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

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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

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Cybex Sirona M Convertible Preview – Drool Worthy!

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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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2016 Carseat and Stroller Preview: What’s New, Improved & Coming Soon from Graco/Baby Jogger, Hauck/iCoo, Lil Fan, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, Mima, Nuna, Orbit, Peg Perego, Recaro & UPPAbaby!

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There is too much info to cover in one article so here is Part 2 of our complete 2015 ABC Expo tradeshow experience!

Part 1 of our show coverage can be found HERE and includes updates on Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Cybex, Doona, Dorel, Evenflo & GB!

Graco/Baby Jogger

All convertibles now have a 22 lbs. forward-facing minimum to be comparable with the industry standard.

SnugRide infant seats now come in 2 flavors: the $99 model and the $129 model both with the front pull adjuster. The rear-adjust model is only available in very few travel systems.

The Milestone All-in-One market has expanded to include more retailers.

The Size4Me convertible is now available with a Rapid-Remove cover that can be removed in less than a minute while the seat remains installed in the vehicle. Super convenient! It also features a new LATCH bar on both sides of the seat that allows the [now] single LATCH connector strap to slide easily from a rear-facing to forward-facing position.

The Atlas is combination seat sort of like the Nautilus, but it switches from a forward-facing harness to a highback booster, not a backless booster, too. It harnesses from 22-65 lbs., boosters to 100 lbs., has a no-rethread 10-position harness, and two-position recline. It retails for $129.

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Baby Jogger “City Go” Rear-Facing Only Infant Carseat

The City Go is based on the SnugRide 35 LX, so it has similar features to that seat yet meets the needs of the Baby Jogger customer.

  • No-rethread harness
  • A more square handle
  • Huge 50 SPF canopy
  • Euro-style baseless install allowed
  • All-new base with dual bubble recline indicators
  • 6 position adjustable base
  • Push-on LATCH

We know you love to read about the Extend2Fit Convertible Carseat, so here are the important specs about it again:

  • 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
  • MSRP $199

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The new Tranzitions Combination Carseat is going to be Graco’s entry-level combo seat that will be perfect for tight spaces and travel.

2016 Carseat and Stroller Preview: What’s New, Improved & Coming Soon from Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Cybex, Doona, Dorel, Evenflo & GB!

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There is too much info to cover in one article so here is Part 1 of our complete 2015 ABC Expo tradeshow experience! Well… mostly complete. Some things really must stay in Vegas. 😉

Part 2 of our show coverage can be found HERE and includes updates on Graco/Baby Jogger, Hauck/iCoo, Lil Fan, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, Mima, Nuna, Orbit, Peg Perego, Recaro & UPPAbaby!

Baby Trend

Baby Trend has a purchased the molds for the popular TrueFit convertible seats (formerly manufactured by TOMY/First Years) and will revive them as the new PROtect convertible carseat, improved with a 40 pound rear-facing weight limit.  They will also bring back the Folding Booster (also formerly by TOMY/First Years) as the Yumi Booster. See our blog with all the details here: http://carseatblog.com/35369/abc-kids-expo-2015-new-from-baby-trend-somewhat-new-to-us/

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Britax

Britax B-Covered - ABC 2015Britax didn’t have any new seats at the show, but they have some new accessories available for the B-Safe Infant Seat: the B-Warm and B-Covered. The B-Covered ($29.99) is a UPF-rated sun screen/bug screen, available only in gray. The B-Warm ($49.99) is a heavier, fuzzier cover for cold winter months. The B-Warm is currently available in two fashions, Polar Mist (black) and Arctic Splash (with a splash of color).

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There are also a couple seats going away. The G4.1 Advocate will be phased out by the end of the year. (The Clicktight Advocate will continue to be available.) Also retiring is the Parkway SG. The more popular Parkway SGL (with lower LATCH attachments) will be sticking around.

Limited Edition Frontier CT fashions – Liberty Sapphire, Meadow, and Concord are selling out fast—and when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. If you’ve been planning to purchase a Frontier ClickTight in any of these fashions, don’t wait much longer.

Chicco

New KidFit Zip booster is now available at various retailers including Amazon.

New “Pirvata” fashion for KeyFit, NextFit & KidFit will be available only at specialty retailers.

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Clek

The Capri fashion is available on Foonf, Fllo, and Oobr. On Foonf, it’s available in both black and white shells. Also on all fashions, enhanced padding is added throughout. Harness pads are slightly longer and softer and now attach with snaps.

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Big improvement: new lockoffs close ski boot-style. The end of the top lockoff clips over the edge of the bottom lockoff, then the long handle gives extra torque as you close it. Brilliant! Want these new lockoffs for your older seat that has problem lockoffs? Give Clek a call. They’ll put you on their list to get them to you when they’re available.

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