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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.

 

To enter the giveaway, you must leave a comment below on this blog. For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instruction to Like our Facebook page, Like RECARO Child Seats Facebook page and tweet about our giveaway to your friends as well!

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

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Unboxing: The First Years True Fit C685 with I-Alert

Summer is over and the news has been full of tragic stories of children left in cars.  The risks of leaving unattended children in vehicles do not disappear along with summer temperatures.  The First Years’ new version of the True Fit aims to help eliminate the issue of children unintentionally left in the vehicle—and many others—with its new I-Alert system.

A full review will be coming soon, but in the meantime, here’s an unboxing of the True Fit C685 convertible with I-Alert. Stay tuned for more!

 

Safety 1st Incognito Kid-Positioning Seat Preview

Safety 1st Incognito - stockThis week at the Kidz In Motion (KIM) Conference, Dorel unveiled an exciting new product. It wasn’t anything flashy or high-tech but it did elicit a lot of praise. It’s the Safety 1st “Incognito” Kid-Positioning Seat which is appropriately named because it’s meant to blend in with the vehicle interior and be less conspicuous. I can attest to this claim because I walked right past it at the Dorel booth without even noticing it! Lol.

The Incognito is special because it’s meant to be “the seat after the booster”. It was specifically designed for older kids and Tweens who still need a little help getting the adult seatbelt to fit properly but who probably aren’t using a booster anymore. With its very low profile and covers designed to blend in with vehicle interiors, the Incognito should be more appealing to older kids who may be self-conscious about using a more traditional-looking booster. This is extremely important because one of the biggest challenges we face as CPS Technicians and advocates is getting the message out to parents and kids that they are NOT ready to ditch the booster and move directly to the adult seatbelt at age 7 or 8.

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The Incognito will be rated from 60-120 lbs. and from 47-60″ tall. Currently, Dorel does not have the dummies they would need to crash test and rate the seat to weights higher than 120 lbs. So for now, we have to be happy with what it does offer – which is a lot. I’ve seen the questions and comments about older kids who weigh less than 60 lbs (27 kg) and honestly, I think kids who are considerably smaller than average for their age would probably be better served by a traditional booster. However, if I had a 10 yr old who was in the 10th percentile for weight and didn’t quite weigh 60 lbs yet, I know *I* would be comfortable making the parental decision to use this product if it was really important to my child. I get that being a 4th or 5th or 6th grader who is still using a traditional booster can be upsetting for some kids. I’ve had one of each type of kid so I know first-hand that some kids (like my 9 year old DS2) are perfectly happy in their boosters, while some other kids (like my DS1) are/were embarrassed about it.

Personally, I want to throw my arms around the Dorel people who decided to make the minimum weight 60 lbs. They absolutely did the right thing here and I really appreciate that. This product is targeted to kids in the 8-13 year range and the weight minimum reflects that. It really is meant to be “the seat after the booster”.

Incognito is made of dense foam so it’s extremely lightweight. It’s firm and supportive but not as hard as sitting on plastic.

Careful attention was paid to the belt guide design so it would be quick and easy for kids to thread the lap belt portion of the lap/shoulder belt through the guide correctly every time. If the seat is staying in the vehicle then the child can leave the seatbelt threaded through the guide on one side and only have to thread it into the guide on the buckle side each and every time.

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Measurements:

Height: 2.5″ tall

Depth: 16.5″ from back to front

Width in back (narrowest point): 12″

Width at widest point: 16″

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The Incognito does have the potential to be useful in some 3-across situations but it’s not a narrow booster so I predict that results will vary depending on the situation. It’s going to “play well” next to other seats because there are no armrests but you still need the space for it.

Since there were no real kids at the conference (only dolls and grown-ups acting like kids ;)), we had to improvise. Special thanks to Betsey Mowery, CPST-Instructor from University of Arkansas Medical Center, for being a good sport and modeling the Incognito in a 2013 Toyota Sienna! At 5’2″ tall, Betsey is technically above the 60″ height limit but you can see that she fits very nicely in this product anyway. FYI – there is no age limit on this product so if you are a small-in-stature adult and you don’t exceed the height or weight limits of this product – then you can use the Incognito too! Jockeys rejoice!

Betsey modeling the Incognito  Incognito in Sienna

Incognito should be available on Amazon.com in a few weeks. There will be 4 cover choices. Price will be around $20. It will go to Canada eventually but there is no estimated ETA on that right now.

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More info can be found on the Dorel website here: http://safety1st.djgusa.com/en/djgusa/safety1st/booster-car-seats/incognito-booster-seat–bc093blk

Stay tuned to CarseatBlog for a full Incognito review coming soon!