Boostering too soon... links?

hedgefun

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DN's parents started using a booster for her. She's is 4y10m and definitely not 30lbs yet. For a while she was 24lbs... I'm not sure of her exact weight right now, but it's definitely under 30. Being under 30lbs, there is no booster that she'd be in that would be used properly since she's under the weight minimum. I was wondering if there are any videos or links I could send her mom? I've seen Belle's gift and KDM, but I don't think the "message" in either of those would do it for them. Dad would rule out Belle's gift because the child was 3 and his DD is almost 5. I don't think KDM would do it for them either because IIRC the KDM site says the seatbelt came unlatched. I'm looking for something that goes over submarining and gives other information that little little ones can be ejected from the belt easily.

I've tried the search function and didn't really come up with much. Any links or information anyone could provide would be appreciated.
 
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Brianna

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I'll keep looking but I can't find any info yet for risks of boostering before minimum weight limits.

In the end, they are using their daughter as a crash test dummy- have you phrased it like that to them?
 

jjordan

Moderator
I have heard people (here) quote some sort of study showing an increased risk of submarining for kids under 40#, but I don't have a link for you.

Just out of curiosity, is she super-skinny or short and skinny? My skinny-but-average-height 4.5 year old is around 35#, so <30# is really light for an almost 5!
 

hedgefun

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I have heard people (here) quote some sort of study showing an increased risk of submarining for kids under 40#, but I don't have a link for you.

Just out of curiosity, is she super-skinny or short and skinny? My skinny-but-average-height 4.5 year old is around 35#, so <30# is really light for an almost 5!

Thanks, I'll see if I can google and find the study.

She's short & super skinny.
 

jacqui276

New member
That is one really really tiny almost 5 year old!

I searched a bit and found all kinds of studies about submarining if moving out of boosters too soon, studies that talk about booster seats for kids 30+lbs, the risk of submarining and injuries if the belt is not positioned correctly, but so far nothing on putting a child who is under 30lbs in a booster seat. However, a good chunk of the research articles I found state that you should only use the child restraints/booster seats within the stated height and weight.

I have also found a lot of studies that state 4 as that magical age to move to a booster seat, which obviously won't help your cause. However, a lot of the studies do also specify that a child should stay in their harnessed seat until it is outgrown.
 

skylinphoto

New member
Wow! Skinny girl! My dd turns 5 next month and is 30lbs and just about 42 inches tall.

I hope you find some good info.

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Athena

New member
Wow, she sounds like she's about the size of a 2 yo. That's gotta be hard. How about the fact that it's (probably) illegal? Some people care more about that. If she doesn't meet minimum weight, then that would go against proper use clauses and I think a lot of states have those, right? good luck!
 

hedgefun

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Wow, she sounds like she's about the size of a 2 yo. That's gotta be hard. How about the fact that it's (probably) illegal? Some people care more about that. If she doesn't meet minimum weight, then that would go against proper use clauses and I think a lot of states have those, right? good luck!

DW's cousin's two year old is about the same height as DN and weighs more, so you're right. I checked the law and it's not illegal where they live (nothing about proper use), but I guess it wouldn't hurt to point out to them that it would be illegal in many states.
 

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