Pros: Disney Princesses Theme, Comfortable, Versatile
Cons: Possibly Hard to Find
Graco TurboBooster Princess car booster seat is the ideal booster choice for Disney Princesses fans; but the child must be the appropriate weight/height/age for booster seat usage. I purchased this seat for use by my niece, as I take care of her on certain evenings and weekends. She adores the Disney Princesses, loathes car booster seats, yet refrains from complaining when using this thematic car seat option. Previously I have satisfactorily used other Graco Booster seats, so when I needed to purchase a seat my niece to use, this affordable booster option screamed out BUY ME! I highly recommend the Graco Turbo Booster 8674 - Princess booster seat.
The Graco TurboBooster Princess version offers a reversible seat pad. As indicative by product title, side one has sections that feature Disney Princess Characters (Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, and Aurora). These patterned sections offer a pink background and are placed on a portion of the arm rests, middle of the base section, middle of the head support, and middle of the lower back support. Surrounding fabric is a medium blue tone. The seat covers reverse to solid colors: pink and blue.
Minor assembly is required upon purchase of this booster seat; a process that is explained via wording and illustrations in the included instruction manual. Assembly is simple to accomplish. You will need a Phillips Screwdriver (not included). The armrests are inserted into the seat base, height adjustment screws are inserted and tightened. The head support and lower back support are snapped together, minor adjustments are made (as explained in directions) and this unit is attached to the base section. The Graco TurboBooster Princess seat is ready to use. Please read the instruction manual, as it is very important to properly assemble and use the seat!
This booster seat, with back and head support attached, is recommended for use with children approximately 3 - 10 years of age, weighing between 30 - 100 pounds, and measuring 38 - 57" in height. It is crucial that the vehicle shoulder and lap belts be properly positioned (read the directions!) and that the child's ears are below the seat top. Please make certain to follow ALL safety guidelines. If you are uncertain with regard to proper seat use, please consult a local car seat specialist.
For use without the back and head support, the booster seat base is intended for children approximately 4 - 10 years of age. Importantly, said child must weigh between 40 - 100 pounds, measure between 40 - 57" and have the lap and shoulder belts PROPERLY placed. Again.... Please make certain to follow ALL safety guidelines. If you are uncertain with regard to proper seat use, please consult a local car seat specialist. In our region employees and volunteers at the State Patrol or Fire Department will gladly provide assistance or contacts for you.
In addition to following assembly directions and manufacturer specifications for child age/height/weight, please make certain to follow installation guidelines. For example, the Graco TurboBooster is intended for forward facing use only. Graco firmly warns that ONLY A LAP/SHOULDER BELT SYSTEM can be used with this system. You cannot safely use a lap-only belt, a Lap Belt with Motorized Shoulder Belt, nor a Lap or Shoulder Belt Mounted on Door.
The head support has Open-loop belt guides which provide good positioning for a shoulder belt. These are red, open ovals that you thread the shoulder belt into, thus serving as a belt-positioner. The shoulder belt is easy to guide into these and holds the belt in the proper position.
My niece adores this booster seat, stating that it is "purdy" and "comfy". Considering the degree to which she likes the Disney Princess characters, this is not surprising to me. With a suggested retail of $69.99, this affordable booster seat is worth the purchase price. I have found that children often want to abandon car seat use long before they meet the height/age/weight recommendations. Car safety is very important, so I most appreciate that the theme and comfort of this seat inspire my once hesitant niece to look forward to booster seat use during necessary vehicle trips. I have successfully used the Graco TurboBooster Disney seat in a Dodge Stratus car and Pontiac Montana van. This booster fits good in the right back and left back passenger seats of the Stratus, and in several of the rear seats in the van.
In addition to liking the fabric coloring and novelty print, my niece really likes the arm rests and the Retractable cup holders. This seat has two cup holders, perfect for a drink in one, and a snack in the other. Importantly, she understands the importance of leaving the car seatbelt fastened. Unfortunately, although certain children qualify for booster seat use based on weight/height/age, said children are not ready to grasp the "leave the belt fastened" concept, therefore booster seat use is not wise.
If you are seeking a durable and affordable booster seat option for a Disney Princess Character fan, I highly recommend the Graco TurboBooster Princess Version booster seat! Not only do little girls like the Disney theme, they also appreciate the pink and blue coloring. Overall this booster is most appreciated.
Graco TurboBooster 8674 - Princess
As per manufacturer:
--Reversible seat pad features Disney Princess characters on one side and solid colors on the other
--GracoPedic memory foam in the seat area provides luxurious comfort
--E.P.S. energy absorbing foam
--Padded arm rests for extra comfort
--One-hand adjustable head support grows with your child
--Open-loop belt guide for easy installation and added comfort
--Deep side-wings support your child while napping
--Easily converts to a backless booster seat
--Hide-away cup holders for snacking on the go
--Arm rests are height adjustable
--Removable seat pad for easy machine cleaning
"The TurboBooster youth booster car seat's padding is removable and machine washable and we recommend that you hang dry. The metal and plastic parts may be cleaned with mild soap and water and wiped dry with a cloth or towel. Never use bleach to clean this product."
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