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Monthly Archive:: November 2011

More juicy *clek foonf* details and pics!

New details and pictures are courtesy of Chris Lumley at clek.  Make sure you thank him for sharing them with us!  I’m not going to attempt to cover everything that was in the clek webinar Chris presented to the CPS community earlier this week but I’ll do my best to highlight the key points.

Lower LATCH anchor limit will be 48 lbs unless your vehicle manufacturer specifies a lower limit.  After the child reaches the lower anchor weight limit, foonf will need to be installed with seatbelt.  Always use top tether (if one is available) when seat is installed forward-facing.

I asked Chris for clarification on top tether usage and we tossed some ideas back and forth.  I’ll try to summarize my understanding of the issues.  Clek would really like to mandate top tether usage for all forward-facing installs because tethering helps the seat perform optimally.  However, they don’t want to penalize consumers who may not have tether anchors in their vehicles or may not have them in the seating position they wish to place the carseat in.   Due to foonf’s open beltpath design and the built-in lockoff device for the vehicle’s shoulder belt that is mounted up high near the top of the shell – the seat still performs well in testing when installed with a (3-pt) lap/shoulder belt but no tether.  They acknowledged that the seat must pass NHTSA’s injury criteria testing (and it does) using a lap-only seatbelt or using just the lower LATCH anchors (without tethering) but they are not comfortable allowing that type of installation and will consider it a misuse.  

Cruisin’ for a Soothin’: A Review of the Fisher Price Cruisin’ Motion Soother

Have you ever found yourself driving around with your crying infant at 3:00 in the morning because it’s the only way to get him or her to fall asleep? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could achieve the same effect in the comfort of your own living room?

Enter the Cruisin’ Motion Soother, a very cool new item from Fisher-Price.

This isn’t your typical vibrating-chair-thingy. Frankly, the monotonous vibration of similar products never did much for my kids. Instead, the Motion Soother both looks and acts like a car. No, it doesn’t actually drive your baby around the house, although that would be pretty cool. (They could combine it with a Roomba.) It does, however, shimmy and bump, replicating the motion of a baby’s car seat when strapped into a moving vehicle. (And it really does move that way. It amazed me how realistic it seems!)

Amazon Cyber Monday Carseat Deals

Please see our current blog:

Cyber Monday 2013: Great Carseat & Stroller Deals!

 

I’ve been browsing Amazon all morning looking for some good deals on excellent carseats and boosters.  This is what I’ve found so far:

 

 

Evenflo Symphony 65 E3 All in One Car Seat, Cicero $173.39

We have a review of the Symphony 65 e3 HERE.  In booster mode, it earned a “Best Bet” rating from the IIHS!

 

Combi Coccoro Convertible, Keylime $149.99

We have a review of the Coccoro HERE.

 

Diono Radian RXT Convertible, Cobolt $219.99

We have a review of the Radian RXT HERE.

 

Britax Frontier 85 SICT Combination in Onyx $229.49

We have a review of the Frontier 85 HERE.  This seat also has a “Best Bet” rating from the IIHS for excellent fit when used in booster mode.

 

Safety 1st On Board 35 Air Infant Car Seat in Calie $127.49

We have a review of the Air Protect onBoard 35 HERE.

 

Recaro Vivo High Back Booster in Carbon, River or Bella $69.99

We don’t have a review but we should since my 8 year old rides in this booster in my husband’s vehicle!  It’s also another “Best Bet” pick from the IIHS.

 

Finally, don’t forget to check out our Recommended Seats List for more info on the carseats and boosters we like the most.  There’s even a separate list of recommended carseats for preemies and multiples!

Happy Cyber Shopping and I hope everyone finds great deals on everything they’re looking for today!  :)

 

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours!  We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday and safe travels to and from your destination.  If you’re lucky enough to be staying home tomorrow – I’m jealous.  We’ll be sitting in traffic trying to get to Long Island.  Yeah… so not fun.  But I still have tons to be thankful for so I’ll try to keep that in mind while I’m creeping along on the Van Wyck Expressway.  

Of course I’m thankful for great friends, a wonderful family, our health, a roof over our heads, the food on our table and all the other important stuff that I try never to lose sight of.  But this is CarseatBlog so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the CPS-related stuf that I’m super thankful for this year.  

I’m thankful for (in no particular order)…

  • Backless Turbo boosters that come fully assembled and with the screws already in the armrests
  • Dorel’s new dual level-to-ground lines
  • Lots of new infant seats (and even a few convertibles) that fit smaller newborns really well
  • My pre-advisory Regent installed with long belt path routing in my minivan (the perfect seat for my DS2 in my vehicle) 
  • The new AAP recommendations on carseat and booster usage
  • All the smart, passionate & dedicated techs, instructors and advocates that I learn from everyday 

So, what are you thankful for this year?

 

ABC Expo 2011: Everything Else!

Phew! I thought I’d never get them all done but I’m happy to report that this is the last ABC-related blog on this year’s show.  I almost wish I had an extra day or two just to try to cover the plethora of cool products that weren’t carseats or strollers.  Then again, if I did, I’d probably be blogging about the expo until Valentine’s Day so maybe it’s a good thing that we had to leave after 3 days.  

There were some incredible, creative displays at this show.  I think my favorite was the band for Rockin Green eco-friendly laundry detergent.  They made me wish I had stinky cloth diapers to clean!  Okay, not really but they were definitely memorable in a fun upbeat way! 

 

 

Baby carriers: Hotslings & Ergo

     

 

Accessories: City Grips - stroller handlebar covers (available in straight or curved)

 

 

Ju-Ju-Be bags & gear

         

 

 Foogo containers & insulated lunch bags

     

 

I leave you with one final image from the show. And my personal favorite… (thanks, Brooks!)