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What’s new from Britax at ABC Kids

Word has been circulating for a while, but it’s now official.  For those who lamented the lack of LATCH on the Britax Parkway SG, your wish is now granted with the new Britax Parkway SG-L (coming soon)!  The main new feature is a handy lower attachment system that is ultra easy to use.  You attach the premium connectors, then pull a single strap outward from either side.   No matter which side adjuster strap you pull, both of the attachment straps tighten with a pulley system inside!  When not in use, the lower attachments are stored under the base.  They’ve also raised the armrests slightly, perhaps to help with shoulder belt fit.  Plus, the armrests are now rubber over-molded and no longer have a fabric cover.  Finally, the’ve gone to a secure guard crotch strap with a single strap design, rather than the dual straps on the Parkway SG.  

We have a little more on Britax coming later, including an install tip and an update for those using the lockoffs on the new Britax convetibles along with information on some minor improvements to the Britax Chaperone.  Lots more from Heather and Kecia with the other manufacturers we visited a little later tonight.  I had hoped to upload the following video and get this blog posted while watching the football games today (Go Bears!), but I couldn’t get wireless access:-(

ABC Kids New Product Showcase

Well, this year’s best items at the new product showcase were the wine, cheese and butlered appetizers.  That’s because no child safety seat manufacturers had anything to show.  I know there are a few new things being introduced here, but apparently not at the showcase:-(

Plus, my stroller and baby gear team blew me off (you know who you are!), so I decided just to take a few snapshots and head out to meet a friend for dinner and a show.  My buddy and I have been coming to Vegas at least every few years since around 1991.  Used to be almost every year until the kids appeared, and with the Expo moving to Louisville next year, this might be it for a while!  Blackjack, craps and sportsbook, here we come!

Anyway, here are some photos.  A few infant seat covers and protectors from BuggyShady,  Tivoli Couture and BusyIzzy.

The Valco Ion stroller and the Sidekick ride-along board for the Orbit G2:

Perhaps the coolest bathtub conversion from American Standard Safety Tubs and a mobile childproofing kit from Travel-Tot:

Stay tuned tomorrow for our first day at the show!  Heather, Kecia and I will be meeting with Britax, Combi, Cybex, Dorel, Harmony and Sunshine Kids!  I’m also taking a little break to catch the Bears game at the biggest football party in Vegas.  It is Vegas, after all!

Coming Soon! Reviews, Giveaways and a Big Sale too!

We haven’t gone offline!  We have more reviews on the way in the next couple weeks, including the Combi Shuttle 33, the Evenflo Momentum and a couple accessories for the new Britax Convertibles.  We’ll also have a look at the grand opening of the new Dorel technical center and a ton of blogs about the latest new baby and kids products from the ABC Kids Expo, starting October 10th!  Last, but not least, look for top-rated booster giveaways from  Chicco, Harmony and First Years!

It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned a big sale.  Coming next Monday, BabiesRUs.com is having a big sale, up to 25% off baby gear including car seats, strollers and diaper bags and gear.  You can stack the deals with free shipping for orders over $100.  Please dont forget to come use our links if you have some shopping saved up for Monday!

Editors note: It appears Babies R Us cancelled the nice sale that I mentioned in the original blog:-(  The links and codes I listed last week will apparently not be working.  I apologize for their error.  The email I received from them is as follows.

The newsletter that was sent on 9.23.10, “One Day Sale-sational Cyber Event with up to 25% off Top Products!” has been cancelled. We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience it might have caused. We ask that you remove all links pertaining to the “One Day Sale-sational Cyber Event with up to 25% off Top Products” from your Babies “R” Us page ASAP.

If you need a carseat fast, please visit our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, or check out the great deals at our Amazon.com store instead!  They offer free shipping and free returns on many products.  There are lots of great sales, including 20% off of most Safety 1st Carseats.  That includes the very nice Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air that is selling for around $150 in Silverleaf with free shipping and returns right now!

KIM 2010 Updates and News, Part 1

Howdy, all y’all!  Greetings from Dallas/Ft. Worth TX, where I have been attending the 2010 Kidz in Motion Conference, or KIM, an annual gathering focused entirely on Child Passenger Safety (yes, I know some other conferences prefer another acronym; here at KIM, we’re still saying CPS.)  I’m Anne, also known as ketchupqueen on the car-seat.org forums.  Since Darren, Kecia, and Heather were unable to attend KIM this year, I’ve been asked to share the scoop- updates and information from manufacturers we got at this year’s conference.  My friend Christa (celtic1885 on the boards) has been helping me collect, record, and organize the news as we get it so that we can share it all with you!

KIM is a small conference by national conference standards, which means that all the participants and presenters get an opportunity to sit down together, get to know each other, and really talk.  I’ve met up with people I know and people I know of, heroes in the CPS community, CPS “celebrities” and other techs just like me (some of whom were just as star-struck when sitting next to manufacturer representatives at lunch- it’s quite a shock the first time Sarah Tilton of Britax fame brings her plate over next to where you are sitting and asks, “Mind if I sit here?”)

The small, intimate nature also means we got to ply the manufacturers with all the questions we wanted to during floor exhibits and clarify new information.  We have some interesting updates and news, so, without further ado, let’s get to it!