Posted September 24th, 2012, 05:44 PM
Here's how we handled the booster seat issue:
*4-years-old: Cruise out of Miami. Taxi from airport to hotel. Shuttle bus from hotel to port. We did NOT bring a booster seat for the ten minute taxi ride from the airport to hotel. Our son used a regular seatbelt. Not a broblem with the cab driver, but our son is big for his age. No booster seat necessary for ride in shuttle bus. A booster seat would have been a waste on the Western Caribbean islands. Transportation was by bus or cab (no seatbelts).
*5-years-old: Land vacation in the Florida Keys. I brought a booster seat for this one. We rented a car and did lots of driving. I knew we would be in the car a lot, so I brought a seat from home to be certain we would have it.
See post #2, children need appropriate car seats. Yes, the occasional taxi driver will let you off, but it should not be done. It doesn't matter how big/heavy your child is, a 4yo is not developmentally able to sit properly in a seatbelt.
And yes, I practice what I preach. Our 4yo rode in his car seat on our last trip, this year he will be 5 and fortunately no seat is needed with our plans. I will consider using a booster with him when he is 6 yrs, but not before.
Boosters are not a waste on the Western Caribbean islands, we used DS1's booster in Roatan and Mexico. Both had seatbelts, we just had to look.
I get so frustrated with these comments being reiterated over and over when they are clearly not true.
Ok, rant over.
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