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    Not sure if this is in the right area! I just have one question about booster seats. Is it the weight or the age that is the main reason to move them in a booster seat? My son is nearly 14kg but he is only 2 and the booster seat we are looking at is for 4 year olds / 14kg. Can anyone help with this?


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    What weight is your current seat rated to?
    I wouldn't move a child from a restraint with a 5 point harness until they outweigh their current seat.
    Most 5 point seats (baby seats) are rated to 18kgs.
    Don't be too quick to move him up in seat, as a baby seat is much safer.

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    We need to move him into something as we have a little one that needs to come out of a capsule into a carseat. I didn't really want to buy another carseat so I thought a booster seat but I'm really not sure.


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    The law goes by age. A child under the age of 4 *must* be in a forward facing carseat with inbuilt 5-point harness. Under 4yo they must not use a booster seat with an adult lap/sash belt -OR- an adult seatbelt with Protecta (H) harness (which aren't really recommended anyway, unless you have to use a lap only seat belt).

    So if your DS is only 2yo, you must keep him in a forward facing seat, with inbuilt 5 point harness until he is at least 4yo, though it is always better to keep them in each seat as long as possible until they outgrow it weight/height wise.

    Hope that helped

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    Unless he has outgrown the car seat's weight, height or age limits it's very dangerous to move him.

    Instead of buying just a booster why not buy a car seat that converts to a booster when he reaches the limits of the seat?
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    We have a similar issue and DS (2.5) is very tall resulting in him being too tall for the highest shoulder height in the harness..

    We purchased the Infa Secure forward facing convertible car seat / booster.. It is from birth to 7 years old with five point harness which is removable later on.. It has a recline option also..

    He is far more comfortable and I am very happy with how stable the seat is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyB View Post
    Instead of buying just a booster why not buy a car seat that converts to a booster when he reaches the limits of the seat?
    This is my suggestion too. We bought our 2yo DS a Safe n Sound Maxi Rider as it suits him now with the harness, but converts to a normal booster when he gets to that stage and will last him until he is 7. So while they are a bit expensive, we will get 5 years out of it so it's well worth it.

    I wouldn't be getting just a booster for a 2yo. Like others have said, not only is it not safe, it's illegal as well.

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    Californication - that's what we've done too. DD had outgrown her old car seat so got the Maxi Rider. Will lay a little longer as car seat and will then become a booster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyB View Post
    Californication - that's what we've done too. DD had outgrown her old car seat so got the Maxi Rider. Will lay a little longer as car seat and will then become a booster.
    They suddenly look like big kids when in it don't you think? We didnt really need to do anything until March, but got it early as I got a fantastic price

    He loves it! And I love the cup holders as no more dropping his drink and having to stop to find it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    The law goes by age. A child under the age of 4 *must* be in a forward facing carseat with inbuilt 5-point harness. Under 4yo they must not use a booster seat with an adult lap/sash belt -OR- an adult seatbelt with Protecta (H) harness (which aren't really recommended anyway, unless you have to use a lap only seat belt).

    So if your DS is only 2yo, you must keep him in a forward facing seat, with inbuilt 5 point harness until he is at least 4yo, though it is always better to keep them in each seat as long as possible until they outgrow it weight/height wise.

    Hope that helped
    This is simply untrue. The law actually goes by weight and height, as the child seats with built in harnesses only (not the convertible boosters, the birth to 4yrs ones or the 6 months to 4yrs ones) are only rated to 18kgs, and it is simply unsafe to have them using seats that aren't rated to their weight and height.
    The age limits are meant to make it easier for ppl to pick a seat without having to know their weight or height.

    OP as others have said, you are best off getting a convertible booster, with the in built 5 point harness. There are heaps on the market, so shop around for one that will meet your needs.


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