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Breaking News – New Safety 1st “Grow and Go” 3-in-1 Carseat from Dorel

Greetings from the Lifesavers Conference in Chicago! We’re very excited to share some news and our first glimpse of several new and updated products from Dorel being showcased here at the conference!

One very welcome announcement is that by the end of 2015 all Dorel convertible carseats (Cosco, Safety 1st & Eddie Bauer), will have a 2 year age minimum for forward-facing! Also, all the boosters will now have a 40 lbs. minimum weight rating! 

Grow and Go: the new Safety 1st 3-in-1 (Rear-facing, forward-facing, booster) carseat

This new 3-in-1 model will eventually replace the Alpha Omega  platform which has been around since the late 1990’s! (Can I get an “Amen”!)

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Rear-Facing limits: 5-40 lbs., 40″ tall or less

Forward-facing limits: 22-65 lbs., up to 52″ tall

Booster limits: 40 – 100 lbs.

Bottom harness slot measurement: 6″

Top harness slot measurement: 17″

Features: No rethread harness, buckle holders, easy remove cover

ETA: Summer 2015

MSRP: $169

 

Updated Safety 1st Advance 65 EX Air +

Now with a rear-facing weight limit of 5-50 lbs.! Shipping will begin in April. MSRP $189. The “EX” model is the new one with the expanded limits.

  • Specs: Rear-facing 5-50 lbs., 19-49″; Forward-facing 20-65 lbs., 34-49″
  • Features: No-rethread harness with 10 height positions, 4 position base, Air Protect + technology

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Updated Dreamride Car Bed 

Now with lower anchor attachments!

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First Look – New Hauck ProSafe 35 Infant Carseat!

It’s a busy morning here at the Lifesavers Conference and we’re happy to see that Hauck/iCoo is here showing off their new infant carseats for the US and Canadian markets! We first saw the prototype of this new infant carseat at the ABC Expo last fall and we’re excited that it’s almost ready to ship to retailers.

Hauck is a German company that has been in existence for nearly a century and already has carseats in the European market. The ProSafe 35 has already passed US and Canadian testing, and will be rated from 4-35 lbs. and up to about 33″ tall. (Currently they only have the height as 85 cm, but it will be conferred for US manuals.) The iCoo version of this infant seat hasn’t been named yet (only the Hauck model will be called ProSafe 35) but we will update when we have more info.

Hauck ProSafe 35 infant carseat Hauck ProSafe 35 infant carseat Hauck ProSafe 35 infant carseat

The seat has an extremely tall shell, with a seatback height of about 20 inches, meaning it could potentially fit a 2-year-old child. There is also a well contoured infant insert for use with newborns and small babies. One really nice thing about the infant insert is that it is reversible between a “summer” and “winter” side, with slick and fleecy-feeling fabric, respectively. At ABC, they only had a thin prototype of the insert, but they now have a nicely padded one that will be used in production models.

MSRP on the Hauck version is $199 as a stand-alone seat. A travel system will be available in the future.

Icoo stroller

The iCoo version will be available as a travel system for $799 or $899, depending on model of stroller.

Available May 2015 in the USA, and August in Canada.

Clek’s New “Baby” – Infant Thingy Insert for Newborns!

ClekLogolargeWe’re reporting from the Lifesavers Conference in beautiful Chicago! Clek is proudly showing off their much-anticipated “Infant Thingy” insert for use with all current and previous Clek Fllo and Clek Foonf convertible models. The Infant Thingy allows parents to use their Clek convertible seats with newborns and younger babies – something that wasn’t possible until now.

Our beloved Baby Jack doll was happy to model so you can get an idea of how it works and how it will look.

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Infant Thingy

  • Rated from 5-22 lbs.; 19-33″
  • Remove Headrest when using Insert Head Support
  • Body support cushion is required until 11 lbs.
  • Body support cushion is required if the Head Rest (part of shell that came with Foonf/Fllo) is attached
  • Use either Headrest that came with Foonf or Fllo or use Head Support from Infant Thingy
  • Will allow bottom harness slots to be used even if baby’s shoulders are below them as per Infant Thingy manual which supersedes all Foonf and Fllo instruction manuals
  • Can be used with all Clek Foonf & Fllo models (current and previous models)
  • EPP foam in head support
  • MSRP $69.99
  • Available April 2015

See our full review of the Clek Fllo here.

See our full review of the Clek Foonf here.

