Northampton Area Pediatrics, LLP
193 Locust Street 
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-8700
413-584-1714 (fax)

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Holiday Hours

 

2020

 

Labor Day

Monday, September 7

10:00am to 3:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12

10:00am to 3:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26

9:00am to 12:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24

8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25

11:00am to 2:00pm

Urgent Care Only 

 

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31

8:00am to 5:00pm

My son is 3 years 10 months, 41 pounds and 37 inches. Is it the right time to put him in a booster seat?

Not quite!  He should remain in a car seat until he is officially four years old.  The reason for the combined milestones of four years and forty pounds is that size and development are both important in terms of neck strength and head control. 
 

Beyond four years and forty pounds, a booster seat with a five point harness that can convert into use with a seat belt with shoulder belt is strongly recommended.  Boosters are recommended until a child is four feet nine (57 inches) and while the older children in this group do fine with the lap and shoulder belts, the four through at least six year olds need the protection of the five point harness. By 57 inches, most children can be safely protected by a lap and shoulder belt, in the back seat. 

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