She says she doesn't want to spend money on a new seat but I said I would try find a cheaper one for her. He is 42'' tall.
 
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amelia222

New member
A friend came to me with a similar situation last week and ended up getting a Nautilus on sale. They are $120 at walmart right now.
 

Judi

CPST/Firefighter
He may be too tall for a Nauti. I was working with a 3 yr old here, that was about that size. He was too tall. He is in a frontier now.
 

momtoesther

New member
I was worried the frontier would be one of the few options...she thought I was crazy when I spent that much...

I phoned her back and she told me to mind my own business...I think I might have lost a friend over this :(
 

TechnoGranola

Forum Ambassador
My son outgrew his Nauti in my car at 43". Still fits w/ room to grow in the truck though.
DD2 is that height and I thought she had lots of room. So I was just thinking that these must be longer torsoed kids? In our vehicle, I just noticed she needs to be moved up a slot because she's just on the verge of being over whatever slot she's on. In my dad's vehicle, it looks like she's over that slot, so has less room than in our vehicle, so I have to move her up before she uses the seat again. From what I'm hearing here, it sounds like the slot I'm moving her to is likely the last one.
 

rxmommy

New member
He may be too tall for a Nauti. I was working with a 3 yr old here, that was about that size. He was too tall. He is in a frontier now.

My oldest fit in a Nauti at 48". She has long legs. My 5-year-old still has a slot to go on the Nauti and last I measured she was around 44".

Yeah, I'd say a 43" kid who outgrew it has a long torso.
 

snowbird25ca

Moderator - CPST Instructor
Depending on the lbb booster he's using then it's possible it's legal for him to be using it... It all depends on if it's a manufacturer specifying age 4 minimum or not - and they don't all specify age 4 even for backless depending on the age of it.

He's well past the weight limit on the 3in1 so it's no wonder it doesn't fit. (It's quite likely she has a 3in1 that topped out at 40lbs in the harness unless she bought one of the 50lb ones when they first came out.) I'm guessing in reality he should have at least an inch or even more left in the Nauti.

I'm sorry you possibly lost a friend over it. Friends who aren't willing to listen to well-meaning information from another friend when it comes to the safety of their children and are subsequently willing to abandon a friendship when you're just trying to help? Well... it's just not right is all I'll say.
 

April

Well-known member
The Nauti is on sale for $120 @ Walmart? Not that I need one (AT ALL), but they were $179 wheb I was there last night.
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canadiangie

New member
If she has tall seatbacks, an Apex might work. If she can find one. I know I saw one on some site the other day. Maybe Sears?

Otherwise a Nauti.


But honestly, not all backless boosters specify age 4.


Eta: lol, Sears wants $194 for an Apex that probably has a Dom of... '09. Forget I even mentioned it.
 

carseatcoach

Carseat Crankypants
As much as I dislike seeing a 3yo in a backless booster, it IS a better choice than being 12# over the limit in a harnessed seat, and it's probably a better choice than using the 3in1 as a booster. :( I am NOT comfortable with the situation at all, but mom deserves credit for trying to make good choices.

And Canadian Nautiluses are not $120, I don't think.
 

TechnoGranola

Forum Ambassador
And Canadian Nautiluses are not $120, I don't think.
At Walmart.ca it's showing the brown one as $120 in store for my chosen location. Although it looks sketchy as to whether my location actually has them in stock. The OP could check for her locations online, and then look in store if it appears promising.
 

momtoesther

New member
As much as I dislike seeing a 3yo in a backless booster, it IS a better choice than being 12# over the limit in a harnessed seat, and it's probably a better choice than using the 3in1 as a booster. :( I am NOT comfortable with the situation at all, but mom deserves credit for trying to make good choices.

And Canadian Nautiluses are not $120, I don't think.

I only wish I could give her some credit...but the reason she moved him into the booster is that her younger son (2.5) needed the 3 in 1...and she just told me that he is in a booster since age 2 :(
She owns 1 bucket, 1 3 in 1, and 1 backless booster for 4 kids, now aged 8, 5, 3, and 2. She says that is enough car seat buying and soon her youngest can use the booster and she'll get rid of the expired seat :( I've given up on trying to talk to her. I know her reason is that they are short on cash; I hope she doesn't learn the hard way that car seats are cheaper than tickets.
 

snowbird25ca

Moderator - CPST Instructor
I only wish I could give her some credit...but the reason she moved him into the booster is that her younger son (2.5) needed the 3 in 1...and she just told me that he is in a booster since age 2 :(
She owns 1 bucket, 1 3 in 1, and 1 backless booster for 4 kids, now aged 8, 5, 3, and 2. She says that is enough car seat buying and soon her youngest can use the booster and she'll get rid of the expired seat :( I've given up on trying to talk to her. I know her reason is that they are short on cash; I hope she doesn't learn the hard way that car seats are cheaper than tickets.

Do you live near me? If so, please send me a message. (and forgive my memory, I'm thinking we've possibly met but I'm super bad with names.)
 

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