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My seven year old apparently no longer needs a car seat!
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justanotherneighinparadise · 26/10/2020 20:46

As he’s over the height set out in legislation. Does that sound okay? I'm rather shocked.

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dementedpixie · 26/10/2020 21:14

Its not just height. Check that when he sits back on the actual seat of the car that his legs are long enough to bend at the knees at the edge of the seat. Check where the seatbelt sits - should be across their lap (not the tummy) and across their chest (not at their neck). As he's young I'd keep him in the seat for a bit longer

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WhereverIGoddamnLike · 26/10/2020 21:19

Both of my kids are over 135cm but one is just turned 7 and the other is 9 and I just dont think they are sturdy enough themselves so over got them on booster seats. Makes me feel more comfortable.

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InTheLongGrass · 26/10/2020 21:26

Just because it's legal, it doesnt mean its the best thing.
Much of Europe recoment car seats til 150cm, and that is what we have aimed for.
DS1 got very snug in his HBB aged 10, but after just one trip in my car using the adult seat, he asked for a booster seat. As above - check he can actually fit in the adult seat - there is a 5 point check somewhere to see if they are big enough.

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dementedpixie · 26/10/2020 21:28

This?

My seven year old apparently no longer needs a car seat!
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justanotherneighinparadise · 26/10/2020 21:30

He is in a high backed booster with isofix but we have second seat we use, another high backed booster and he’s just absolutely huge in it. I’m just shocked the law says he could go without!

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justanotherneighinparadise · 26/10/2020 21:31

@dementedpixie

This?

That’s massively helpful, thank you 😊
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BertieBotts · 27/10/2020 13:38

135cm is just a legal minimum - if you'd rather he still be in one then keep using one :) It's quite early, I found DS1 didn't fit well into a lot of car seatbelts at 135cm, but does better now he is over 150cm, which is the height a lot of HBB seats are designed to go up to.

If you are in need of a larger one, Diono Cambria 2 in Smyths is huge and really comfy and protective.

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BertieBotts · 27/10/2020 13:39

The Diono seat is only £30 :)

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