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Cheap safe and easy (probably) high back booster

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trunumber · 02/01/2021 22:00

I've asked similar before but have got myself all confused

DS is (just) 4 years old. 102cm, no idea on weight but slim

He is currently in maxi cosi 2 way Pearl in my car which is fine and looks like it will be for a while yet but I need one for mums car.

She has dyspraxia so I need something really really easy to use. Id prefer isofix as she wouldn't be able to belt a seat in.

She will only ever drive him at 30 mph or less on local roads less than 3 mile journeys.

Ideally cheap, but I can spend if I need to.

I assume a high back booster makes sense? If so I feel like a prefer a harness because I'm not 100% confident that mum would be able to position a normal seatbelt unless it was really easy. Are harnesses safe? Are seatbelts better/worse?

Help, please?

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teaandlotusbiscoff · 03/01/2021 10:52

High back boosters don’t tend to use the harness unless it is a group 1/2/3 seat. If you want a harness seat, I’d get the Britax Evolva. If not, Joie Trillo or britax adventure are good cheap yet safe High back boostersSmile

teaandlotusbiscoff · 03/01/2021 10:54

Also worth noting, it is safer to use the seatbelt than a forward facing harness, attached photos

Cheap safe and easy (probably) high back booster
Cheap safe and easy (probably) high back booster
CottonSock · 03/01/2021 10:56

Make sure you get one narrow enough. One of our high backed boosters, a fancy britax one, is so wide it's hard to belt in. The others are a maxi cosi Rhodri and cheapie Halfords ones. To be honest I find isofix makes it harder to do the belt up as no movement in the seat.

trunumber · 03/01/2021 14:49

Thank you

@teaandlotusbiscoff - do you think a seat belt would still be safer if I'm worried about mums ability to put it in the right place? Will they booster guide the belt?

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teaandlotusbiscoff · 03/01/2021 18:06

Personally I’d want to check the shoulder height myself before installing, but as long as she makes sure that the seatbelt goes under the “horns”/armrest it should be OK!

teaandlotusbiscoff · 03/01/2021 18:07

Also worth bearing in mind-with harness seats you’d have to make sure it’s installed properly and make sure the harness is tight enough which can be a bit of a faff!

trunumber · 03/01/2021 22:57

Thank you, I feel more confident with the harness idea as I've been teaching her how to do harnesses for 4 years Grin

I really appreciate the advice, I'll take more time to look and not rush it

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BertieBotts · 12/01/2021 10:39

The Britax booster seats are well designed in order that the seatbelt goes to the right place naturally - Kid, Kid II, Kidfix etc. The Kidfix series does add a bit more complexity, as it has an extra hook in the crotch that the seatbelt has to go through but this is really easy to do and I bet you could even show your DS and he could make sure it gets hooked under each time. Even if it did get missed, it's an extra safety feature rather than an essential one so would be fine. The important part being the shape of the belt guides which really do put the belt in the right place even if you don't do it 100% right.

But if you would prefer a harnessed seat you can get larger ones. It's just she will need top tether and isofix to fit it which don't always exist in older cars. I'd look at Joie Bold, Cozy n Safe Hudson and BabyAuto Dupla.

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