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Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Carseat Preview – ABC Kids Expo 2016


graco-snugride-snuglock2017 Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Carseats

These new SnugLock 35 models will be available 1st qtr 2017. There will be various “trim” models with different features. All models will have front harness adjusters. There will be an “Elite” model ($219 Amazon), an “Elite with Safety Surround” model ($219 Target exclusive) a “Platinum” model ($219 BRU exclusive) and a “Platinum XT” model ($249 BuyBuyBaby exclusive).  These will have minor variations.

There will also be a SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX model that won’t have the no-rethread harness feature. That will be available at BRU & BBB for $199.

SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Specs & Features

  • Rear-facing only 4-35 lbs. and up to 32″ tall
  • No-rethread harness
  • 4-position premium SnugLock base with belt tensioner/lock-0ff
  • Safety Core energy-absorbing feature
  • “Texas-sized” Canopy
  • MSRP $249
  • Available first quarter 2017

Graco SnugRide SnugLock Carrier:

The carrier for the SnugRide SnugLock is basically a SnugRide 35LX ClickConnect with a Rapid-Remove cover. The SnugLock carrier will feature a new “Texas-sized” canopy that glides open and closed almost silently.


Graco SnugRide SnugLock Base:

We were very impressed with this base. To achieve a secure install, you simply thread through and attach the lower anchor strap or seatbelt, and just remove any excess slack. Then you can easily push down on the large lever, which tightens the belt and serves as a lock-off. (Always check for less than an inch of movement at the beltpath to make sure.) We were able to install the base in less than 30 seconds.

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If you need to uninstall the seat, unlocking the lever is a snap…but it won’t snap your fingernails. Kecia referred to it as “manicure-friendly.”

You can see our installation video here:

The base features a 4-position spring-loaded recline foot and a bubble level indicator. It also has a honeycomb-like “Safety Core” to help absorb energy in a crash. A handy storage slot allows the manual to be stored inside the front of the base, and it can be accessed without needing to uninstall the seat or remove the carrier.

If you need an extra base for your SnugRide SnugLock or any existing SnugRide Click Connect model, the SnugLock base will be available separately for $89. (A more simplified base with a similar but smaller “arm” will retail for $59. That base will also be available with a lower-priced carrier.)

The SnugRide SnugLock 35 models will be available in early 2017. Graco is working on certification in Canada.

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit All-in-One Preview – ABC Kids Expo 2016


graco-4ever-extend2fit-abc-expoGraco had some very exciting new products to show off at the 2016 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas!

I’ll start off with the Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit All-in-One. I’m going to suggest shortening this very long product name and just call it the “Graco Everything” because this seat will have… well, everything! This new model is based on the current 4Ever 4-in-1 platform but adds the unique legrest extension panel and 50-pound rear-facing weight limits found on the Extend2Fit model. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 😀

This model will be widely available in the first quarter of 2017. MSRP $349.

4Ever Extend2Fit Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing: 4-50 lbs.
  • Forward-facing with harness: 22-65 lbs. and up to 49″ tall
  • Highback booster: 30-100 lbs. and 38-57″
  • Backless booster: 40-120 lbs. and 40-57″
  • 4-position leg extension for rear-facing comfort: adds up to 5″ extra legroom!
  • No-rethread harness with 10-position headrest
  • Adjustable base with 6 recline positions (3 for rear-facing, 3 for forward-facing)
  • Bubble level indicator
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Dual integrated cup holders
  • 10-year lifespan before expiration

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Graco SlimFit 3-in-1:

We also wanted to give you some info on the Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 model, which is already available at Babies R Us. It retails for $229.99, but is often on sale for under $200. SlimFit is essentially a Graco Milestone (rear-facing, forward-facing, highback booster) with modifed cupholders. These new cupholders swivel to give you the option of saving a little more space in a tight squeeze or 3-across situation. Compared with the Milestone model, SlimFit is about 1.5 inches narrower when the cupholders are swiveled. That might not seem like a lot but every millimeter counts when you are trying to fit a carseat in a tight situation and 1.5″ can sometimes make the difference between success and failure. You can find more details (including measurements) of the Graco Milestone on our complete review HERE.

SlimFit 3-in-1 Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs. and top of head is 1″ below red adjuster handle
  • Forward-facing (with harness): 20-65 lbs and 49″ or less
  • Highback booster: 30-100 lbs. and 38-57″
  • No-rethread harness with 10 position headrest
  • Adjustable base with 4 recline positions (2 for rear-facing, 2 for forward-facing)
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors
  • Single cup holder
  • 10-year lifespan before expiration


Cybex Sirona M Convertible Preview – Drool Worthy!


20161018_095643Greetings from the 2016 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas! One of our first stops today was to the Cybex booth to see the new Cybex Sirona M convertible seat. This seat is expected to hit stores sometime in the 1st quarter of 2017. We will have a better idea of their ETA by December. The models we saw today are prototypes so it’s possible that some things may change or be tweaked before the final production models go to market.

Cybex Sirona M Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs.
  • No rethread harness with 11 height positions
  • 10 position adjustable base
  • 3 position L.S.P. (Linear SIP) bolsters
  • Lockoffs for RF & FF (for installations with seatbelt)
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • Infant insert
  • Cupholder
  • Available 1st Qtr 2017
  • MSPR $349

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Sirona M Measurements:

Max harness height: 17.5″

Lowest height: 7″ without infant insert (closer to 6″ with infant insert)

Max width at widest point 19″

Weight: Roughly 25 lbs. (it’s still a prototype so there was no point weighing it)

sirona-front-with-romeoThe Sirona M appears to be a solid and stylish convertible seat with premium features. We look forward to reviewing a final production model as soon as it’s available!

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Chicco NextFit Zip Air Review – the coolest convertible carseat?


chicco-nextfit-zip-airWe already know and love the Chicco NextFit convertible and that’s why it’s currently one of our Editors’ Picks (aka favorite seats) from our list of Recommended Carseats. However, we wanted to review the new NextFit Zip Air model separately because it has some very unique features. Besides having the zip-off cover (which is nothing short of spectacular when you need to remove the cover for washing), this model also features 3D AirMesh™ technical performance fabric with airflow channels. Chicco claims that this cover maximizes ventilation throughout the backrest where children need it most. But does it actually help to keep hot, sweaty kids cooler? It was our goal to find out!

NextFit Zip Air Specs:

(The specs for the NextFit Zip Air model are the same as for the original NextFit model.)

  • Rear-Facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-Facing: 22-65 lbs.; 49″ or less; at least 1 year old. *Chicco and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend all children ride REAR-FACING until age 2 or they reach the weight/height limits of this seat.
  • FAA approved for use on aircraft
  • 8 year lifespan before seat expires
  • MSRP $359.99

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Zip Air Features:

  • Zip & Wash cover
  • 3D AirMesh™ fabric with airflow channels for improved ventilation
  • SuperCinch LATCH tightening system
  • No-rethread harness (6 height positions)
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • 2-position chest clip
  • Harness strap covers plus ComfortFlex™ harness pads for the hip straps
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Lockoffs for rear-facing and forward-facing installations with seatbelt
  • 9 recline positions (any position can be used rear-facing or forward-facing to achieve an appropriate recline angle)
  • Dual liquid bubble level indicators (one for RF, one for FF)
  • Smooth bottom base with grip material won’t damage vehicle upholstery or slide around on slippery leather seats
  • Thermal-insulated cup holder

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