Jump to content

Outgrown booster but still a bit short for seatbelt
What to do?


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Delillah1

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:39 AM

My 9 yr old DD has outgrown the infa vario booster at 135 cm. She is very uncomfortable in it and we can't seem to adjust it so we took it out. Problem is she's too short for the seatbelt and it keeps riding up to her neck. Truth be told I still have that problem at 156cm! Is there anything I can do for her? Is there a seatbelt guide or something? Are those cushion boosters suitable in this instance?
Thanks for your help.

#2 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:00 AM

Sns hi liner goes up higher as a full booster.

Autos are seatbelt adjust ( you can purchase on UK eBay) can help adjust the height of the shoulder strap ( if that is the problem) or a half booster may provide the lift needed.



#3 zande

Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

OP I am in the same boat. DD1 is 147cm and nearly 9 yo, and has just outgrown her Hiliner seat. She fits "okay" in the seatbelt, and passes all the other "tests" for sitting on the seat. I have just purchased a seatbelt adjuster (which hasn't arrived yet) but I think I also need a half booster cushion just to get the belt more over the lower part of DD's torso. Where on earth do you find them these days?

#4 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

I saw some half boosters at the local K Mart recently.

You will probably have to shop around. They are under the 2004 standard approval and not under the 2010 standard approval, so they are 'on their way out' as an option.



#5 lotsofbots

Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

my twins have out grown their boosters, they are very tall, so we have just put them in half boosters, do you have a facebook buy swap and sell site? ours were brand new as the person was to scared to use them as they are not in the new standard.  They were $5 each I just put a wanted to buy add on the site.

#6 Delillah1

Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

I'm confused. I thought half boosters were unsafe and not to be used. Is seatbelt rubbing less safe than a half booster or better to use it anyway?

#7 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

Is a half booster just those ones that don't havea back? They don't really look safe to me.

My step son is 9 and still in a booster, he's not short for his age but if he doesn't have the booster the seat belt doesn't sit right on him which isn't safe either.  We would consider a seat belt adjuster but as they aren't sold in Australia I would have to wonder of they would meet Australian standards.

#8 liveworkplay

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

QUOTE
My 9 yr old DD has outgrown the infa vario booster at 135 cm


Really? My 136cm 6 year old still sits in one with room to spare. My 140cm 8 year old can also still fit. DD3 is in a hybrid infa seat/booster. She is still in 5 pt harness mode and DD1 mentioned the other days that her (DD1's) shoulders are just over the top marker (when she was macking around sitting in it) that means you are too big for the seat.

I would be having another look at the seat or trying her in some others.

Edited by liveworkplay, 24 November 2012 - 08:58 PM.


#9 **BOOM**

Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

What about sitting on normal car seatb(back seat) with H harness.  

That's what we've done with our Dd1.

Those booster cushions are illegal now in VIC & don't offer any protection.


#10 Delillah1

Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

QUOTE
Really? My 136cm 6 year old still sits in one with room to spare. My 140cm 8 year old can also still fit. DD3 is in a hybrid infa seat/booster. She is still in 5 pt harness mode and DD1 mentioned the other days that her (DD1's) shoulders are just over the top marker (when she was macking around sitting in it) that means you are too big for the seat.


Yes, really. She was looking very uncomfortable and scrunched up in it so that's why we took her out of it. We are still investigating putting it back in but if she doesn't fit in it properly, I don't feel like it's safe anyway.

#11 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

QUOTE (sophie-emily @ 24/11/2012, 10:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What about sitting on normal car seatb(back seat) with H harness.  

That's what we've done with our Dd1.

Those booster cushions are illegal now in VIC & don't offer any protection.



The half booster seats are still legal. They are approved under the 2004 standard. They are just not recommended as they provide no head protection. If you have a child who has outgrown other boosters, but for who the adult seatbelt still does not fit correctly this is an option. I know at 150cm there are still many cars where I would like a half booster to get that lift.

Also read the sticky at the top of this forum about the h harness they are not recommended unless you have a lap only belt. Even the front seat is recommended before a middle lap belt with h harness.

QUOTE
A child safety harness is difficult to fit correctly. Do not use a child safety harness where a lap-sash seatbelt is available. Research recommends using a child safety harness only in situations where it is not possible to replace your lap-only seatbelt with a lap-sash seatbelt.


http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Safety...edQuestions.htm

QUOTE
I have heard that booster cushions (no seat back) are now illegal to use. Is this true?
Booster cushions have been deleted from the 2010 version of the Australian Standard for child restraints (AS/NZS 1754). Booster cushions have been deleted from the Standard because they provide no side impact protection in a crash.

Booster cushions are still legal to use, however booster seats with high backs and side wings are recommended as they provide a higher level of safety in some types of crashes.

Edited by lsolaBella, 24 November 2012 - 10:28 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what?s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers? group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

Toddler styling

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.

How to set up the perfect nursery for your baby

You'll soon be meeting your baby, but you've got one big task to get done first: setting up a comfy, calming nursery you'll both be able to enjoy.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

The women who desperately need more support in pregnancy

For women suffering from chronic morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, pregnancy can be the roller coaster from hell.

When labour doesn't happen and you're induced

I never actually went into labour - so by 42 weeks I was booked in for induction.

Mum's grief for triplets inspires change

The death of Sophie Smith's triplet baby boys has motivated the half-marathon mother and her team to raise $1.25 million for charity.

The best advice for treating head lice

Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?

Overdue and over it

A watched womb never labours ... or at least mine didn't.

Parenting an early walker

Watching your child take their first wobbly steps is one of the best parenting highs you'll ever experience. But with that high comes a new reality.

Baby-led weaning worked for us

My baby wasn't interested in food - until we tried something new. Now she's eating it all, and it often comes from my plate.

'Paralysed bride' becomes a mum

Rachelle Friedman Chapman was preparing to marry the man of her dreams when tragedy struck four years ago.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.