I don’t know when it happened but one day the toddler simply outgrew her car seat! I couldn’t loosen the straps any further and the toddler was screeching that it simply was too tight! What’s a safety first mom to do?! I turned to my trusted brand, Britax and was thrilled to learn about their new Parkway SGL Booster. While I was hesitant to move her into a booster, this high-back booster was the perfect middle for this mom who wanted safety and my toddler who wanted to be a big girl like her cousin.
How did I know if this was the right chair for my girl? NHTSA’s new recommendations aim to help parents in chosing the right seat for their child by selecting seats based on the child’s height, weight AND age:
Birth to 1: Children under the age of 1 should always ride on a REAR-FACING car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in 1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
Age 1 – 3: Keep your 1 to 3 year old children in a REAR-FACING car seat for as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep them safe. They should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once outgrown the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a FORWARD-FACING car seat with a harness.
Age 4 – 7: Keep your 4 to 7 year old children in their FORWARD-FACING car seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once they outgrow their forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel on a BOOSTER SEAT … but still in the rear seat.
Age 8 – 12: Keep your 8 to 12 year old children on their BOOSTER SEAT until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Seat Belts – For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.
Please visit the NHTSA website for more information about the new recommendations and to find a Certified Car Seat Inspection location near you.
Britax is a brand I have come to love and trust for safety. We love the Britax Advocate for the infant. He doesn’t just look super comfortable in it’s luxurious seating but he looks safe too! So trying the Britax Parkway SGL was a no brainer. Ava took to it immediately! She loved that she could wear a seat belt just like us. I loved that it used the latch system which made it incredibly easy to install and safe. Always so detailed oriented I loved the additional SecureGuard which prevents the child from sliding under the lap belt portion of the safety belt (submarining) during impact. It’s a simple and yet inconspicuous way for added safety.
- Not quite ready to loose the safety of a car seat, I love that the Parkway SGL has True Side Impact Protection.
- While I mentioned lack of accessory in previous posts, I can’t say that this time. I love that they included a handy cup holder that opens in both directions.
- Removable, washable covers… THANK YOU!
- When the toddler ages more, the high-back is removable, making them one step closer to being a grown-up… sigh!
- [quote]To be honest, I couldn’t really find one.[/quote] As far as quality goes, it can’t be beat!
There definitely needs to be some parent/child teaching about safety ahead of time. My daughter couldn’t resist unstrapping herself from the car seat or pulling the seat belt and tucking it under both her arms for comfort. For that reason, I agree it’s best to keep a child in a car seat for as long as absolutely possible and appropriately gauging your child’s maturity for a booster seat. That is by no means a manufacturer problem but a parental consideration. It was a great reminder that she isn’t as grown up as she seems and it’s the parent’s responsibility to put their child’s safety first.
At a suggested retail price of $149.99, it’s not one of the cheaper boosters on the market, but I could never put a price on my child’s safety and at the end of the day, it’s really a small price to pay for peace of mind.