I remember fondly the day my daughter learned to hold her bottle by herself, the day she learned to dress herself, and the day she learned to buckle her own seat belt. The past few weeks, the Mom-Mobile has had an extra passenger. This meant I had three seat belts to buckle and to do so I had to crawl to the back on my minivan. Ugh.
Imagine my relief when the Graco Connext Backless Booster Seat came into my life. Georgia has been in a booster seat for a little while, but always had trouble pulling the seatbelt strap through the back’s shoulder harness. I’ll be honest that I think part of it was a ploy to get me to take the back off so she could feel like a “big kid.” The Connext is backless, allowing for easier self-buckling.
My main concern, of course, is safety. The rear-adjust LATCH system keeps the booster seat securely in place, even when it’s not in use. This was huge for me, because my other booster seat rattles when no one is seated in it (it’s the universe’s way of making me feel guilty for ever being separated from my children). The LATCH system utilizes hooks installed within newer cars’ seats. It was incredibly simple to install the seat and, after adjusting the Connext’s straps, it doesn’t wiggle or move around.
Georgia was disappointed that the seat was “boy colors” as it’s red and black, but it matches the upholstery of my car so I won’t complain. Her younger sister was disappointed that she’s not able to use the new seat. The Connext is for “big kids” aged 4-10 years old weighing 40-100 pounds. Since we are currently required to keep them in booster seats until they are 8 and 80 (8 years old and 80 pounds), it will be around for a long time.
One drawback of having a backless seat is there isn’t any head support when your little one falls asleep. Since this is a pretty common occurrence for Georgia, I’m planning on using the Connext for Grandma’s car. Since the seat is so lightweight, it’s perfect for carpooling or traveling. Considering the low-price of the Connext, I would absolutely consider picking up a second one when Harper is a little older.
Thanks to the Connext Backless Booster, I’ll be listening to the happy sounds of seat belts buckling by independent big kids. Whooo hoo!
You can buy the Graco Connext exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $17.99.