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Monthly Archive:: January 2012

Review: The First Years Via 35 Infant Carseat – Big Things Come in Small Packages!

Are you sick of your kids outgrowing their infant seats by six months? Do you tend to grow big babies? Do you live in a place where it would be nice to have an infant seat to use through two full winters?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, the First Years Via 35 infant seat might be the seat for you! From its bright, colorful labels to its tall shell, the Via is larger than life, yet surprisingly compact given its capacity.

The Via 35 (more officially known as the Via I470 and also sold under the Lamaze brand) is a redesign of the previous incarnation of the Via, which had a 22-pound limit.

Will Skinny Be Back in 2012? A plea to manufacturers.

Skinny is back in demand - that is, if you’re a carseat or booster.  Unfortunately, skinny is also hard to come by these days and that’s a real problem.  In a time when Americans are downsizing their vehicles in droves -  increased laws and awareness are keeping more and more kids in CRs longer.  The combination of these two factors is creating a real space problem.  

We need more CRs that can fit in narrow seating positions and in those tricky 3-across situations.  Manufacturers need to work quickly to address this issue because if one more parent suggests removing the armrests on their Turbo booster to make it fit next to another CR – I’m going to lose my mind!

Here are some suggestions for all CR manufacturers.  Work on designing new, narrow seats and pay particular attention to how your various models fit/puzzle/mesh next to each other.  In the mean time, how about reviving some of those older designs that worked so well for us in the past?

Happy 2012 From CarseatBlog!

CarseatBlog is undergoing some maintenance, but if you can see this message, you’ve found us on our new server.  We’ll be back to normal next week!  Please have a safe, happy and healthy new year from Heather, Jennie, Kecia and Darren.