Top 8 Belt-Positioning Booster Seats

Booster seats provide safety for children who are in between car seats and seat belts, and are meant to be used with lap/shoulder seat belts to provide a better seat belt fit. Many states now require booster seats for children up to age 6 and 60 lbs, or 8 and 80 lbs. All of these booster seats have wide shoulder belt guides to keep the belt from being pinched and introducing dangerous slack. Most also offer some additional side-impact protection. These belt-positioning booster seats should only...MORE be used once the child has outgrown a harnessed forward-facing car seat, after age four.

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    The Sunshine Kids Monterey booster has some fantastic features that make it a great choice for long-term use or bigger kids. This booster is packed with EPS foam to absorb crash forces around the head, torso and armrests. It adjusts high enough to fit a child up to 5' tall, and has a max weight of 100 lbs. A dial on the back allows you to adjust the width of the shoulder portion for bigger kids, and the seat depth is more than an inch longer than others to accommodate longer legs. The...MORE Monterey booster is LATCH compatible, so you can hook it into your vehicle's lower anchors and it will stay put when your child gets in and out, and won't fly forward if you're in a crash when the seat isn't occupied. Can be used as a backless booster.
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    The wide head wings on this booster are adjustable for a good fit and for comfort. I like that the side wings also adjust up and out to fit kids of various sizes. The well-padded seat is comfy for kids, and it is lined with plenty of EPS foam for impact protection. The KeyFit Strada booster can be used from 33-100 lbs. with the back on, but it can also be used as a backless booster if need be, from 40 lbs.
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    The Graco Turbo Booster is a good, basic booster at a low price - around $50 for the high-back version. It carries children from 30 to 100 pounds and features Gracopedic Memory Foam in the cushions for a comfortable ride and increased impact protection. Kids will like the drink holders and padded armrests, as well as the fun designs and characters available on the cushions. The adjustable headrest is nice and maintains proper fit and comfort as your child grows.
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    The deep head-wings and torso protection are among the best reasons to love the Britax Parkway SG booster. It's unique among boosters, though, because it has a Slide-Guard piece that goes between your child's legs (where a traditional car seat bottom buckle would be) to prevent submarining, or sliding beneath the lap portion of the seatbelt in a crash. The SG piece fits over the lap portion of the seatbelt after your child is buckled. Britax is known for fantastic cover options, and this...MORE seat doesn't disappoint. The cow print is quite popular, but there are several other big-kid-friendly color options, too.
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    Oobr is a good-looking booster seat, but it's more than just a pretty face. It has a solid feel but is made to be lightweight, so it's not so difficult to move from car to car. This booster also has rigid LATCh connectors at the back, and deep headwings on an adjustable headrest plus torso protection. Several sleek solid colors are available, but kids really love the modern Paul Frank covers.
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    If you travel a lot by plane and need a booster that can easily be hauled through an airport, the Compass B510 is a great choice. This booster performs well in the car and then folds quickly for easy transport elsewhere. The Compass B510 also has the EPS foam head wings that I prefer for their side impact crash protection. It's wide enough at the top to be comfortable for bigger kids, but the bottom has narrow sculpted rails that help it fit better in narrow bucket seats. This seat has six...MORE height positions to accommodate children up to 57" tall. The B510 also has quite a bit of seat padding, so it should be comfy for long rides.
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    Recaro Start Booster

    Recaro Start Booster
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    The Recaro Start booster has very good side-impact protection and most of the comfort features found on other high-quality boosters, as well it should for about $350. The height and width of the back is adjustable, as is the seat depth. The seat is designed with a slight ramp to reduce the possibility of "submarining," or sliding underneath the lap portion of the belt in a crash. The Start booster can be used with the vehicle's top tether anchor to add stability upon entry and exit...MORE and when going around sharp turns. The seatbelt guides are very well designed to be easy to find and use correctly. The aluminum frame is actually made to bend in a crash, absorbing crash forces. This booster folds for storage or air travel.
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    Graco's AirBooster is a perfect seat for bigger kids. It's a bit roomy for smaller riders, though. If you're hoping to keep an older child in a booster as long as possible, the AirBooster is worth a try for it's width, depth and reasonable height adjustments. The seat of the AirBooster is mesh, like you would find on an ergonomic office chair, so it's comfy to sit on for long rides and allows air flow for comfort. This booster also has EPS foam in the head portion of the seat...MORE and the head wings are decently deep, particularly for a booster that comes in just under $100.