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Monthly Archive:: June 2011

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.

     

A Father’s Day Tribute to Darren

On behalf of CarseatBlog, Heather and I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to Darren and all the awesome dads out there!  Extra bonus points are awarded to all stay-at-home dads, dads who know how to use a cloth diaper correctly, dads who allow pink/purple/flowery or “mooing” carseats in their car, dads who actually hear the baby in the middle of the night AND get up to help, dads of teenagers, dads of teenagers who are learning how to drive and want to borrow YOUR car every 5 minutes, and dads with spouses who spend countless hours on the car-seat.org forums.  We salute you all!

We especially want to thank and pay tribute to our fearless leader, Darren Qunell.  Without his passion and visionary leadership, there would be no Car-Seat.org community or CarseatBlog.com. 

So, what can we say about Darren?  Well, for starters, he’s smart and funny and articulate.  He’s more diplomatic than a delegation from the UN but he’s not afraid to lay down the “Admin” smack when necessary.  He’s man enough to attend mommy-blogger events with his head held high!  He has to deal with hundreds of women every day and he still pretends to love his job!  He truly cares about protecting kids (his, ours and everyone else’s ) from unintentional injury.  He sacrifices his free time to review all the latest and greatest CRs and vehicles for the benefit of our readers.  But most importantly – he owes this spectacular Father’s Day tribute to his lovely DW and his 3 awesome kids! :) 

Feel free to embarrass him even further by leaving a comment!

Cybex Aton Unboxing

One of the most highly anticipated infant seats recently is the Cybex Aton. From having one of the lightest seats to having one of the easiest bases to install, the Aton brings German engineering to the American market (and we know how much Americans love anything European ;) ). Let the drooling commence!

Dorel Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus Infant Carseat Review!

I was intrigued from the first moment we saw the prototype model at the ABC Kids Expo last fall.  But I was also a bit skeptical.  Could Dorel really make a budget-friendly infant carseat that would be easy to use correctly, have all the important features and also fit smaller-than-average babies really well?  And could they really keep the price under $100? Yes, yes they can. :)
Introducing the Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus (CCEP).  It’s a mouthful but it’s important to ask for it by its full name because there are multiple versions of this seat and only the Elite Plus has all the features that you really want to have in an infant carseat.  Unfortunately, the models of this seat that are currently sold in stores like Wal-Mart, KMart, Sears & Target are usually not the “Elite Plus” model and are lacking some key features.  The good news is that you can purchase the Safety 1st Elite Plus model from Amazon and in most cases get free shipping too!  Hopefully some retail stores will start to carry this particular model in the near future.

Here is a breakdown of the differences between the Comfy Carry models:

  • Cosco Comfy Carry $69.99 – rear harness adjuster, non-adjustable base, no head support insert
  • Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite $79.99 – front harness adjuster, non-adjustable base, head support insert
  • Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus $89.99 – front harness adjuster, adjustable base with recline foot, head support insert with velcro sides for easy removal

The model provided by Dorel for this review is the Wildflowers pattern (model # IC030AYG). Let’s take a closer look at all the features, specs and measurements of the Comfy Carry Elite Plus: