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Lifesavers 2014 Nashville

Lifesavers Nashviile billboardIf you’ve checked out our Facebook page recently (and hey, if you haven’t, check it out and Like Us while you’re there–it’s the best way to get our updates and recall notices when they happen–and, let’s get real, we like it when you like us ;) ), you know Kecia and I are in Nashville for the Lifesavers Conference. It’s a big multi-disciplinary conference and they have a child passenger safety track. Anyway . . . at breaks, we get to go into the exhibit hall and talk to the manufacturer’s representatives. Unlike the ABC Show where they send their marketing people and sometimes their CPS advocates, manufacturers send their CPS advocates and sometimes their marketing people to conferences. In other words, it’s easier to talk shop here.

Cybex

The Aton Q rear-facing-only seat (that’s a new-fangled term for infant seat, take note now) started shipping 10 days ago! It’s available in Charcoal, Ocean, Lollipop, Storm Cloud, and Autumn Gold. It’s a great fit for 20″ Romeo doll and it fits our preemie doll much better than the original Aton does–take a look:

Cybex Aton Q - preemie doll  image

The L.S.P (Linear Side-Impact Protection) system telescopes out of the side of the carrier and channels crash energy away from baby. And the new “Americanized” canopy provides much better coverage.

Cybex Aton Q - L.S.P.  Cybex Aton 2

Diono

The new Diono convertible seats have an ETA of this summer. They’ll have a better idea of when they’ll appear the closer to the date of release, obviously, but it’s hard to say right now. The angle adjuster CAN be used with the new convertibles. Remember that with the angle adjuster, the child must have head control and be able to sit unassisted (there’s no age minimum anymore).

The large harness pads are optional for rear-facing, but they must be used for forward-facing.

The Cambria booster was not on display so we weren’t able to get any measurements.

Diono booth LS 2014  Heather, Kecia, Mike James with Allana and Scott

Rainier

  • has headwings
  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster

Pacifica

  • NO headwings
  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster

Olympia

  • 5-45 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-70 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-110 lbs. as a booster

We basically hovered around the middle booths where the food tables were. Honestly, they were empty, but we were like hawks, circling for prey. Conference-goers attack those food tables pretty quickly, so if you’re hungry and not right there, you’re outta luck.

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The Cybex Aton Q, Solution Q-fix booster and the prototype new Diono convertibles were the only brand new and coming soon products displayed here at Lifesavers. However, we know new products are around the corner and we promise to keep you in the loop when we have more info to share.

Overall, the conference was great and it was wonderful to see all our industry friends again. While the CRs themselves are always exciting – it’s the passionate people behind the products who really make these conferences so valuable and informative.

ABC Expo 2013: The Stroller Update – What’s New from Baby Jogger, Mamas & Papas, Jané & More

Baby Jogger

We’re obviously a bunch of car-seat nerds here at CarseatBlog, but we appreciate other baby gear, too. In fact, it might be safe to say that the product that impressed us the most at the ABC Kids Expo wasn’t a car seat at all, but a stroller: The Baby Jogger Vue. It left us drooling and speechless.

The Vue is an umbrella stroller with the features of a deluxe full-size.

First, the seatback can change directions so the child can ride facing out or facing you. That alone would make it pretty awesome, but wait! There’s more!

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The footrest can fold up to form a barrier for little babies’ feet, or can fold down for bigger kids. That fold-up footrest also serves the purpose of forming a “purse pocket” when it’s folded on the side not being used. (For example, when the child is riding forward-facing, you can fold up the rear-facing footrest to form a “basket” that’s easier to reach than the one under the seat. Brilliant!)

The stroller will be able to accept car seats Maxi-Cosi and Cybex car seats, and they’re hoping to create adapters for other brands, as well. It can also hold a bassinet (sold separately).

