Safety is incredibly important when you are driving with your kids in the car, and a booster seat helps to keep little ones safe and secure in the car until they are 10 – 12 years old. Children should be at least four years old (around 40 pounds) before transitioning to a booster seat. Before that, all children should ride in five point harness car seats.
Prior to purchasing any booster seat, it is important that you research size and weight requirements and determine if your child is the proper age, weight, and height for using a booster seat and which type of seat is most appropriate. When choosing the seat, consider which options will be most comfortable for your child, how the seat will fit in your car and with other seats, how easy the seat is to use and secure, and what options are necessary like cup holders and storage drawers.
Most Popular Booster Seat Options
The Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat is a best-selling booster seat that is highly rated among consumer magazines and publications, and perhaps most importantly, actual users. Designed to be comfortable and safe for children ages 4-10 weighing 40-100 pounds, it has padded, adjustable armrests to accommodate your growing child. It even has cup holders for drinks and snacks so that they are easy for your little one to reach and will hopefully stay put. No more sippy cups rolling around the floor of your vehicle! The neutral grey color will match the interior of many cars, and looks stylish and cool.
The Evenflo Big Kid AMP Booster Car Seat is actually two seats in one. With a removable back, it can transition from booster car seat to backless booster as your child grows. To further accommodate growing children, the seat has six height adjustments and it only takes one hand to make the quick change. There is an energy absorbing from liner for complete comfort and the cover is conveniently machine washable. There are two integrated cup holders to keep drinks and snacks secure. Reviewers love that the dink holders aren’t bulky and don’t take up extra space in the car.
The Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch System has an innovative LATCH system that keeps this seat incredibly secure and steady, especially when used as a backless booster. This versatile booster seat is also convertible from a high-backed booster to a backless booster. Because the booster is so steady, it’s easy for your child to gain a feeling of independence and buckle himself or herself in. Just make sure to do a double check that they are hooked in properly. The booster is easily adjusted from the front with one hand and is designed to provide protection in the event of an impact, especially a side impact. There are several colors to choose from to keep kids and parents happy.
With its adorable design, the Disney Store and Go Backless Booster Car Seat is a favorite among kids and parents. Little ones especially love the ‘secret treasure drawer’ that pulls out of the front of the seat where they can stash their favorite small toys and trinkets. The drawer has a kid-friendly latch that is easy for kids to open but keeps it shut when the car is moving. The pad is removable for cleaning and there are places for snacks and drink. It’s also available in a Cars Formula Racer version.
Rather than transitioning from high backed booster to backless booster, the Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat helps your child transition from five point harness car seat to a booster seat that utilizes the car’s shoulder harness. Children from 20-50 pounds can use the harness system while larger children (40-110 pounds) can safely use the booster. This seat is relatively light compared to other convertible seats and uses the innovative LATCH system to keep the seat secure. It’s side impact tested and has integrated cup holders that will secure a variety of cup sizes.
The Safety 1st Backed Store ‘n Go Booster Car Seat is a high backed booster seat and a backless booster seat; it easily converts. As a high backed booster, the headrest adjusts to grow with your child and keep them completely comfortable as they get taller. The attractive cover is very simple to remove for cleaning and all parts of the seat that rest against the vehicle seat are completely smooth and free of any sharp or rough edges that could damage your car’s interior. In addition to a place for drinks and snacks, there’s a drawer for your little one to store his or her favorite small toys for easy access during a car ride.
The Britax Pioneer Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat transitions from harness car seat to booster seat and offers maximum safety in either situation. This seat has ‘SafeCell Impact Protection’ that includes an impact absorbing base, an impact stabilizing steel frame, and complete side impact protection. The deep foam lined headrest and energy absorbing shell are particularly safe in side-impact collisions. The seat comes in several colors from muted neutrals to bright, fun colors.
The Cosco Juvenile Top Side Booster Car Seat is a inexpensive, streamlined booster seat option for children 40-100 pounds. It’s extremely lightweight, so it’s easy to move from vehicle to vehicle and is designed to never damage the interior of your car. The super comfortable, extra-plush cover and pad is easy to remove for cleaning. It’s narrower than many booster seats, so it’s easy to fit with other car seats in your vehicle. Simple to use and very portable, this is great option for the grandparents. It’s available in several fun, bright colors.
The Chicco KidFit Booster Car Seat employs the DuoZone head and shoulder side impact protection that has ten positions to easily accommodate your child as they grow. Super cinch LATCH attachment is keeps the seat in place and also makes it simple to put the seat in and take it out. The super comfy seat pad and even the arm rest pads are easily removable for cleaning and the two convenient cup holder collapse to conserve space when not in use.
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