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Narrow Booster Seats

If you are looking for a narrow booster seat, you have come to the right place. Are you wondering which is the narrowest booster seat for 2017 that can fit 3 across in the back? It can be a challenge to fit multiple car seats in the back, even if you have a large SUV or minivan.

Below are some of the narrowest booster seat on the market:

Narrow High Back Booster Seat

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix Booster Car Seat

The RodiFix Booster by MaxiCosi fits children from 40-120 pounds. It’s a slim booster seat, and one of the narrowest booster seats measuring 12 inches wide at its base  and 19.5 inches at its widest point, so you can fit 3 across in the back of your vehicle. It features Air Protect for superior side impact protection around your kid’s head. The RodiFix Booster has no arm rests, which make it easier to get your child buckled in, and it fits well next to wider seats. Its belt routing system is easy enough to learn that children can buckle themselves in. RodiFix has LATCH connectors that hold the seat in place when the seat is not in use. This prevents the seat from turning into a projectile in the event of a collision. The LATCH is just to hold the seat in place; your child will be secured by a seatbelt.

The seat features front-access recline system, which allows seat and seatback to recline for comfort and better fit to vehicle. This belt-positioning booster also features a multi-height headrest and expanding side wings that grow with your child. The stylish, premium fabrics are plush, comfortable, and self-wicking to help deodorize and draw liquids away from the skin. The RodiFix is quite expensive compared to many other boosters, but its premium features may be worth the price!

Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

The Diono RadianRXT  is an all-in-one convertible car seat that accommodates your child in the rear-facing position from 5-45 lbs, in the forward-facing position with a 5-point harness from 20-80 lbs, and in booster mode up to 120 lbs. They are the only all-in-one car seats with a full steel frame, making them one of the safest and narrowest car seat on the market today. The seat is only 17 inches wide, so you can fit 3 of these car seats across in most mid-sized vehicles. It is narrower than Diono’s other convertible/boosters. The Pacificia, Rainier and Cambria are all 18 inches wide. If you are parents of triplets or 3 children, you might want to try this seat out.

Britax Parkway SGL G1.1 Belt-Positioning Booster

The 18-inch-wide Parkway SGL fits children from 40 to 120 pounds and is Britax’s safest belt- positioning booster seat with SafeCell Impact Protection and an extra layer of side impact protection. This narrow car seat features ISOFLEX Latch connection system that secures the booster to your vehicle when it’s not in use so it doesn’t go flying during a collision. The Parkway SGL has a deep energy-absorbing shell and foam-lined headrest that make up 2 layers of protection to protect your child from side impacts. Another smart feature is its SecureGuard Belt-Positioning Clip that keeps children from sliding under the lap portion of the seatbelt in the event of a crash.

Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat

The Graco High Back TurboBooster child car seat is one of the narrowest high back booster that fits children from 30 to 100 pounds. It easily converts to a backless booster so that you can use it for longer as your child grows. At just 16.5 inches wide, it can easily fit into small spaces. The cup holders fold into the seat when you need extra room. This toddler car seat booster features a multi-layer head rest and wide, padded armrests for extra support and comfort. The open-loops belt guides help to position your car’s seatbelt, making it easier for your little one to self-buckle. It is one of the most popular booster seats and is very affordable.

CYBEX Solution X-Fix Infant Booster Car Seat

This 18.5 inch wide booster fits riders from 33 to 100 pounds and from 38 to 60 inches tall. it has LATCH connectors that keep it secured to the vehicle when it’s not in use. The seat can also be used in vehicles without LATCH. It features a patented three-position reclining headrest that prevents the child’s head from tipping forward during sleep. It also keeps the child’s head in the Safety Zone in the event of a side impact collision. There’s 11 position height adjustments, perfect for your growing child. Its padded arm rests allow your child to sit comfortably and help keeping the lap belt in a low and secure position. The seat’s back cannot be removed so it can only be used as a highback booster seat, not a backless seat.

Narrow Backless Booster Seat

Following are three narrow backless booster seats.

BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat

Bubblebum is one of the slimmest car seat on the market. This inflatable booster seat is only 13 inches wide so you can easily fit three car seats across the back seat. It fits children from 40 to 100 pounds. In less than a minute, this blow-up booster transforms from a small pouch to a booster seat for kids. It is foldable and portable, making it great for travel, car rentals, taxis, carpools, and caregivers. When it is deflated, it easily fits into a handbag or backpack. Bubblebum booster seat can fit in the center seat of your 3-across installation even when nothing else seems to fit.

Graco Affix Backless Booster

The Graco Affix Youth Booster is a slim backless booster seat that fits children from 40 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall. There is a front adjustment that allows you to easily and quickly tighten the booster to the vehicle seat. There is a secure LATCH connection system that keeps the booster seat steadily in place when the seat is not in use and helps facilitate independent buckling. Keep in mind that the LATCH is to secure the booster to the vehicle seat while the booster is unoccupied and you will need to secure your child in the booster seat with the car’s lap/shoulder belt.

Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat

As mentioned above, the Graco Backless TurboBooster is a narrow car seat. You can purchase the High Back TurboBooster seat and convert it to a backless booster so that you can use it for longer as your child grows. In the backless mode, it fits children from 40 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall. It features padded, height-adjustable armrests and hide-away cup holders.

These are some of the top narrow car booster seats.

Cheap Booster Car Seats

If you are looking to buy a convertible car seat but have a small budget, there are some great, inexpensive booster car seats available on the market. Below is a list of cheap booster seat recommendations:

Booster Car Seats Under $100

Cheap High Back Booster Seats

Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat $33.19

The Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat fits your child in highback mode from 30-100 lbs and converts to a backless booster for children 40-100 lbs. It features a multi-layer head rest and full coverage back support in highback mode. The open-loops belt guides help to position your car’s seatbelt, which makes it easier for your child to self-buckle. Other features include wide, padded armrests and integrated cup holders and storage.

Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat Thunder $79.99

The Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat Thunder is a 2-in-1 combination seat that protects harnessed children from 22-50 lbs and belt-positioned children from 40-110 pounds. This 5-point harnessed car seat converts to a belt-positioning booster seat for extended use as your child grows. This type of seat is known as a toddler booster seat, or combination car seat. This car seat is lightweight and comes equipped with LATCH systems for easy installation and transfer between multiple vehicles. There are also 2 integrated cup holders to keep your child’s drinks nearby without increasing the width of the car seat. This allows multiple car seats to fit your back seat. The auto-adjust belt path correctly positions the seat belt to your child for a proper fit. There are 4 shoulder harness positions and 2 crotch buckle positions for extended use.

Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat, Falcon $49.04

The Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat is a 2-in-1 combination seat that protects harnessed children from 22-40 lbs and belt-positioned children from 40-80 pounds. This 5-point harnessed car seat converts to a belt-positioning booster seat for extended use as your child grows. Features include 5 point harness with up front adjustment and 2 position shoulder belt guides. It has a lightweight design for easy traveling. There is a removable cup holder.

Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch System $63.99

The Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat fits 30 – 100 pounds and from 38 – 57 inches tall. It converts to backless mode for children 40 – 100 pounds and from 40 – 57 inches tall. It has one-hand front-adjust Latch system, making self-buckling easier. There are 2 integrated cup holders, perfect for holding your child’s drink or snacks. There is a hideaway storage compartment for storing small games and toys.

Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat, Carrissa $28.88

This car seat has 6 height positions, where the back adjusts as your child grows, keeping the head and side support in the proper position. It’s 2 seats in 1, where its removable back transitions to to a no-back booster. Other features include comfortable padding around the head and body and one-hand, multiple height adjustments to accommodate growing children longer. There are elastic cup holders so that your child can keep his snacks closeby.

Safety 1st Store N Go with Back Booster Car Seat, Adventure $50.07

This belt-positioning booster seat is designed for children from 40-100 pounds and between 43 to 57 inches tall. It features a pull out storage drawer that keeps your child’s gear closeby while they remain safely buckled into the seat. It has a seat belt positioning strap for a customized fit. There is also a built-in cup holder and an additional storage pocket on the sides of the seat. It easily converts to a backless booster when your child is ready for the next stage.

Cheap Backless Booster Seats

Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat $17.95

The Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat fits children from 40-100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall. Features include padded, height-adjustable armrests, one-hand adjustable headrest, and hide-away cup holders. The padded seat cushion can easily be removed and washed in a washing machine.

WB KidsEmbrace Belt Positioning Backless Booster Car Seat, Batman $29.99

This belt positioning backless booster car seat by Kids Embrace fits kids 40 to 100 lbs and up to 57 inches n height. This cute seat is perfect for Batman lovers! The contoured seat is shaped for comfort, even on long journeys. It has a seat cover that can be easily removed, wiped off, and is machine washable. Other features include 1 cup holder and a shoulder belt positioning clip. There’s a Batgirl version of this car seat, perfect for young girls. Kid Embrace also makes a Superman booster seat in blue and pink.

Safety 1st Store N Go Car Seat, Adventure $24.99

This belt-positioning booster fits kids from 40-100 pounds and up until 57 inches tall. There is an adjustable headrest that grows with your child. The seatbelt positioning strap gives your child a customized fit. There is a built-in cup holder on one side and additional storage pocket on the other sside o that your child can keep a snack or drink nearby. There is a pull out storage drawer, which is great for keeping favorite toys or books. This seat is available with a high back that can be converted to this backless booster seat.

Evenflo Amp Performance No Back Booster Car Seat $27.99

The Evenflo Amp Performance No Back Booster Car Seat fits children from 40-100 lbs. Features include comfortable, contoured padding, elastic dual cup holders and tall armrests. The car seat pad is also machine-washable. The Evenflo AMP is available in a variety of colors.

Cosco Top Side Booster, Grape $14.99

This belt positioning booster fits children from 40 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches. Its lightweight design is perfect for traveling. Although this purple color is only available to Amazon Prime members (30-Day Free Trial), the car seat is available in a variety of colors to everyone including yellow, turquoise, and magenta.

