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    So dd has recently turned 7 and in qld they no longer need to legally be in a child seat. But the qld gov website does mention that if they are small for their age.

    Im not sure if I should do away with the seat or not. She is 120cm.

    Did you get rid of the booster at 7? How long did you keep your child in one?

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    DS turned 7 a couple of months ago, and I'm keeping him in his booster for a while. But then I also still have my 4.5yo in a 5 point harness

    I read something a while ago that until they can sit on the seat properly - back against the seat and their knees bent and not straight legged, to keep them in a booster as the injuries from an accident if they can't sit properly can be pretty bad. I haven't tested if DS can sit on the seat correctly, but while he's happy to be in a booster, he can stay in one.

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    DD is 8 and still in a booster, she is 138cm tall. It's safer for them to pass the 5 step test before removing the booster, the seatbelt is designed for an adult, not a child and can cause serious injuries in the event of a crash if it's not positioned correctly.

    http://www.kidsafe.com.au/crguidelines5steptest

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    I kept DD in a booster as long as I could. Current car can't fit her booster plus DS car seat so she's without one temporarily but when I change cars she's going back in booster. She can't see out windows without booster either. She's about 122-123cm I think and about 22kg. I would leave them in as long as you can.

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    I will keep mine in theirs till they outgrow them. And my children are giant (at 5 she's 124cm and 42kg). Much safer for them

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    Thanks everyone. We will probably keep dd in it longer.
    Alot of our friends have taken their kids out once they turn 7 but we are in no rush would prefer her in the booster for a while longer.

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    My eldest is 6 and still in a 6point harness. My kids will be in a booster as long as they fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just her chameleon View Post
    DD is 8 and still in a booster, she is 138cm tall. It's safer for them to pass the 5 step test before removing the booster, the seatbelt is designed for an adult, not a child and can cause serious injuries in the event of a crash if it's not positioned correctly.

    http://www.kidsafe.com.au/crguidelines5steptest
    That's the one I saw. Good reference point.

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    DS came out of his hi liner booster at nearly 10yo. He was 145cm tall and passed the 5 step test. He was so uncomfortable in his seat as the headrest couldn't go up any higher and his feet were almost touching the floor but awkwardly not quite. He's still not allowed in the front seat. DD will be 7 soon and is desperately trying to get out of her hi liner as she says the headrest isn't going high enough but it won't be happening any time soon.

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    About 8.5 years. When he could no longer sit comfortably in it.


 

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