Both Clek Foonf and Fllo are on our list of 2015 Recommended Carseats.

ABC Expo 2014: Strollers! What’s New from Orbit Baby, Baby Jogger, UPPAbaby & Quinny

Orbit Baby O2

Orbit Baby:

Orbit doesn’t have anything new this year on the car-seat front, but they do have a very cool new stroller in the works: The O2 Hybrid is a combo jogging/regular stroller compatible with Orbit stroller seats, bassinets, and car seats using Orbit’s patented SmartHub system. 

The stroller uses a piston system to raise or lower the seat depending on the situation. In City Mode, the seat is higher up, giving the baby/child a better view of the world, and giving mom/dad a better view of the child. It provides for easy steering for malls or casual strolls.

In Performance Mode, the seat sinks down and back, lowering the center of balance for the stroller to make it safer and easier to steer when running with a locked front wheel.

You can see here how the seat rises and lowers:

The stroller features an adjustable handle; red- and green- coded pedicure-friendly brakes, and a design that allows it to stand when folded.

The O2 Hybrid should be available in Summer 2015 for $600 standalone or $900 as a travel system.

Orbit Baby O2 jogger stroller rf Orbit Baby O2 jogger stroller rf reclined

Baby Jogger:

Vue Double (Coming Spring 2015)

Baby Jogger Vue Double Baby Jogger Vue Double side

Baby Jogger Vue Double Baby Jogger Vue Double

Vue Single

Baby Jogger Vue Baby Jogger Vue with Nuna Pipa

Vue Lite (Coming Spring 2015)

Baby Jogger Vue Lite Baby Jogger Vue Lite Red Baby Jogger Vue Lite inside

City Mini

Baby Jogger City Mini Baby Jogger City Mini

City Select

Baby Jogger City Select

UPPAbaby:

2015 VISTA is updated and this model can comfortably hold 2 MESA infant carseats, or two bassinets or 2 toddler seats. Or any combination of those, facing in any direction. Truly an amazing engineering feat!

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2015 Legacy (Coming Spring 2015)

2015 Uppababy Legacy

Quinny

Moodd

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Quinny Yezz Stroller

Quinny Yezz stroller Quinny Yezz

ABC Expo 2014: What’s New from Baby Trend, Chicco, Evenflo, Recaro & UPPABaby

Here’s a quick run down from ABC of some of the new and updated products that are coming soon (or already available, in some cases) from Baby Trend, Chicco, Evenflo, Recaro & UPPAbaby.

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New EZ Flex 32 Infant Seat

  • 5-32 lbs.; up to 32″ tall
  • No rethread harness
  • 4 piece insert
  • New 4 position base
  • Sleeker handle
  • BRU Exclusive
  • Going to Canada with anti-rebound bar

Baby Trend Flex 32

Baby Trend Flex 32 Base Baby Trend Flex 32 Base - LATCH Storage

Inertia Infant Seat has renamed “Kussen” and will be sold under new MÜV Brand.

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MUV Kussen - Inertia

 

 

chicco

New labels and fashions for KeyFit 30; New Chicco Bravo Stroller

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NextFit Convertible with “ComfortFlex Harness Management” pads – harness strap covers for the lower portion of the 5-point harness. They keep the buckle tongues from sliding down during loading. In hot weather you can also tuck the metal buckle tongues into the top of the pad to keep them from heating up too much.

Chicco NextFit - ComfortFlex pads Chicco NextFit with ComfortFlex pads

KidFit Booster wasn’t available for viewing because it will likely be a Target Exclusive. No price point yet.

No update on NextFit going to Canada so that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

 

evenflo

New fashions and buckle pockets being added to more models.

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New Stroller Frame coming soon

New Evenflo Stroller Frame

 

recaro

New Performance Coupe Infant Seat

Recaro Performance Coupe

  • 4-35 lbs.; up to 32″ tall
  • No rethread harness with 5 height positions
  • HERO harness technology
  • Temperature balancing fabrics and memory foam
  • Easy to remove cover

Prototype of new Easylife umbrella stroller – comes with adaptor for the Coupe infant seat, weighs just 12 lbs, and folds up tiny!

Recaro - easylife umbrella stroller

New “Plum” fashion for Performance Sport

Recaro Performance Sport - Plum

 

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New fashions for MESA Infant Seat. ETA late Spring 2015.

Denny (red), Pascal (light grey) & Georgie (royal blue).

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