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ABC Expo 2014: What’s New and Coming Soon from Dorel

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As usual, Dorel had a large exhibit booth this year to display all their newest products. They also had food and a cappuccino bar so we found various reasons to visit their booth almost every day of the show! Here are some of the highlights.

What’s New & Coming Soon from Cosco:

New Scenera Next Convertible

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
  • Forward-facing 22-40 lbs., 29-43″ tall, AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD
  • 5 sets of harness slots (5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″)
  • Walmart exclusive
  • Price under $50
  • Available Jan 2015

Updated Apt 50 Convertible

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
  • Forward-facing 22-50 lbs., 29-43″ tall, AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD
  • 5 sets of harness slots (5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″, 16″)
  • Price $65
  • Available Jan 2015 at Target, Amazon, and other retailers

For additional pictures of the Scenera Next and Apt 50 see our previous blog from the KIM Conference.

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New fashions for Cosco Light n’ Comfy Infant Seat

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What’s New & Coming Soon from Maxi-Cosi:

Mico Max 30 Infant Seat

  • 4-30 lbs.
  • Base with anti-rebound bar
  • Lightweight; 8.5 lbs.
  • Larger canopy
  • Easy remove cover that is machine washable and dryer safe
  • Fully customizable with choice of white, black or pink shells (2-3 weeks for delivery direct from Dorel)
  • ETA December 2015
  • Canada ETA sometime in 2015
  • MSRP $229

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Maxi Taxi

  • Accepts Mico & Prezi Infant Seats

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Pria 70 with TinyFit

  • No changes; will continue to be available in 2 fashions (black & walnut)
  • MSRP $289

Pria 85 Convertible (no TinyFit)

  • 14-40 lbs RF; up to 40″ tall (this is a Stage 2 seat meant to be used after the infant seat)
  • 22-85 FF; 29 – 52″ tall
  • Currently available in 3 fashions (black, navy, pink)
  • Slightly wider seating area
  • Wider spacing inside headwings
  • Air Protect technology in headwings
  • Same bottom and top harness height adjustments as current Pria
  • Harness holder clips to help keep harness out of the way while loading/unloading child
  • New fashions with sweatshirt “jersey” fabrics
  • Easy to remove cover (it has snaps!) that is also machine washable and dryer safe
  • MSRP $299

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85

Updated Pria 70 Convertible (no TinyFit)

  • 7-40 lbs. RF; up to 40″ tall
  • 22-70 lbs. FF; 29 – 52″ tall
  • Same tall top harness slot as all other Pria models
  • Bamboo, self-wicking fabric
  • Easy remove cover is machine washable and dryer safe
  • ETA December
  • MSRP $279

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New Vello 65 Convertible

  • Basically a lower price-point Pria
  • Rear-facing 14-40 lbs.; up to 40″ tall (this is a Stage 2 seat meant to be used after the infant seat)
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs.
  • No-rethread harness
  • Very tall top harness slots (same height as regular Pria)
  • Fabric cupholder
  • No Air Protect cushions in headrest
  • ETA December
  • MSRP $229

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Pria & Vello Convertible Canopy Accessory

  • ETA 1st Qtr 2015
  • MSRP $29.99

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What’s new & Coming Soon from Quinny:

Quinny Moodd Stroller

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Quinny Yezz Stroller

Quinny Yezz stroller

ABC Expo 2014: Lil Fan Boosters by Wild Sports – Child Passenger Safety for the FANatical

Lil Fan BoostersWe were introduced to Lil Fan by Wild Sports boosters at the ABC Expo and we know these products will be a big hit with die-hard fans all across the country – moms, dads and kids alike.

MLB and NCAA Football will be available around the holidays, with NFL and NHL coming later.

They’ll be available at Amazon and other major retailers.

Dual mode (highback and backless):  30-110 lbs;  4-12 years

Measured 19″ to shoulder belt guide in max height setting

These are new-to-the-market boosters – not existing seats dressed in new clothes.

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As always, we’ll continue to bring you more info on these products when we have additional info to share.

2014 ABC Update: Graco

gracoIt’s time to hear about Graco, baby, and the changes they’ve made to their lineup for 2015. Let’s start with rear-facing only infant seats and move on up through boosters.

SnugRide Line

Graco has decided to remove the entire Classic Connect line of SnugRides. They’ll be phasing it out by Q1 of 2015, though stock will vary by retailer. This leaves 6 Click Connect SnugRide models: one 22 lbs. model, two 30 lbs. models, two 35 lbs. models, and one 40 lbs. model.

All models of stand-alone Click Connect SnugRides will have an upper weight limit of at least 30 lbs. to accommodate babies to toddlers. Entry-level Click Connect 30 seats will have non-adjustable bases and a rear-adjust harness to keep cost down. Starting price will be $99. The Click Connect 30 LX at $129 will have a removable flip recline adjustment piece: turn the piece over for an increase/decrease in recline of 4°. The LX has the same base otherwise as the entry-level CC 30.

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There were no changes to the CC 35 or 35 LX.

The CC 40 will be off BRU exclusivity in Q1 of 2015, so that will open up possibilities for other retailers.

There will be a Click Connect 22 sold exclusively as a travel system at Wal-Mart, so the 22 lbs. rear-facing only seat won’t be going away completely.

Also, Graco has announced that any CC infant seat may use any CC base as long as the lowest weight limit of either is followed. For example, if you use a CC 30 seat on a CC 40 base, you may only use it up to 30 lbs. maximum.

MyRide

The MyRide received an update and a decrease in price. Seriously?

2014 ABC Expo Update: Clek

ClekLogolargeThe big news from clek this year is the introduction of their infant insert for the foonf and fllo. The insert—currently and likely permanently called the “infant thingy,” will allow the seats to be used from 5 lbs.

The insert consists of two pieces: a head pillow and a body pillow. The head pillow has tabs that slip into a set of harness slots to keep it in place. The body insert is separate and helps boost the child up a bit in addition to filling space between the baby and the sides of the seat, offering a more snug fit. The headrest of the insert is less padded than the body portion, allowing baby’s head to rest back naturally instead of being pushed forward. The head pillow can continue to be used once the body insert is no longer needed.

Clek infant insert

clek is also introducing a lower set of harness slots to help accommodate smaller babies. This change will be added to seats going forward, but here’s an important note: If you have an existing seat without the lower set of slots, you can use the infant insert EVEN IF THE LOWEST SLOTS ARE ABOVE THE CHILD’S SHOULDERS. This information will be provided in writing in the instructions that come with the insert. Although a bit unconventional, the seat has been tested and has passed in that configuration.

The insert will be available only in black, and it sounds like they do not plan to add other colors or patterns.

But speaking of colors and patterns, clek has a new denim-ish fabric, and Julius might be coming back!

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In other news, clek is coming out with a cleaning kit for car seats. The kit will include a brush and two bottles of cleaning product, one for protein-based messes, and one for dye-based messes. The kit will likely retail for $29.99.

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