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Old 11-20-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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What kind of seat for older kids?

I just checked the girls' seat expirations and they need new ones. One will be 7 in Jan and the other 6 in Feb. I'm not comfortable on just a basic booster for them but it's been awhile since I had to check out seats to buy. Thanks for your input!!

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Target has the Graco Turboboosters on sale this week $30 (save $20). They are high back boosters that change to backless boosters. They have 10 years before they expire.
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Do you trust the girls to sit correctly in a booster the whole ride every ride? Most 5-6yo kids are mature enough to sit in a booster.

I'd definitely recommend a high back booster so they have belt guides for the shoulder belt and the side impact protection.
Graco Turboboosters are great.
Other good fitting boosters tend to be:
Evenflo BigKid
Britax Parkway
Diono Monterey
Harmony V6

Do you have a BRU or BuyBuy Baby near you? Take the girls to a store that lets you try the seats in the car. You want to see the seat belt flat down on the thighs and a shoulder belt across the collar bone rather than off the shoulder or up on the neck. Pick out what you and the girls like and fits in your budget
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We love our Graco Turbo Highback Booster. It is no frills, but gets the job done. All a booster does is correctly position the belt. What you need to find is the one that correctly places the belt on your kiddos, which may mean testing a couple out in your car.
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if your looking for long turm use i would go w/ a frountier 85 since it harnesses till 85lbs 57in tall & then turnes into a hbb for up to 120lbs 65in tall. it deff more $ then the other posters above recamended but i have one for my oldest & love it. just a heads up. it a huge & heavy seat
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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Target has the Graco Turboboosters on sale this week $30 (save $20). They are high back boosters that change to backless boosters. They have 10 years before they expire.
I didn't know the name til I looked it up and that's what is in my DH's truck for them. I like the portability of it, and the price. It's just so hard for me - they still look great in their 5 pts., and too little for HBB. Maybe it's just in my mind! I was hoping to get another year out of their current seats. Thanks for the rec! Just out of curiosity, do you know why these are 10 years vs. 5?

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Do you trust the girls to sit correctly in a booster the whole ride every ride? Most 5-6yo kids are mature enough to sit in a booster.

I'd definitely recommend a high back booster so they have belt guides for the shoulder belt and the side impact protection.
Graco Turboboosters are great.
Other good fitting boosters tend to be:
Evenflo BigKid
Britax Parkway
Diono Monterey
Harmony V6

Do you have a BRU or BuyBuy Baby near you? Take the girls to a store that lets you try the seats in the car. You want to see the seat belt flat down on the thighs and a shoulder belt across the collar bone rather than off the shoulder or up on the neck. Pick out what you and the girls like and fits in your budget
Target is our store with the most selection. It's in the next town over, we live in a small town. =) I do trust them to sit in boosters, but they are definitely not tall enough without the guide, and they still only weigh 44 lbs. I had a friend recommend a Diono Radian (I think), so I'll def look into the others you listed. Thanks!

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We love our Graco Turbo Highback Booster. It is no frills, but gets the job done. All a booster does is correctly position the belt. What you need to find is the one that correctly places the belt on your kiddos, which may mean testing a couple out in your car.
Thanks! I didn't realize it, but that's our backup in my dh's truck.

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if your looking for long turm use i would go w/ a frountier 85 since it harnesses till 85lbs 57in tall & then turnes into a hbb for up to 120lbs 65in tall. it deff more $ then the other posters above recamended but i have one for my oldest & love it. just a heads up. it a huge & heavy seat
That's one of my problems. I don't know how long term I'm looking. I had my odd in a booster until she was almost 10. My other two are on the smaller side, and still look perfectly fit and cozy in their 5pt. But realistically, how long can I expect them to be in a 5pt? I'm not sure the investment in a big, sturdy ($$$) seat is worth it if they will be in it's converted postition in a year. Am I making sense?

Thanks for the suggestions. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with this. Surely, I'm way over thinking!
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:57 AM   #7
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i understand what your saying since there tiny the frountier might b too big for them. might look like its swallowing them up my son who is in it is the only tall one i have. the rest of my boys r tiny & my daughter is avg. (that what the dr says aneyways lol ) he just outgrew the straps by hight & is now using it as a hbb. he is only 4in away from being in a seat w/o a boosterseat at 8yrs old! :-O i plan on handing it down to my 5yr old once jake dont need it no more. that seat is goona b huge compared to him & the radian he is in now.
my son jake wasnt happy when he outgrew the harness in the frountier. he said he felt safer w/ them. mabe your daugher/s will b the same & u will gwt max use out of it if u do get it? u could take your kids to the store have them try out carseats & see what ones work for u & them
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Re: What kind of seat for older kids?

We actually don't have any evidence to suggest that a harnessed seat is any safer than a belt-positioning booster seat for children at least 40 pounds who can use a booster properly (which generally starts around age 5-6, although it can sometimes be younger, and special needs children may need to be older). So, with that in mind, I would get highback boosters for both of them. If you are happy with your turboboosters then Target is having a terrific sale this week. Otherwise, you can check out other highback boosters too, maybe look at the list of recommended seats on carseat blog.
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I have the same problem. My dd will be 6 in feb. I know shes big enough for a booster, but she still seems so little to me

looking up the reviews for the graco turbo booster and someone said how it was such a good transition seat for their 2yo. I don't love the idea of putting my 6yo in a hbb lol

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