Jump to content

Convertible or booster for 5 yr old?


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
16 replies to this topic

#1 littlepoppet

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:36 PM

Okay so my 4 (almost 5) year old son needs a new seat. He turns 5 in Feb next year, is 17 kgs and approx 108 cms tall.

I'm unsure as to whether I should get a convertible booster or a dedicated booster.

Am thinking of getting a sns hiliner if we go with a dedicated booster but haven't decided for a convertible.

Anyone have any ideas on what would be best?

Edited by littlepoppet, 23 December 2012 - 10:37 PM.


#2 hiddensecrets

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:54 PM

It now goes by torso height not weight, so I would take him into a few stores and see what he fits the best.

In this position I am torn as I am yet to see a convertible boosterseat that actually makes a good booster seat (although the new Maxi Rider Easy Adjust might-in saying that he would probably fit into the harness still as my 8 year old fits in the harness in this seat).

I know people say that the Infa convertible boosters are good if you are using a harness-not too sure on them as a convertible boosterseat BUT they dont cost an arm and a leg (Compared to the $450+ price tag for an easy adjust) so if you got one, then put him in a booster a few years later its not as much out of pocket as you could be.

A hiliner is a good seat if you go for the dedicated booster.

#3 littlepoppet

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:23 PM

Thanks for your reply, hiddensecrets.

I'm thinking that we will probably go with a convertible booster as my son is incredibly slight.

So what convertible boosters should I look at. I would like to purchase a seat tomorrow.

Am thinking maybe a Babylove Ezy Combo or a SNS Maxi Rider 2. We are then happy to purchase a dedicated booster for him in the future.

#4 tibs

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

Hipod Senator is another good convertible booster, it is only in Target stores.

My 5.5 year old is around the same size as your son, he is in a convertible booster with plenty of room.  He is actually still in a SNS Meridian in my husband's car.

#5 roses99

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:30 PM

My (reasonably tall) 5.5 year old is still very comfortably fitting in his Maxi Rider AHR, with the inbuilt 5-point harness. When he outgrows it, I will buy him a dedicated booster rather than use the Maxi Rider in booster mode.

If your 5 year old is slight, you should still get a few years out of a convertible for him. Is there another child you can then pass it on to?

My son uses a dedicated booster (the Infa Secure) in my parent's car, and I'm comfortable with that. But , in our car, I want to keep him in a 5-point harness for as long as I can get away with it.

#6 the.supers

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:30 PM

Cargo Marathon from Big W is fantastic, I have it set up in booster mode and find it very easy.

Run a mile from the Infa convertibles, the back is very low and they are the biggest pain in the neck to install. If you have to use it in harnessed mode, you will cry.

#7 hiddensecrets

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

QUOTE (littlepoppet @ 23/12/2012, 09:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for your reply, hiddensecrets.

I'm thinking that we will probably go with a convertible booster as my son is incredibly slight.

So what convertible boosters should I look at. I would like to purchase a seat tomorrow.

Am thinking maybe a Babylove Ezy Combo or a SNS Maxi Rider 2. We are then happy to purchase a dedicated booster for him in the future.


This is really personal preference.  And it can also go by budget as well.  Infa's are under $200 for some of them at Kmart and BigW.  Hipod Senators are not too bad (apparently made by S-N-S as is Baby Love).  I would go try him in a few and see which one you would get the most usage out of (which one he has the most room in).

#8 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:50 PM

My DS is 5yrs, he rides in a Infa Comfi Cruiser, Hipod Senator and a Meridian AHR T&A, he harnesses in all of them although he is about 8cm shorter than your son, if you would feel happier with him harnessed I would say go for an Infa or Hipod Convertable (under $200.00) and then when he outgrows the harness buy a Hiliner or a Infa Vario Max (both 4 stars although I believe the Hiliner allows for taller children), this is what we are doing as it is a safe and affordable way to harness for longer, I rang Infa and confirmed with their technical dept that the inbuilt harness can be used with the slots above the change to booster mode markers as long as the child still fits in the harness and their eyes are not above the top of the seat.

IMO the drawback with the Infa Comfi cruiser/rovette/raylle (same product different names) is that they are tricky to install, I have gotten a good install with ours but it was 2x the effort that fitting the SNS Meridian was.

The new Maxi Rider may be a good option but it has not been crash tested yet in either mode so there is no real way to check that  shrug.gif .

