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Cosco High Back Booster (with harness) as a Booster (Part VI – Combo Seat Review Series)

I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my 4-year-old, 41 lb, 43″ tall son in booster mode.  He’s at the size where most parents would be switching from the 5-pt harness to the vehicle’s lap/shoulder belt in booster mode if they had a combination seat with a 40 lb limit on the harness.  In each case I’ll use the same seating position in my van – driver’s side captain’s chair in a 2005 Ford Freestar.     

The IIHS booster study compared the fit of various boosters using the 6-year-old Hybrid lll dummy who weighs 51.6 lbs (23.41 kg) and has a standing height of almost 45″.  I thought it would be even better to show belt fit on a child who was just over the 40 lb weight limit for the 5-pt harness.  I’ve decided to focus exclusively on combination seats because of their popularity.

This week we’re back to Dorel (Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer) and we’ll be looking at the
Cosco High Back Booster
with harness.  There have been many variations of this seat sold over the last 10 years and it’s still widely available today in places like Walmart, Target and BRU.  Recently, I’ve noticed that these seats are being sold in clear plastic, zippered bags instead of traditional cardboard boxes.  There have been many different model names over the years.  Often this seat was sold without the harness (as just a booster) with names like Complete Voyager and Vista.   I think it’s safe to assume that there are millions of these seats being used by children all over America today.  Let’s see how this model stacks up as a booster….

The Kindle Review: The Gadget Gal’s Latest Toy

I admit it.  I had never heard of the Kindle until Oprah said it was one of her favorite things.  My friends know I’m an Oprah junkie: “Did you see what Oprah had on yesterday?”  “Did you hear what Oprah had to say about . . .”  “I really love those shows Oprah does on . . .”  Girlfriend and I have so much in common, I feel like we’re best friends and she’s talking right to me: she’s in her 50s and hey! I’m almost 40!  She’s black and I’m white (but that doesn’t matter-she likes Jen Aniston).  She has a private plane and I don’t.  Hmmm.  She’s worth millions upon millions and I’m . . . not.  But she has a Kindle and so do I!

Recaro Young Sport as a Booster (Part V – Combo Seat Review Series)

I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my 4-year-old, 41 lb, 43″ tall son in booster mode.  He’s at the size where most parents would be switching from the 5-pt harness to the vehicle’s lap/shoulder belt in booster mode if they had a combination seat with a 40 lb limit on the harness.  In each case I’ll use the same seating position in my van – driver’s side captain’s chair in a 2005 Ford Freestar.     

The IIHS booster study compared the fit of various boosters using the 6-year-old Hybrid lll dummy who weighs 51.6 lbs (23.41 kg) and has a standing height of almost 45″.  I thought it would be even better to show belt fit on a child who was just over the 40 lb weight limit for the 5-pt harness.  I’ve decided to focus exclusively on combination seats because of their popularity.         

In previous blog entries we looked at a few combination seats made by Evenflo, Dorel (Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer) and Graco.  This week we’ll be looking at the Recaro Young Sport.   

My New Toy: Samsung NC10 Netbook Review

No, this isn’t a stuffy computer hardware blog.  It’s a stuffy child safety and parenting blog.  So, I’m not going to copy and detail all the specifications one-by-one.  I won’t take dozens of photos from every angle, a video of me opening the box and starting it up for the first time or even run a single performance test.  I’ve never owned another netbook, so I certainly can’t even do a feature-by-feature comparison with the competition, except that I’ve read a lot of reviews and seen some others in stores.  Those kinds of reviews are great, but best left to expert reviewers you can find on Google.

No, this is just a summary review for parents who are addicted to CarseatBlog and Car-Seat.Org and might be interested in an ultralight computer that they can easily carry from room to room or even outside.  Between the normal household stuff and chasing after kids, it’s nice not being tied to one room or lugging around a 10 pound behemoth notebook like my HP ZD7000.  It might also appeal to people who travel frequently or even every once in a while.

The Samsung NC10 is a Netbook.

Sunshine Kids Radian XT Review (with lots of pictures!)

This is a review of the original Sunshine Kids Radian XT model.  The newest version is the Radian XTSL, which is very similar to the original but has unique “Super LATCH” lower LATCH attachments and an increased rear-facing weight limit of 45 lbs.  The XT model is basially the Radian80 with enhanced Side Impact Protection.

Both the original XT and new XTSL models are convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 5-80 lbs who are less than 53″ tall.  Rear-facing the original Radian XT was rated from 5-40 lbs and the newer
XTSL model
is rated up to 45 lbs.  Forward-facing, both XT models can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 20-80 lbs.

Radian XT comes with a detachable base and a tether connector strap (both for rear-facing installations), infant head and body support cushions, harness strap covers, a clear luggage tag for your child’s emergency information, a SafeStop load-limiting device and a padded carry strap.

Please Note:  There is an error in the XT instruction manual.  On page 30 of the manual is states:  “Proper Height:  When using the bottom two harness slots, position head support at its lowest location.”  This is incorrect.  You actually need to position the headrest at its highest location when using either of the two bottom harness slots.  Subsequent versions of the manual will state the correct information.