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Monthly Archive:: July 2009

Safety 1st Complete Air with Air Protect: First Look Review

It’s been The Buzz for some time now and we finally have one for review!  It’s the Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible with the Air Protect side impact technology cushions.  This model can be used rear facing from 5 to 40 pounds and 19-40 inches.  Front-facing, the limits are 22-50 pounds and 34-45 inches.  It is now available in the Complete Air LX version with improved recline and the original Complete Air as described in this revew.  I can’t tell you how it will perform in a crash, but I can tell you that it is feature packed and makes for a very nice covertible child safety seat.

First, the unboxing:

Next, the “Revolutionary Side Impact Technology.”

Blogiversary: Stats and Another Top List

CarseatBlog currently averages over 1600 page views a day from 700 unique visitors a day.  Our peak day was Monday, June 29th, with well over 2000 views.  Our weekly and monthly stats have been growing steadily.  Our busiest week was last week, as it is almost every week.  Our monthly traffic was about 21,000 page views from 5300 visitors last December.  It has more than doubled in 6 months, up to over 50,000 page views from 14,250 unique visitors in June, according to the awstats utility provided by our internet service provider.  July looks to be even busier!

Mondays are our busiest day, followed pretty closely by Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday and Friday.  Saturday is our slowest day of the week and Sunday isn’t much busier.  Our busiest time of day is around lunch, followed by another spike after dinner.

Google is by far the biggest search engine referrer to our blog, significantly more than all others combined.  Yahoo is a distant second, about the same as Mircosoft (Live/Bing), followed by AOL and Ask.  Here’s a top 25 list of search engine terms that have brought visitors to the blog over the last year, mostly from Google:

Blogiversary: Top 20 List

As a followup to Kecia’s Blogiversary, I thought I’d post some “Top” lists.  Today, the top twenty (out of almost 270 blog entries) list of the most viewed blogs and pages at CarseatBlog.com over the last year, according to our blog stats counter.

So, I guess it’s no surprise that our reviews and ABC Kids Expo posts were the most viewed, though possibly not the most loved!

Another One Bites the Dust

Last year around this time, I sent my Cosco Triad to the Great Carseat Graveyard.  Today, it’s a Britax Wizard.  It was one of the first ones made and it recently expired.  Before the truck arrived, I cut it up and made it virtually unusable.  It’s always sad to retire old carseats.  This one, in fact, received one of my early reviews.  Though it could use some formatting, it sounds pretty much identical to my current reviews!  I did save the cover and recently sold it.   I guess they are somewhat valuable since replacements are no longer made.

Seat Protectors: Safe for Use or Vile, Evil Predators against Our Innocent Children?

Once upon a time, whenever a vehicle with leather seats came into a seat check event, techs would automatically use nonslip shelf liner.  There was a myth that the nonslip would keep the car seat from damaging the vehicle’s upholstery and help keep the car seat from sliding around on the “slippery” surface.  It became quite the crutch because instead of just that little bit of extra oomph to tighten the belt, the tech would depend on the nonslip grip to give that false sense of tightness.  Some techs went overboard and used yards of nonslip following the theory of: if a little bit is good, then a lot must be that much better.  Parents used it because they saw techs using it.  An entire industry was born out of making nonslip mats to go under car seats so that parents will feel that their car seats are in securely AND that their upholstery will stay free from baby barf and ground-in Cheerios and French fries.