How to Pick Best Booster Car Seats?

How to choose booster car seats

 

In this post we are going to address a few points that will make sure you get a good Booster Car Seats. The most obvious thing you want from a child booster seat is safety and to make sure you get a good one you need to know WHY you need one.

The seat belts in a car are designed to fit adult bodies and they will not hold a child securely in the event of an accident. The worst thing is that if you have a lap belt on your child’s tummy and there is an accident they could suffer stomach, liver or spleen damage and if it rests on their arm they could injury their shoulders or back.

So quite simply a “Booster Seat” as the name suggests sits the child up so there is no loose fit and makes them far more secure.

However, you will find on this site a collection of booster seats that we recommend the great.

You need to look at the safety rating, how much weight the seat can hold and of course how comfortable the seat is.

You also need to look at the sort of seat you get and whether you can convert it – for instance you will see a high back seat which is great when your seats are quite low at the back and likewise you can use a low back seat when your seats are tall at the back.

To work out whether your child needs a booster car seat all you need to do is sit them all the way back on the seat. If their feet do not go over the end of the seat they may be too young for some booster car seats. If their knee goes over the edge of the seat you can use a booster.

Then you need to make sure you get the safest – in fact the way we have reviewed the booster chairs is to give you an overview of the ones we think are the safest such as the Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat and then we go down on a sliding scale including some that are budget.

We also include some in there that have a ton of features and should be easy to install as well as stylish for the kids.

Verdict:

When you are picking a good booster car seats safety comes first, above all else – however there are also some stylish seats you might want to have a look at and some that are hybrids where you can have the back of the seat off or you can opt to put in on.

Again, the top seat and the one we recommend is the Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat as it is our #1.

Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat

Graco Highback Turbobooster Car SeatWe will give you a review of the Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat and this is our top pick when you are looking for great booster car seats. Let us first have a look at the features and then we will tell you why we think it is the best:

  •     Helps safely transport your “big kid” from 30-100 pounds
  •     Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed United States safety standards
  •     Easily converts to backless booster for years of use
  •     Fully-adjustable headrest keeps your growing child secure
  •     Padded, height-adjustable armrests and hide-away cup holders keep kids smiling

The main reason we picked the Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat is obviously safety but we will get to that in a little while. A really good reason to check out this seat is because it is marketed as a “growing child” seat and the beauty of this is that it gives a bit more room and leeway for bigger children as well as not having to replace it every few months. In fact the Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat will support from 30 to 100 pounds in weight.

The other reason is that the kids will not feel that they are in a “Kiddy” car seat. They will feel more grownup as the seat sits them quite high. It is a comfortable chair and you will get a multi-layer head res that keeps your child comfortable and you will also get full coverage back support as well.

This seat can also be used for a short or a long trip and for the long trips it will make sure your child stays really comfortable.

There is also an adjustable head rest and this means that the kids are secure and again the neck and shoulders are comfortable as well. The Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat features a child self-buckle and this makes it easy for your child to self-buckle.

You even get cup holders that are built in and storage – these are optional and for games and you can choose to add these or not when they get older.

Apart from everything else the Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat is very stylish and is a chair that they won’t mind sitting on and best of all it keeps them safe.

Verdict:

The Graco Highback TurboBooster Seat is our top pick and will be awesome for kids and you will not need to change it every 5 minutes as you get a very good seat that will easily seat them when they are growing as well.


Graco Affix Highback Booster Seat with Latch System

Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch SystemThe Graco Affix Highback Booster Seat with Latch System is our second choice and this is still a good choice. The only reason we had the Turboback booster seat as number 1 is because it gives you a very solid chair you will not need to change that often at a good price.

However the Graco Affix Highback Booster Seat with Latch System is also very good. Let us have a look at the features:

  •     AFFIX Highback Booster Car Seat with Latch System, in Atomic, offers a secure connection keeps booster seat properly in place
  •     Keeps booster steady for easy self-buckling for your independent child
  •     Unique front adjustment allows you to quickly and easily tighten the booster to the vehicle seat
  •     This Graco Highback Booster Car Seat is engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
  •     Side Impact Tested* (*The AFFIX Highback Booster with Latch System has been side impact tested for occupant retention with a standard vehicle harness system in high back booster mode. Please consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more specific information on the performance of your vehicle’s safety belt system.)

With the Graco Affix Highback Booster Seat with Latch System you will get convertible safety and what this means is that you will be able to use as a highback booster seat and also as a backless seat as well.

It is super easy to install and you can put the seat in the car in seconds and it gives you super easy front adjust features that will tighten the booster to your vehicle seat.

There is a child self-buckle as well that will make sure your kid can self-buckle and the main thing about the Graco Affix Highback Booster Seat with Latch System is the safety.

Here are the key features:

  •     Designed with the style and comfort features that kids love
  •     Easily converts to backless booster for years of use
  •     EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  •     Fully-adjustable headrest keeps your growing child secure
  •     Open-loop belt guides help you correctly position your vehicle’s seat belt
  •     Integrated cup holder and hide-away storage compartment keeps your child’s drinks and favourite things within arm’s reach

Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat

Evenflo Big Kid AMP Booster Car SeatWe will give you a 3rd choice and that is the Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat.

