Booster seats are meant to boost the positioning of your child in your vehicle in such a way that you can secure your child onto the car seat with the help of your vehicle’s seat belts. Most parents opt for a booster seat when their child is still a toddler. Well, there are a few things you should be aware of if you are planning to get a toddler booster seat.
Ideally, children who have outgrown their convertible car seats are to be seated on the booster car seats till they grow enough to be comfortably secured with the vehicle’s seat belts alone. Though the recommended age and weight limits for using a booster car seat are minimum four years of age and/or 40 pounds of weight, children might outgrow the weight or height limit long before they reach the age limit requiring you to get a booster seat for your toddler.
There are a few things that you should know regarding booster seats for toddlers in order to make a well informed choice. Changing from a harnessed seat to an ordinary booster car seat is taking a step down in terms of safety. Generally, booster seats are not designed to hold your baby in positions like the harnessed seats as booster seats depend on your vehicle’s seat belts to hold your child in place.
Also, booster seats are forward facing. This is a great disadvantage if you are to place your toddler in a booster seat without harness system. Another disadvantage of using a booster seat is the lack of recline positions. A toddler booster seat without recline positions will not prove to be comfortable for your baby even during short trips.
The best choice would be the Diono radian rxt combination booster seat which will help you to overcome all of these restrictions, without compromising on the safety features. While many booster seats are backless, the frontier 85 combination seat comes with a well padded back support. It has a five-point harness system to hold your little one securely in place till he/she grows enough to fit to your vehicle’s seat belts of course with a little help from the booster seat.
This combination booster form Diono has two recline positions allowing your child to sit up straight or be comfortably positioned to take a good nap. Your toddler can benefit from the five-point harness system till it grows beyond the weight limit of 85 pounds after which the frontier 85 can serve as a vehicle belt positioning booster for up to 120 pounds.
Speaking of the safety features you would be looking for in a booster seat, the frontier 85 promises superior 360 degree protection with the help of its unique safety features. The Versa-tether system, which is the patented technology from Diono, anchors the top of the booster seat to your vehicle securely to minimize forward movement of the seat during sudden stops or a crash.
The Harness Ultra Guard System (HUGS) is another technology that reduces forward movement of your child’s head during sudden breaks and crashes. The Secure Guard clip, though optional, can be used to effectively hold the lap portion of the safety belt in place. This prevents abdominal injury if your child slides under the lap belt during a crash.
Most parents have very bad experiences handling the harness system of car seats. The Diono radian rxt has a front harness adjuster and tangle free harness straps allowing you to adjust the harness system without any trouble. The head restraint can be easily adjusted with one hand using the quick-adjust lever.
Safety is definitely the prime concern but would you prefer a car seat that is difficult to clean? Keeping a toddler booster seat clean can take the life out of you. Kids at this age can get very messy. The Diono radian rxt comes with soft durable material that is easy to remove and clean. You can also select from the various patterns available – Rushmore, Red Rock, Canyon and Pink Sky – to suit your preferences. Do you want to know Types Of Car Seats – which one suits your baby?
Another major concern of customers opting for booster seats is the bulkiness of the seat. Most booster seats take up a large amount of space giving a hard time for parents. The frontier 85 on the other hand can be fixed in mid-sized cars, mini vans and SUVs without any problems. Quality car seats for children do not come at very cheap rates. You would very much want them to last long thereby giving you the money’s worth.
Unlike most booster seats, the diono radian rxt comes with a nine year life. Another specialty of the diono radian rxt is the crash indicator feature. A stitching indicator on the top tether strap will break free when subject to forces during moderate or severe crash. This helps you determine whether you can reuse the booster after a minor crash or not. You can alternatively seek help from Diono to decide on such critical issues.