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Monthly Archive:: December 2009

Make Your Own PSA

We’ve had some famous PSAs on tv: the “Crying Indian,” “This is your brain on drugs,” Smokey the Bear, and any of the “The More You Know” Crying IndianPSAs shown on NBC.  They’re memorable because they’re either catchy or show an important message that touches people’s hearts.

If you could make your own CPS PSA, what would your topic be?  And what would you do?  Budget is no object so you can have any director you want, any set you want.

Would you emphasize extended rear-facing?  Is your cause extended harnessing?  Or are you a booster “booster?”  What would your goal be—to raise awareness, educate, or raise money to fund purchases of seats?

Hit us with your best ideas!

Wishful Thinking

Shelle's Dead-CowYesterday I was talking to a friend whose DS is close to outgrowing his current seat and he’ll need to move into his big sister’s Cowmooflage Marathon soon.  Big sister is going to need a new harnessed seat (she’s only 4) but mom was hoping she could get something bigger than the MA but still in that same Cowmoo pattern.  I had to tell her that at the moment, such a seat does not exist (except in photoshop ~ thanks Shelle!).  However, it got me thinking… 

If you could have ANY seat in ANY pattern – what would it be?  Personally, my boys and I love blue so I’d like a Summer Breeze (plaid cotton Roundabout cover), Hampton (striped Decathlon cover) or maybe a Midnight Sky (blue/black Recaro cover) for the Regent.  Yes, I realize the Regent has been discontinued but since this is all about wishful thinking, I wish they would change their mind and keep it in production. 

Summer Breeze RADC_HamptonRecaro_Midnight_Sky

Really, I’d be happy with any truly boyish (not just gender neutral) cover on any good seat.  I’ve lamented in the past about how CR manufacturers seem to ignore boys (and parents of boys) when they chose cover options for any particular seat.  Yes, I know retailers make the final decisions on which cover options they want to carry but if manufacturers don’t offer cool boy covers then retailers can’t even chose whether or not they want to carry them.  But I digress… 

So, what would you wish for if you could have any existing cover pattern on your CR of choice?

A Critical Safety Device

Obviously, we think child safety seats are very important for protecting your children from their #1 killer, motor vehicle crashes.  There’s another safety feature just as critical and it helps protect the whole family.  It’s the one you probably never think about until it’s too late: your tires.  Especially in winter months with rain and snow common in most areas, they are even more important.  Making sure your tires have adequate tread depth and air pressure is something you should check right now.  Don’t wait until you start sliding off the road or get a blowout.  A tire that is half worn may have tens of thousands of good miles left on dry pavement, but it will lose a lot of rain and snow traction compared to a new tire with full tread.  If you live in a very rainy or snowy area, you might even consider new tires before  you get to the treadwear indicators.  And don’t forget that proper inflation not only helps for safety, but also for fuel economy!

Here is some basic information from the NHTSA on tire safety.  Also, Edmunds has a good article on tire fundamentals.  These are a great read if you haven’t thought about your tires in a while.  Good quality tires in good condition can help make sure that you never have to depend on your child safety seats or seat belts!

He Found My Stash!

Dh has only recently started griping about the number of carseats around the house.  It seems to have coincided with my blogging, lol.  Up until now, I’ve been fairly frugal with my carseat purchases: we only have 2 kids, so I’ve bought just what we needed, passing down seats as they were outgrown as well.  I’ve gotten great advice before purchasing and have liked what I bought, so no need to buy the newest seat on the market.  It’s not like they’re technology after all ;) .  I mean, I’ve bought a few seats in my time, but I don’t trade them like trading cards (you know who you dsclosetare!).  I know what you’re thinking—she’s a carseat geek and she doesn’t buy carseats?!  Well, I’ve lived vicariously through Joolsplus3 :D .

We were recently getting ready to go on a vacation and dh was trying to be helpful (funny how dhs try to be helpful, but end up being unhelpful) by collecting my ds’s clothes for the trip.  He ventured into Never Land, otherwise known as my ds’s walk-in closet.  That’s where I keep most of my stash of unused carseats.  They’re very tightly packed away in there and covered by clothing, so just a casual glance in there and you won’t see much.  I’ve got a Britax Frontier, a Marathon, an expired Roundabout, an expired original Maxi-Cosi Priori in Ziggy the zebra print (sigh, that harness adjuster puts the RA’s adjuster to shame), a Graco AirBooster, and the back portion of a Fisher Price Safe Voyage booster.  Until I moved it to the garage in September, the Britax Husky also had a home in there too.  And all was right with the world because dh stayed out of there.  Then he had to find my stash.