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ABC Kids Expo 2013: What’s New from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & The First Years

Here’s a quick run down of ABC updates from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & TOMY/The First Years

 

Baby Trend:

Inertia infant seat

  • no longer BRU exclusive.
  • 5-32 lbs; rigid latch attachments; anti-rebound bar; no-rethread harness
  • New 2014 fashions

Baby Trend Inertia  Baby Trend Inertia

  

  

 

Hybrid combination seat

  • 22-50 lbs. with harness; 17″ top harness slots
  • 30-100 lbs highback booster; 40-100 backless booster

Baby Trend FastBack & Hybrid

FastBack combination seat

  • Rigid latch attachments
  • Weight limit for 2014 models will be 22-65 lbs with harness
  • Due to weight of product 2014 models will only allow LATCH usage to 36 lbs

 

Orbit:

G3 infant seat update – primarily changes in soft goods

  • tight mesh cover
  • release levers now grey
  • paparazzi cover sewn into canopy

G3 Base

  • Latch belt routed behind lock-off
  • Single side adjuster

Toddler Seat (Convertible)

  • Height limit now 49″

 

TOMY/The First Years:

The B830 combination seat that we’ve been seeing at ABC for the last few years will be released at some point in 2014 but it will be released under the JJ Cole brand name. We don’t have any other details but will follow up with our contacts at TOMY and keep you posted.

 Contigo infant seat – currently available

  • must always be used with base (no guides for baseless install)
  • 5-35 lbs; no re-thread harness; forward handle position for rebound management

No changes to current convertibles.

 

ABC Expo 2013: Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

At the ABC Show in October, we saw a product we saw in prototype form at the 2012 ABC Show. We thought it was a great idea back then and we still think it’s a great idea now. It reminds me of my old Dream Wings; perhaps those of you who have been around for a while remember those being sold in Skymall and One Step Ahead.

Anyway, the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest is for kiddos in backless boosters (ahem, or adults) who would like head support while sleeping. A bonus is that it helps keep these same boostered kids from becoming limp noodles in their boosters when they fall asleep. The wings attach securely to the vehicle’s head restraint poles with hooks and star knobs and can be adjusted up or down to fit a person of any size. They can also be rotated up and out of the way for daily use. Here’s a video of the headrest in use.

 

For more information, see the Cardiff website at www.cardiffproducts.com. The Booster Seat Headrest retails for $49.99 and is available on Amazon.

 

ABC Expo 2013: What’s new from Evenflo, Clek & Nuna

Evenflo:

All Evenflo seats with the difficult AmSafe buckles that everyone disliked are in the process of transitioning to different buckles. If consumers are having problems with the AmSafe buckles on seats they already own with harnesses that can be replaced (Maestro, Secure Kid, SureRide, Embrace) they should contact Parent Link for a replacement buckle. The Symphony is going back to an IMMI buckle (which it had originally). The other Evenflo seats will transition to a different buckle style.

New Symphony DLX & LX models with redesigned headrest. Will be shipping to U.S. retailers in December. Should be available in stores by mid-January. The new DLX model will be also be going to Canada. The Canadian version follows the same timing as the U.S. version. The Symphony DLX price point in the U.S. will remain at $229.99.

Redesigned Evenflo Symphony LX  Redesigned Evenflo Symphony LX

Current Symphony DLX (left); Redesigned Symphony DLX (right)

Current Symphony (left); Redesigned Symphony DLX (right)

Redesigned Triumph has built-in cup holders and sliding headrest. Also shipping in December. Will be available at Target in mid-January. Price point remains the same at $149.99. This model is also going to Canada. It will be sold at Sears Canada and should be on the shelves there by mid-January.

New Evenflo Triumph

 

SureRide is in the process of having the recline stand tweaked so it is less pointy. No details yet on when that updated model is going to be available.

 

Clek:

Foonf crotch strap now includes two different lengths (will come with 2014 seats, will be available to order within a few weeks for existing seats). Simplified anti-rebound bar (ARB). Updates to 2014 manuals. All colors available on black or white shells. Video manuals available on website with step-by-step instructions. Will eventually have a QR code on the seat. No chlorinated or brominated flame retardants used.

New Foonf crotch strap  New Foonf crotch strap

Foonf Tokidoki prints $549 – expected in stores by end of December

  

  

 

Tokidoki Oobr $349 & Olli $129

    

  

 

If Tokidoki isn’t your thing – there’s the Limited Edition leather Foonf & Oobr:

Clek Foonf - leather  Clek Oobr - Limited Edition Leather

 

Nuna:

Nuna Pipa infant seat with rigid latch attachments and load leg is currently available for sale at select specialty retailers. $299. Current fashions include Night & Scarlet. New 2014 fashions will add Sand, Navy & Blackberry (purple). Sand & Navy will be available 1st qtr 2014. Blackberry will come later in the year – probably 2nd qtr.

  

 

ABC Expo 2013: What’s new from Dorel including a Maxi-Cosi RodiFix Booster Preview!

The Maxi-Cosi RodiFix booster was on display at ABC and I gravitated towards it immediately upon entering the Dorel booth. I’m really excited to see a booster without armrests available in the U.S. again! For those of us who once owned and loved a previous highback booster without armrests from a different manufacturer – I will tell you that this one reminded me a lot of that other product, except better. Rigid LATCH attachments, Air Protect Technology in the headwings, a super-cool shoulder belt guide and a real recline feature. Yeah, the Maxi-Cosi RodiFix is officially awesome! :)

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix has just started shipping to retailers and is available at Baby Specialty Stores and at Amazon.com. $249.

        

 

New Safety 1st “Store n’ Go” boosters coming soon – should be available by the end of this year.

  • Minimum 4 years and 40 lbs
  • HBB $59.99; Backless version $24.99
  • Measured 22.5″ to shoulder belt guide on highback model
  • Like all Dorel boosters, will require adequate head support from vehicle headrest

    

 

New Cosco “Light n’ Comfy” infant seat will replace Comfy Carry

  • Carrier will be very similar to current Comfy Carry
  • Base will be redesigned so carrier can’t be lifted off back of base when secured (to be clear – the Comfy Carry base attachment is totally safe but being able to lift it off the back of the base once it’s locked on freaks some people out so they’re redesigning the base not to do that)
  • Will be available at various price points, depending on features – just like Comfy Carry models (rear-adjust/front adjust/adjustable base, etc)
  • $59 for rear adjust model, $69 & $79 for “Elite & Elite Plus” models with more/better features
  • Production starts December

 

A POTENTIAL new fashion for Pria and Prezi. If you love them – call or email your local specialty retailers and insist that they order these! This one is called “Bohemian Blue”.

      

 

Cosco Apt 40 RF Convertible & Comfy Carry Infant Seat in “Mickey” & “Minnie” fashions. I believe these are definitely going to hit the market but I have no other details at the moment.

    Cosco Comfy Carry in Minnie Mouse fashion