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When is My Child Ready to Move to a Booster Seat?

Updated on September 29, 2010

Compass B500

You know it’s time to move to a booster seat when either your child has outgrown the weight limit and height limit on his/her carseat. Carseats have different weight/height/age limits, so be sure to check your stats before moving into a booster seat. We recently went through the process of finding a new booster seat and we decided on the Compass B500.

Your child is ready for this booster seat if they match all of the following criteria:

  • They are three or older
  • Are between 30 and 100 lbs.
  • Are between 38-57 inches tall

We’re very happy with our purchase here are a few reasons why:

1. The head rest adjusts to six positions for different child heights and there isn’t a gap between the headrest and seat at different heights.

2. There are two tilted cup holders to accommodate the slope of a car’s seat. (My daughter loves this feature).

4. The seat is comfortable and cushy.
5. It is the only folding booster seat on the market and there is a handle to hold when traveling.
6. There are headrest wings that are made of EPS foam for protection in case of an accident and comfort when sleeping.
7. It’s reasonably priced at $89.99.

Here are a few disadvantages of the Compass B500:

1. The seat back doesn’t recline if your child falls asleep, but we haven’t had an issue with this. 
2. This booster is not safe for airplane use or in a car without a shoulder harness.  A lap belt is not sufficient for safety. 
3. If you have three carseats in the back seat of your car it is difficult to click in the seatbelt next to another carseat. 

Look here if you are interested in Britax carseats.

Look here if you are interested in a great traveling carseat.  


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      Amy 8 years ago

      This is deady and WRONG information!! A child is not physically and cognitively ready for a booster until around 5years old NOT 3years old!! Please allow car seat/booster seat recommendations to the experts.

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      Misha 10 years ago from DC Area

      We opted for the safety of 5-point harness and bought Sunshine Kids Radian 80.

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      Corie 11 years ago

      Very informative. What a great web site!!!