Once your child is ready to leave his five-point harness behind, it’s likely that he’ll still need a booster seat to keep him safe in the car. The Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback Booster allows parents to use the seat with a five-point harness or as a highback booster. When your child is ready to make the switch, proper conversion is essential to maintain safety.
Determine that your child is the correct height and size to use the booster. The Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback Booster seat is meant to be used as a booster from 40 to 100 pounds and 43 to 52 inches. Your child must also be over a year old. Keep in mind, though, that your state likely has laws to determine at which age a child can use a booster seat.
Unlatch the child restraint if you’ve been using it with the five-point harness. It is dangerous to use the latch attachments with a seatbelt. Clip the latch hooks to each other behind the child restraint and tighten them so that they’re stay out of the way.
Unfasten the harness from the splitter plate to remove the five-point harness. The harness is the straps that are attached at the back of the seat. The splitter plate is the T-shaped metal piece that holds the harness together.
Pull the straps through the front of the seat and unthread the harness from the harness retainer, the plastic piece that clasps to hold the child in.
Unthread the harness from the buckle plates, the plastic piece that sits between a child’s legs when he’s restrained. Completely pull the harness out of the shell.
Reach under the shell and locate the buckle’s metal clip. With some maneuvering, you should be able to slide it through the shell to remove the buckle.
Place the seat in its fully upright position by pulling on the recline handle and pulling the restraint all the way up.
Place the booster against the back of the car’s seat.
Read your instruction manual carefully to make sure that you’ve correctly installed your child restraint. Some cars have specifications for child restraint use, so check your car’s manual as well for any additional information.
On the back of the child restraint, you’ll find an expiration date. The Eddie Bauer product manual says to not use the seat after it expires. Child restraints usually expire four years after they’re manufactured.