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Monthly Archive:: August 2008

And Isn’t It Ironic . . . Don’t You Think?

As I was driving my children to the haircut place Wednesday morning on our city’s equivalent of the German Autobahn, I was pondering reaction times, thinking about how they diminish as we age (actually, I was smugly thinking about how quickly I was able to go from the brake to the gas as the light changed to green to get on the on-ramp to the freeway and we left the others in our wake).  When we’re young, our reaction times are quick and immediate.  As we age, they slowly diminish, but when do we start to notice that they’ve become slower?  When do we *admit* that they’ve become slower?

Acronyms Strike Again

Again we welcome Heather’s dh, Matt, for Guest Wednesday.

As a non-tech person, I am generally confused by the various terminology used on a regular basis by those who are tech people.  But I am trying to learn.  One of these terms is LATCH, which must be really important because it’s in all caps.  I understand the importance of words in all caps. Like me sitting on the couch on the weekend and watching the NFL or the NBA or why don’t the kids go play in the STREET but watch out for CARS and while you’re at it go get the MAIL.

The next best thing since sliced bread (or top tethers)?

What’s the next step in child restraints?  It’s been a while since we’ve seen true innovations.  Even then, some advancements like LATCH were mandated by the government.  Unfortunately, in the USA, we got a watered down version of the original rigid ISOFIX.  Maybe the next big thing will be mandated by the parents and caregivers who want the safest for their kids!

What would YOU do?

You have a 4 year old who weighs 50 pounds.  Maybe they are a bit too squirmy to sit correctly in a booster.  Maybe you’d rather keep them in a 5-point harness, because your model has side impact protection and an extended weight limit of 50, 65 or even 80 pounds.  The problem is that your auto manufacturer tells you that you can’t use LATCH beyond 40 pounds!

Britax Frontier: Does It Impress the Hard to Impress?

Because Darren has already done a much more formal review, my review will be, well, less formal, lol.

I managed to scrounge my way into borrowing a Britax Frontier (now replaced by the Britax Frontier 85, please see our new review here) from my local Safe Kids coalition. Aw, it was actually easier than that: they like me for some reason J and let me borrow seats from time to time, but the seats are usually old or taken from a checkup event. The Frontier was, mmmmm, fresh out of its bag and had that new car seat smell. I’ll tell you straight off—I’m a hard one to impress when it comes to car seats. I’m a skeptic. I’ve had enough to know what I like in a seat, what I don’t like in a seat, and what will work in my ’05 Sienna. Do I like the Frontier or not?  Read on and find out.