Logan turned 5 in September, and he has been asking about getting a “big boy” car seat ever since riding in my friend’s car (where both of her children are in booster seats). I wasn’t thrilled in just purchasing a regular booster car seat… but what car seat would be right for him?
I’ve had several concerns about moving him out of his convertible car seat (he has been in the same car seat since birth… so I was time to change, I just didn’t know what car seat to purchase)… one of them being Logan’s height and weight. Logan is super tiny, weighing under 40 lbs and the shortest kid in his Kindergarten class. He just doesn’t seem big enough to sit in a booster car seat. If I recall, at one point California law was the child had to be 4 years old and 40 lbs to move into a booster. I’ve searched the internet and there is nothing that say specifically when it is appropriate to make the transition. Here is what I did find:
California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
Children under the age of 8 who are 4′ 9″ or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.
Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.
Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Also, seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.
After reading the California Child Safety Seats Law and talking to my mommy friends, I knew I still wanted Logan in a 5-point harness booster. When Safety 1st offered me a chance to review the Go Hybrid Booster Car Seat I was beyond THRILLED! It was the best of both worlds… the look and feel of a booster, but the safety of the 5-point harness.
The Go Hybrid Booster Car Seat installs in less than a minute, making this car seat ideal for parents and children on the go! The seat starts out as a high back harnessed booster that keeps your child secure in a 5-point harness all the way up to 65 pounds. When your child is ready to transition over to the adult seat belt, the Go Hybrid Booster Car Seat converts to a backless booster that can accommodate your child all the way up to 100 pounds!
Logan loves his new Go Hybrid Booster Car Seat! When he first saw it he said, “Mom, I have a big boy seat!”
Installs in less than a minute! ~ They weren’t kidding! I was able to install this car seat quickly… and it was easy!
First, set the base in the back seat of your vehicle. Logan’s seat sits directly behind the passenger’s seat. Take the lap belt only and wrap it around the armrest as shown in the photo below. (There is a cheat sheet sewn onto the vehicle belt attachment loops for quick & easy reference.)
Next you will thread both the lap and shoulder belt through both of the vehicle belt attachment loops (see photo below).
Now wrap the lap and shoulder belt in front of the 2nd armrest and latch into place. Make sure to tighten the vehicle belt. If the seat moves more than 1 inch, redo or try a different location.
The next steps are for the 5-point harness.
***YOU MUST USE THE TETHER WHEN INSTALLING THIS CAR SEAT WITH THE HARNESS SYSTEM!!!***
You may have to loosen the top anchorage strap, I did. Just push the button and lengthen the strap. Make sure the backrest and headrest are fully extended. Anchor the hook to the car, then pull on the free end of the top anchorage strap to tighten. You can roll/fold the excess strap and velcro.
5-point harness system for use up to 65 pounds ~ The forward-facing 5-point harness system is intended for kids 22-65 lbs and 34-52 inches tall.
Securing Logan into this car seat is very simple. Since he is tiny, I did need to move the buckle back. You can access the buckle’s metal retainer on the bottom of the car seat. Push the plastic to release the clip and fed the clip up through the plastic base and pad. From the top of the car seat, pull the buckle free and reposition buckle by inserting it into the desired slot. Be sure to lock the metal clip back in place. Pull up on the buckle to insure the clip is secure.
Harness easily adjusts to best height without rethreading ~ Now that the buckle is in the correct location, I could easily adjust the harness height and headrest. To adjust the harness height, just squeeze the clip together and position the adjuster even with or just above the child’s shoulder. Then slide the headrest up or down so that the mid point of the child’s head is in the middle of the headrest.
Buckle the harness, then close the chest clip. (The chest clip is the only thing I am not 100% satisfied with. It seems flimsy compared to Kira’s current car seat.) The chest clip should be placed even with the armpits. Too often I see the clip placed near the child’s neck or belly… UGH!
To tighten the harness, you just have to pull on the free end of the harness located on both sides of the child’s leg. This strap should be snug and not allow any slack.
Converts to a backless booster ~ You can easily convert this car seat to a backless booster when your child weighs over 40 lbs and is at least 43 inches. Logan won’t be able to use as a backless booster for a while, so I haven’t even tested it out.
Unique folding design is ideal for travel ~ The back is soft and collapses to easily fold and carry. This car seat comes with a great travel case.
Equipped with SafeGuard Secure advanced restraint systems for ease of use and installation
Over all impression: We love the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster! I feel extremely comfortable having Logan ride in his new car seat and he is excited about his “big boy” seat! I love the safety of the 5-point harness and encourage parents to continue using a 5-point harness as long as possible. The Safety 1st Go Hybrid Convertible Booster is a must for busy families… especially if you are a traveling family. With the convenience of the carrying case and how easy it is to install, it is the perfect car seat for on-the-go families.
Bonus…once your child is ready, the go hybrid converts to a backless booster.
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