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#1 jenny

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:49 PM

Ok...so last year I was in a car accident as most of you know. I had to get rid of my good carseat (could use as a booster too) cause it was in the car at the time. And when I say good I mean the one that has the harness. It was literally 1.5-2 years old. I have a booster seat that we had as a back up that we are currently using. Well the insurance said they will cover the cost of a new one. But I have to go buy it, then send the receipt in and then wait until they pay me back. So I've held out for as long as I could due to financial reasons. Well now it's either we don't get a new one or we do and they replace it. We don't have the extra funds right now...but we could get it. KWIM?

Anyways...the one booster seat we have is a high back one that uses just the shoulder and lap belt to buckle my 6 (will be 7 in June) in. He is only 45-50 lbs. I am hoping to be able to travel to London a few times at the end of this year and next year.

Is a harness booster seat really safer? I fear highways and want him buckled as tight as possible. But 6 almost 7 is he really safer in that vs a regular booster seat? I don't want to have to buy it if he is just as safe in it...kwim? But in a vehicle I know you can never be too safe with children and carseats.

I have to go out and buy it tonight if I am buying one as I will have to express post this receipt. I was hoping for better finances prior to this but I've obviously left it to last minute.

Please help.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

It's my understanding that a 5-point harness is always safest, but check the height& weight limits. It won't do you any good to go to extra expense if he'll outgrow the limits within a couple of months.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:22 PM

I hope you can find a store open, I think everything closes early today.

Too bad you didn't post earlier, Zellers is having a huge clearance sale. :)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:25 PM

After the incident Zellers pulled with that coupon I refuse to shop there.

I also completely forgot that Walmart is on holiday hours...lol.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:44 PM

I was just trying to save you some cash, since they are going out of business and they are having a HUGE baby week sale. :)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:55 PM

I know hun...thank you I appreciate it. :)

The insurance company is going to reimburse me the cost of it.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:57 PM

I know hun...thank you I appreciate it. :)

The insurance company is going to reimburse me the cost of it.



I know, but you did state that $ was tight, so I was just being my frugal self, sometimes you got to bite the bullet. Hope you were able to get a car seat. :)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:08 PM

;) Money is very tight, but as long as it's being replaced I can bend for a few weeks right now...kwim?

I didn't go out as I forgot that the stores were on holiday hours. Will be going in the am.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:55 AM

;) Money is very tight, but as long as it's being replaced I can bend for a few weeks right now...kwim?

I didn't go out as I forgot that the stores were on holiday hours. Will be going in the am.



Best of LUCK. :)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:08 AM

Thank you. :)

He is 55 lbs...more then what I thought and 48". So I will look at the height and weight and see.

BTW...off topic...how are you feeling?

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:38 AM

I am not sure you would harness him any longer.

See below:

The Ontario Law still states that:

Rear-facing until 20lbs (with a recommendation of 1 year of age)
Forward-facing in a 5pt harness until 40lbs and 40"
Booster seat until age 8 or 4'9" or 80lbs


He is safe with a seatbelt type harness now.

www.mapsgirl.ca/2011/12/new-car-seat-regulations-2012-canada.html

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

A has not had to use a car seat for a long time now, he surpassed the 4'9 and 80 lbs weight restriction 3 yrs ago when he was 5.5

My step son is same age as A and he weighs 34 lbs, he still can wear size 3 sometimes.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:33 AM

I think the new law is 100 lbs.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:24 PM

I don't care about the weight of a child...only the height. 4'9 is tall!! My 9 year old is tall for his age and isn't that tall! He only weighs 59 lbs too... I can't stomach the thought of taking his booster away yet.. I feel he is still way to vulnerable..

Height, IMO is much more important as that determines where the bellt sits on the child.

Edited by Jill, 21 February 2012 - 01:26 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:32 PM

A has not had to use a car seat for a long time now, he surpassed the 4'9 and 80 lbs weight restriction 3 yrs ago when he was 5.5

My step son is same age as A and he weighs 34 lbs, he still can wear size 3 sometimes.


4'9 (I am reading 4 ft 9 inches) is very tall for that age or did you mean 49 inches?

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:43 PM

4 feet 9 inches and now at 8.5 he is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs :) I meant what I typed :)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:45 PM

Both my kids are very tall for their age, big feet too K is almost 17 and wears a size 13 shoe, A is 8.5 is in a MENS size 9 shoe, K is tall and skinny and A is tall and stocky

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:00 PM

4 feet 9 inches and now at 8.5 he is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs :) I meant what I typed :)


I see, that is tall.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:47 PM

Oh goodness the feet topic...lol. ODS is 14 and wears a 12 mens shoe already. I am also having a hard time finding pants that are long enough without him have multiple jeans of the same colour/brand...lol.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:56 PM

Wow Tammy, your 8 year old is about my size.. same weight, I'm just 3 inches taller! LOL He's going to be a giant!!

My son is tall, but I'd have to measure to know how tall, and your kid puts mine to shame! lol

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:05 PM

I just measured.. 4 ft 4.5..lol

ETA: According to a few charts, average 9 year old is 4ft 1 and 61.6 lbs.

Edited by Jill, 21 February 2012 - 05:05 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:18 PM

So I got a seat today. I got a Evenflo Chase 2 in 1. It goes up to 54" and 100lbs. I feel much better now. My instincts were nagging me. But all better now. :)

I got it on sale at Canadian Tire!

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:16 PM

So I got a seat today. I got a Evenflo Chase 2 in 1. It goes up to 54" and 100lbs. I feel much better now. My instincts were nagging me. But all better now. :)

I got it on sale at Canadian Tire!

Thanks for your help.



Awesome :)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:24 PM

I read somewhere that bone density comes with age. So even if the child's height and weight puts them above what is mandated, it's still better to keep them in the booster still.

Seems to make sense, a broken rib from an improperly fitted belt could puncture a lung or other organ.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:51 PM

I stand to be corrected, just saw my oldest today and he is now in a size 14.5 shoe, he won't be 18 until 2013.

I can't have my youngest in a car seat, he is far too big to sit in one, we have tried the high back ones and the booster ones.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:05 PM

I don't care about the weight of a child...only the height. 4'9 is tall!! My 9 year old is tall for his age and isn't that tall! He only weighs 59 lbs too... I can't stomach the thought of taking his booster away yet.. I feel he is still way to vulnerable..

Height, IMO is much more important as that determines where the bellt sits on the child.


I'm only 4'9 and 3/4 ;). haha.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:54 PM

I went to the site that predicts adult height.. at 9 they should be about 75% of their adult height. Tammy- that means your youngest will be approximately 6'9 full grown! lol I hope your neck can handle it! hehe


I don't care about the weight of a child...only the height. 4'9 is tall!! My 9 year old is tall for his age and isn't that tall! He only weighs 59 lbs too... I can't stomach the thought of taking his booster away yet.. I feel he is still way to vulnerable..

Height, IMO is much more important as that determines where the bellt sits on the child.


I'm only 4'9 and 3/4 ;). haha.


Well see.. You're TALL! lol

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:01 AM


I don't care about the weight of a child...only the height. 4'9 is tall!! My 9 year old is tall for his age and isn't that tall! He only weighs 59 lbs too... I can't stomach the thought of taking his booster away yet.. I feel he is still way to vulnerable..

Height, IMO is much more important as that determines where the bellt sits on the child.


I'm only 4'9 and 3/4 ;). haha.


well there ya go you don't need a booster!! :)