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Monthly Archive:: November 2011

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Baby Trend!

I give props to Baby Trend. They were perhaps the biggest surprise of the show right out of the gate. Darren, Heather and I were at the New Products Showcase Reception the evening before the expo started when something caught our eye.  At first we thought it was the trendZ EuroSport combo seat that is currently available at Target.  But upon closer inspection we noticed the rigid LATCH attachments and we were like… WTH?!  What is this???

This was the trendZ FastBack 3-in-1.  It’s not a true 3-in-1 in the sense that it can’t be used rear-facing.  But it’s similar to the Graco Nautilus in that it’s a forward-facing only harnessed seat that converts to a highback booster and eventually to a backless booster as well.  We had a chance to play with it a bit at the BT booth a few days later.  This is what we learned:

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Combi

This is me trying to wrap up the last of the ABC Expo related info.  Thanks for bearing with me!  I’ve been sick for the last 3 weeks, dealt with a huge freak pre-Halloween snowstorm, taught a CPS Tech certification class, visited the doctor a few times and started planning DH’s big half century birthday celebration, amongst other things.

Anyhow, enough whining and sniffling and hacking from me. Let’s talk carseats and cool new strollers too!

Out and About with the Cybex Aton

Ah, the Aton.

I first fell in love with this seat at Lifesavers in March. At the time, I was newly pregnant and not planning on using an infant seat this time around…until my eyes fell upon the lovely, colorful little capsule that is the Cybex Aton.

Shortly after the seat arrived on my doorstep, and shortly before my baby was born, it looked like the seat would be short-lived in the United States as the US distributor seemed to be getting out of the car seat market. I wondered whether there would even be a point in writing a review. Then word came that the Aton will indeed be sticking around, and there was much rejoicing.

The Safest Family Vehicle for 2012? (No, it’s not a Volvo!)

Looking for a model that received top overall ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS crash testing programs?  Something big enough to protect your precious cargo but with better handling and visibility than a full size, truck-based SUV?  Something flexible enough to seat a big family and still have some room for cargo?

Here are two great options:

2011-2012 Honda Odyssey- Perfect crash scores all around and great seating flexibility for large families up to 8!

Don’t want a minivan? 

2010-2012  Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse or GMC Acadia: 5 star overall NHTSA rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick!

 

  

We have a couple honorable mentions if you don’t need to seat more than 4-5 passengers:

2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze- Compact car with good fuel economy and perfect crash test ratings all around if you don’t need a big family hauler.

The 2011-2012 Volvo XC60 with the innovative City Safety feature.  Our tester was finally scheduled to arrive back in June, but due to factors beyond our control we could not obtain one for review and unfortunately we cannot recommend it outright.

Not coincidentally, www.informedforlife.org rates these models very well, too!  There are plenty of other models that are very safe for your family.  You can find more great choices by checking out their website along with results at www.iihs.org and www.safercar.gov .  Looking for advice?  Check out our Car Safety forum, too!