This past August, I had to do the “car seat shuffle.” My daughter had outgrown her Britax Roundabout and I had to decide if I should give her my son’s 5-point harness seat, which meant my son would be in a booster, or purchase a new 5-point harness seat. My son, who was just about to turn 6 and start kindergarten, is not a small kid. In fact, he’s one of the tallest in his class. So, he was big enough for a booster, but I have always heard that a 5-point harness is safest, and that one should keep their child in it until they reached the weight maximum.
I struggled and struggled with the decision, and finally decided that my daughter would get a new 5-point, my son’s 5-point would move from my husband’s car to mine (which is our “go-to” family car), and when riding in my husband’s car, my daughter would be in my son’s old 5-point, and my son would be in a booster. PHEW!
In trying to decide what to do, I researched boosters and realized that there is a huge variety on the market–from those that have the LATCH system and cost over $100 to small, backless ones that cost $25. What was best? Breezy Mama turned to Jennifer Walker, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and coordinator of the Kohl’s Safe Rides for All Kids Program at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center, for some answers.
For those that don’t know, what exactly is a booster seat?
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