Thursday, May 27, 2010

I need your opinion...

  
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 I need your opinions on this...
It is a big thing and I want to know what each of you use/do, that have kids...

5 Point harness car seats VS. High back booster car seats


I have watched {TONS} of videos on 5 point harnesses being better and safer. I have been through the 3 hours car seat safely course and learned tons. I am very picky when it comes to putting car seats in cars. I triple check that they are in right and tight!
Chase now weighs 36 pounds and has been in a high back booster since he hit 31 pounds. He just seems more comfortable in it and it is more big kid to him. He also has a little bit more 'freedom' and movement...{BUT is it safer} 
Abby only weighs 26 pounds and she sometimes sits in her high back booster but is more comfortable and probably MUCH safer in her 5 point harness. 
   
We are going on a long car trip (13 hours without stops)
I am FOR SURE putting Abby in her 5 point harness car seat, but what about Chase

How old is your child, how much do they weigh and what kind of car seat are they in? 
(any help would be appreciated!) 

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15 comments:

Linds said...

I would put them in a 5 point harness, no doubt. I don't have an older child yet, but I plan on making my DS wear a 5 pt. harness as long as he can. I think we'll be getting the Graco Nautilus once he outgrows his convertible carseat, but I still have to do a bit more research b/c I want a 5 pt that lasts for the highest weight limit possible.

Stephanie said...

Caleb and Allie are both still in 5 point harnesses!! They are right at 31 and 33 pounds and I plan on keeping them there until they hit 40 lbs. I personally just think it's safer and it makes me feel better.

Jacob is 6 and he weighs 52 lbs and he's in a booster. Hope that helps!

tanya friesen said...

Hey Kelly!

I had a hard time moving Bella into her high back booster, but I LOVE it...and so does she. She's 3 1/2 and is really tall and weighs about 42 lbs and was not only uncomfortable in the 5 point harness carseat, but looked like a GIANT in it.

Another thing to consider, since you have a long ride is what he'll be able to sleep in better. Bella has a hard time sleeping in her booster because she doesn't really have a good place to rest her head, which is a bummer, but at this point she's too big for a carseat and does really well in the booster and LOVES that she's able to buckle/unbuckle herself :)

Hope it helps!

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Kelli @ RTSM said...

I would make them stay in a 5 point harness until they are the correct weight and height. I'm pretty sure the minimum weight for a booster is 40 pounds, and I made mine stay in a regular carseat until them. Both of my boys were probably between 4 and 4 1/2 before they moved to boosters.

MomBrose said...

We do five point harness until at least 40 pounds. We use the Graco nautilus and love it! You can do the 5 point up to 65 pounds but it also becomes a belt positioning booster later on up to 100 pounds.

Mostly we just pray over our kids that we won't ever find out what's safer :D

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KJ said...

Hi Kelly!
I'd probably keep them both in the 5 point harness. It restrains them better, and thus would be safer. You might want to check this out...super helpful!

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Erin said...

Alex is still in a 5 point seat and I plan to keep her there for awhile. I dont really review all the saftey stuff or anything but i think its more comfy and if they are going to be sleeping in the car then I think it easier to sleep in as well.

maybe ask him, you don't want him to be crabby because he doesnt like that car seat. and you know the saying accidents happen closers to home.

Full House said...

I have 3 children my oldest was 4 in January, my daughter turned 2 in December, and my youngest is a 6 month old little boy. Carseats are one of my biggies. I too attended a 3 hour carseat class before I had kids. I used to work at a child care center before I became a stay at home mom.
Ava who is 26 pounds is in a convertable 5 point carseat as of right now. My oldest weighs 38 pounds and is in a high back 5 point that turns into a lap belt booster. We tried him with just the booster lap belt option for about a month just recently and decided to convert his seat back to the 5 point. He just wiggled around too much and sat with his legs turned to the side a lot. He also was able to reach and bug his sister when just using the lap belt. So, we decided it was the safest to put him back to the 5 point harness for as long as possible!

chris said...

Grandma Ox votes for 5 point.. Just seems safer..

truelifeofjess said...

I live in the state of texas and we are required to keep are kids in boosters until they are 8. On that note. I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old who both sit in booster seats due to comfort becuase they no long fit in the 5 point car seats. Yet they were both in the 5 point seats until the age of 4 when they out grew them. Ps I did talk to my pediatricain about it and he told me to move them because it was more dangerous to have them in the 5 point seats since they had outgrown them. Hope that helps.

Summer said...

Just came across you post and wanted to share my opinion. I came across this website when looking for a new carseat for my 3 year old when I was pregnant with my second child. http://www.kyledavidmiller.org/ Because of this video, I have both of my kids, now 6 1/2 and 3 1/2 in Graco Nautilus carseats with harnesses until 65 pounds. My daughter weighs 58 pounds and will stay in the harness until she reaches the weight limit. Then the car turns into a booster until 100 pounds. She doesn't feel like a baby, or dislike her carseat. This is her seat, there is no other option. This is all she knows. Safety is the most important thing. Just my opinion! Love your blog!

ck said...

I am another 5 point fan. When our third kiddo was born, we had to get new seats so they could all fit in the backseat, so I went with Radian65s which let me keep them in carseats until they are 65 lbs. My 6 year old weighs 50 lbs., and people around here think I'm crazy to keep him in a carseat,(my 20 month old is still rear facing, too - I am definitely the wierdo in the bunch, lol!) but I do not feel comfortable having his life possibly depend on sitting in a booster seat the right way. I watch so many of my friends kids play with the seat belt while in a booster, and I just don't trust him at this point. I should add that he has autism, so may not be the best example - but at the same time, why not be as safe as possible? Just my 2 cents :-)

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I would stick with the 5 point harness for both. Dylan is 5 1/2, and still rides in a 5 point harness. He is tall and thin-47 inches and 40.5 lbs. He only has about 2 inches to grow until he is too tall for his seat, but he would have to gain 25 lbs in order to outgrow the weight limit. I'm not looking forward to the switch!
Lexie will stay in an extended weight/height 5-point harness seat for as long as possible, as well.
In our state, the law is that they have to be 4 years old AND 40 lbs in order to ride in a booster seat of any kind.

Landen and family said...

I'm just now catching up and read this post. We have Landen in the 5 point nautalis and he is like 43 lbs. I think the minimum for the booster is 4 yrs AND 40 lbs. My husband really wanted to put him in a high back booster, but I think he is glad now that we didn't ... because of the safety and also because Landen can jump in the car now, and buckle himself. When he used the car's seatbelt, we would have to buckle him. It's so much safer and easier for us to keep him in the 5 point harness. The nautalis should be fine for him even as he grows. I think the head rest is only on the 2nd notch and the belts have plenty of room. I see you are already at your destination, have fun on vacation!!

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