There are few prouder moments as parents than charting our kids’ milestone moments: first steps, first words, riding a tricycle. And the moment your child can finally get in the car and sling the seatbelt across his or her chest to safely buckle themselves in is one that’s often rejoiced—loudly.
But remember that just because you can switch your precious cargo from a car seat to a booster seat once they reach 40 lbs. and 40 inches tall, doesn’t mean you should. It’s a fact that a five-point harness is safer than a seatbelt, so if your car seat can handle a 65-pounder, please consider letting this milestone pass you by until your child is older and heavier than the minimum booster requirements.
Once you’re sure your child is ready for a car booster seat, there are dozens upon dozens of options. Aside from all of the amazing convertible car seats we recommend, here are five top-notch boosters we tested:
There’s no doubt about it: this is the best booster available on the market. Backed by Diono’s commitment to safety, its simple-but-thoughtful shoulder grooves help seat belts adjust easily to fit your most precious cargo. It’s wide and comfortable enough for nap time on-the-go.
Diono Monterey. $169.99, diono.ca