The 1 Big Mistake You're Making With Your Kid's Booster Seat

Some parenting studies leave us confused with wishy washy results we have no idea what to do with, but this one is powerful. According to new research by Safe Kids Worldwide, 9 in 10 parents stop using a booster seat too early. What's equally troubling: 70 percent of parents surveyed didn't know the rules on when it's OK to let kids stop riding in safety seats.

It turns out, children should be at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall or weigh between 80 and 100 pounds before they are allowed to ride without a booster seat. Did you know that?

Moms, these findings demand our attention.


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While the laws may vary from state to state, research shows that abandoning the booster too soon puts your child at risk for serious injury. When an undersized child is allowed to ride without a booster seat, the seat belt itself becomes dangerous. Safety experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety say the incorrect positioning of the seat belt can cause abdominal injuries, neck injuries, and face lacerations. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, car crashes are the #1 cause of death for children under the age of 19 -- and many of these tragedies could be prevented by adhering to child safety laws.

So while you may be tempted to just give into your kid after another fight about the "baby booster seat," don't do it. Stand your ground. This one is worth the eye rolls, snotty remarks ... even the full-out fit. Anything to keep your child safe.

When did your kids stop using the booster seat?


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