This post was sponsored by The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
We’re back to school, getting in a routine and things are back to “normal” with lots of activities, things on the calendar and time on the go. All of that means lots of time in the car and I’m proud to be working with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) to share more about the importance of kids using booster seats in the car until they reach the appropriate height. Michigan children have a very low rate of booster seat use, and OHSP is a great resource for learning about the type of seat your child should be in at what age, height, etc.
I know for us the guidelines here are different than they were when we lived in Texas (and have changed between having both kids) so we’ve had to take a look a few times to see what we should be doing. And this might sound funny, but as parents of children who have been below average in height and weight for their whole lives so far, we’ve tried to stay conscious of the height and weight requirements of car seats and booster seats so that we’re safely making adjustments when they’re recommended, and when our kids are ready.
If your child is under 4’9″ they aren’t tall enough to ride without a booster seat because the adult seat belts don’t fit them properly, so they won’t protect them properly. Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone/
I actually have also felt that Jackson seems very comfortable in his booster seat. He’s learning how to buckle and unbuckle himself for the drop-off line at school. And as a smaller kid, that booster helps him see out on road trips. He doesn’t necessarily get that it’s about safety, but rather that it’s just a comfortable, helpful thing to him and he feels like a big kid because he’s up higher and he can see well.