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7yo booster seat battle!

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duckyfuzz · 10/04/2011 20:56

I have 7 yo twin girls, they are, apparently, the only ones in their class still in high back boosters. Naturally I am taking this with a large pinch of salt, but am aware that they are the tallest in their class (90-98th centile) and finding their current seats very uncomfortable. We do have booster seats without backs for their nanny to use, but DT1 seems to get a bit travel sick without the 'ears' as she calls them, on longer journeys. So, any suggestions as to when to switch to booster only, or which hbb seat to get to accommodate tall girls? Thanks!

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Hulababy · 10/04/2011 21:02

My DD has a booster with no back for a fair while now, def by 7y. However on longer journeys she still chooses to use the high back booster as it is much more comfortable and she can rest back better on the head rests. DD is 9y and above average height - she can legally go without a seat at all, but I prefer for her to use oe as it is safer and she has not complained. Our high back booster is a Britax HiLiner.

duckyfuzz · 10/04/2011 21:08

thanks hula, we use the HiLiner too and have no real problems with them, just finding them a bit restrictive for longer journeys, of which we do a fair amount

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duckyfuzz · 10/04/2011 21:56

I'm looking at the sunshine kids monterey for them, it has adjustable width as well as height, any thoughts?

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Seona1973 · 11/04/2011 09:31

we have the maxi cosi rodi xr seats in 1 car for dd (7 1/2) and ds (4 1/2) and they seem more spacious than the britax seat that dd uses in the other car (I think it is the adventure seat which is pretty much the same as the hi-liner)

savoycabbage · 11/04/2011 09:40

I have a britax evolva 123 plus which I didn't buy until my dd was 7. It adjusts width-ways as well as height and is supposed to last until they are 13ish.

sazm · 11/04/2011 12:14

we have britax hi-liners/adventure for our 5yo and 7yo,they find them very comfy.however they are one of the narrowest seats (thats why we have them as we need to fit 3 seats in) so maybe worth a visit to halfords/mothercare etc to try some others out.
halfords have a recaro on offer atm which looked pretty wide,it was half price and down to about £50

movingsoon · 11/04/2011 14:44

I would take them with you and sit them in a few. I have mine in kidfix car seats (britax). Before I bought one for dd2 I took dd1 with me as I was hoping to get a cheep seat as we already had two one for each car so I was hoping to get a cheap seat for dads car as they don't go in there much. My dd1 sat in them all and then decided that kidfix was the most comfortable. And she could tell me why and which bits. Mine are going to be in them until they are 150cm tall. They are 9and 4 at the moment.
I don't care that they are the only ones in their class as I know that lots don't even use the seat belt properly. It is for their safety not me being mean.

TruthSweet · 11/04/2011 14:57

My DD1 who is 5 y/o and 113cm has a Monterey - it has the potential to be a huge seat and apparently will accommodate up to 20" across shoulders, 5'3" tall and up to 120lbs (if you go by the US site though it's only rated to 36kg/80lbs in the UK even though it's the same seat) so I'm assuming your daughters whilst tall aren't that tall!

We got ours in the Pink & Grey and DD1 loves it as it is so comfortable. She fell asleep in it on Saturday and stayed upright and didn't slump or fall over (my main worry with moving her out of a harnessed seat). It is really easy to install and is great as you can get a really good custom fit as you can make it tall/slim, tall/wide, short/wide, etc, etc.

I really recommend it.

duckyfuzz · 11/04/2011 20:16

thanks for all your advice, I'll see if I can find the monterey in stock locally and will look at rodi too

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