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01/05/2013 at 20:08
I am forever having an argument with my SIL and MIL about when it is appropriate to use a booster seat for a child. SIL used one early on for her kids and I think the guidelines around it may have changed making the age/height higher. I know C isn't old or high or heavy enough to go in one, yet because SIL used on MIL thinks that if they really had to put him in it for an emergency if they were looking after him then this would be fine.
I don't allow them to drive C anywhere if they look after him, FIL has Parkinsons disease and MIL doesn't drive. It just doesn't sit comfortably with me or H however the in laws seem to think the issue is over car seats rather than their driving etc.
Where can I find the most up to date guidelines on booster seats, especially in light of the tragic story over on OT board.
01/05/2013 at 20:47
They need to be 15kg to go in a booster, as anything lighter than that they won't be heavy enough to trigger the locking mechanism in the seatbelt.
I'm not aware of a minimum height though, although I guess there must be one. Zoe is 4yrs 3 mths and still have a 5 point harness ... I would probably let her go in a high back booster for a short journey but given the harness goes up to 18kg she will be staying it for as long as I can manage. I have told her that when she starts school in September we will convert it to a booster.
01/05/2013 at 20:50
Is it just weight as my daughter is only 2y9m but already over 15kg so she goes in the booster seat with a back to it and uses the seatbelt rather than the harness. It's all so confusing, the websites have weight and say "roughly 4 years" etc etc so is it the weight that is the main factor?
01/05/2013 at 21:10
15kg is the MINIMUM for a high back booster, 18kg is the maximum for a 5 point harness on most seats (there is a Britax rear facing seat that has a higher max weight)
Munchkin, this might help you in your argument
01/05/2013 at 21:29
HBB are from 15kg but like Jelly Baby my boys stayed in the harness until 18kg (F was 2yrs 10mths, T was 17kg at 4.5 and we moved him when he started school). Normal basic booster seats are from 22kg.
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