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Old 11-03-2010, 12:58 PM   #1
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Too small carseat and suggestions?

I was told by a very nice friend on fb that my son looks like he has outgrown his carseat.



What do you think? I believe the straps are up as high as they go. I want to get him a really safe good booster carseat with a 5 point harness. That won't break the bank, but is a really good seat! Any recommendations or suggestions would be great! I want what is safest and best for my little man! He is 4 year old and about 38 lbs, approx 40 inches..... (not exactely sure he will never let them measure him at dr)

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also, i was informed most kids outgrow carseats by height before weight, so the top harness slot is the main concern! what do you mama's with tall kiddies use?? thanks!!!
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Re: Too small carseat and suggestions?

A Graco Nautilus would be good for him. Its around $130-
$150 at Walmart. Harnesses to 65lbs and then becomes a booster to 100lbs. Height-wise itll get most kids to 6-8yrs old harnessed.
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Re: Too small carseat and suggestions?

It's hard to tell from the pics, but it does appear that the harness enters the seat below his shoulders. In FF mode, the harness should be at or above his shoulders.
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:15 PM   #5
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Re: Too small carseat and suggestions?

Yep it does look like he has. Are the top harness slots below the shoulders? It looks that way in the picture, but it's sometimes deceiving. If they are, it's time to size up.

I second the nauti, but do try it in your car first. It's one of the few seats that can't overhang the edge of the vehicle seat. If the Nauti doesn't work, the Britax Frontier 85 will - biggest FF to booster seat on the market, but it's pretty spendy.
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yes, it's slightly under his shoulders! i would LOVE a frontier but cannot afford one.i will look into the nautilus. thanks mama's!
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Re: Too small carseat and suggestions?

The Evenflo Maestro is also an option--it harnesses to 50 pounds and has high top slots. It's also only $80.
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i just got a recaro pro sport, and i love it, pricey though
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Re: Too small carseat and suggestions?

The maestro is a good choice if you're budget-conscious. Although it converts to a (seat-belt positioning) booster after the harness is outgrown, it doesn't make for a very high booster. So in a few years you'll be looking to buy another booster for him if you go with a maestro now. No big deal - you can find one for $40-$50. If you get a nautilus now then there is a better chance that you won't need to buy a booster down the line.
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You can find a Maestro at most regular (not super) Targets and BRU. I would try it first to see how close he is to the top slots.
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