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ABC Expo 2013: Britax G4 Convertible Seat Preview

Britax G4 Convertible - 2014 FashionsHello from the ABC Show in Las Vegas! Britax has a few, alright 6, upcoming changes for their new convertible seat line!

Our Full review can be found here!

The G4 Britax Convertibles will have:

  • A new infant insert that’s required for infants up to 22 lbs. After the child reaches 22 lbs., the insert must be removed. It’s used for proper positioning for harness height and fits Romeo well.
  • A new HUGS design without the tether through the back of the seat. The HUGS has a wavy design on the front that the chest clip “locks” into when the harness is properly tightened, making it difficult for children to push down. HUGS is still optional for rear-facing children, though Britax does recommend that they are left on all the time so parents don’t lose them. New HUGS will be on Blvd, Pavilion & Advocate models. Marathon will retain current (original) HUGS pads. Roundabout doesn’t have HUGS.
  • On the inside of the cover, there’s a new label indicating maximum shoulder height for rear-facing children. This eliminates guesswork for parents for when their child has outgrown the seat rear-facing. When the child’s shoulders reach the line on the label, it’s time to turn the child forward (height-wise).
  • All convertibles that once had a 70 lbs. weight limit will now have a 65 lbs. weight limit due to new FMVSS testing standards being introduced in 2014.
  • Labels are now color-coded. Rear-facing labels are blue, forward-facing labels and lockoffs are green, booster labels are red.
  • Britax is dropping the numbers from the names of their convertibles; so the Roundabout 55 will now be the Roundabout, the Marathon 70 will be the Marathon, etc. Plain Jane, you know. Makes it easy, as long as you stick with the new seats. Older seats will still be called by their names, like Marathon 70.

New Britax G4 HUGS pads  New Britax G4 Convertible Seat HUGS pads

britaxg4insert  brtiaxg4labels

Babies R Us does have an exclusive called the Ultimate Comfort Series (UCS). Besides exclusive covers, these seats will have memory foam for ultimate comfort.

Buy Buy Baby will maintain their XE series as well, which includes a cup holder, a stuff bag, and an extended warranty. Buy Buy Baby also sells the Highway for Britax.

Canadians, great news for you! Because Britax has sold out of their current stock in Canada, you should be seeing these changes on their website coming this Friday.

For the rest of us down south, we can watch for the changes on the Britax website on November 8. Seats will be shipping around mid-late November.

New 2014 fashions will include Laguna (which is really teal, not blue; couldn’t capture true color), Pink Giraffe, Cub Pink & Kiwi

New 2014 Britax G4 Convertible fashions

 

Kiddy Evolution Pro Infant Carseat – Sneak Peek from ABC Kids Expo 2013!

Greetings from the New Products Showcase Reception at ABC Kids Expo 2013!

Darren, Jennie and I scoped out all the new products at the reception and found one that we wanted to share with you. It’s a sneak peek at the Kiddy Evolution Pro infant seat! We hope to have all the juicy details after we meet with Kiddy soon.

 

 

JPMA 2013 Parent’s Pick Award Finalists – includes a sneak peek at some brand new carseats!

JMPA Parents Pick Award - 2013 logoClick here to see the JPMA 2013 Parent’s Pick Award Finalists

Check out some of the new and innovative baby products and vote for your favorite “must have” product! View the list of products (link above), vote for your top pick and be entered into JPMA’s drawing to win a $100 gift card to your retailer of choice! Only 1 vote per person and voting ends Thursday, October 10th at noon!

Among the award finalists are some new carseats like the Nuna PIPA, UPPAbaby MESA,  Britax Pinnacle 90 & RSTV3. Plus there are some BRAND NEW SEATS that we’ll be seeing for the first time at the ABC Expo in a few short weeks! I’m so excited!!! :D

So, which product is getting your vote and why?

Lifesavers or Bust!

CarseatBlog will be reporting from Lifesavers Denver over the next few days! Stay tuned to the blog for the full scoop. We will be posting quick updates and breaking news (if there is any) on our facebook page. Additionally, we promise a few exclusive photos will be posted on our brand new Carseatblog IG page! If you have an Instagram acct – follow us and share in our LS adventure!

 

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s New from Kiddy, UPPAbaby, Kids Fly Safe (CARES), Ride Safer Travel Vest & Orbit Baby!

Whew! That’s quite a mouthful. But I’m desperately trying to get all our ABC Expo updates finished!

Truth be told, every CR manufacturer has stepped up their game BIG TIME in recent years and that makes me happier than a slinky on an escalator! ;)  Seriously – you have no idea how lame it was to be a carseat geek 15 years ago. Well, maybe you do – in which case, join me in celebration!

 

Kiddy

New fashions for Kiddy World Plus & Cruiserfix Pro

      

 

After having a few too many at the Diono booth earlier in the day, Baby Jack decided to volunteer for some OOP (Out of Position) testing with the Kiddy World Plus.  The resulting photo shoot was hysterical but I’m afraid to post the pics because I’ll probably offend the doll safety advocates (who no doubt hate me already for contributing to the delinquency of a baby doll).  ;)

 

Anyhow…. moving right along….