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CarseatBlog Quick Tip: Proper Harness Tightness

One of the top 3 mistakes we see at checkup events is a harness that’s too loose. Nearly *every* infant seat I see when I’m out and about has a loose harness. How do you know if your child’s harness is tight enough?

CarseatBlog Quick Tip: Checking Install Tightness

Aren’t quite sure how to tell if your carseat is installed tightly enough? Here’s how you check.

Caps for Sale – converting your retail model Evenflo Maestro into an institutional model without cup holders

CapsForSaleCaps for Sale was one of my favorite books when I was a kid and it also makes an appropriate title for this blog! :)

As many of our readers know, retail models of the Evenflo Maestro come with cup holders that are permanent once they are attached to the shell. However, “institutional” versions of the same seats (sold to CPS programs) come without cup holders. In their place are little plastic caps that cover the holes in the shell where the cup holders attach. While most parents (and kids) are happy to have a carseat with dual integrated cup holders – those features take up a little extra room. For a parent or caregiver trying to fit two carseats side-by-side or 3-across the back of a small or mid-size vehicle – the lack of cup holders on the Maestro can make the difference between installation success and failure. 

    

I recently discovered that Evenflo will sell the little caps separately to consumers who own Maestro models. Now, if you’ve already attached the cup holders then this info won’t help you because you can’t detach the cup holders once they’re locked into place. If you try to pry them off, you’ll probably wind up damaging your seat and no one wants that to happen. However, if you have a new Maestro that hasn’t been “assembled” yet, you can call Evenflo Customer Service (aka Parent Link), give them your Maestro model # and order “Armrest Cap” (Item # 24101591). For a pair of caps, it should cost around $7.50 with shipping included.

FYI – It’s very important to cover the holes in the shell with either the caps or the cup holders otherwise your child can get a finger trapped in there.

  

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The Ultimate Manufacturers’ Name Guide

Britax has gone and done it again. Way back in the ‘90s they were once known as Brit-axe, pronounced like Britain. Then they decided that to sound more Southern, they needed to give their “i” a long sound, so they became Br-eye-tax (can’t you just hear some Southern Belle pronouncing that?). Now they’ve changed again (sheesh, make up your minds already!) and we’re left scratching our heads. Carseat manufacturers are no different than any other companies we come across in our daily lives where we wonder how to pronounce their names. Here’s a list of the manufacturers and their pronunciations.

babytrend

Baby Trend: Bay-bee Trend. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

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Britax: Brit-axe. Kind of like a blonde gal named Britt coming after you with an axe.

bubblebum

BubbleBum: Bubb-l Bum. Blow a bubble and stick it on your bum.

chicco

Chicco: Key-ko. It’s not Chee-ko like they tell you at BRU, for gosh sakes!

clek

Clek: The sound a rigid LATCH connector makes when it attaches to a LATCH anchor. Clek. Don’t know what that sounds like? Buy a Foonf, Oobr, Olli, or Ozzi to find out.

combi

Combi USA: Com-bee USA. I’m going to go drive the combine around the farm. A comma is used in a sentence to separate two clauses. Com-bee.

cybex

Cybex: Sigh-bex. Sigh. Cybex

diono

Diono: Dee-oh-no. Not the other way! Get your brain out of the gutter now. C’mon!

dorel

Dorel: Door-el. I wonder how many doors there are at Dorel?

safety1st

Safety 1st: Safe-tee 1st

MaxiCosi

Maxi-Cosi: Max-ee Co-zy

cosco

Cosco: Cos-co. It’s a lot like Cost-co, isn’t it? But it’s NOT. There’s no T. Cosco.

eddiebauer

Eddie Bauer: Ed-dee Bow-wer. Expensive hunter green and tan.

evenflo

Evenflo: Eeeeee-ven-flow. Oh, oops. I put a W on the end. There’s no W there either. Just like there’s no T in Cosco.

snugli

Snugli: Snug-lee. Something your husband gets late at night.

graco

Graco: Gray-co. Not Grack-o crack-o. Gray-co. See, nice and easy!

aprica

Aprica: App-ree-ka. Japanese for stroller. Not really; I’m guessing since I don’t speak Japanese.

teutonia

Teutonia USA: Too-tony-ah USA. Why couldn’t they have spelled it the way I did?

harmony

Harmony: Ebony and Ivory, live together in perfect Har-mony!

kiddy

Kiddy USA: Kidd-ee USA. Here Kiddy Kiddy

kidsembrace

Kids Embrace: Kids Em-br-ace each other in friendship and goodwill

orbitbaby

Orbit Baby: Or-bit Bay-bee. I wonder if they’ll book my trip to Lifesavers for me. Oh wait, that’s Orbitz. Nevermind.

pegperego

Peg Pérego: Peg Per-eggo. Leggo my eggo Peg. If you say it fast enough, it sounds right. They’re Italian, you know.

recaro

Recaro: Ruh-car-oh. Ruh-roh. I need a Scooby snack!

safetrafficsystem

Safe Traffic System: Safe Tr-aff-ic Sys-tem. Whaddya know? That one was easy.

summerinfant

Summer Infant: Sum-mer In-fant. Oh how I wish it was summer right now!

 

tomy

Tomy: Toe-mee. Toe-mee. Toe-mee. Toe-mee.

thefirstyears

The First Years: The Fir-st Yeers. As opposed to The Last Years.

jjcole

JJ Cole: Jay-Jay-Coal. You expect more because of the double initial. You should expect more because of the double initial.

 

So there you have it–now you’re the cool kid on the block who knows how to say all the baby brand manufacturer names. You can impress all your friends when you get together for mimosas and mojitos at playgroup. I double-dog dare you to say Chicco after you’ve had a couple of cocktails ;) .

*We would like to acknowledge that this blog marks an important milestone for us. This is our 1,000th published blog post! Thank you to all our readers who have proven throughout the years that we weren’t crazy to believe that other parents and caregivers would also be interested in a blog about carseats and child passenger safety! :)