- Car Seats
- Baby Essentials
- Evenflo Gold
by Sarah Haverstick July 04, 2022 2 min read
There are so many booster seat options on the market that it can be hard to know where to start when shopping for this important piece of safety equipment. Here are some tips to make the experience a little easier.
1. Check out the booster seat’s weight and height requirements—and always review the instructions for use before you get started.
2. Some manufacturers also include a booster seat age requirement. Why? A child in a booster seat needs to sit upright with the seat belt properly positioned at all times. Younger children often do not have the maturity to sit properly for a full car ride. At Evenflo, we require children to be at least 4 years old to use one of our booster seat products.
3. High-back booster seat or backless booster? If your vehicle does not have a head rest, definitely go with a high-back booster for proper head support. The high-back booster can also help your child with the transition from using a harness, as the back and headrest are similar to their previous car seat. The high-back booster can also help keep your child properly positioned if they are prone to falling asleep in the car.
4. Look for features that will be appealing to your child, including fun colors and fabrics designed with your big kid in mind.
5. Better yet, take your child shopping for their car seat and let them help choose! Making them a part of the purchasing decision may make them more enthusiastic about using the booster.
6. Try out the booster seat in your vehicle with your child. Each booster will fit each child and each vehicle a little differently. It’s always best to try before you buy.
7. If available, lower anchor or tether attachments will secure your booster to your vehicle when not in use. Like other loose items, a booster can be a projectile in a crash. It may seem like an insignificant detail but it should always be secured when not in use.
8. Don’t forget about carpools! Your child should be properly restrained for every car ride, whether traveling with you or with a friend in a carpool. Luckily, boosters are generally small and lightweight so they can easily be moved between vehicles.
9. Practice the transition with your child before moving to the booster full time. Try it out a few times a week for short errands so your child can practice sitting with the seat belt properly positioned.
10. Most importantly, children should continue using booster seats until they fit the adult seat belt—for most kids that’s between 10 and 12 years old.
Sarah Haverstick is the Safety Advocate for Evenflo. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor and an instructor in the safe transportation of children with special health care needs. Sarah is a former chair of the National Child Passenger Safety Board and current vice chair of the Manufacturers Alliance for Child Passenger Safety. In 2021, she was inducted into the Child Passenger Safety Hall of Fame. Sarah has been educating kids and adults on child passenger safety topics for 15 years. She is a mom to two awesome kiddos (3 year old and 10 year old) – and a few fur babies (four cats and two dogs). Rounding out her family is a husband who might not love all the car seats that live in the garage.
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