Monthly Archive:: September 2010

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My wife makes me do lots of stuff.  Very little of it is fun.  It typically involves fixing, cleaning and/or moving things.  Don’t tell her this, but most of the time I just ignore her.   But she gave me a new assignment to make a movie at this website that……let’s you make movies.  That didn’t sound so terrible, so I did.  It’s here:

Fortunately for me, I buy my own shirts.


Top Rated Booster for Free?! Kids-N-Cribs.com’s First Years Pathway B570 Giveaway!

Yes, it’s Monday.  But- thanks to our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, we are giving away a Learning Curve First Years Pathway B570 Booster as the first of our upcoming giveaways!  The Pathway B570 is a “Best Bet” according to a recent evaluation by the IIHS.  It will be shipped directly to the winner from Kids-N-Cribs (shipping is free in the 48 contiguous United States, but a charge will apply anywhere else they can ship).  Kecia will have a review of the B570 soon!  All you have to do to win is leave a comment in reply to this blog.  Now, for the fine print…

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Also, please note that you may enter and be eligible for any of our other giveaways running at the same time as this one!  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  We politely ask that you only enter if you intend to use this booster seat and would also appreciate the favor of a followup comment about the Pathway B570 in reply to this contest blog.  Eligibility outside of the USA will depend on where Kids-N-Cribs.com is able to ship this product.  A random winner will be chosen by Kids-N-Cribs on Monday, October 4th, out of the eligible comments left in reply to this blog.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above.  We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.  If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize, a new winner will be selected.  Good luck!

Please note: Your comment may not appear immediately if it is your first comment at CarseatBlog, if you are using a different computer/device or if you are using a new email address.  It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Britax Convertible Infant Positioning Insert and Cupholder Review

Just a quick review of the new Britax convertible accessories.  These accessories fit the following models:

Britax Roundabout 55, Britax Marathon 70, Britax Boulevard 70, Britax Boulevard 70 CS, Britax Advocate 70 CS and their Canadian counterparts.  They are NOT compatible with the previous “Classic” Britax convertibles (rated to 65 pounds in the USA).  Please note the photos below are with the Marathon 70.  Other models may vary slightly in terms of fit with the insert.

First, the Infant Positioning Insert, that retails for $14.99:

It is rated for use from 5-11 pounds.  It is easy to install.  You simply lift up the flaps on the cover and place it such that the bottom is under the existing comfort foam.  A notch fits nicely around the crotch strap.  The illustrations included in the instructions outline the procedure.  It takes all of a couple minutes.  Once installed, it moves a small baby upward and forward.  That helps boost them toward the lowest adjustment for the harness straps and takes out some of the space between the baby and the closest crotch strap setting.  Without the insert, most newborns will not fit into the Britax convertibles, because the manual says the baby’s shoulders must be as tall as the lowest setting for the harness straps.  Even with the insert, I would guess that most premature babies and many smaller newborns will not fit. 

For example, the Huggable Images 7-pound infant doll 

Coming Soon! Reviews, Giveaways and a Big Sale too!

We haven’t gone offline!  We have more reviews on the way in the next couple weeks, including the Combi Shuttle 33, the Evenflo Momentum and a couple accessories for the new Britax Convertibles.  We’ll also have a look at the grand opening of the new Dorel technical center and a ton of blogs about the latest new baby and kids products from the ABC Kids Expo, starting October 10th!  Last, but not least, look for top-rated booster giveaways from  Chicco, Harmony and First Years!

It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned a big sale.  Coming next Monday, BabiesRUs.com is having a big sale, up to 25% off baby gear including car seats, strollers and diaper bags and gear.  You can stack the deals with free shipping for orders over $100.  Please dont forget to come use our links if you have some shopping saved up for Monday!

Editors note: It appears Babies R Us cancelled the nice sale that I mentioned in the original blog:-(  The links and codes I listed last week will apparently not be working.  I apologize for their error.  The email I received from them is as follows.

The newsletter that was sent on 9.23.10, “One Day Sale-sational Cyber Event with up to 25% off Top Products!” has been cancelled. We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience it might have caused. We ask that you remove all links pertaining to the “One Day Sale-sational Cyber Event with up to 25% off Top Products” from your Babies “R” Us page ASAP.

If you need a carseat fast, please visit our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, or check out the great deals at our Amazon.com store instead!  They offer free shipping and free returns on many products.  There are lots of great sales, including 20% off of most Safety 1st Carseats.  That includes the very nice Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air that is selling for around $150 in Silverleaf with free shipping and returns right now!

To All First Responders: “Thank You”

Yesterday there was a mass-casualty Motor Vehicle Crash near my home in Orange County, NY.  DH and DS1 were stuck in the traffic nightmare that ensued when they shut down all North and Southbound lanes of the NYS Thruway (I-87) between the exits – a stretch of about 17 miles.  So far, there have been 7 fatalities from this single-vehicle MVC (6 yesterday, 1 more died last night).  None of them were children but that hardly seems like a consolation.  Anyhow, after gawking at all the grisly photos of the crash scene, I’m reminded again of my appreciation, gratitude and respect for all First Responders.  I could never deal with the emotional fallout of seeing things like this so I bow to those who can and do.  And I promise to keep doing my part (admittedly, the easy part) focusing on injury PREVENTION – if they promise to always be there to help with the really difficult tasks.

I’ve played the part of the crash victim on a few occasions in my life but never had the chance to say “Thank you”, in person, to those that first came to my aid.  So, to the guy in the White Suburban (who wound up being a volunteer firefighter) that I nearly ran off the road when I lost control of  DH’s red ’73 Mustang back on that September 1996 evening on the Saw Mill River Pkwy – Thank you.  I hope you know how very grateful I have always been for your care and comfort in those first, scary, post-crash minutes.  And another big “Thank you” to the driver of that highway crew truck who parked his huge vehicle with flashing lights behind my totalled Ford Taurus on the shoulder of the NYS Thruway on that rainy autumn afternoon in 2005.  It was such a relief to have you protecting my poor wrecked vehicle (with toddler DS2 and I inside), from the rest of the Interstate traffic whizzing past us at 70 MPH in the rain. You were our guardian angel before the Trooper and the tow truck and DH arrived to help. I’ll always remember and appreciate what you did for us that day.   

As I sit here on my couch today – watching a great Dallas/Bears game, having a cold beer, playing cards with my 6 year old – I’m careful to acknowledge and appreciate the fact that I slept well last night.  I can guarantee that there were plenty of First Responders (here and elsewhere) who didn’t sleep at all last night.  I don’t know how they’ll manage to cope with whatever they saw yesterday but I hope they find a way because we all need them to be ready for the next emergency call.  I don’t know if “thank you” helps to speed the healing process in any way but just in case it does – thank you, thank you, thank you!  I’m so glad you do what you do – so I can have the luxury of focusing on what I love to do (keeping kids safe and sleeping at night).