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This is how to size a booster seat for any child

Children are their parents’ most precious cargo. They often need extra protection while riding in cars and other means of transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains. Having a well-fitted booster seat for your child is an integral part of that protection. But how do you go about finding the right booster seat to fit your child? Is there a one-size-fits-most option available for parents to purchase? 

The short answer is “no.” There isn’t one perfect booster that will fit every child through their younger years or one ideal booster seat for a table. If only it were that simple, right? There are, however, a few tips and tricks when it comes to selecting a booster seat for your little ones, plus specific toddler booster chairs. These tips can help ease the pressure you may be feeling that surrounds finding the right booster seat for your family.  

Booster seat buckled in the backseat of a vehicle
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Talk with the experts 

Before purchasing anything, it’s important to talk with your child’s pediatrician before making any big adjustments from rear-facing car seats to forward-facing booster or convertible booster seat combinations. When considering the move from rear to forward-facing, your pediatrician should be able to give you the go-ahead if they feel it’s safe to do so. This is especially important if your child is larger or smaller than usual for their age. 

Children under a certain age, height, and weight must remain rear-facing for as long as possible until they are of the appropriate size to move forward. Each state’s regulations on car and booster seating are different. Your pediatrician will have that direct information to help assist with their decision. If your child is not quite ready to be moved just yet, your pediatrician can help you further by letting you know the appropriate measurements your little one needs to meet and what to look for when purchasing a seat. 

Read the reviews, please 

Don’t just take our word for it. Do please research the product you are looking to buy — for your own peace of mind and reassurance. This booster seat is going to be your child’s possible lifeline if involved in a motor vehicle accident, and you should feel good about its merits. This can include taking our advice, either wholeheartedly or in part; applying your own research; reading honest and non-biased consumer reviews; and talking with your child’s doctor. You may just find out the best feature that you and your child love are discussed in the product reviews — or that the ones the manufacturer pushed heavily are a bit lackluster. Either way, product reviews are a consumer goldmine when it comes to research. 

Two boys giving thumbs up in their car seats
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Consider a cost-effective convertible seat 

If you are a frugal parent or live and die by your budget, then we know price is also a factor when shopping for your toddler’s booster seat. Luckily, convertible booster seats are widely available across the market these days and offer consumers a large variety of choices. These types of seats offer parents the ability to buy their child’s whole car riding system all at one time. These seats “grow” with your child, with parts that are eventually removed as your little one ages out of it. These seats are great for saving money in the long run, which is always a bonus in our opinion.  

A great product you may consider is the Evenflow’s everystage DLX all-in-one car seat. This seat stays with your child from infancy through elementary age and then converts to a regular booster to support your child up to 120 lbs. This makes the most sense for parents looking to make the most out of their child’s car safety. 

Control what you can

Whether you are looking to save a few dollars with a practical convertible booster seat purchase or don’t mind upgrading your child’s seating arrangements when they outgrow their old one, all parents want their children to be safe and comfortable — especially when traveling. Having complete control over the outcome of each day is impossible, but as parents, we can do everything within our power to protect our little ones with well-planned, discussed, and researched products. There is no one-size-fits-all model or miracle product. But there are several ways to make sure you get the one-size-fits-you design that’s perfect for your little one and your family.  

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