#9 littlepoppet

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:51 PM

QUOTE (roses99 @ 24/12/2012, 12:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If your 5 year old is slight, you should still get a few years out of a convertible for him. Is there another child you can then pass it on to?


My son uses a dedicated booster (the Infa Secure) in my parent's car, and I'm comfortable with that. But , in our car, I want to keep him in a 5-point harness for as long as I can get away with it.


We have 2 other children who will also get use out of it. Our son uses a dedicated booster in my mil's car also. I agree that a 5-point harness best for our car too.

Thanks for the other suggestions. I will look into them.

Does anyone know which of the seats listed below has the highest shoulder straps, thereby allowing my son to remain in 5-point harness for the longest amount of time:

-SNS Maxi Rider 2
-Babylove Ezy Combo
-Hipod Senator
-Cargo Marathon

Edited by littlepoppet, 23 December 2012 - 11:52 PM.


#10 the.supers

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:54 PM

Cargo Marathon is made by Safe n sound and it's top slots are at 50cm.  I think thats the highest of all the seats.

#11 littlepoppet

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:58 PM

Thanks again hiddensecrets and thank you sparkler and the.supers.

I might just have to narrow down the shops I can easily get to tomorrow and go from there.



#12 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:00 AM

Just a quick mention www.crep.com.au is the website where you can see the most recent crash test results for harnessed and non harnessed boosters, just incase you didn't already know  original.gif .

#13 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:04 AM

QUOTE (littlepoppet @ 23/12/2012, 11:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone know which of the seats listed below has the highest shoulder straps, thereby allowing my son to remain in 5-point harness for the longest amount of time:

-SNS Maxi Rider 2 - these performed very badly when they were crep tested, top slots on the MR AHR (not the new easy adjust, was 40cm when I rang up and asked
-Babylove Ezy Combo no idea
-Hipod Senator ours have 45cm top slots
-Cargo Marathon 50 cm top slots - not officially but people have been told you can use them

Edited by sparkler, 24 December 2012 - 12:05 AM.


#14 littlepoppet

Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:08 AM

Thanks a lot sparkler, I have been looking at the crep results and keep thinking I've made a decision and then keep finding more seats to research. I think I just need to go to bed...

ETA - Just to clarify for those in the know, are there no convertible boosters that rate higher than 3 stars for protection? I think I'm reading the crep results correctly but it is late...

If that is correct then I will probably go with the Ezy Combo.

Edited again as I just realised my mistake - was looking in wrong area and it is rated 4 stars when used with 5-point harness.

Edited by littlepoppet, 24 December 2012 - 12:17 AM.


#15 IsolaBella

Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

Just note most convertible boosters are harder to use in booster mode then a dedicated booster like the HiLiner.

also note that the old height for top shoulder slots does not apply for the new 2010 standard seats where the move to booster marker line may be at a lower point.

Also note CREP tests are out of date as they have not tested any 2010 standard seats yet.

The only convertible booster I would consider is the NEW Maxi Rider T&A AHR. I would not waste my money on a Maxi Rider 2.

fWIW I put my 4.75yo in a New SNSCompaq. His 117cm brother is still below the height markers. I will be moving my him though at 5.5yrs to a dedicated booster seat as he starts school.

Edited by lsolaBella, 24 December 2012 - 11:51 AM.


#16 littlepoppet

Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

Thanks again for all the responses. I purchased the Babylove Ezy Combo sight unseen (my sister picked it up for me) and it is not for us. The side wings are, in my opinion, over the top. I realise this is probably what makes it safer but I don't think it is practical for our needs. My son would not be able to see out the sides plus I rely on him to help his younger brother and sister out at times and I think the enormous wings would make this difficult.

Am going to return it and actually take him to shops when I get the chance. Thanks for everyones advice. original.gif

Edited by littlepoppet, 25 December 2012 - 08:29 PM.


#17 melaine

Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:36 PM

My son is the same size as your son and turned 5 a month ago.

He's got plenty of harness room in the senator and it fits well next to our other seats. I'll be happy to go to a straight booster when he outgrows the harness - if we don't find the booster easy to use.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN a $500 Visa debit card

Are you a parent? Simply take our survey for your chance to win a $500 pre-paid VISA debit card.

Breastfeeding doesn't make you a better mum - feeding your baby does

Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

The 2015 flu vaccine: what's new, who should get it

For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.

Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

St Vincent's Hospital has apologised "unreservedly" for a baby mix-up that left one new mum traumatised.

Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
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.