  

ABC Kids Expo 2013: What’s New from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & The First Years

Here’s a quick run down of ABC updates from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & TOMY/The First Years

 

Baby Trend:

Inertia infant seat

  • no longer BRU exclusive.
  • 5-32 lbs; rigid latch attachments; anti-rebound bar; no-rethread harness
  • New 2014 fashions

Baby Trend Inertia  Baby Trend Inertia

  

  

 

Hybrid combination seat

  • 22-50 lbs. with harness; 17″ top harness slots
  • 30-100 lbs highback booster; 40-100 backless booster

Baby Trend FastBack & Hybrid

FastBack combination seat

  • Rigid latch attachments
  • Weight limit for 2014 models will be 22-65 lbs with harness
  • Due to weight of product 2014 models will only allow LATCH usage to 36 lbs

 

Orbit:

G3 infant seat update – primarily changes in soft goods

  • tight mesh cover
  • release levers now grey
  • paparazzi cover sewn into canopy

G3 Base

  • Latch belt routed behind lock-off
  • Single side adjuster

Toddler Seat (Convertible)

  • Height limit now 49″

 

TOMY/The First Years:

The B830 combination seat that we’ve been seeing at ABC for the last few years will be released at some point in 2014 but it will be released under the JJ Cole brand name. We don’t have any other details but will follow up with our contacts at TOMY and keep you posted.

 Contigo infant seat – currently available

  • must always be used with base (no guides for baseless install)
  • 5-35 lbs; no re-thread harness; forward handle position for rebound management

No changes to current convertibles.

 

ABC Expo 2013: Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

At the ABC Show in October, we saw a product we saw in prototype form at the 2012 ABC Show. We thought it was a great idea back then and we still think it’s a great idea now. It reminds me of my old Dream Wings; perhaps those of you who have been around for a while remember those being sold in Skymall and One Step Ahead.

Anyway, the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest is for kiddos in backless boosters (ahem, or adults) who would like head support while sleeping. A bonus is that it helps keep these same boostered kids from becoming limp noodles in their boosters when they fall asleep. The wings attach securely to the vehicle’s head restraint poles with hooks and star knobs and can be adjusted up or down to fit a person of any size. They can also be rotated up and out of the way for daily use. Here’s a video of the headrest in use.

 

For more information, see the Cardiff website at www.cardiffproducts.com. The Booster Seat Headrest retails for $49.99.

 

ABC Expo 2013: What’s new from Evenflo, Clek & Nuna

Evenflo:

All Evenflo seats with the difficult AmSafe buckles that everyone disliked are in the process of transitioning to different buckles. If consumers are having problems with the AmSafe buckles on seats they already own with harnesses that can be replaced (Maestro, Secure Kid, SureRide, Embrace) they should contact Parent Link for a replacement buckle. The Symphony is going back to an IMMI buckle (which it had originally). The other Evenflo seats will transition to a different buckle style.

New Symphony DLX & LX models with redesigned headrest. Will be shipping to U.S. retailers in December. Should be available in stores by mid-January. The new DLX model will be also be going to Canada. The Canadian version follows the same timing as the U.S. version. The Symphony DLX price point in the U.S. will remain at $229.99.

Redesigned Evenflo Symphony LX  Redesigned Evenflo Symphony LX

Current Symphony DLX (left); Redesigned Symphony DLX (right)

Current Symphony (left); Redesigned Symphony DLX (right)

Redesigned Triumph has built-in cup holders and sliding headrest. Also shipping in December. Will be available at Target in mid-January. Price point remains the same at $149.99. This model is also going to Canada. It will be sold at Sears Canada and should be on the shelves there by mid-January.

New Evenflo Triumph

 

SureRide is in the process of having the recline stand tweaked so it is less pointy. No details yet on when that updated model is going to be available.

 

Clek:

Foonf crotch strap now includes two different lengths (will come with 2014 seats, will be available to order within a few weeks for existing seats). Simplified anti-rebound bar (ARB). Updates to 2014 manuals. All colors available on black or white shells. Video manuals available on website with step-by-step instructions. Will eventually have a QR code on the seat. No chlorinated or brominated flame retardants used.

New Foonf crotch strap  New Foonf crotch strap

Foonf Tokidoki prints $549 – expected in stores by end of December

  

  

 

Tokidoki Oobr $349 & Olli $129

    

  

 

If Tokidoki isn’t your thing – there’s the Limited Edition leather Foonf & Oobr:

Clek Foonf - leather  Clek Oobr - Limited Edition Leather

 

Nuna:

Nuna Pipa infant seat with rigid latch attachments and load leg is currently available for sale at select specialty retailers. $299. Current fashions include Night & Scarlet. New 2014 fashions will add Sand, Navy & Blackberry (purple). Sand & Navy will be available 1st qtr 2014. Blackberry will come later in the year – probably 2nd qtr.