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i'm sure this has been done, but i'll ask anyway Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge

i need to buy a booster seat (high back of course) for liam, who is almost 6. graco turbobooster = the suck? what about the sunshine kids monterey? recaro vivo? i can't seem to find consistent reviews.

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Naomi keeps coming along and saying that the backless ones are better than high back.

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She's got links and stuff. Maybe if Outnumbered posts on this thread Naomi will notice and come here to post her links.

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really i don't care about booster seats--i just wanted to start a Click here to enlarge.

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we have the graco high back turbo booster...it has these wing like things on the head part. emma likes it. we use it a good portion of the time we're in the van, bc i have had to use her husky for friends' kids so often. Click here to enlarge plus, she's the size of a 9 year old, so i'm over my fear of her sitting in it.

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why does the turbobooster suck? There isn't much to a booster seat, really Click here to enlarge I have two turbobooster and we like them fine Click here to enlarge

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i thought i heard that it sucked, but i could be smoking something. Click here to enlarge i am hearing decent things about it so we might just get one.

i am wondering what the whole backless thing being safer is about though.
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We have a Graco Nautilus and I like it. DS seems comfortable in it.
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I've been moved! Click here to enlarge

Thanks everyone Click here to enlarge I will actually probably just go w/the turbobooster...still looking around though.
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The Turbobooster is a perfectly decent, safe seat, that will last a long time, is lightweight, and converts to a backless.

The Vivo is really nice too. It's a bit cushier than the Graco (more padding, more comfortable) and it adjusts taller so it will not be outgrown as quickly. However, it doesn't convert to a backless if that's an important feature.


Backlesses are not safer than High backs. In fact in many situations a high back is the preferred seat.

If the child's ears are above the seatback in a backless (common in older cars) you MUST use a high back. For younger children, the back is crucial to keep them from leaning out of position.

High back boosters are now doing a lot more than they used to. They provide substantial side impact protection. Deep headwings lined with EPS foam will protect the head and neck in a side impact collision. As a general rule, you want to use the high back until the kid is too tall for it. Most kids are mature enough to sit in a backless full time around 8 years old roughly.

Naomia might be thinking of the recent IIHS study listing 'best bets' and seats to avoid? Those seats actually tested FIT not safety in a crash. They basically said things techs have been saying for years. Dedicated boosters make an excellent fit and combination seats make a horrible fit. (And most Dorel and Evenflo boosters are unholy nightmares)


Of course, they were testing a 6 year old 60 pound dummy. If your booster got a poor rating in the IIHS study but fits YOUR kid safely, the study is irrelevant.

Julie, my kid rides in a Graco TB on the school bus, it's a fine seat Click here to enlarge. The Lizards in Line print at Kmart is adorable *whistles*
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I like the no back booster

I have the no back booster for my son. He's almost

4 and he seems a lot more comfortable sense we

got rid of the booster with the back.
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I have the no back booster for my son. He's almost

4 and he seems a lot more comfortable sense we

got rid of the booster with the back.

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A backless booster is not an appropriate choice for a three year old. Or a four year old, or a five or a six year old, for that matter. In fact, it could be fatal.

A child that age needs to be in a five point harness, NOT a booster, and most certainly not a backless booster. If you have any more questions feel free to post Click here to enlarge
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Do boosters expire every 5 years like car seats?
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Do boosters expire every 5 years like car seats?
Most car seats have a six year expiration, and most boosters do, too. The exceptions I can think of are the Britax Frontier (9 years) and the backless portion of the Graco Nautilus (also 9 years). (The harnessed and highback parts of the Nauti are six years).

I believe evenflo made an industrial, bare bones backless booster a few years back called the Right-Fit that they claimed had no expiration, but frankly, I wouldn't use it beyond six years, and NHTSA says even without a printed expiration, no CRS should be used after 10.
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