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ABC Expo 2013: The Stroller Update – What’s New from Baby Jogger, Mamas & Papas, Jané & More

Baby Jogger

We’re obviously a bunch of car-seat nerds here at CarseatBlog, but we appreciate other baby gear, too. In fact, it might be safe to say that the product that impressed us the most at the ABC Kids Expo wasn’t a car seat at all, but a stroller: The Baby Jogger Vue. It left us drooling and speechless.

The Vue is an umbrella stroller with the features of a deluxe full-size.

First, the seatback can change directions so the child can ride facing out or facing you. That alone would make it pretty awesome, but wait! There’s more!

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The footrest can fold up to form a barrier for little babies’ feet, or can fold down for bigger kids. That fold-up footrest also serves the purpose of forming a “purse pocket” when it’s folded on the side not being used. (For example, when the child is riding forward-facing, you can fold up the rear-facing footrest to form a “basket” that’s easier to reach than the one under the seat. Brilliant!)

The stroller will be able to accept car seats Maxi-Cosi and Cybex car seats, and they’re hoping to create adapters for other brands, as well. It can also hold a bassinet (sold separately).

  

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 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

 

ABC Expo 2013: What’s New From Recaro – Guardia Infant Seat & Urbanlife Stroller Preview

At last year’s ABC show, Recaro promised that we’d see an infant seat by the next ABC show – and they delivered on that promise! Plus, they had a really cool stroller to go with it. Both the infant seat and the stroller models we saw were prototypes and the final production models should be available here in the U.S. sometime in 2nd qtr 2014. They’re working on Canada too but didn’t have an ETA for availability there yet. We’ll keep you posted when we have more details on that to share.

Recaro Guardia Infant Seat (prototype pictured):

  • 4-35 lbs
  • No rethread harness
  • Unique macro & micro adjustment features on base
  • ETA 2nd qtr 2014
  • Expected MSRP $250

Recaro Guardia Infant Seat  Recaro Guardia Infant Seat & Urbanlife stroller

Recaro Guardia Infant Carseat & Stroller

 

Recaro Urbanlife Stroller

  • Adapter for Guardia infant seat built into tray
  • Flip-flop-friendly brake
  • ETA 2nd qtr 2014
  • Expected MSRP $250

Recaro Urbanlife stroller

 

Vivo booster has been discontinued so if you love the Vivo or anticipate needing one in the future – grab one now while they’re still available! Vivo will be replaced by Performance Booster XL which is a Performance Booster minus the LATCH attachments and possibly some other differences too.

New Performance BOOSTER (already available – see our Performance BOOSTER Review here)

Recaro Performance Booster