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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.

 

 

Recaro Performance Sport Unboxing

Please stay tuned for our followup review of the Recaro Performance Sport.  You can find our full review of the Recaro ProSport here.  The differences between the original ProSport and newer Performance Sport are outlined below.

Recaro Performance SPORT - Knight

Performance Sport

 

 

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?

Recaro Performance BOOSTER Unboxing & *Giveaway*!

Recaro Performance Booster - ReddWe love exciting new products and our readers love our giveaways so this week we’ve partnered with our generous friends and sponsors at RECARO for a giveaway of one (1) Recaro Performance BOOSTER to a random winner. It’s rated for kids from 30-120 lbs and from 37-61″ tall.  We don’t recommend putting a 30 lbs., 37″ child in a booster since that wouldn’t be Best Practice but technically those are the minimum requirements for using this seat. The Performance BOOSTER is a brand new product from RECARO that includes flexible lower LATCH attachments, racing-inspired SIP with deep head and torso side wings and 11 height positions. It also has comfort foam, luxurious fabrics and dual integrated cupholders with removable liners. Winner has their choice of 7 Performance Booster fashions – Redd, Sapphire, Plum, Vibe, Knight, Marine or Rose.

See our review of the Recaro Performance BOOSTER here! And check out the first peak unboxing video courtesy of Andrea and her awesome family!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating! A winner will be announced soon.

 

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Winner must have a shipping address in the Continental US (Canada, Alaska and Hawaii are excluded – sorry!)

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