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    Default Narrow booster seat for small car

    Can anyone recommend a good narrow booster seat for a small car? DS is almost 3 so something that's going to last as long as possible.
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    It's illegal to put a child in a booster seat at that age.

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    I thought they had to be 4 for a booster seat? We've just started looking for one as DS is 4 next month and has outgrown his car seat!

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    You need to look at a convertible booster, they allow you to harness till their shoulders reach the middle marker then use it as a booster. For narrow try the maxi rider easy adjust or the maxi cosi Goliath/Safety first custodian or mothers choice Nobel (these three are essentially the same with different names and can't be installed with a lap only belt so rules them out in the middle seat of some cars).

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    Elijah's mum they are in the process of releasing the maxi guard and the infa secure evolve which will harness for 6cm more than any seat currently on the market. Check them out if you're keen to keep harnessing.

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    Yeah I've heard that they do, we already have a convertible but DS2 needs that as he has outgrown the capsule. I don't really want to buy another one.
    Is it age or does height play a part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    Yeah I've heard that they do, we already have a convertible but DS2 needs that as he has outgrown the capsule. I don't really want to buy another one.
    Is it age or does height play a part?
    The law is by age...with exceptions for height and weight from memory. Honestly, there are some car seats out there that now allow for harnessing up to 8 years of age that are not too wide...but ultimately, the law is there for a reason. It's because kids have died unnecessarily in minor car seats due to being in restraints that they aren't big enough/old enough for and dying as a result. My youngest is nearly 5 and we tested him out in a booster recently because he is about to outgrow his current convertible and he is old enough for a booster (and meets the shoulder markers) but he just isn't ready for it. He slouched to the side which meant the seat belt was all wrong so he wouldn't be properly protected in an accident. We're now looking at bigger convertibles.

    At the end of the day you need to ask yourself 'what if we had an accident and he died/was seriously injured from something that was preventable.' That extra couple of hundred dollars spent on the car seat won't seem like much if it protects your son properly in an accident....and cars are not safe, everyone knows that. Sorry to be a bit blunt, but putting a 2 year old in a booster is dangerous. It's just not worth it IMO.

    ETA: Watch this. Isabella's parents are the ones who fought for the law changes after her tragic, unnecessary death in 2006 - a minor car accident at 40km/hr which took their 3 year old's life because of the injuries sustained by the adult seat belt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctw2Bob7sH0
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    Oh yeah, as if I'm not going to follow the law or recommendations! It was just a honest question because I didn't actually know the answer. I thought some boosters started at 6 months. Clearly I haven't done any research which is why I asked here.

    Thanks for the video but I'm pretty clear on how devastating it would be to lose a child in a car accident. There is no way in the world I'd put my child at risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    Oh yeah, as if I'm not going to follow the law or recommendations! It was just a honest question because I didn't actually know the answer. I thought some boosters started at 6 months. Clearly I haven't done any research which is why I asked here.

    Thanks for the video but I'm pretty clear on how devastating it would be to lose a child in a car accident. There is no way in the world I'd put my child at risk.
    You'd be surprised what some people will do!

    The ones that are 6m+ are the convertible boosters - harnessed to start with then switched to a booster. People get really confused and I don't blame them.


 

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