5 point harness

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Registered: 03-11-2006
5 point harness
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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 4:10pm

My son is 4 years old and is about 37lbs.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 5:32pm
Just some notes on those two and another.

Nautilus: has top harness slots of 18.5" (every .5" of harness height is approx 6 more months of harness time). Becomes a HBB and a NBB

Frontier:Top harness slots are 20", becomes (I believe) the highest weight HBB at 120lbs, but doesn't become a NBB

Evenflo Maestro:Top harness slots at 18", 50lbs harness weight limit. Becomes a HBB only, but is outgrown quickly as a booster because the head rest doesn't adjust at all (the Nautilus and Frontier both adjust) This is also a very inexpensive seat at around $80.

A note on how children outgrow FFing seats: Most often it is by height, not by weight. How you can tell if he is too tall for his seat: his shoulders are above the top harness slot or his ears are above the top of the shell of the seat.

HTH and please come back with any more questions you have :)
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Registered: 03-11-2006
Wed, 10-12-2011 - 12:27am

Thanks for the info but I'm rusty on my IV lingo!!

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:17am
HBB: High back booster

NBB: No back booster

Sorry, I'm always afraid of that whenever I post to someone who I know isn't a regular here, but sometimes I slip up and forget to explain :/
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Registered: 10-23-2003
Wed, 10-12-2011 - 4:40pm

HBB means high back booster NBB means no back booster. So for one you just take the harness off and its the high back booster and the other the back of the seat comes off and becomes a no back booster. Dawn

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Registered: 03-11-2006
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 5:20am

Ah! Ok, makes sense! :)

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 9:21am
The point of an NBB is simply to make sure the seat belt fits at the shoulder and hips of the child, and also to act as a "extra" set of hip bones in an accident to spread the crash forces more. Its not any less trustworthy, if used properly, than HBBs.
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Registered: 10-23-2003
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 4:08pm

What I have seen of the Rumi is supposedly the top slots are 16.5 inches. That is 2 inches shorter then the Nautilus. Also the cover isn't removable just some bottom pad is. Also it has to be a full recline to have it installed, so that could cause some install issues. I know this is shallow but I just don't like the look of the seat. Also it seems to be the same price as the Graco Nautilus. So I think you got a good price on your 2 seats.

Also a nbb is safe a hbb is a little safer due to the fact it offers some side impact protection and sleep support. I think a nbb is good when your kids are older say 8 or over and they want a seat there friends can't see from out the window. Where I am they just recently passed a law last year saying kids need to be in a booster seat till they turn 8. So when mine where little most kids where out of booster seat by 4 some did till at least 6. My youngest was in a booster till he was 12. He is the only one I have ever seen in a booster that long. Most people looked at me like I had two heads. So nbb have a place for smaller kids who still need a booster seat but don't want there friends to see to make fun of them when they are 8 or over and all there friends are using regular seat belts. Dawn

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