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shishnfips Sun 24-Feb-19 06:58:38

Sorry not necessarily an aibu but not sure where else to put this. Dd1 is 8y9m, 91st centile for height but skinny, doesn't weigh a lot at all. She's in a highback booster still much to her annoyance as she says all her other friends don't have anything. I thought you had to be 12? Or are there other conditions? Obviously my priority is safety here.

Oysterbabe Sun 24-Feb-19 07:00:29

Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.

Bluebell9 Sun 24-Feb-19 07:01:48

It's 12 years olds or 135cm tall whichever comes first.

RubaiyatOfAnyone Sun 24-Feb-19 07:02:59

According to the RAC site here www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/road-safety/car-seat-laws/

“Children of 12 years old or taller than 135cm do not need to use a child seat”
And
“backless booster seats are only approved for children weighing more than 22kg or taller than 125cm.”

Happygolucky009 Sun 24-Feb-19 07:06:04

My eldest moved onto a booster at 9 purely because of height. He is now 10 and found the booster was uncomfortable so doesn't use a car seat anymore. I thought he would be a high back booster til 12!

Angrybird123 Sun 24-Feb-19 07:33:54

My 9 yo is just on a booster cushion now as the proper booster seat was too short for him.

Random18 Sun 24-Feb-19 08:27:56

My 7 year old will soon be over 135cm. I plan on keeping her in seat as long as possible. The back think is adjustable so I hope it will last for another few years (and as close to 150cm as I can get)

From high back booster she will go seatbelt.
Shenwil

shishnfips Sun 24-Feb-19 14:06:39

Ah well I've just measured her and she's approx 137cm. So...no need for a highback hmm

shishnfips Sun 24-Feb-19 14:11:27

Thanks all!

Jessicabrassica Sun 24-Feb-19 14:13:01

We use high back for long journeys on fast roads for ours 9&7. Depending on the number and heights of the kids we regularly transport, we use a combination of high backs, boosters and nothing going for the safest and best fit. The tall 9yo still uses a booster in the front just because of the height of the seatbelt attachment. Probably I should use one too at 44...

WinterHeatWave Sun 24-Feb-19 14:44:03

Whilst they are not legally required once over 135cm, there are other markers to suggest if the kids are big enough. See here for example.
My 9 year old is over 135, but doesn't meet all of these. I'm aiming to keep him in a car seat until as close to 150cm (Regulations in most if Europe) as I can.

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