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Happy Thanksgiving!


We are thankful for our friends, family and all of our wonderful readers who keep their kids safe in the car!  Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from CarseatBlog, especially if you are on the road today or tomorrow.

Amazon Black Friday Deals in Baby!

Black Friday Carseat Deals: Evenflo, Graco, Diono, Cosco, Britax and More!

We’ve already been tracking the best Amazon holiday deals on our Deals Blog.  We’re updating it multiple times a day to alert you of any good deals that are below recent average prices.  Check back often for lightning deals, as many times the best deals sell out fast!

Some Black Friday deals at Amazon are already announced, but more are coming!  For timed deals, Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom members get 30-minute early access on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which can make the difference between getting the deal or finding it out-of-stock.  There’s a 30-day free trial, so be sure to subscribe to Amazon Prime now, and give a gift of Amazon Prime to a relative or friend before Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Without further ado, here are the Black Friday Deals in Baby:

20% Off Evenflo Car Seats (Ends 12/5)

Save 30% or More on Graco Car Seats & Strollers (Ends 11/27)

30% Off Diono Car Seats (Ends 12/5)

Up To 40% Off Select Britax and BOB Car Seats and Strollers (Starts 11/26)

25% or More Off Select Car Seats and Strollers from Britax and BOB (Ends Today!)

25% Off Chicco (Ends 12/5)

Save 20% on Select Disney Products from Cosco (Starts 11/25)

20% Off 4moms Baby Gear (Starts 11/27)

Spend $60, Save $20 on Select Fisher-Price Gear (Ends 11/27)

25% Off Baby-Proofing Products from Safety 1st (Starts 11/27)

Up to 30% Off Select Graco Pack ‘n Plays and Gear (Starts 11/28)

Up to 45% Off Philips Classic Plus Essentials Gift Set (Ends 11/27)


30% OFF Select Clothing, Shoes and More with Promo Code 30BLACKFRI (Starts 11/26)

A complete list of deals in all categories can be found in Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Store

Drive Safely for a Happy Thanksgiving!


Throughout the year, parents are bombarded with messages from traffic safety websites and social media about how to keep yourselves and your kids as safe as possible.  “Keep them in a harness as long as possible”, “The center seat is safest”, “Buy Brand X deluxe carseat”, just to name a few.  The advice comes with the best intentions, but ultimately much of it is just icing on the proverbial cake.  So what is the ingredient list for the actual cake?  It’s simple.

Please, when driving this holiday weekend, there are only two fundamentally critical steps to the keeping-your-family-safe-on-the-road recipe:

  1. Drive unimpaired and undistracted
  2. Make sure all passengers are properly restrained with kids 12 and under in the back seat.

Those two simple steps will reduce your risk of serious injury considerably and are by far the most important things you can do to keep your kids safe.

ThanksgivBam_72dpiRGBAccording to the NHTSA and a recent Forbes article, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays in terms of fatal crashes.  In 2012, it was the deadliest, more than Christmas or Independence Day.  The main causes?  You guessed it.  Drunk driving and failure to wear a seatbelt.

By all means, we encourage families to keep their kids rear-facing as long as possible in a deluxe carseat in the center of their minivan.  Why not take every precaution?  But just the two critical steps above will save many lives.  And remember, even if you won’t be drinking and driving, someone who is may be swerving at you.  So don’t be looking at your phone or sending a text!

With early snowstorms and cold weather in some areas already, here are a few extra tips:

Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday from CarseatBlog!

More tips from the NHTSA – Images courtesy of NHTSA.


2016 Kia Sorento Video+Photo Review: Kids, Carseats and Safety


2016 Kia Sorento SUV Review

2016KiaSorentoThe all-new 2016 Kia Sorento is a great option for families who want a slightly smaller vehicle with a third row of seating.  It’s bigger and safer than the previous Sorento.  That gives it a big advantage over compact SUVs, and it’s more maneuverable with better handling than the larger midsize models.  Perhaps best of all, it gets top crash test results.  That means a “Good” score in every rating from the IIHS and a “5-star” rating in all 5 crash test results from the NHTSA.  It earns an impressive 5-star overall NHTSA rating AND a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS*.  The 2016 model would have qualified as a Top Safety Pick+ on Limited models with the Technology package under previous year’s IIHS requirements, but their new ratings require a front crash prevention system with “advanced” performance to qualify for the “Plus” award.  The optional system on the Sorento Limited only earns a “basic” performance rating.


*Correction: Sorento Limited w/ Tech package does NOT earn a Top Safety Pick+ award

As for carseats, there are a couple quick takeaways.