The term booster seat is used to describe a wide array of seats designed to keep children safe while they grow from infants to young adults. Most seats have the added feature of being more convenient than other options. Booster seats are used at the dining table, in vehicles, and adding a seat to some strollers. While these all carry the same general name, none are interchangeable. In other words, the table booster seat is not designed for the vehicle. You even see booster seats at the movies now. |
Most states require that all children under a certain weight and age be secured in an approved car seat in the back seat of the vehicle. Once the child outgrows regular car seats he or she is usually still too small to be properly secured with the vehicle’s restraint system during a crash. For that reason, most states also recommend that children under 60 pounds be secured in booster seats in the back seat of the vehicle. Some booster seats are secured with the restraint system and the child is then secured into the seat with its harness system. Other seats are simply placed on the vehicle’s seat and then the restraint system is placed around the child and seat in the same way an adult would use the seatbelt.
Booster seats for vehicles come in several styles, some with padded headrests, arm rests, cup holders and height adjustable straps. The best options are those that grow with your child so that you can reap many years of use from the purchase of one booster seat.
Now that you have two children, you need more room in the jogging stroller but aren’t quite ready to move to a double stroller. What should you do? One option is attaching a booster seat known as a jump seat to the front wheel of the jogging stroller. Your infant and toddler can then ride in the single stroller together. The jump seat is easily attached and removed and comes with a 5-point harness system for safety.
You don’t have room for a high chair to sit in your kitchen all the time, but feeding baby without one is almost impossible. Simply purchase a booster seat for the table. Seats are generally made of molded plastic and come with a tray. The tray, and sometimes the pieces of the seat, is dishwasher safe. Booster seats for the table are easily portable and can be taken when visiting grandparents or simply to a restaurant. These seats also have a safety harness system to keep baby securely in his or her seat.
Any of the above booster seats are widely available at stores and online. The best option for the money is a seat that grows with your child. Due to the durability of all these seats, they will likely be used for many years and passed down to younger family members.
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