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Monthly Archive:: September 2011

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Graco

Lots of great new and updated products coming soon from Graco!  They also had an awesome spread at their booth with a mac ‘n cheese bar, cookie bar, wine and ice cold beer!  Did I mention ice cold beer?  I decided it was 5 pm somewhere and had to have one (…or two).  Darren promtly followed my lead.  Then we asked the bartender to take our picture.  Heather was the designated blogger so she did the responsible thing and passed on the adult beverages. ;)    

In real news, there’s a change to the popular SnugRide 35 infant seat. A lower body insert cushion has been added and the seat now has a 4 lb minimum weight rating. The unique insert raises a smaller baby up to the lowest bottom harness slots and a portion of the insert goes under the crotch strap which really helps to position the buckle in a more appropriate position.  Heather tried her preemie doll in it (yes, she carries her own) and the fit was pretty darn good. We were impressed!  This new model will start shipping next month (October).   

     

 

Other Graco highlights:

New My Ride 65 featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection system , 4-40 lbs RF or by height using 1″ rule, 20-65 lbs FF or by height at 50″, adjustable head restraint designed with Safety Surround for infants-small toddlers (optional but if you remove it, you lose the enhanced SIP),  attaches through the harness slots when the child is shorter, Safety Surround is also built into the sides of the seat near the top of the shell for the taller kids, seat tested to draft Euro SI standards, available early November 2011 at BRU, $179

   

 

New Highback Turbo booster with Safety Surround
Also tested to draft Euro SI standards, $69, shipping 1st qtr 2012

   

 

New Fashions for Smart Seat All-in-One:  Jemma & Rosin now available thru Amazon.  See our full review of the Graco Smart Seat here!

 

 

New My Size 65 (Prototype model)
4-40 lbs RF, 20-65 lbs FF, adjustable 8 position headrest, no-rethread harness, 17.5″ top harness height, single recline position for RF. Separate LATCH strap for each belt path just like the MyRide. Cool, new “In Right” lower LATCH connectors on both RF & FF LATCH straps. Production begins in February, 2nd qtr 2012 release.

                         

 

New Classic Ride
An updated ComfortSport using the existing shell (will not replace CS), 4-40 lbs RF, to 50 lbs FF, added inserts

 

Argos & Argos Elite (based on Nautilus platform)
Elite version has lockoff and width-adjustable head support, no rethread harness, 20-70 lbs with  harness, 30-100 lbs HBB, 40-120 LBB.  MSRP $199, Elite $219

     

 

New Aprica “Moto” Travel System with “A30″ infant carseat - No pics. Looks like a Snugride 30. Not sure if there are any differences besides cover and branding. Will confirm and follow-up.

Canadian news on the My Ride: they’re in the final stages of testing. Soon!

And the Winners Are……

First, we’d like to publicly congratulate Bubble Bum for being a JPMA 2011 Innovation Awards Winner!  I <3 these ladies and I’m thrilled that they were recognized for their innovative product and all their hard work.  I know they were very busy at the Expo but I hope they took a moment or two to bask in the glory of their success!  We have a review of the award-winning Bubble Bum booster here.

Next up, we have a winner in our Chicco KeyFit Bokoo Cover giveaway!  The lovely Adriana Rendon of Bokoo Covers randomly chose the winner when we caught up with her at the Expo. Thank you Adriana for not killing me when I made you wait almost an hour!  I <3 you too!  :) 

For more info on Bokoo Covers for the Chicco KeyFit & KeyFit 30 – see our blog here.

ABC Expo 2011 Dorel Carseats: What’s New from Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco & Eddie Bauer

So much to look forward to from Dorel in the near future!  We were impressed by a lot of what we saw.  And the new, rear-facing recline range of 30-45 degrees, which is going to be allowed on at least some of their convertible models going forward, is much appreciated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

To clarify, the new convertibles with the dual level lines will allow the seat to be installed at a more upright angle (up to approx 30 degrees from vertical) when rear-facing but only for kids who weigh more than 22 lbs and who are also able to sit upright unassisted.  

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70:   New fashions!  In addition to “Total Black” which is already available. There is now a taupe cover that Heather really liked (sorry, didn’t catch the name) and “Intense Red” which is coming soon.  The darker fabric on Intense Red is more maroon than eggplant. The fabric is actually called “Wine Tasting”.  I like it for that reason alone – lol!  The red definitely has orange undertones.  We put it next to the red Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR booster, which is more of a true red, to give you a better idea of how the colors looks in real life.  Check out our full review of the Pria 70 here!

       

Maxi-Cosi Prezi infant seat: 4-30 lbs, fits preemie doll very well, no-rethread harness, coming in April, anti-rebound bar, headrest extends up past seat, “EZ Out” System–harness pops up and out of the way when unbuckled due to foam pads inside harness strap covers, based on the European “Pebble” infant seat, base is about 23″, has KeyFit-like lockoffs.

 

Eddie Bauer Cozy Carry Elite Plus, Scenera 40 RF, & Guide 65:  Scenera has additional infant insert and quilted fabric. Still no EPS/EPP foam in Scenera but Dorel states that the seat tests so well without it (even meeting the strict Candian compression-deflection standard without it) that it’s hard to justify increasing the price point just to add it.  Guide 65 is XRS 65 model under EB brand name.  Has rf/ff/bpb weight limits on fabric tab sewn to front of cover, $99, shipping in Dec. In stores in Jan.

 

FYI – Some Walmarts are stocking the Safety 1st Cozy Carry Elite Plus.  We’re happy to hear that!  See our full review of this seat here.  New fashions for CCEP include “Celine” & “Odyssey”.

     

Safety 1st Chart 65 Air$139, headrest adjusts separately from harness and from back of seat, 16.5″ top slots, 1 harness strap, bottom slots around 7-7.5″ with padding, shipping at end of year, will be available at Target.

 

Safety 1st Comfort Zone Complete Air SE:
Battery powered airflow, fan system blows ambient room air.

Cosco Apt: Same price as Scenera 40 RF, dual level line indicator allows for seat to be more upright for kids over 22 lbs who can sit upright unassissted, hard plastic dual upholders, $54, will be available at Kmart, Target, Sears (deluxe model), 40 lbs max RF and FF.  Interesting new upright/recline positions.  Basically a new, improved Scenera.  Looks like a great seat but won’t be a good option for 3-across since the cupholders make it wider than the traditional Scenera.

             

Topside: backless booster, blow molded, 40-120 lbs, in the $13ish range

 

*all Dorel backless boosters, including the popular High Rise, will be switching to a 40 lb weight minimum

Misc Photos: Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR booster, Safety 1st Boost Air booster, Cosco Pronto booster, Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 infant seat, Complete Air 65 convertible & Essential Air harnessed booster (aka combination seat).

   

   

Last Chance to Win a Free Bubble Bum Booster!

http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=185581

Contest ends September 30th!  (Do not comment here to enter, please visit the link above for details)

Don’t miss our review of the Bubble Bum, currently $39.99 on Amazon.com.