This will give you another style of car seat that you can pick to keep your kids safe in the car.

Let us look at the features:

  •     2 Seats In 1 – Removable back for easy transition to a no-back booster
  •     Easy! One-hand, 6-position height adjustment to accommodate growing children longer
  •     2 cup holders for drinks
  •     Energy absorbing foam liner provides added safety & comfort
  •     Machine-washable pad keeps seat looking clean

This chair will give you 2 seats in 1 and that means that you can take it from a full back booster to a no back booster.

You only need one hand and you can change the positions to 6 different settings and you will be able to use it for longer as your kids are growing.

You get 2 cup holders and there is also energy absorbing foam liner and you will get machine washable pads as well.

We recommend the Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat if you are looking for a budget version – the only downside is some customer reviews say that this is quite hard and not very comfortable.

We put this in here as a bit of a wildcard, however if you are looking to save money and get an adequate chair then it is well worth look at.

Looking at the reviews of this product most people are happy. You will also want to consider this product if you are looking for a narrow seat where your child cannot wriggle around and it will keep them comfortable, secure and safe.

Of course if you are looking for something more upmarket you can check out our top pick – but for those of you that are literally looking for a fast solution without the hassle of spending a lot of money on it you should check out the Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat today.


Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car Seat

Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car SeatGive you a review of the Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car Seat – this is our 4th pick but it does not mean that it is a bad choice. We have put this in there for people that are looking for something a bit different that they may not have found in our other choices.

Let us take a quick look at the features:

  •     Clicktight Installation System allows parents to easily achieve a safe and secure installation using the vehicle seat belt throughout the life of the seat, in harness mode, without having to worry about the weight of their child
  •     True Side Impact Protection provides deep side walls and a head restraint with energy absorbing EPP foam to distribute crash forces, shield from vehicle intrusion, and contain the head, neck and body while keeping them in true or aligned
  •     Base with SafeCell Technology designed to keep your child safe and secure in a crash by compressing and significantly lowering the center of gravity, reducing the forward movement of the car seat
  •     Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  •     Energy Absorbing Versa Tether anchors the top of the car seat to the vehicle using a two point attachment, minimizing the amount of forward movement of the car seat Stage released stitching helps reduce the crash forces reaching the child

When you look at the Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car Seat you are getting an awesome car seat and it will give you most of the features you need. The best way to think of it is not that our other picks are better, but if you find this one has the features you need or even you prefer the style it may be the one to go for.

The main features of the Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car Seat is that it will give you a CLICKTIGHT installation system and that means that you can install the seat easier and you don’t need to worry what mode you have the chair in as either will work just as well.

You will get true side impact protection and that makes it far safer – it has deep side walls with a head restraint and there is energy absorbing foam to minimize crash forces.

It also features SafeCell technology and this means that it will keep your child safe and secure in a crash by compressing and lowering the center of gravity.

The other reason you might go for the Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car Seat is because it gives you a 90 pound weight capacity and you will also get a 120 pound weight capacity so you don’t have to worry about the seat not being usable for a long while.

Verdict:

When you look at the safety features of the Britax Frontier 90 Booster Car Seat and also the price you really cannot go wrong! Well worth having a look at if you want an adequate car booster seat that is not too expensive.


Booster Car Seats – Types and Installation Guide

type and installation car seat

When your child turns four years old, he or she may have already outgrown their current seat. In order to keep them safe and protected, you need to buy a new type of car seat – the booster car seat. This type of car seat has bigger weight and height capacity, which is suitable for your growing child. And instead of using a harness, the booster car seats only needs to use the seat belt that’s already in your car. But before heading out to buy one, here’s more information on types of booster seats and how to install them.

Booster Seat with High Back

This type of booster car seats elevates your child’s height while also providing a head and neck support. This is the type of booster seat that you should use if your car does not have a head rest or if the vehicle’s seat aren’t the high seat back type.

Backless Booster Seat

This type of booster also elevates your child’s height but does not provide any support for the head and the back. This type relies on the headrest and back of the seat for that.

Combination Seat

This type of seat combines the features a forward-facing car seat with a booster seat. This is a good type of seat because you can use it for children two years old and above. To convert this seat from a front-facing car seat to a booster seat, follow the instruction manual given on the packaging. This usually involves removing the harness that is needed that can only be used for forward-facing car seat.

All-in-one Seat

This type of car seat has it all: from a rear-facing car seat for newborns, to forward facing car seat for children two years old and above to a booster car seats for children four years old and beyond. This can easily be converted to a booster seat by removing the harness and the child carrier. For more information on converting, simply read the instruction manual given on the packaging.

To install the booster car seats, here are the instructions:

  1. Read the instruction manual of the booster seat carefully.
  2. Place the booster car seats inside the back of your vehicle. It should lie flat on the vehicle’s seat.
  3. Let your child sit on the booster seat.
  4. Pull in the seat belt through the body of your child.
  5. Buckle the seat belt.
  6. Make sure that the lap belt lies on the upper thighs of your child.
  7. Make sure that the shoulder belt lies on the chest of your child.

To make the most out of the booster car seats, make sure to keep using it until your child can comfortably and safely sit on the vehicle’s seat like a young adult. Furthermore, avoid removing the booster seat from its position even when not it use as this could cause harm to people riding on the back of your car when not installed properly. Hope this guide has helped you in choosing which type of booster car seats you should buy for your child and how to install it.


Car Seats for Toddlers – Which One Suits Your Child?

Have a kid that is one to three years old and can’t wait to travel with them? Before you do take your toddler in a car, make sure you have available car seats for your toddlers. Why buy a car seat for your kid? Which one would suit your child? Let’s find out.

Car Seats for Toddlers

The United States mandated the use of car seats for children. This would protect them from potential car accidents that you and your kid might be involve in. But even without a law from the government, you should be concerned about the well-being of your kids whenever you travel with them using your own car. And this is why you need to buy car seats for toddlers.

There are many car seats available in the market. The question is, which one is for your toddler? Toddlers are defined as a child between one to three years old, and the age of your child is important in determining which car seat you should buy. Other factors include the weight and height of your child as well as the type of car that you are using.

Infant-only Seats

Infant-only seats are used for newborns and smaller infants. This is the smallest of the types of car seats. This is recommended for use with newborns and up to 16 kilograms or 35 pounds. You may still use this type of car seat if your toddler is still within the weight limit. This type of seat should be installed facing the rear of the vehicle. This is done so that in the event of a car crash, the back of the car seat will be able to protect your toddler’s head, neck and torso.

Convertible Seats

Convertible seats are the type of car seats that can be converted from rear-facing to forward facing. With this type of car seat, you can use it for newborns and up to 18 kilograms or 40 pounds when the seat is rear-facing. Also, you can use it for toddlers who weigh 19-30 kilograms or 41-65 pounds when the seat is forward facing. This is great because it can be used for your toddler up to 3 years old or beyond. But use caution if using it on newborns because using a big car seat on a small child may not have the same effect on protection as you would want.

Forward Facing Seats

Forward facing seats are used for toddlers weighing 10 to 36 kilograms or 20 to 80 pounds. Toddlers with this weight are typically about 2 years old and up, but your toddler could reach this weight even if he or she is below 2 years old. This is the one you should use to replace the infant-only seat once your child has exceeded the weight and height limit of their previous car seat. This is also the type of car seat that you should use for your toddler as long as possible. You should only consider using the booster seat on your child when he or she has exceeded the weight and height limit of the forward facing seat. Children typically exceed the weight limits of this type of car seat once they are four years older.

Now that you know the types of car seats for toddlers, you may now go to your local store and buy the one that’s right for your child.


Baby Car Seat Installation Guide

So you’ve already bought a car seat for your child but you’re not sure how to install it properly? Lucky for you, here’s a guide to installing the different types of car seats available on the market. But before following this guide, make sure you’ve read the instruction manual on your car seat and your car, as this will help with the installation of your car seat significantly.

Baby Car Seat Installation Guide

Installing a Rear-Facing Car Seat

  1. The First thing to do is to place the car seat base in the back of your car.
  2. Next, line the seat belt inside the belt path of the car seat. There should be no curls on the belt after doing this.
  3. Buckle and lock the seat belt.
  4. Ensure that the base of the car seat does not move more than an inch from back to front and side to side.
  5. Ensure that the car seat is fixed by means of the correct recline angle. This is done so that your baby can breathe properly.
  6. Attach the carrier on the base of the car seat.

Installing a Front-Facing Car Seat with Tether

  1. Put the car seat inside the back of your vehicle. Make sure that it is facing forward.
  2. Line the seat belt carefully through the seat belt path of the car seat. The seat belts should not have any curls on them.
  3. Buckle and lock the seat belt.
  4. Ensure that the base of the car seat does not move more than an inch from back to front and side to side.
  5. Attach the vehicle’s tether to the tether of the front-facing car seat. Ensure that this is attached firmly as this secures the movement of your child in the event of a crash.

Installing a Backless Booster Car Seats

  1. Put in the booster seat inside the back of your vehicle. Make sure that it lays flat on the vehicle’s seat.
  2. Have your kid sit on the booster seat.
  3. Fit in the seat belt diagonally on your child’s body. Make sure it’s tight enough to secure your child in place but not too tight that your child cannot breathe.
  4. Buckle and lock the seat belt.
  5. Ensure that the shoulder belt is placed diagonally on the child’s chest.
  6. Also check that the belt lays properly on the child’s upper thighs.

With this guide, you can now ensure the safety of your child when you travel with them. But before anything else, here are other tips and best practices when using a car seat.

Make the most out of your car seat. Whether you bought a rear-facing, a front-facing, booster or an all-in-one seat, use it until your child overcomes the weight, height or age limit of the seat. The rear-facing car seat can last for eight to nine months of a new born baby. From then on and until your child becomes four years old, make use of a front-facing car seat. Then, make use of the booster car seats until your child can properly sit on the vehicle’s seat.

 

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