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Amazon Busy Toddler Savings Event

Amazon.com Busy Toddler Savings Event

Save on select toddler products. Add at least one eligible item to cart and the discount will be reflected at checkout. Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Offer good while supplies last. See full Terms and Conditions.

Spend more, save more:

  • Spend $75, save $5
  • Spend $150, save $20
  • Spend $250, save $50!

The event includes a number of carseats on this list in specific fashions, while supplies last!  Some examples are the Clek Foonf convertible carseat, the Safety 1st Boostapak booster,  the Graco Affix high back booster, the Recaro Performance RIDE convertible car seat and the Britax Roundabout 50 Classic convertible carseat.  There are a number of nice accessories and other toddler items too, like the Go-Go Babyz Kidz Travelmate carrier, the Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies insulated lunch bag or one of our favorites, the Thermos Foogo Leak-Proof stainless steel food jar.

 

Mix and match these items at Amazon’s already great prices to combine for $5, $20 or even $50 off your total order!  And don’t forget about Amazon Mom!  You get all the benefits of Prime 2-day shipping and Prime streaming videos plus 20% off subscribed items like diapers and wipes!  Shop Amazon Mom – 20% Off Diapers

Volvo’s Innovative Inflatable Child Seat Concept

We know rear-facing is safest. But lugging a heavy convertible seat around when traveling can be a chore. Many convertibles with high rear-facing limits can weigh 25 pounds or more! Volvo has a concept solution that weighs just over 10 lbs. and fits into a small bag. Do you like the BubbleBum inflatable booster for your older kid? Do you need something like that for your younger child? It’s just a concept right now, but check it out! Maybe you can buy one some day soon with your Volvo XC60, one of the safest vehicles on the road, according to both the IIHS and NHTSA for 2013-2014!

 

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According to Volvo:

Children’s car seats are historically bulky, hard to move and tedious to mount. This is why Volvo Cars has designed a lightweight and inflatable rearward-faced child seat concept using groundbreaking technology. The seat is safe, easy to pack and carry and will enable parents to use it in many situations not practical with the seats on the market today.

Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept seat: “For me child safety is always the number one priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing.”

The concept seat is as safe as anything on the market right now. It inflates in less than 40 seconds and the total weight of the seat is less than 5 kg, half the weight of a contemporary seat, and deflated it fits into a weekend bag together with other necessities for your child. The concept presents new opportunities, for example grandparents and friends who take care of your kids and need an ultra mobile child seat. It is also very convenient when travelling by taxi, rental car or bus, situations where you historically had to rely on the safety measures available.

Our idea was to create a child seat concept that would be convenient for anyone to use anytime and for it to be compact to be able store it in small spaces. Children will find it more comfortable as the main structure is filled with air, which serves as a better and softer cushion than the traditional plastic molded child seats. It also has interchangeable inserts in a wide arrange of materials, which enables personalization”, Lawrence explains.

The Inflatable Child Seat Concept faces the rear of the car, as it is the safest way for children to travel. A child’s neck is under development and not as strong as an adult’s neck. In a frontal impact collision, the head of a forward-facing car occupant is thrown forward inducing great stain on the neck. Children therefore need special restraints and to face the rear of the vehicle until at least 3-4 years of age.

Actually, it would be better for all of us to travel facing the rear but given how cars are designed nowadays it’s not feasible. Young children, however, can and should travel facing the rear of the car as long as possible“, says Lawrence.

The goal was to design a seat as safe, or safer, than anything on the market right now but second to that I want everyone, including kids to be exposed to great design every day,” Lawrence ends.

 

 

Cybex Solution Q-Fix Platinum High Back Booster Unboxing and Giveaway

Without further ado, here’s a quick peek of the Cybex Solution Q-Fix High Back Booster Seat.  Our full Cybex Q-Fix review will be coming soon, but for now you can read our preview.  Thanks to our generous sponsors Regal Lager and Cybex, we are giving away one Q-Fix to a lucky winner, in your choice of colors (may be subject to availability).  Unfortunately, this contest is for those with a USA shipping address only, as the Q-Fix is not approved for Canada.  You MUST leave a comment in reply to this blog to enter!  Please see our contest details and Rafflecopter entry form below for more information on how to enter.

