Britax has gone and done it again. Way back in the ‘90s they were once known as Brit-axe, pronounced like Britain. Then they decided that to sound more Southern, they needed to give their “i” a long sound, so they became Br-eye-tax (can’t you just hear some Southern Belle pronouncing that?). Now they’ve changed again (sheesh, make up your minds already!) and we’re left scratching our heads. Carseat manufacturers are no different than any other companies we come across in our daily lives where we wonder how to pronounce their names. Here’s a list of the manufacturers and their pronunciations.

babytrend

Baby Trend: Bay-bee Trend. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

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Britax: Brit-axe. Kind of like a blonde gal named Britt coming after you with an axe.

bubblebum

BubbleBum: Bubb-l Bum. Blow a bubble and stick it on your bum.

chicco

Chicco: Key-ko. It’s not Chee-ko like they tell you at BRU, for gosh sakes!

clek

Clek: The sound a rigid LATCH connector makes when it attaches to a LATCH anchor. Clek. Don’t know what that sounds like? Buy a Foonf, Oobr, Olli, or Ozzi to find out.

combi

Combi USA: Com-bee USA. I’m going to go drive the combine around the farm. A comma is used in a sentence to separate two clauses. Com-bee.

cybex

Cybex: Sigh-bex. Sigh. Cybex

diono

Diono: Dee-oh-no. Not the other way! Get your brain out of the gutter now. C’mon!

dorel

Dorel: Door-el. I wonder how many doors there are at Dorel?

safety1st

Safety 1st: Safe-tee 1st

MaxiCosi

Maxi-Cosi: Max-ee Co-zy

cosco

Cosco: Cos-co. It’s a lot like Cost-co, isn’t it? But it’s NOT. There’s no T. Cosco.

eddiebauer

Eddie Bauer: Ed-dee Bow-wer. Expensive hunter green and tan.

evenflo

Evenflo: Eeeeee-ven-flow. Oh, oops. I put a W on the end. There’s no W there either. Just like there’s no T in Cosco.

snugli

Snugli: Snug-lee. Something your husband gets late at night.

graco

Graco: Gray-co. Not Grack-o crack-o. Gray-co. See, nice and easy!

aprica

Aprica: App-ree-ka. Japanese for stroller. Not really; I’m guessing since I don’t speak Japanese.

teutonia

Teutonia USA: Too-tony-ah USA. Why couldn’t they have spelled it the way I did?

harmony

Harmony: Ebony and Ivory, live together in perfect Har-mony!

kiddy

Kiddy USA: Kidd-ee USA. Here Kiddy Kiddy

kidsembrace

Kids Embrace: Kids Em-br-ace each other in friendship and goodwill

orbitbaby

Orbit Baby: Or-bit Bay-bee. I wonder if they’ll book my trip to Lifesavers for me. Oh wait, that’s Orbitz. Nevermind.

pegperego

Peg Pérego: Peg Per-eggo. Leggo my eggo Peg. If you say it fast enough, it sounds right. They’re Italian, you know.

recaro

Recaro: Ruh-car-oh. Ruh-roh. I need a Scooby snack!

safetrafficsystem

Safe Traffic System: Safe Tr-aff-ic Sys-tem. Whaddya know? That one was easy.

summerinfant

Summer Infant: Sum-mer In-fant. Oh how I wish it was summer right now!

 

tomy

Tomy: Toe-mee. Toe-mee. Toe-mee. Toe-mee.

thefirstyears

The First Years: The Fir-st Yeers. As opposed to The Last Years.

jjcole

JJ Cole: Jay-Jay-Coal. You expect more because of the double initial. You should expect more because of the double initial.

 

So there you have it–now you’re the cool kid on the block who knows how to say all the baby brand manufacturer names. You can impress all your friends when you get together for mimosas and mojitos at playgroup. I double-dog dare you to say Chicco after you’ve had a couple of cocktails ;) .

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