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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.

Britax logo_G+R_CMYK

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 ;) .

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Graco Buckle Replacement Instructions

As we reported a few months ago, Graco is allowing owners of some of their carseats to upgrade their harness buckles for a small fee.  Here are a couple videos with instructions for making the change!  So, if you need help installing the replacement buckle, hopefully these will do the trick!

 

 

Ho-Ho-Homade Ornaments

salt dough 2Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving was so late, or maybe it’s because this is our first holiday season in a cold environment, but we cannot wait for Christmas this year! I’ve been itching to do some crafts, and I figured the day after Thanksgiving was the perfect time since there was no way you’d find me heading to the mall.

Now, I consider myself a fairly crafty person. I love doing crafts, but I’ll admit I don’t love doing them with my kids. I have a low tolerance for glue and paint in all the wrong places. But I also know it’s good for them to get creative and for me to step out of my comfort zone, so this Black Friday, it was all about family crafting.

snowmanFirst up were the Melted Snowmen ornaments. I forget where I first saw these, but I filed it away in my mind a long time ago. You fill plastic (or glass, if you’re brave) ornaments with salt, add some peppercorn “coal,” and carrots and sticks made of polymer clay. Sculpting the clay parts was the most time-consuming step, but even that went pretty fast. A few minutes to bake and cool, then everything got added to the globes. (Hint: Use a funnel for the salt!) The whole project took less than an hour.

Next: salt dough ornaments. I turned to the interwebs for a good recipe, but everything I found was different, and people reported different levels of success. I lucked out on my choice, though. The dough worked beautifully, and the end result feel more like bisque or stone than baked dough. Here’s the recipe I used:

salt dough2 cups flour

1 cup salt

3/4 cup warm water (plus more if it’s too dry–I needed just a bit more)

Mix together with a spoon then knead until smooth.

I rolled mine out to 3/8″ then we used various cookie cutters to make our designs. Remember to add holes for hanging!

Bake at 200 degrees for two hours. (I put mine on parchment paper, but the bottoms wound up still damp so I had to put them back in without. Next time I’ll skip the parchment.)

The colored ones were stamped with regular stamp-pad ink before they were baked. We planned on painting the other ones, but I think we might leave some blank because the stone-look is so cool.

(In case you’re wondering, I ordered the Minecraft and Starbucks cookie cutters from a seller on Etsy.)

The day wasn’t without mishaps. My 2-year-old spilled a whole bottle of peppercorns on the floor (those things can roll!) and I wound up vacuuming four times. But we had so much fun, I just might declare every Black Friday “Ornament Day.”

What are your favorite ornaments or holiday crafts to make with kids?

 

All About Chest Clips: Function, Purpose & Proper Positioning

Chest clips are one of the least understood and most misused features on a carseat. I’m going to attempt to set the record straight on how they function, what purpose they serve and how they’re meant to be positioned.

 

Proper Positioning:

Chest clips should be positioned anywhere in the mid to upper chest area. Aim for armpit level which is where most carseat instruction manuals tell you to place the chest clip. The truth is that even if it’s a little lower than armpit level – it will still do its job as a pre-crash positioner of the harness straps, as long as the harness straps are snug and routed correctly over the child’s shoulders. A snug and properly routed harness is essential!

 Chest Clip - too low Chest Clip - just right

 

Comparison of Current Infant Seat Chest Clip Designs:

Top to Bottom: Evenflo, Graco, Chicco, Safety 1st, Cybex

Comparison of chest clip designs

 

Federal Safety Standards and Chest Clips:

Believe it or not, chest clips are not required on U.S. carseats by FMVSS 213. That’s because they’re really not necessary for crash protection as long as the harness is snug and positioned over the child’s shoulders. Regardless, chest clips are included on all current harnessed seats sold in this country so it’s a component we’ve come to expect. Just keep in mind that it’s possible for a new seat to debut next week or next year that doesn’t come with a chest clip. I actually owned, used and loved an infant seat that didn’t have a chest clip back in 2004.

SIV closeup

My Beloved
Fisher-Price Stay-In-View
Infant Carseat
Oct 2004

 

CarseatBlog Quick Tip: Funky Label Wording

Have you ever been confused by the wording “Use only in a rear-facing position when using restraint with an infant weighing less than 22 pounds”? This text is found in a convertible carseat manual and on a label on the side of the carseat and is, without a doubt, one of the most confusing statements a parent will read when trying to figure out if that convertible is appropriate for their rear-facing child. What does it mean?

It doesn’t mean that the convertible only rear-faces to 22 lbs. What it does mean is that all children weighing less than 22 lbs. have to ride rear-facing in that restraint. So now you know!

use only in a rf position