Boost ’em for less

By Mir
January 14, 2008

If you’re in the market for a toddler/youth booster seat for your car, I heartily recommend the Graco Turbo Booster—it’s the seat I’ve used for both of my kids for years. And if this fabric works for you, I even more heartily recommend that you snap this one up on sale, as it’s currently $36.24 shipped. This seat is usually $50 at Target, and sometimes goes on sale for $45 or $40. But then you have to lug it home, too.

Just to give you an idea of how versatile it is: It claims to go from 30 to 100 pounds, and I sort of scoffed when I saw that. But the back is adjustable, and my daughter only this month requested to go “backless” because she felt it was getting a bit too short for her. She’s almost 10.


  1. Drat. It’s back up to $49.99. Still not bad with free shipping, though…

  2. Bummer! I shoulda just ordered it when I saw it instead of forwarding the info to my hubby for input.

  3. I wish I’d had one of these for when I was learning to drive… instead I got to take my driver’s test with the test-judger barely holding in his giggles at the psychedelic-floral-printed couch cushion I was sitting on in order to be able to see over the steering wheel.

    As usual, you’re totally right that these seats rock. We’ve just passed the second anniversary of using one for our son, and it still looks great and is comfortable for him. Whenever I have opportunity to advise new parents on car seat choices, I always tell them NOT to get the ginormous convertible seat that goes from infancy to elementary school age, because by the time the kid is big enough to go into a TurboBooster, the parents are sure to be sick of the many straps and complicated installation of the convertible seat. (Translation: spring for the Britax seat, but get the Roundabout rather than the Marathon or other mammoth models.)

    But alas, it looks like Amazon’s already corrected that price back to $49.99. It’s still totally worth it, for as long as you’ll be able to use it.

  4. When I saw the title, I thought this post was going to be about discounted bras.

  5. This carseat is on sale at Big Lots for $30.
    I live in Lilburn – and I don’t know if it’s just the Big Lots in this area or all over Atlanta, or nationwide.

  6. both my girls (7 &5) have these and they are much better than anything else we’ve had at these ages.

  7. Score!! thanks for the heads up, Laura! i just called my big lots and i’m a gonna git one for $30!!! hubs and i were just looking up booster seats last night!
    sorry for all the !!!

  8. Just my two cents, but if your kiddo is just 30lbs, they probably should be using a 5 point harness and I believe this just utilizes a seatbelt. I just did a bunch of reading about booster since my 4 yo just outgrew her infant seat!

  9. As a carseat geek and soon to be CPST – the minimum for a booster should be 4 years AND 40 lbs, although most kids aren’t mature enough to sit properly and their bones developed enough until 5 or 6. Car accidents are the #1 cause of accidental death for kids. Best practices are for kids to rear-face to the limits of a convertible, and stay in a 5-pt harness as long as possible. 3 point adult seatbelts and boosters should be delayed as long as possible. can help parents find a CPST in their area who can check their installs and advice on carseat questions.

  10. We just ordered this two days ago directly from Amazon for $46.

  11. While I firmly agree with what Amanda says and while I HAVE kept both of my kids in 5-point harnesses until they reached the height limits for safety (I have very tall genes, so this was earlier than your average kid and well before they hit the weight limits) my mom has one of these boosters in her car and I LOVE IT and because of that I am SO VERY HAPPY to whomever it was that posted the thing about Big Lots because I just ran right over and picked up two for $30 a piece. One for the kid who will currently be safe in one, and one for the kid who isn’t quite big enough yet to be out of her 5-point harness (she’ll be four in a few months). So great is my love for these car seats.

    So, Safety First. And THEN I can gloat over the joy of a great bargain. 🙂

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