The middle child. There is something so special and sweet and wonderful and loud about her. Everything must be her way, or she needs to be convinced it’s her way before it can be done. In the stubbornness category, she might almost have me beat.
But, man is she cute. And, starting pre-K this week! And, turning 5 in two months! Ack.
Lately, she had been bugging me to move up to a highback booster seat like her big sister. But, I wasn’t having it. She was staying in her 5-point harness forever. And, then one day, I noticed that her shoulder straps couldn’t go up any higher and they were actually beneath her shoulders (forward facing they should be at or above the shoulders). One of the times having a husband that is 6’3″ is hard. My girls are tall with super long torsos like their daddy.
So, it was time to look for a new seat (grumble grumble). (The one she’s in in this picture is one of the highest seated heights available, so we couldn’t do another 5-point. Also, she just buckled the chest clip for the picture, that’s why it looks loose. This wouldn’t fly if we were actually going to be moving.)
This actually ended up working out well because Graco sent us (for review) the AFFIX™ Highback Booster with Latch System for kids 30 to 100lbs and up to 57 inches tall.
At first glance it looks and feels just like our other booster seats that can be converted to a non-backed booster. But, when you look closer, you’ll see if has a unique one-hand front-adjust latch system. Note, this latch is not for safety of protecting your child. That is the job of the seatbelt. The latch keeps the booster steadily in place (particularly when you are riding around without a kid in it) and also make self-buckling easier for your independent child (no more wiggling side to side while fighting with the seatbelt). This is not a latch that I could tighten within the 1-inch moving margins I would want from a carseat. But, I don’t feel like that is a concern at all because again, the latch isn’t what keeps my child safe in a booster.
- Side Impact Tested* (*The AFFIX™ Highback Booster with Latch System has been side impact tested for occupant retention with a standard vehicle harness system in high back booster mode. Please consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more specific information on the performance of your vehicle’s safety belt system.)
- Engineered & crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
- Designed with the style and comfort features that kids love
- Easily converts to backless booster for years of use
- EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
- Fully-adjustable headrest keeps your growing child secure
- Open-loop belt guides help you correctly position your vehicle’s seat belt
When she sat in the seat in the house to test it out, we already had to move the head and back up so that the seatbelt would hit her shoulders in just the right place. Yeah, she’s ready.
Sidenote: admittedly the hardest part about the booster and the back. I can never get these to work. I always have to get my husband to do it, and it takes him all of about 2 seconds. Yes, this irks me.
Now that’s she’s staring pre-K and almost 5 (I was hoping to get to 5 in the 5-point), she’s definitely mature enough and ready for her seat. She buckles it and pulls the belt tight. She knows that is has to be across her shoulder and her lap. She knows the belt has to go under the arm rests. And, she knows she has to sit upright in her seat the whole time. No leaning side to side or forward just because she can. And, she’s thrilled that she has her own cup holder built into the seat, along with a hide-away storage compartment for her “secret things.”
(additional sidenote: we moved it down one setting after seeing this picture so the shoulder harness is closer to her body).
I’m sad that she’s growing up, but I know that it’s going to happen. I’m sad she’s in a big girl seat and feeling more and more independent. But, I’m glad she’s growing up into such a great little girl and that’s something I can certainly be proud of.
We received the booster seat to facilitate our review. All thoughts are my own. No compensation was received.