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When do I take my toddler out of the car seat and into a booster?

I have read all different answers on this topic. My daughter is only 3 but she is 36 inches tall and 40 pounds. Is it safe to put her into a booster? Her car seat harness is starting to get very tight (I have loosened it as much as possible) Thanks!

Asked By: - 2/9/2013
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Answered By: boneheaderss - 2/9/2013
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I would wait a little while: The law is children less than age 4 who weigh MORE than 40 pounds may be secured in a booster seat. Since she is just 40 and not more than 40 she should still be in a 5 point harness (this is safest!) What weight limit does her 5 point harness say its for? Some 5 point harness can be used... More
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Answered By: cokecollector08 - 2/9/2013
 
She needs to be in a seat that fits her. The laws in NYS say age 4 and 40 pounds. However if you can't get the seat to work, a high back booster would be fine and safer than a bad fitting carseat. Maybe it would fit better if you put her in it without a coat.
Answered By: Pebbles - 2/9/2013
 
u can do it now as long ur child is 40 lbs thats mean he is ready my daughter was near 4 when she got booster and was 40lbs as well
Answered By: happy mom of 2 - 2/9/2013
 
My daughter was 36 inches at 3, that's not very tall. She wasn't 40lbs (actually about 26 if I remember right), but she was rear-facing still at that age (the recommended age according to research is to rear-face to 4 years old if possible, or as long as possible.) My daughter is now 5 and 32lbs about, and forward... More
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Answered By: Courage - 2/9/2013
 
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