Disney Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat, Minnie Dot $29.99

This Disney Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat by Safety 1st is perfect for young girls. It is specifically designed for children who weigh 40-100 pounds and between 43 to 57 inches tall. It lightweight design makes it easy for traveling and transferring between cars. There is a slide out cup and snack holder. There is Mickey Mouse version of this car seat, perfect for young boys.

Affordable car seats

Booster Seats

When your child outgrows the forward-facing car seats that have a five-point harness system, he will need to sit in a booster seat in the back seat. A booster car seat has a three-point belt system to keep your child restrained and is the best way to keep your child safe until he is big enough to fit a vehicle’s seat belt. Booster seats must be used with both a lap and shoulder belt. Booster car seats boost your child high enough for your vehicle’s lap and shoulder belts to restrain your child safely.. It raises your child up so that the lap belt sits across the pelvis instead of the abdomen and prevents the shoulder belt from digging into the neck.

Since seat belts are designed to fit adult bodies and do not hold children securely, using a booster car seat will reduce their chance of a crash-related injury by 45 percent. If there is a vehicle crash and your child is not using a booster seat, an adult seat belt can actually cause injury rather than prevent it. For example, if the lap belt lies on your child’s tummy, which is likely to happen without a booster, he could suffer stomach, spleen, or liver damage in the crash.

When is your child ready for a booster seat?

It’s important not to rush to move your child to a booster seat before he or she is ready. Each time you move your child to the next seat, there is a reduction in the level of protection for your child. Keep your child in each stage for as long as possible.

Your child is ready for a booster seat when he has outgrown the weight or height limit of their forward-facing harness car seat, which is generally between 40 and 65 pounds. Each car seat has its own height and weight limits so it is important to read the manufacturer’s manual for your specific limits. To test that your child is ready to use a booster seat, have him sit in the booster seat and ensure that he is all the way against the back of the seat, with his knees bending at the edge of the seat cushion. If he is too small for the booster seat, his legs will stick straight out and he may be slouching, both of which can be dangerous.

If your child has outgrown the forward-facing car seat but is not ready to stay seated properly in a booster seat using the lap and shoulder belt, consider using a combination car seat, also known as a toddler booster car seat. Combination car seats have a five-point harness that can later be removed and used as a belt-positioning booster car seat. This will provide the best protection for your child, as you will want him to use the harness for as long as possible. Most children can continue using the harness until they weigh at least 40 pounds.

Types of booster car seats

There are two kinds of belt-positioning booster car seats: booster seat with high back and backless booster seat. Deciding which booster car seat to use depends mainly on the type of seats your car has. A high-back booster provides neck and head support and may be used in vehicles with or without head restraints present. Popular high-back booster seats include the Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat and Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat.

   

A backless belt-positioning booster does not provide head and neck support and is good to use in vehicles which have a head restraint present for your child. Some advantages of backless boosters is that they take up slightly less room in the car and they can easily be removed for use between cars. Backless booster seats also usually cost less than high back booster seats.Popular backless boosters include Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat and Clek Olli Backless Booster Seat.

     

Installing booster car seats

Some new booster car seats have LATCH connectors to help you position the booster, but LATCH is not required for booster seats since all you need is the car’s lap and shoulder belts to safely secure your child. However, if you are using a combination car seat and your vehicle is compatible with the LATCH system, then you can install your seat using LATCH connectors. Read your car seat’s instruction manual to determine how to connect the attachments from your car seat to the anchors in your car.

The safest place for most car seats is in the center of the back seat, so that your child is best protected from a side-impact crash. However, many vehicles only have a lap belt and do not have a shoulder belt in the center back. Since you should never anchor a booster seat using a lap belt by itself, you can position the booster seat on either side of your backseat. Keep in mind that you should never let any child ride in the front seat of a vehicle, especially if you have an air bag in the passenger side. Although air bags may be lifesavers for adults, they can cause serious head and neck injuries to children when they inflate.

When your child is in the booster seat, make sure the lap belt crosses his hips, not his belly, and touches the top of his thighs. Ensure that the shoulder belt lands on his shoulders, not his neck or upper arm, and crosses the center of his chest. The shoulder belt should never be placed under your child’s arm or behind his back.

Some booster car seats may come with belt-positioning clips, either on the sides of a high-back booster or attached to a special strap on a backless model. These clips make sure the shoulder belt crosses your child’s torso properly. If your car’s shoulder belt actually lands on your child’s shoulder, as opposed to his neck or upper arm, and crosses the center of his chest, then you do not need to use these clips.

When is your child ready to use a seat belt?

Seat belts are designed for 165-pound male adults, thus children who do not fit these adult belts properly are at risk of injury. Your child is only ready to use a regular seat beat when he can keep his back against the vehicle seat with his knees naturally bend over the edge of the car seat, and his feet flat on the floor of the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all should continue riding in a booster seat until:

  • They’re at least 8 years old AND 4 feet 9 inches tall and
  •  They have outgrown the manufacturer’s height and weight recommendations for their booster seat