Conference/ABC Expo Archive

ABC Kids Expo 2015 – Graco Extend2Fit Convertible (Shut Up and Take My Money) Preview


Extend-to-Fit frontOne of the most eagerly anticipated seats at the ABC Kids Expo this year is Graco’s Extend2Fit convertible. What sets this seat apart is an innovative leg rest/seat extender that gives rear-facing children more legroom. Although we know that bent legs don’t pose a safety hazard, and we know that kids tend to be little contortionists, lots of parents worry that their kids look uncomfortable rear-facing and use squished legs as a reason to turn kids forward-facing, often before they should. Graco hopes to combat that worry with the Extend2Fit.

The seat we saw was a prototype so the soft goods and some other aspects might change a bit, but we liked what we saw.

The details:

  • 4-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. and 49″ or less forward-facing
  • Infant insert
  • 10-position harness height, maxing out at 18 inches
  • 6-position recline (3 positions for forward-facing; 3 for rear-facing)
  • 17″ seat depth with panel extended
  • Steel reinforced shell
  • 10-year expiration

We were concerned that the Extend2Fit’s expandable seating area might cause the seat to take up an excessive amount of room in the car, but I don’t think that will be a problem. When we put the seat in the most upright rear-facing position and extended the panel, the seat took up only about 28″. Graco said they’ve done extensive fit-to-vehicle testing and found that in most cases, an average-sized man should be able to sit comfortably in the front seat.

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With a tall shell and a 50-lb rear-facing weight limit, this looks like it will be a great fit for larger rear-facing kids, yet it should still fit newborns well, too. Here’s Romeo modeling:


The seat will be available in three colors, plus there will be retailer-specific fashions. The Extend2Fit should be shipping in November and should hit stores in January. Retail price is expected to be $199.

ABC Kids Expo 2015 – New from Baby Trend! Somewhat new to us.


The first big news of the 2015 ABC Show is a surprise from Baby Trend!

Do these products look familiar?

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Introducing the PROtect convertible and the YUMI booster!

PROtect Convertible:

5-40 lbs. rear-facing

Can be used without upper headrest until 22 pounds or until top of child’s head is even with top of shell

22-65 lbs. forward-facing

ETA: Spring 2016

3 versions at 3 different price points

Going to Canada too although not sure when or which version(s).

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$139 version

  • Flip foot recline

$169 version

  • 5 position adjustable base
  • liquid bubble level indicators which will allow a range of recline angles
  • nicer soft goods

$189 version – all of the above plus

  • integrated dual cup holders
  • lockoffs for RF & FF
  • adjustable dual headrest (adjustable headrest

YUMI Booster:

40 – 100 lbs.

ETA: Spring 2016

$69 version going to Walmart

This version a little taller now (measured 20.5″ to belt guide at max height setting), highback only, folds and has flip-up armrests. Has lap belt guides. No LATCH attachments.

Also going to Canada!

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YUMI 2-in-1 (not pictured) will cost a little more ($79?) but back portion will be removeable so it can be used as backless booster.

In other BT news:

Now there are 3 versions of Snap Gear infant seats. 30, 32 & 35 pound versions.


The newest version has a 35 pound, 32 inch limit. Lockoff and easy to tighten LATCH mechanism.

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NEWS: ABC Kids Spring Show 2015


The Spring ABC Show is quite a bit different than the Fall Show as it’s geared specifically toward specialty retailers. This show has 4 rows of booths in a hotel convention center—this time it was at the Rio in Las Vegas—as opposed to 4 million at the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Fall Show. Hyperbole aside, it’s a much more chill environment and I could chat with manufacturer reps for as long as I wanted. I know you’re all about the latest and greatest, so here’s what I found out.


They had the Cloud Q on display. Due to testing, there have to be some tweaks made. Of course! The lovely testing. I heard that a lot as I talked with everyone. So, when used baseless, the Cloud Q’s handle will have to be in the most forward position toward the child’s feet and there are now notches in the handle for the lap portion of the seat belt not only to remind parents it needs to be that way but also to act as a reinforcement to the notches in the seat. They didn’t have a prototype on hand with the new handle to show, so here’s a glossy press version of the Euro model in its full recline mode.

Expected: 2nd half of July


Lil Fan Boosters

Lil Fan makes sports-themed boosters. Have a favorite team? It’s a good chance they’ll have a booster for you! I measured the shoulder belt guides at 21” while Kecia measured them at 19” at the Fall Show, so we’ll be sure to Duke it out and let you know Sooner rather than later.

Highback booster (Club Seat) features:

  • 30-110 lbs., 4-12 years
  • EPS foam
  • 5 position headrest
  • backrest can be removed to make it a backless booster
  • removable dual-sided cup holder

Backless booster (Box Seat) features:

  • 40-110 lbs., 4-12 years
  • adjustable shoulder belt clip

Lil Fan also has a line of team diaper bags available in 3 different styles: messenger bag, backpack, and sling bag, plus there’s an insulated bottle holder. Everything’s available on plus at other retailers so they should be easy to find.

Expected: boosters are due in 30 days.

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Jané (Hahn-ay)

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!