Unfortunately a lot of car seats say they go to 4 years but they don't. The ones that my sil and mil brought for my nephew he outgrow at two and a bit (and he is a shorty), they have had to look for another car seat, they have found a convertible booster (so has a 5 point harness in it but once he is 4 turns into a booster seat. I don't understand how they are allowed to sell seats saying they will fit until 4 years when they don't fit until then (seems to be common with a lot of people). We are lucky that the seat we were given for him he should fit until 4
The thing is that its not really based on height. Its based on torso length, so a short kid can still out grow their seat at a young age if they have a long torso.
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Maxi Rider AHR 2011 model so there's a newer one out now which we is supposed to have higher markers but when we tried it at the shop he was still above the booster line, he has a very long torso and all the convertible booster seats we tried were not suitable so we went with the dedicated forward facing seat which has given us an extra 7cm-8cm of shoulder height compared to the maxi rider
I had this same prob with my boys. I had the maxi rider AHR but by the time ds2 was 3 it was looking too small for him. So by about 3.5 we bought another safe and sound booster and just put him in that with seat belt. I know you aren't supposed to do that but I felt for his height and weight (he was 18 kgs) that it was safer for him.
Having said that you could still get something like the maxi rider and then just sell it when you need to upgrade. I sold mine for $100! And it was used for both my boys
My DD is in a babylove ezicombo. She is above the 97th centile for height and weight and still has a marker above the one on her 5pt harness setting now (she is 4). I will not be putting the sash seatbelt on her until she outgrows that next marker, probably at least another year - it just isn't as safe, plus she could take her arm out and be very unsafe. All my friends think I am mad doing this way due to the added time to do up her belt, but I don't care. The SNS I had for her, marked as lasting until 4yrs, she outgrew at 2yrs.
DD3 is 5yrs old and tall, (not sure of her height but she is wearing size 6 clothes) and still fits in her maxi rider with 5 pt harness. It is on the last setting and I imagine within the next 6 months we'll have to stop using the 5 pt harness.
She has been using this car seat since she was 15 months old and it is designed to be used as a booster until 7yrs old.
Well worth the money when you consider how long they can use it.
The infa secure luxi caprice goes from 0-8years.
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