The kiddos are going back to school this month, and this annual event has us thinking about one of the most important school “supplies” for your child: the right car seat or booster to help keep him or her riding as safely as possible. A high number of accidents on the road occur close to home, so even if the school is in your neighborhood, it’s still important to make sure your child is riding in the appropriate car seat or booster for their height and age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school-aged children ride in belt-positioning booster seats until at least age 8 or until the vehicle seat belt fits them properly (as outlined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). To help you and/or your carpool “boost up for back to school” we’ve put together a short list of our favorite “rides” for your “big” kids.
Graco’s top-rated Nautilus™ 3-in-1 with Safety Surround™ has all of the features that moms love that have made it America’s best-selling harnessed booster seat with the addition of Safety Surround. This means that your child will have the best head protection at all stages! This forward-facing car seat helps keep your child secure in a 5-point harness, from 20-65 lbs. When your child is ready, it converts to a belt-positioning booster from 30-100 lbs., and then converts to a backless booster seat from 40-100 lbs. The car seat is steel-reinforced for strength and durability, Side Impact Tested and has EPS foam. There is also a one-hand height adjustable head rest, 3-position recline and contoured arm rests with integrated cup holder.
This terrific belt-positioning booster is designed for children 4-10 years old, 40 – 100 lbs. and 40 to 57 inches tall including a one-hand, front-adjust LATCH system. With this system, your booster is secured to your vehicle seat, always, making it easier for your child to buckle himself right in. AFFIX also has key upgrades, such as an integrated cup holder and hide-away storage compartment, so that your child’s favorite things are close by. After all, a comfortable passenger is a happy one!
Graco’s Highback TurboBooster with Safety Surround has all of the great features of our original TurboBooster with the addition of our Safety Surround Technology, which offers the best head & body protection at all stages for your child. In highback mode it’s designed to help protect a child 3 to 10 years old, 30 – 100 lbs. and up to 57” tall. In backless mode, it is designed to protect a child 4 to 10 years old, 40 – 100 lbs and 40 to 57” tall. When your child is ready, the back easily removes, transitioning it into a backless belt-positioning booster. It also has key upgrade features – like padded, height-adjustable armrests and hideaway cup holders. Your “big kid” will love this booster!
Connext Backless Booster is designed to help protect kids from 4 to 10 years old, 40 to 100 lbs. and 40 to 57 inches tall. With the convenient rear-adjust LATCH system, the booster stays put on the vehicle seat and allows for easy self-buckling for your ever-independent child. Sold exclusively at WalMart, this great, value-priced booster is just $17.99. With such an affordable price tag, it’s smart to get an extra booster, for carpool or if your child’s friend rides in your car so they’re safe too. It comes in a few cool colors – Red Pepper (bright red and black) and Moonwalk (royal blue and black), so your big kid will like riding in style.
No matter which car seat or booster you choose, we wish you a happy, fun and learning-filled school year for your child… and, of course, getting there safe!