Parenting

Big Kids Need Booster Seats, Too

If you read this blog regularly you know that this year I’ve partnered with Graco.

One of the products I’m most excited to use is the Graco TurboBooster LX Backless Booster with Affix Latch System. Some of my friends are a little surprised that my little guy, who is actually a big guy, still uses a booster.

Big Kids Need Booster Seats, Too

Although state laws differ, the CDC recommends that children stay in booster seats until they are at least 57 inches tall, which is 4’9”. You can see their recommendations for keeping kids safe in cars on the CDC website. My friend Marta is only 5 feet tall and she often jokes that she wishes she could have a booster for riding in other people’s cars, because she can tell the seat belt isn’t hitting her in the right place! For her own car, Marta is careful to choose cars that are made for slightly smaller drivers, but it does sometimes make her nervous in other people’s cars.

Big Kids Need Booster Seats, Too

Nobody wants to feel that kind of nervousness about their child. Marta also has a smaller ten-year-old and he still uses a booster seat because she knows the seatbelt does not hit in the right place. In fact, next time your child gets in the car, check to see if the seat belt fits properly. If a seat belt fits correctly, the lap belt will be across the thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt will be across the chest, not the neck. If this isn’t the case, your child should be in a booster seat. The Graco TurboBooster LX Backless Booster is a great option for kids from 40-100 pounds and the optional Latch System works well with any car, even newer models.

Big Kids Need Booster Seats, Too

A lot of older kids fight using a booster, but just like you wouldn’t let your child ride a bike without a helmet, you really can’t let them ride in a car without a booster. If your kid is fighting the booster, make sure the one you have is comfortable. My son is actually more comfortable in his Graco Booster than without it. You might also want to make sure you aren’t still using a “babyish” cover that’s embarrassing your kid. The Graco TurboBooster LX Backless Booster with Affix Latch System has a washable cover, which is very helpful. Here are some of the other features, too:

  • The one-hand front adjust latch system keeps the booster secured to the car seat
  • The front adjustment allows parents to easily and quickly tighten the seat
  • Cup holders help keep the car from getting messy
  • Hide-away storage compartment for your  child’s toys/ favorite car items

What are some of your tips for making older kids more comfortable in their booster seats? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

This post is sponsored by Graco, but all ideas are my own.