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Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat

by Nicole on September 4, 2013

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The NEW Safety 1st BoostAPak just hit Buy Buy Baby store shelves in time for those end of summer family trips and ‘Back to School’ car pools. The BoostAPak Belt Positioning Booster is a travel car seat that also doubles as a back pack! This backless booster is for 40-80 pounds and is great for car pools or travel as it moves easily from car to car and fits into an overhead aircraft bin. It also has a unique, patented fold-out seat belt guides, and a durable plastic shell. This retails for $69.99.

This is such a versatile product especially for those of you headed on vacation or to visit family with kids between 40 and 80 lbs! It’s also great for kids who car pool and need a booster in both vehicles! It transforms into a backpack and fits easily into an overhead bin on an airplane.  My 5 year old niece is very small and will need a booster for a long time.  She told me that this booster is the coolest one she has seen and she is even able to get it set up herself within minutes!

Here are some Travel Safety tips from Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly.
– The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.
– Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
– The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
– Don’t leave a child alone in the car. Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 32 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle. You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it here.
– Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
– Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.
– Car seats expire! You can find the expiration date on the back of the car seat. Also, another very important tip – once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray. To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.

I received a sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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