Clek recommends waiting until a child reaches the maximum weight and height limits of their forward-facing convertible seat before making the move to a booster seat. While we understand sometimes it may be necessary to move children to a booster seat before they've outgrown their convertible seat, there is no rush to move a child to the next stage otherwise.
Though most children will outgrow their seat in height before weight, maturity level should also be factored into the decision, as children must be able to sit properly in the booster for the duration of any trip to ensure the seat belt is correctly fitted.
Boosters raise the child up in the vehicle seat to allow the seatbelt to pass correctly across their sternum and across their lower hips. When first moving to a booster, consider using a fullback belt-positioning booster as they may offer additional protections (like Oobr' Elemental Safety System) and other features to best ensure a proper belt fit.
Before choosing a booster seat as your child's next car seat, first be sure that:
- Child is AT LEAST 4 years old.
- Childs meets the minimum height and weight limits for the booster selected.
- Child is mature enough.
Since the developmental level of a child is one of the most important things to consider when deciding the right time to make the transition to booster, also keep these questions in mind before making the move:
- Will the child leave the seat belt in its proper position during every ride?
- Will the child remain seated upright without slouching or leaning?
- Will the child remain in the seat without trying to escape?
If the answer to all of these is yes, and all of the other conditions are met, then the child is likely ready for a booster seat. If the child is not ready for a booster seat but has outgrown their current forward-facing convertible seat, then it is suggested to find a seat with higher forward-facing limits that will accommodate the child in a harnessed mode until they're ready to move on.
Children are all different and, because of this, will be ready to make the transition at different times. One kiddo will be ready sooner than another, even within the same family! Parents know their children best and are the only ones who can make an informed decision as to when it’s the right time to make the move.