Like any other mom, I care a lot about my kids’ safety. One way that I can easily ensure safety to the best of my ability is in selecting and properly installing the best car seats for my kids. As a former Emergency Room nurse, I’ve seen the effects of correctly installed and used car seats. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen the effects of incorrectly used cars eats. Because of this, car seat safety is near and dear to my heart.
Also like any other mom, my baby is growing up fast… too fast. In fact, he’s ready to say goodbye to his old car seat and hello to his brand new “big boy seat”- the Graco Highback TurboBooster®.
What first impressed me about the TurboBooster when it came out of the box was how cute the print was. It was very bright and vibrant, and Aiden loved his new seat right away. It came out in pieces, and my husband assembled it in about 10 minutes. (Aiden pretended to be a dinosaur out of his excitement from the TurboBooster arriving!)
After we installed the seat in the van, Aiden wanted to ride right away. We belted him in and I immediately realized how easy it was to install and secure Aiden. It was very different than my experience with convertible car seats, and I was thrilled at how fast we got Aiden buckled in.
The TurboBooster has lots of cool “big boy” features as well as many wonderful safety features. The headrest and the body of the booster are made with EPS energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management during an accident. All of the fabric padding on the TurboBooster is completely washable and easy to remove. Plus, there’s a one-hand height-adjustable head support that grows with your child. So every time Aiden hits a growth spurt, adjusting it to his height is easy peasy.
Once the seat is in place, buckling the child in is super easy due to the red belt guides. You place the seatbelt in the open-loop belt guide at the shoulder and then pull it under the height-adjustable armrests (marked in red) and buckle the belt. It was a bit harder than I had expected to pull the seatbelt once the belt is in the belt guide at the shoulder, and Aiden’s not able to belt himself in because of that. However, it’s still much easier to lean in and buckle him in the TurboBooster than in a car seat.
Aiden’s favorite feature of the TurboBooster is the hide-away cup holders. When not in use, the cup holders stow away under the seat (and also serve as a perfect hiding place for Mickey Mouse and Jake the Pirate figurines!).
My favorite feature is the safety rating (of course!). It’s rated as a Best Bet Booster from the Insurance Institution for Highway Safety and is top rated by leading consumer publications. As a plus, the TurboBooster can be used with the back in place from 30-100 lbs and 38”-57” tall (3-10 years old). The back can be removed and used as a backless booster from 40-100 lbs and 40”-57” tall (4-10 years old). Aiden is 3 ½ and 40 inches tall, and fits perfectly in the highback mode. I also love that the belt is perfectly positioned right across his chest and shoulder just as they should be.
Overall, I’m incredibly happy with our new TurboBooster, and Aiden loves his new “big boy seat”. And lucky for you, one reader is also going to receive their own Graco Highback Turbobooster! To enter, fill out the form below… good luck!