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Booster seats vs booster cushion for skinny 3 y.o.

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derelicte Mon 18-Aug-08 19:20:50

What are the rules/recommendations regarding carseats for older children?

If we can use a booster cushion rather than a whole great big seat, we might be able to avoid buying a bigger car. DD is a bit of a shrimp though, and I obviously don't want to compromise her safety. She's 13.6 kilos, but fairly tall.

Whaddya think?

moshie Mon 18-Aug-08 19:30:27

Booster seats with or without backs are suitable for children over 15kg, so your dd is still a bit small for one yet.
It's a bit drastic to have to change the car to fit a seat in, have you had a look around for narrow seats? I'm presuming you're trying to fit three seats in, britax tend to be narrow.

Seona1973 Mon 18-Aug-08 19:53:10

car seat types. According to this website the high back boosters have a minimum weight requirement of 15kgs so your lo is too light for one at the moment anyway. We use a britax hiliner for dd but I think they were discontinued and replaced with the britax evolva 2-3.

derelicte Mon 18-Aug-08 20:14:41

Thanks for that info!

We've got a Mamas and Papas Viaggio infant seat and two Britax Renaissance car seats. The latter were the only car seats in Mothercare that fitted!

I'm 99% sure we couldn't fit them all in the back (although I haven't actually tried it). Our car is a Seat Leon - DH loves it and will be bereft if we have to trade it in for a bigger family car, so if there was any combination of car seats that we could use, we'd go for it.

By the way, this is all a bit academic at the moment, and is phase one of my negotiation for DC3 wink

sazm Mon 18-Aug-08 23:29:21

cant u put the viaggio in the middle of the back seat with the other two on either side?

derelicte Tue 19-Aug-08 16:32:42

I don't think so. I've tried sitting in the middle of the two seats and can barely squeeze in (I'm fairly slim).

IdrisTheDragon Tue 19-Aug-08 16:36:19

She needs to be in a Group 1 seat at the moment - she can be that until 18 kg but shouldn't be in Group 2 (ie with just a seat belt) until 15kg.

I'm intending to keep both DS and DD in high back boosters for as long as possible - I think a child needs to be about 22kg to be in a cushion type one.

derelicte Tue 19-Aug-08 16:38:47

I thought this wou;d prob be the case. This means that we either a) abandon all hope of dc3, or b) get a bigger car...which we can't really`afford to do. Arse!

sazm Tue 19-Aug-08 22:15:01

couldnt you try different seats?
i have an mg zr whih is about the same size as a leon,and can fit 3 seats in.
could you not put her in one of the highback booster types with a harness,as they are quite narrow,with another on the other side once the lo is big enough,and maybe get a smaller baby seat than the m&p one,to go in the middle?

moshie Tue 19-Aug-08 22:17:40

But by the time you had another baby your dd would be bigger, wouldn't she?

sazm Tue 19-Aug-08 22:31:49

the car seat law states that if theres no room for a booster in the middle(because there are already 2 car seats in the back)then they dont have to use one so long as they are over 3yo.

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