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6yo dd weighs under 15kg, still using 5 point harness- recommendations

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Angel200379 · 23/08/2015 23:03

Hi all,
My 6yo dd weighs 14.5kg and is about to enter Year 2 at school. She is at the very bottom end of height and weight charts but the school nurse is monitoring her and they are not yet worried.
Due to the fact that she is under 15kg she is still in her Britax Evolva Car Seat using the 5 point harness.
Does anyone have any thoughts/recommendations on other car seats that I could look at as she is starting to feel self conscious that she is the only one of her friends that is still wearing the 5 point harness.
Obviously we will continue to use the 5 point harness until she is over 15kg but there are so many different makes these days and if anyone has a similar experience it would be great to hear from you.
Thanks in advance for your comments.

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JellyTipisthebest · 23/08/2015 23:55

She really is safer and more comfortable in a five point harness. You could when she is heavy enough use a high back for short journeys not of fast rds but use the five pion for the longer journeys, I did that when I had a 3 year old and pregnant and struggled to lift her in five point. There willl always be children not in carseats so I would try and not worry about that. Tell her she is in it because you love her and it safer.
I would wait until you can get one of the new high backs that are now on britax web site. They have a new clip thing that stops the child going under the lap belt.

gallicgirl · 24/08/2015 00:04

How about a seat with an impact cushion like the cybex pallas (and all its variations)?
I can't remember if it converts to a high back booster at 15 or 18kg. I'd better check as DD is around 15kg!

BertieBotts · 24/08/2015 00:17

Yes impact shield might work? It is the same weight class as a 5 point harness BTW so same rules - minimum weight to go without it is 15kg, maximum weight to use it is 18kg.

BertieBotts · 24/08/2015 00:19

Oh that anti-submarining device looks pretty good, I have a friend who has an American car seat with one of those.

You could also look at i-size seats because they have different rules and run on height. It might be that she's tall enough to go into an i-size booster.

BertieBotts · 24/08/2015 00:21

Oh, well, it might be if there was one out, which there doesn't seem to be.

AliceMum09 · 24/08/2015 10:20

My DD2 is on the 9th centile for weight and the 2nd for height, so at nearly 3 1/2 she weighs just under 13kgs. She has a rear facing seat with a weight limit of 25kgs, she will definitely still be in it when she starts school next September and I don't intend to move her out of it before I absolutely have to - her birthday is April, so I would think that at almost 6 1/2 and going into Y2 she'll still be rear facing.

DD1 has a friend who was 6 in July and is on the same centiles as DD2, if she was my child she'd still be rear facing, she just looks too small to be in a high backed booster and definitely doesn't weigh 18kgs.

I'm sure children don't take that much notice of what car seats others have - my son will be 10 in November and is 141cm tall, he still has a high backed booster because if he sits in our car without a seat (as he could legally do) the seatbelt doesn't fit him properly and his legs are not yet long enough for them to bend at the edge of the seat (I am using this as a guide). Most of his friends don't even have a backless booster any more, but they don't question why my son still has a car seat. I'm sure they have better things to think about, and DS would definitely be whining at me to get rid of the seat if any of his friends had mentioned it even once!

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