Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat

Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat

As a Grandma-care family, we are frequently shuffling the kids back and forth between our car(s) and my mom’s mini-van. Since our new house won’t be ready at the start of the school year, we’ll be driving A to kindergarten in the fall. Depending on the day, all of us will be on rotation as far as school drop-off and pick-up. Although, I think I’ll be the lucky one to enjoy most days at the carpool pickup line in the afternoons.

With the big transition coming up, I’ve been on the hunt for a highback booster seat to fit our needs. When Graco sent us the TurboBooster® TakeAlong™ Highback Booster, I was impressed with all of the different features and its ease of use that works well for our on-the-go routine. Here are my five tips for buying a highback booster seat:

Weight Limits

As a mom of three (not so) little boys, this is one of the first things I notice. The Graco TurboBooster® TakeAlong Highback Booster is recommended for use with children that weight 40 – 100 lbs. A currently weighs 48 lbs., so this seat will be perfect as he grows over the next few years. It also features a one-hand, 6-position adjustable headrest that is easy to use and adapts for a growing child.

Graco TurboBooster® TakeAlong™

This is super important for us because we’re always between cars and constantly on the go. We also travel several times throughout the year, so I wanted a booster seat that travels easily and is compact and light. Depending on your needs, this can be a huge bonus (or even a necessity like it is for us!) as far as the ability to remove and install the booster seat easily in multiple cars. Some additional portability features in the Graco TurboBooster® TakeAlong™ Highback Booster are:

  • Highback mode: seat nests and has a handle for easy storage and carrying
  • Backless mode: folds via the FastAction™ Fold, becomes 50% smaller and has a carry bag
Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat
Graco TurboBooster® TakeAlong™
Transitions to Backless 

A is older and bigger than most of his classmates. He’ll likely transition to a backless booster sooner than I plan, so I love that this seat easily transitions to a backless booster. Anything that saves me money and less gear is a win in my parenting book!

Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat

This booster seat has been rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards. I love how easy it is to use the open-loop seat belt guide so that I know I’m properly positioning the vehicle seat belt across his body.


The seat pad of the booster is comfortable and machine-washable. It has dual space saving cup holders for A’s ease of use. He loves riding in it and calls it his big boy seat for school.

Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat

With the transition to our new kindergarten schedule, I’m so glad that we found a booster seat that meets our needs for the whole family. Now if only I can make sure that the rest of the transition goes as smoothly!

Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat

All photos by Casey Brodley

Five Tips for Buying a Highback Booster Seat

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