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A carseat WWYD!!

DS1, 6, weighs 45 lbs. He is currently in a Britax Regent.
DS2, 2.5, weighs 35 lbs and is in a Britax Advantage that will be 6 years old in August, thus, "expiring".

I'm trying to figure out what to do with carseats. 2 cars = 4 seats.

Should I move DS1 to a booster and put DS2 in the Regent, or buy two new Regents for DS2 and keep DS1 in a 5-point harness? BTW DS1 is in kinder so at some point, I'm assuming I will have to fight the 5-point harness battle with him!!

What say you, oh wise SMs??
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Click here to enlarge This may not be the "good mom" opinion, but I would move #1 to a booster.
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I'd move the older one to a booster too.
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I'd definitely go ahead and put the older kid in a booster.

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Click here to enlarge bad mom here too. Move older to a booster
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DS1 is well within the limits for a booster. If you are confident he can make the switch to a booster, and sit maturely in it without slumping or otherwise being a goofball, it's what I would do, anyway.

Buy the booster and give him a few practice runs before you make the switch. He'll need a high back Click here to enlarge
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Do they travel in one car the majority of the time or both cars equally?
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they travel in both cars regularly. One is my car, the other is ex-dhs. I buy him seats, because, well...I want to make sure it's installed right and I'm a control freak about that!
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He'll need a high back
According to what I read when I was researching this, high backed boosters look safer but aren't really. I believe my source on this was the venerable Toby McAdams, though she's no longer managing her old site and the new owner took the page about backless vs. high back boosters down.

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According to what I read when I was researching this, high backed boosters look safer but aren't really. I believe my source on this was the venerable Toby McAdams, though she's no longer managing her old site and the new owner took the page about backless vs. high back boosters down.
High back boosters consistently perform better in European testing than backless for a myriad of reasons. They reduce the risk of head injury by about 40%.

Backless boosters are great for kids who have outgrown the back portion of the booster (around 8-10 years) but are grossly inappropriate for a younger child Click here to enlarge
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My son is 7, is small, but even when he's older I am going to keep him in a high back booster because he moves around so much in the car. I like how the high back keeps him sitting still, keeps the seatbelt in place, and keeps him from distracting me as much as when he has been in a smaller one on occation.
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That's definitely one of the perks Click here to enlarge

They are good for 'helping' immature booster riders to sit properly. Also, littles are more likely to doze off in the car. A high back booster will keep them sitting upright, whereas they are more likely to slump in a backless.
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