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Monthly Archive:: June 2011

Infant Seat Cover-Ups for Summer

My family and I went out to dinner about a month ago to a restaurant we normally order take-out from and I spotted this cool covering for an infant seat. I almost grabbed the father’s arm to ask him where he got it, but I’m sure it would have caused him to dump his baby on the floor and besides, I’m not really that forward of a person :P. I had to go to a nationally known chain baby store the next day for something, so I strolled through the carseat aisle to see what new accessories they had for me and lo and behold, the infant seat cover-ups!

Driving Habits that Bug You

So, what is it that your spouse does that really makes you hate their driving?  How about something other drivers do while you are driving?  Everyone thinks they are a good driver, so it’s all the other idiots that cause crashes, but maybe you know a driving behavior of your own that is less than safe?  Please share!

Anxiety

This summer I’ve been writing about my “other” safety passion: drowning prevention. A few weeks ago I urged all of you to enroll your kids in swim lessons. Shortly after that, I wrote about how my daughter fell into the pool during my son’s swimming lesson and I realized that I needed to heed my own advice.

And I kept my word. I immediately scheduled a recurring appointment for my daughter, Anna, and she has had several lessons already.

Britax Frontier 85 SICT Review Video and Feature Summary

As I said in our unboxing video, we will not be doing a full review, because the new Frontier 85 model with Side Impact Cushion Technology is nearly identical to the original Britax Frontier 85 that we have already reviewed.  Instead, if you have read our previous review, I will just point out the major differences in the new version plus a few pros and cons.  The Britax Frontier 85 SICT is shipping now and has a list price of $339 (currently on sale for $242.99 at Amazon.com).  First, the review!

So, the major differences mentioned in the video:

  1. Side Impact Cushion Technology may reduce the forces for occupants and adjacent passengers in a side impact
  2. SICT makes the seat almost 5 inches wider at the shoulders and could make short belt path installs more difficult when routing the shoulder belt
  3. New 2-piece  cover is easier to remove, offers better access to the short belt path & owner’s manual storage pouch and also has a more durable fabric
  4. Use of the top tether is strongly recommended, but is now optional up to the 85 pound harness limit.  So, Britax instructions should no longer conflict with maximum top tether weight limits in some vehicle owner’s manuals*

CPS Program Seat Covers – the good, the boring and the OMG what is that?

Forrest Gump’s mama always said that ”Life was like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get”.  The same could be said for the carseat covers that CPS programs all over the country receive.  We order our various CRs from several different distributors/sources but the one thing they all have in common is “factory select” covers. Which means, you never know what you’re gonna get!  Every time a new order arrives I get a little nervous wondering what’s inside.  Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised.  Most of the time it’s just… eh (another boring combination of brown and tan).  And sometimes you open up that generic brown box and it’s like Rosemary’s baby looking back at you and wailing “Maaaaaama!”  Eeek! 

This year I got a little of each.  My Graco order was kinda nice although I think the Turbo boosters are a bit girly.  Hopefully the boys won’t think so.  The Sceneras were a neutral brown pattern which was fine.  The Maestros were a plush beige fabric with small polka dots. The High Rise backless boosters were a nice gray pattern that should go over well with the bigger kids.  But the Tribute convertibles were another story.  I know ugly is in the eye of the beholder but these things are hideous as far as I’m concerned!  I’m glad I only ordered a couple of them to see if I like them better overall than the Scenera (stay tuned for an upcoming blog on this subject).  I don’t know what Evenflo calls the cover but I’ve named it Rosemary’s Baby.  Hopefully there’s a Mia Farrow out there somewhere who will love it and care for it anyway – lol.