Monthly Archive:: April 2009

Fly Safe with CARES: CARES Harness Review

I’ve been flying a lot back and forth across the country recently and that involves flying over mountain ranges where turbulence is prevalent and there’s always some big storm to fly over that makes the plane ride feel more like a roller coaster ride.  The pilot inevitably announces that drink service must be stopped and the flight attendants should take their seats until the air settles down and it’s safe to move about the cabin again.  But wait!  Across the aisle is a child under the age of 2 who isn’t required to be restrained, being held in a parent’s arms.  Something is wrong here.

The Great Ozzi Giveaway Contest

Clek the Merciful has agreed to provide an Ozzi backless booster for this week’s giveaway!  It’s the very first partner we’ve had for a carseat freebie!  But wait, there’s a catch!  Unlike past giveaways, this one won’t go to a random winner or to the first person who comments with a correct trivia answer.  The almighty Clek demands something in return!  Specifically, you must write a guest review (free of bad grammer) about your new Ozzi for CarseatBlog.com.  To prove your writing skills, you must also comment on this blog with your entry essay.

Essay, you say?  Indeed, Clek invokes nightmares from high school, college and professional exams to get your attention.  This one should be a lot more fun, however, and for your entry, no one is checking your spelling or grammar (as far as you know).  Also, it will be the shortest essay you’ve ever written, just a few words or a few lines. In no more than 100 words, Clek demands to know why your review will be the best one.  Be truthful;  maybe your kid’s name is Ozzi.  Fabricate; claim that a photo of you with a Clek tattoo will appear in the review.  Or maybe that would be truthful?  Whichever way you want to go, the omnicient Clek will be the judge as to whether your essay is good enough to win an Ozzi.

There are a few rules involved.  First, you must not have won a carseat giveaway or any giveaway from one of our sponsors or partners at CarseatBlog in the past (bags of stuff sent by CarseatBlog don’t count!).  Second, one entry per household/family.  Third, the winner is actually expected to create a comprehensive written and/or video review of your new Ozzi within a few weeks.  Please don’t enter with the intention of selling it on Carseat Swap or eBay or Craigslist or wherever.  The omnipotent Clek knows where you live!  The rules depend on the honor system, but for the sake of future giveaways, please abide by them.

The contest ends Sunday, whenever I get online and post a comment that it’s over- so you have some time to get creative! Winners announced sometime next week.

Updated New Product Information: The Britax Roundabout 50

Britax Roundabout 50 Convertible Car Seat

Britax Roundabout 50 Convertible Car Seat

The original Britax Roundabout was the darling of all carseats back in the late 1990s.  The harness system is to die for, even today.  The no-twist straps, the push-button release and the silky-smooth adjustment still set the standard.  The shell is a modest size that fits very well in a wide range of vehicles.  It also doesn’t take up all your legroom and recline up front when it was installed rear-facing behind you.  In addition, the built-in seatbelt lockoffs and the standard versa-tether that can be used rear-facing are amazing features found on very few other models then or now.

The Roundabout still shines, but many parents now prefer larger seats.  They want models that will allow taller children to remain rear-facing longer, or to remain in the harness beyond 40 pounds.  In addition, premium models from other brands have emerged that have copied some of the features of the Roundabout while increasing weight and height limits at a similar price point.

Behold, the Britax Roundabout 50, coming soon to a retailer near you.

First peek at the Graco My Ride 65 convertible carseat!

Thanks to one of our forum members – we have the first peek at the new Graco convertible seat – the “My Ride 65″.  The seat isn’t available yet but we’re hearing that it should be on store shelves by June.  So far, the initial reaction to the pictures has been lukewarm but we’ll just have to wait and see.    

Here’s what we know:

Rear-facing:  5-40 lbs or until top of child’s head is 1″ below the top of the shell. 

Forward-facing:  20-65 lbs or up to 49″ tall.  Top harness slot seems to measure near 17″.

Not surprisingly, it looks like a cross between the ComfortSport, the SafeSeat Toddler (aka Cozy Cline) and the Nautilus.  For those of you who don’t want to wade through the multiple pages of posts in this thread, the pictures can be found here and here

Oh! The Excitement of the Evening!

As I was tucking dh into bed this evening (OK, everyone, on 3–1, 2, 3: how cute!), we heard a tremendous crash.  We live somewhat near 2 intersections, one of which has vehicles flying down a hill trying to make a light.  At night, sound can carry, so we thought maybe there was a crash there.  I went to one of our back windows to look out at our main neighborhood entry intersection to see if I could see anything there, because after all, who isn’t a looky-loo?  Nope, all’s quiet there and I can’t see the lighted intersection from our house.  I do see a small car driving off, but it’s driving normal speed and using it’s turn signals (rare).  So I wonder to dh if someone ran into a pile of landscaping rocks left in the street in front of our neighbor’s house; they had about 5 tons dropped yesterday and had moved most of it onto their property today, but a smallish 2.5 foot tall pile was still left.  It’s quite visible and lit by a street lamp.