Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

car seat vs booster seat - need advice!

Perhaps one of you will have a suggestion for me. We have 2 car seats for Naomi, 1 in each car. In one car we have an Eddie Bower model where Naomi still uses the 5-point harness however the shoulder straps are on the highest setting and they are just about flush with her shoulders. I know that as soon as she starts wearing a coat she will be too high for this. She is 39.5 inches tall and weighs in at 31 lbs but has a very long torso. So, according to the car seat instructions, I am not supposed to use the shoulder belt with the car seat until she is 40 inches and 40 lbs. Hmmm. I don’t see her reaching 40 lbs until she is 5 or 5 and a half.

The other car seat needs to be thrown out asap. I am embarrassed to say that I did not notice the giant sign on the back that says DO NOT USE AFTER DEC 2007. Sign me up for the parent of the year award will ya? Anyways, what do I do? Get a booster with a back that uses the shoulder belt even though she does not meet the weight requirement? Buy a new 5-point harness seat made for tall kids? Is there such a thing?

I’d love to hear from those who have BTDT or anyone willing to share their stories, opinions, etc. Please keep in mind I am in Canada and need to get something ASAP.


Solution found!

The people at Babies R Us were very helpful and helped me go through all my options. I purchased a new full car seat, the Graco Nautilus multi-stage car seat. The holes for the 5-point harness go up several notches higher than the average car seat so I can keep my tall lightweight princess in the 5-point harness until she is 40 pounds (at least another year). Then we can use it as a backed booster and later take the back off and it makes just a seat booster.
Last night I spent a bunch of time fiddling with the straps and adjusting it to fit properly and then switched them around so the new seat is in our newer car. Phew! Glad that is all done!