Rear facing is the best protection for a child’s developing spine. Rear face to a minimum of age 2, ideally age 4.
Ready for a backless booster for your not so little Little or maybe you need to have spare boosters on hand for friends or when your child travels with others? The price of the Harmony Youth booster and compact size make it a great option for many reasons. Let’s check it out!
*This seat has been discontinued* We got our Argos shortly after my daughter turned forward facing right around her fourth birthday. I had seen it at the store and was instantly drawn to the pretty flower pattern. It was a big bonus that it fit her well and she liked it, too! We’d had Graco’s
Another day over at this year’s KIM conference with some big news from Dorel. Here are some fun things I got to play with today along with Dorel’s big news.
Safety 1st Incognito Backless Booster
Here it is everyone! Designed with big kids in mind. The colors match most vehicle interiors and no armrests mean that no one can see they’re in a booster.
The Graco TurboBooster is likely the most popular booster seat on the market today. It has so much going for it — it’s light weight, easy to use, and fits most children well. The same basic design has been available for well over a decade. Child Passenger Safety Technicians and caregivers alike are fans of the TurboBooster because of its simplicity and excellent belt positioning. At the very reasonable $50-$60 price for the highback version, and $30 or less for the backless version, it’s an excellent option for many families.
Looking for an inexpensive or lightweight booster, or something narrow for your three across? The Evenflo Big Kid (LX or Sport)/Amp may be for you! These boosters function as high back and backless boosters.
Looking for a good booster seat that doesn’t take up much room and comes in a bag? Yup – a bag! The BubbleBum is a FMVSS 213 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) approved booster seat that is inflatable, and small enough to fit in a bag. It is made from durable materials; similar to that used to make life vests and other life saving products. It has even passed standards in its deflated state in case it were to be punctured in a crash. It’s easy to inflate and even self inflates to a certain extent when taken out of the bag.
Ever wonder what that funny looking strap and plastic piece are that comes with your booster? It is called a shoulder belt positioning clip and is used to keep the shoulder belt at the correct position when using a backless booster. The fabric loop attaches to the bottom of the booster and the red clip attaches to the shoulder belt above the shoulder. Make sure to read your car seat manual to find out exactly where to attach it and when to use it!
The Harmony Defender 360 is a fairly new addition to the world of combination seats (aka car seats that convert from a forward facing five point harness into a belt positioning booster), and I had the opportunity to take one for a spin this week.
Fortunately, we know that the law is not enough to keep children safe. NHTSA, Safe Kids, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that children between 8 and 12 years old continue to use a booster until they fit the belt correctly alone, usually around 4’9″.