RideSafer Travel Vests or other booster for 3 kids?

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kmb

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Hello, We will have a rental car for a week this summer on vacation. We'll be traveling with a 7 yo (48lbs, 47"), 4 yo (33 lbs, 41"), and 4 yo (30 lbs, 40"). We're renting a minivan (not sure what, but should be somewhat current considering its a rental). Our longest car ride will be no more than about an hour.

We typically use 3 Radian 65s, but do not want to have to fly and travel with them. We have already purchased 3 RideSafer Travel Vests, but am second-guessing myself there a little - our pediatrician wasn't so sure about them. I felt they might be a little better than a low-back booster, but am not really sure.

Because we have 3, we really want to avoid lugging large boosters. Do you feel that the travel vests are a safe option? Better or worse than the Bubblebum? What other options do we have here? I am fairly confident that they are all able to sit still and stay in their seats.

Thanks!!
 

wendytthomas

Admin - CPST Instructor
Staff member
The RSTVs are safe, but they may not fit around the chest at just 30 pounds. You need to check that before you go. The BubbleBum is only an option for your seven year old as it has a 40 pound minimum.

I'd go with the RSTV over a booster for reduced head excursion with a four year old, but that's about it. I'd probably bring two Evenflo Chases or Maestros on board. Especially as the lap belt may not fit them on the plane yet. The FAA recommends a harness on board until 40 pounds, which from our experience (between 38-43 pounds) is when the lap belt fit.

Wendy
 

creideamh

New member
:yeahthat:

Welcome!
RSTVs are safe (and honestly, my mom is a pediatrician and not a CPST... she'd be SO confused if someone started talking about vests in place of car seats, haha.) The small vest fits my DD nice and tight, and she's tall/thin/28 lbs - obviously not using it, I was just curious. ;)
Personally, I'd bring the RSTVs without hesitation if you won't be in the car for a long time since they aren't the most comfortable things ever/don't have a shell for SIP. I'd actually choose a Bubblebum for the eldest, but either one is perfectly fine assuming they fit. Chases/Maestros are also good options for the younger ones as well if you want seats on the plane.
 

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