Lots of great new and updated products coming soon from Graco! They also had an awesome spread at their booth with a mac ‘n cheese bar, cookie bar, wine and ice cold beer! Did I mention ice cold beer? I decided it was 5 pm somewhere and had to have one (…or two). Darren promtly followed my lead. Then we asked the bartender to take our picture. Heather was the designated blogger so she did the responsible thing and passed on the adult beverages.
In real news, there’s a change to the popular SnugRide 35 infant seat. A lower body insert cushion has been added and the seat now has a 4 lb minimum weight rating. The unique insert raises a smaller baby up to the lowest bottom harness slots and a portion of the insert goes under the crotch strap which really helps to position the buckle in a more appropriate position. Heather tried her preemie doll in it (yes, she carries her own) and the fit was pretty darn good. We were impressed! This new model will start shipping next month (October).
Other Graco highlights:
New My Ride 65 featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection system , 4-40 lbs RF or by height using 1″ rule, 20-65 lbs FF or by height at 50″, adjustable head restraint designed with Safety Surround for infants-small toddlers (optional but if you remove it, you lose the enhanced SIP), attaches through the harness slots when the child is shorter, Safety Surround is also built into the sides of the seat near the top of the shell for the taller kids, seat tested to draft Euro SI standards, available early November 2011 at BRU, $179
New Highback Turbo booster with Safety Surround
Also tested to draft Euro SI standards, $69, shipping 1st qtr 2012
New My Size 65 (Prototype model)
4-40 lbs RF, 20-65 lbs FF, adjustable 8 position headrest, no-rethread harness, 17.5″ top harness height, single recline position for RF. Separate LATCH strap for each belt path just like the MyRide. Cool, new “In Right” lower LATCH connectors on both RF & FF LATCH straps. Production begins in February, 2nd qtr 2012 release.
Argos & Argos Elite (based on Nautilus platform)
Elite version has lockoff and width-adjustable head support, no rethread harness, 20-70 lbs with harness, 30-100 lbs HBB, 40-120 LBB. MSRP $199, Elite $219
New Aprica “Moto” Travel System with “A30″ infant carseat - No pics. Looks like a Snugride 30. Not sure if there are any differences besides cover and branding. Will confirm and follow-up.
Canadian news on the My Ride: they’re in the final stages of testing. Soon!