Monthly Archive:: November 2008

Ask Marvin #11: Contests, Freebies and Sponsors

Today, Marvin is accused of being a cheapskate.

Dear Marvin.  I’ll get straight to the point.  Your giveaways have not included a single carseat.  Kind of odd for a place called CARSEATblog, isn’t it?  In fact, not a single giveaway above like 30 or 40 bucks at most.  What gives?  I mean, you’ve been at it for a few months now.  You must be rolling in cash from advertisements.  You’ve been begging for big time sponsors and giveaways to the point of being pathetic.  It’s really sad.  I mean, Kecia and Heather are such great writers, but they can pull Darren’s and your weight for only so long.  Carseatblog is good, but it would be a lot better with some BIGTIME giveaways.  Seriously, I see all these other general parenting websites giving away carseats and strollers.  Some are blogs that aren’t even dedicated to these products and don’t get a fraction of the readers that Car-Seat.Org does.  Step up to the plate and SHOW US THE CARSEATS! – Signed, Desperate Dahlia.”

What Does A Good CPS Tech Do?

I frequently read posts on various parent forums from moms and dads who have taken their vehicles and car seats to child passenger safety technicians to be inspected or installed.  They seem to either have glowing reviews of the tech with whom they worked or they were fuming about something the tech did or didn’t do.  So let’s go through the steps a good tech will take with a parent to ensure the car seat is installed and used properly.

A True Athlete in My Presence

Since you’ve been introduced to Matt, I thought I’d share something he did two weeks ago that I think is really cool.  No, it’s not car seat related—though if he was able to uninstall the Sunshine Kids Monterey from his SUV without calling me first or install the Britax Frontier using the long belt path, well, that’d be pretty spectacular.  He made two separate bike rides of 103 miles on October 18th and 119 miles on the 25th.

The “Safest” Seat? Thoughts on the Britax Boulevard – Review of CS

Today’s guest blog is a review of the Britax Boulevard CS (now replaced by the Britax Boulevard 70 CS, please see our review of the similar Advocate 70 here).  Darren had a full review in a previous blog.

It is one of the most dreaded questions for Child Passenger Safety Technicians and advocates – “What is the best carseat? What carseat should I buy for my child?” The “correct” answer, of course, is that the best carseat is the one that fits your child, your vehicle and your budget and will be used correctly every time. Unfortunately, this is not the answer that most parents want to hear because in many cases, they are either (1) hoping that you will validate that the seat with the prettiest cover is “the best” or (2) looking to you to make the decision for them. (Technicians and regulatory organizations (including carseatblog.com) recently have started recommending seats for particular features).

Uncle Marvin Wants YOU!

In Ask Marvin #10, Marvin gave his readers the right to vote for this week’s contest winner.  Today, Marvin has opened his virtual voting booth so that you may decide the winner!  You will need to register to vote!

If you are already registered, please VOTE now!


If you are a registered voter in the United States, Marvin hopes you already voted in the national elections!