 

Key features of the Solution Q-Fix Include:

  • For children 33 – 110 lbs, from 38″ – 60″
  • Patented 3-position reclining head rest
  • Linear Side Impact Protection PLUS
  • LATCH system for enhanced safety
  • 11 Position height-adjustable headrest, seat grows up to 4 inches in width and 8 inches in height
  • Air ventilation system for optimal seating climate
  • Very soft and comfortable seat cushion
  • Reclining backrest to adjust perfectly to the vehicle seat
  • LATCH guides included for easier seat installation
  • Fabric covers are machine washable

Cybex Solution Q-Fix Giveaway:

Contest open to all residents of the USA, including those residing in Alaska and Hawaii. :) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on April 21, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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Britax Pioneer 70 Update

Just a small update on the Britax Pioneer 70 Harness-2-Booster combination carseat.  As you may know, new 2014 federal standards are much more strict in regard to carseats with a 5-point harness that are rated for children who weigh above 65 lbs.  In fact, many competitive products that previously were rated above 65 pounds are now being sold with 65 lb. limits.  The Britax Frontier 90 and Britax Pinnacle 90 are the only current combination models rated well above 65 pounds, primarily due to their industry-leading maximum seated torso harness height of 20.5″ tall.

As we noted in our Britax Pioneer review, it had a shorter maximum harness height of about 18.5″.  In January, Britax made a running change to production that increased this harness height to 19.5″!  This allowed the Pioneer 70 to continue with a 70 lb. child weight limit.  That change also makes it an even better value for parents, as some kids will reach an 18″ or 18.5″ seated torso height limit before they are even 65 lbs, meaning they will outgrow some competitor’s 5-point harness systems by height before they reach the weight limit.  Below you can see the difference between an original and newer production Pioneer model.  An added benefit is that maximum booster mode height is also increased slightly.

Pioneer comparison pioneer195

In other news, we previously mentioned that Britax harness-2-booster models, the Pinnacle 90, Frontier 90 and Pioneer 70, were approved for airline use.  In addition, they have also been approved for use with inflatable seatbelt systems found in some Ford and Lincoln vehicles.  These changes are retroactive for these particular models, but the official labeling for production models was made on or around February 3rd, 2014.  For more information, please see the Britax FAQ for Harness-2-Booster seats.  Britax is also working on a running change to improve the lap belt fit of these combination carseats when used in booster mode.  We will update on this change as soon as possible, as we were told more information would be available in the second quarter of 2014, which could be soon.  In the mean time, owners of these products who have children already transitioning into booster mode can call Britax for a SecureGuard accessory clip if one is needed for marginal lap belt fit.  The patented SecureGuard accessory also improves lap belt fit and provides a 4th point of restraint as well.  Some kids, especially older, taller children, do not have an issue with lap belt fit and owners would not need to take any action for their child when using the booster mode.

Stay tuned to CarseatBlog for more product news and a great giveaway coming soon!

Male Drivers. Ugh.

So the light ahead had just turned red.  There are already some cars stopping in front of me.  I’m a few hundred yards off, starting to coast.  The guy behind me decides it’s a great time to tailgate me because now I’m only doing the speed limit and slowing down for the red signal.  It only lasts a few seconds, as he floors it and zooms into the left lane once he has enough room.  Engine strained to the maximum, he has barely enough time to cut back in front of me and jam on the brakes of his manly PT Cruiser to stop for the light.  Whatevs.  Glad I wasn’t turning right, because he blocked the entrance to that lane as well.

For icing on his big boy cake, he decides to make eye contact in his mirror, just to make sure that I realize that he has more testosterone than me, apparently.  I give him a very polite golf clap, to recognize his grand accomplishment of wasting gas and brake pads in order to wait one car farther up at the light.  To be fair, that may have been the high point of his day, so I suppose I should have just let him enjoy it.  Instead, he opted to increase his testosterone levels even more with a single digit gesture.  I smiled and snickered to myself as we waited a few more seconds for the light to finally turn green.  He did manage to weave around a couple more drivers who were only doing a little over the 35 mph speed limit in the residential area, before he got stuck at the next light.   I had to turn, but I hoped he’d finally make a green light and have a special moment enjoying his thrill of the week!  Maybe I just need to have my testosterone checked?  And now that Illinois has just issued concealed carry permits, I suppose there should be no more golf claps for road ragers in the future…