In NY, how old (or how many lbs) does a child have to be to graduate from a harness car seat to a booster?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Most 5 point harness seats are up to 40 lbs. But there are some now that can get your child harnessed for longer than just 40 pounds also it depends on outgrowing the harness.
Many people switch over to boosters when the child is 4 years old and 40pounds that is the bare minimum to switch to a booster seat. I dont feel so comfortable with the bare minimun since many kids are not mature enough to stay still on a booster at 4 yo.
The Apex 65 is a 5 point harness that then turns to a booster after your child outgrows it. The Apex can have your child harnessed up to 65 pounds but often children tend to outgrow a carseat by height than by weight. The Apex also has a 17" on the top slot. you must have adjustable head rests to use it though and you can find it for around $99.
Then there is other seats such as the radian 65 wich also harness up to 65 pounds but the highest slots are 18".
The Marathon/Blvd which are Britax seats harness up to 65lbs also but is a convertible and the highest slot is 17.5".
Also the fisher price safe voyage convertible seat is also like the Britax it is acutallly made by Britax but with the fisher price name unfortunately is being discontinued but there are many online stores selling them some as low as $129. and they can last up to 5 or 6yo some even a bit longer.
The Britax Regent has the tallest slots up to 19". this one will last a long time is a bit expensive though around 300 bucks.
oh lol, to measure your childs torso lenght sit him agains the wall and measure from bottom to his shoulders and that can tell you if he can fit in any of the seats mentioned above.
Keep in mind that if your child is 16" it doesnt mean he / she will grow an inch in torso in a month. Sometimes growing an inch in torso lenght can mean a year or two.
oh and recaro is coming up with new carseats on first week of June it will harness up to 19".
It is totally a parents decision to move to a booster if you do so a high back booster seat is better than one with no back since it offers side impact protection. Me, i think is better to keep kids harness longer and then move them to a booster around 6 yo i feel more comfortable to move to a booster seat.
oh and to graduate from a booster seat to seat belt the child must be at least 4' and 9" .Source(s): www.babycenter.com
- Anonymous1 decade ago
1. BEFORE YOUR FIRST BIRTHDAY LESS THAN 20 POUNDS REAR-FACING INFANT-ONLY CAR SEAT OR CONVERTIBLE SEAT USED IN REAR-FACING POSITION, SECURED IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR.
2. 20–35 POUNDS CONVERTIBLE SEAT USED IN REAR-FACING POSITION, SECURED IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR. LOOK FOR A CHILD SAFETY SEAT THAT IS RECOMMENDED FOR HEAVIER INFANTS.
3. WHEN YOU ARE 1, 2, 3, AND 4 20–40 POUNDS FACE FORWARD IN A CONVERTIBLE SEAT OR A FORWARD-FACING-ONLY SEAT OR HIGH-BACK BOOSTER/HARNESS IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR.
4. WHEN YOU ARE 4, 5, 6, 7, OR 8 LESS THAN 4’9” (57 INCHES) TALL BELT-POSITIONING BOOSTER SEAT (NO BACK) OR HIGH-BACK BELT-POSITIONING BOOSTER SEAT IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR.
5. WHEN YOU ARE 8, 9, 10, 11, OR 12 MORE THAN 4’9” (57 INCHES) TALL MAY USE AN ADULT SEATBELT, BUT MUST KEEP YOUR BACK AGAINST THE SEAT BACK, YOUR KNEES BENT OVER THE EDGE OF THE SEAT, AND YOUR FEET FLAT ON THE FLOOR IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR.
6. WHEN YOU ARE MORE THAN 12 YEARS OLD MORE THAN 4’9” (57 INCHES) TALL MAY SIT IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT OF THE CAR WITH AN ADULT SEATBELT.Source(s): "923"
- 1 decade ago
Your child has to be 4 ft 7 in.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
85 lbs and 4'10 inches.