The past few weeks I've been noticing so many kids Porter's age moving on up to belt buckling carseats/booster seats. And in the past few weeks I've also witnessed multiple kids under the age of, oh, 6 maybe, riding in the front seat of a vehicle in their booster seats. Today as I was walking into pick Porter up the thought crossed my mind that many of his friends are moving up to boosters and I had not for one second considered making the change. In fact, I was just recently researching for another carseat for Porter to have as a spare for our babysitter(s) (this is plural b/c thus far this year we've had about 82 babysitters) to take him to preschool.
Okay, I have said it a bazillion times before but I'm so overly anal about carseats with my kids that its not funny. 99% of the time I make sure I'm the one installing my kids' carseats in whatever vehicle they might be riding in. And I usually give the person driving them around a little rundown on "chest clip must go level with armpit..... needs to be tight enough to slip just 2 fingers beneath it....). Porter is 37lbs. He's not quiiiite at the 40lb mark that is the bare minimum recommendation for moving up to a booster seat but I have to be honest.... I can not imagine! Like, my stomach is in knots thinking about putting a booster seat in my car for him and not having him in a 5-point harness.
I can't get over the fact that he's growing up. That one of these days (ok, really, it doesn't HAVE to be until he's 65lbs because our rockin' carseats harness up to 65lbs. What's that... 3rd grade or something?? HAHAHAA!) I'll have to let go of control... let go of the fear of his upper body being pummeled forward toward the front seat and head whiplashed around and internal organs squashed by the seatbelt should we be in an accident. I know, I know... drama queen. But he's my baaaaby!
I was just curious as to how many readers had swapped their kids over to boosters as soon as they were 40lbs ish.... (or maybe it was sooner? I've known in the past many people putting their kids in boosters as early as 2.5ish. GAHHHHH!). How many readers have older kids still in a 5point harness? Am I the only super anal person around this joint?