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It’s a common question and one that many parents may not know the correct answer to: What age can my child go into a booster seat?
Instead of referring to their age, Australian guidelines state it’s always safest to keep your child in the car seat that’s most appropriate for their child’s size, regardless of age.
Only move your child into a booster seat with an adult seat belt when they are too tall for a forward-facing restraint, as shown by the shoulder markers.
On average, an Australian child will not outgrow a forward-facing restraint until they are eight years old, sometimes older.
When will your child be ready to move out of a booster seat?
Your child needs to be in a booster seat until they are at least 145 cm tall. This is become an adult lap-sash seat belt is designed for people with a minimum height of 145 cm.
On average, Australian children are 145 cm in height betweent 10 to 12 years of age.
Children who are not tall enough to use an adult seat belt can slump into their seat. The lap part of the seat belt is then too high on their stomach which causes more serious injuries in a crash.
When your child is too tall for a forward-facing restraint, it’s safe to move them into a booster seat.
You child will also need to pass the five-step safety test:
The Mother’s Choice Dawn Booster seat is designed for children aged four to eight approximately.
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Tips for choosing and using a booster seat
The Britax Safe N Sound Hi Liner booster seat is one of the tallest E Type Booster Seat on the market.
When can your child sit in the front seat?
It is recommended children sit in the back seat until they are older than 12 years as it is safer and offers more protection to passengers than the front seat.
Child car seat safety laws
By law, all child car seats used, bought or sold in Australia must meet Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754. The Standards label should be on the packaging of new child car seats and on the car seat itself.
If you’re buying accessories for your child car seat – like seatbelt modifiers, covers, inserts or padding – always look for those with Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 8005.
It’s important that you use only accessories that come with the child car seat, or accessories approved for use with that particular car seat.