booster seat question

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booster seat question
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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 5:39pm

Quick question, I am getting ready to have my third child. My two oldest ones are in backless boosters. Can you use the boosters without one of the armrests? I have the three seats installed and im comfortable with the fit. But, I can't get to the buckles with the armrests on... Wasn't sure if this was ok to use without them or not. I am not due until June 3 but just was preparing. Thanks in advance!


Manda

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 6:34pm

You should double check the manual for your booster seats. I think they all require the arm rests to stay on. Remember that the arm rest actually holds the car seat belt in the proper position during an accident so it's there for a safety reason.


How old are your older boys? Sometimes 3 across is easier with three harness seats so you don't have to try to get your hands between the seats on a regular basis. If your boys are too old and too big, there might be some other options in terms of booster seats or the seat for the baby.


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Registered: 10-23-2003
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 10:57pm
It looks like your kiddos are 4 and 6?The 4 year old should be in a 5pt harness as that is safer.Also for your older kiddo it would be best to be in a high back booster.It has some side impact protection or if he ever falls a sleep in the car he won't fall out
Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker
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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 8:12am

I just got a 95 nissan maxima... What I have to work with, a graco snugride for baby, and two graco turboboosters. One turbo booster i have is a high back. I don't really think I can afford to get a radian. Unless its my absolute last option.

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Registered: 10-23-2003
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 11:01am
The Radian is the narrowest seat available and is recommended the most for a 3 across. I am guessing what ever convertible seat you where using it won't fit either when the baby needs it. You really need to go to Babies R Us and try out the seats in your car to see what will fit. Do try the Radian if they have one available as it does have an 8 year expiration and would last your youngest till she needed a booster only seat. Also if you do end up needing this seat it is still far cheaper then buying a new car.A friend of mine held a couple garage sales to buy the car seats she needed just a though.
Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker Lilypie 6th to 18th Ticker
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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 12:28pm
Thanks for the replies. I shouldn't have waited this long to try and figure this out. But I was hoping to have a van at this point. Oh well, have to deal with the vehicle I ended up with. Thanks for the tips. I will be looking for the Radian.
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Registered: 06-18-2004
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 12:38pm

Manda -


Here's my suggestion: Radian for 4 year old in the middle. HBB turbobooster on one side for 6 year old and Graco Snugride on other side for baby. Make sure the Snugride has not expired - which if you used it for your 6 year old - it probably has. If that doesn't work, get the Baby Trend flex loc seat. It's a narrow seat and less expensive than the Keyfit. Or if you are willing to skip the infant seat, get a Costco Scenera (about $45) and use it from the start.


If you get an infant seat, then you could get the Scenera or Safety First Avenue as the convertible car seat for the baby. Then in a couple of years, you would give the baby the Radian, the 4 year old will be 6 and could go in a hbb, and the oldest would be 8 and could be in a nbb.


In terms of safety, your 4 year old would be safer in a 5pt harness seat. From all of my reading and research, 4 years and 40lbs is considered the minimum for using a booster seat. However, most 4 year olds are not mature enough to sit properly in a booster seat so best practice is to wait until they are 6 years old and 40lbs to use a booster.


Here are a couple of links that explain why better than I can:


http://carseatqueen.com/ff.aspx


http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/05/27/car-seats-for-o/


I really think that the Radian is your best option for your 4 year old. It might be your only option in terms of getting three across. The only other seat that *might*