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Monthly Archive:: June 2009

Pardon Our Dust

Many viewers reported being redirected to another website, apparently one hosted by our service provider on the same server as CarseatBlog.  I was notified yesterday that the blog and forums at Car-Seat.Org are in the process of being moved to a new server, as the old one was apparently having some issues.  Though the process should have been invisible, there have been some issues.  I am told the main issue has now been resolved.  Hopefully by tomorrow, June 25th, everything will be back to normal.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  I hope you enjoyed the other website whose lines got crossed with ours.  Whatever it was, perhaps it was more exciting than CarseatBlog;-)

Combi Coccoro Review: Small Cars and Three Across

Combi designed the Coccoro especially to fit in rear-facing and/or with multiple seats in smaller vehicles. It seems they did a good job. I was able to compare the Coccoro with the narrow Radian and the Britax Roundabout which has similar height and weight requirements and a comparable price.

Fit to child

The Coccoro is designed to fit babies 5-33 lbs rear-facing and 20-40 lbs forward-facing. It fit my 19.5” 8 lb infant very well with the infant padding (required until 15 lbs, allowed until 20). The infant padding is very substantial and changes the whole inside shape of the seat making it fit small babies very well–It actually fit better than some infant seats I have tried and the harness slots are plenty low. The Coccoro also fit my 30 lb toddler very well rear- and forward-facing. My 5 yr old, 45# and 44”, was only less than ½ in over the top slots even though she exceeds the height and weight requirements. It has more height for rear-facing than the Roundabout due to the deep seat, but takes up much less room when used reclined to 45°. I think it would get the average child to at least 30#s rear-facing and to the full 40#s forward-facing. The straps are very smooth and not twisty. The harness pads work even on a newborn, and the padding under the buckle is very nice and looks quite comfy. The seat has deep sides that would seem to provide great SIP without head wings. It has slightly less rear-facing leg room than a Roundabout because of the deep sides, but my toddler didn’t seem to care.

Too Many Car Seats: The View from a Spouse’s Eyes

Sometimes I feel for my dh.  It’s got to be hard for him to always be tripping those size 12s over a booster seat here, a harnessed car seat there.  I try to keep them out of the way, but our house has no storage.  All of my unused and expired seats are in my ds’s walk-in closet (’cause yeah, like he uses it for clothing ;) ); there are about 6 seats and parts of boosters in there. 

I waited patiently for dh to come home from work the other day and change out of his suit.  I was truly afraid the UPS delivery, in combination with the box I already had, would send him over the edge, but he seemed to handle it well, no?

Unclear on The Concept: The Pickup Line

So what’s a beautiful soccer mom like you doing in a minivan like this?…” 

No, not that kind of pickup line.  My son is attending a morning summer school camp.  Like many kids there, he has attended it for years.  For the last couple years, it’s been held at a local elementary school in a residential neighborhood.   The traffic pattern is not unusual.  There is a dropoff/pickup line stretching down the street leading to a right turn into the pickup zone and parking lot.  The pickup lane is clearly painted on the street with a dividing line, a lane marker and also on signs every 50 feet or so.  There are also conditional “No Parking” signs everywhere, though of course they have times on them that correspond to the elementary school pickup and dropoff times, not the times of the summer camp.  The camp sent a map with the packet of materials, clearly showing the traffic pattern and what not to do.

Some people didn’t look at the map. Fair enough.  Many looked at it, but decided they know better.  Typical.  Others may be attending for the first time and decided they would just figure it out on their own, I guess.  Most, I think, are just completely clueless.

A Better Way to Find Info in CR Instruction Manuals?

We just completed a certification class here last week and after a particular homework assignment (yes, I’m the mean instructor that gives homework every night), I had a bright idea.  

First of all, the homework assignment on day 2 was to take home a CR instruction manual and try to find information on:

Crash Replacement

Lifespan/Expiration of CR

Does CR manufacturer allow anything to be placed under the CR to protect the vehicle’s upholstery?

The next morning we went over our findings.  To be honest, I wasn’t surprised by the response.  Many of the students were unable to find all this information even though it’s likely that it was somewhere in the manual.  The problem is that this info is frequently buried and even if you’re specifically looking for it – you might not be able to find it easily.