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Monthly Archive:: January 2013

Diono Monterey Highback Booster *Giveaway* – Week 11 of CarseatBlog’s Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

For week 11 of our Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Diono to offer a brand new Monterey Highback Booster model with updated shoulder belt guides!  This popular booster is better than ever thanks to a new integrated shoulder belt guide design which  improves overall compatibility in various vehicles. The Monterey is a dual mode (highback or backless) booster rated from 30-120 lbs. It has energy-absorbing EPS foam, flexible lower LATCH attachments, height-adjustable head wings and width-adjustable torso wings. It has a Best Bet rating from the IIHS in highback mode and it tends to fit bigger, taller kids very well so it’s a great option for keeping your older kids safely in a booster until they can pass the 5-Step Test in your vehicle. The new Monterey is on our list of recommended seats and we hope to have a review of this latest model in the near future. Winner will have their choice of available Monterey fashions!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating!  A winner will be announced soon!

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this fabulous belt-positioning booster seat!

  • Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Diono Monterey giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the Diono Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog & Monterey giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address. Canada is excluded – sorry!

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2012 or 2013 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 2/3, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 2/4. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

 

 

He’s not mine, I swear.

You know how when your kids get older, they want you to stay away from them in public so you don’t embarrass them? I distinctly remember wanting my mom to park at the VERY end of the pick up line when I was a freshman in high school because she was always singing and dancing in the car while waiting and I was paranoid someone would see. Because obviously your life is ruined if you mom sings Hootie and the Blowfish, right? Well the more experience I have with raising a kid, the more gung ho I am about making your kids deal with your embarrassing habits and suck it up, because guess what? It is sweet sweet revenge. Revenge for the millions of times they embarrassed you in public when they were younger. Unfortunately you don’t have the option of telling your two year old to go to the opposite end of the check out line so no one will know he is yours. Therefore, when he turns 16, he can’t pretend you are not his.

In the last month alone I can count three times I wanted to do a combination of melting into an invisible puddle and laughing hysterically. Two instances happened today. The first was a few months ago. We were strolling through the mall and an older lady was walking towards us dressed head to toe in yellow. I’m talking BRIGHT yellow. A complete pants suit. With yellow heels and a yellow hat. She was also very, uh, sturdy, and easily towered over me. For one reason or another, she decided to say hi to Liam. Liam is usually very outgoing and will immediately put his hand on his chest and say, “Me Liam”, caveman style. This time he started screaming, clinging to my leg and yelling, “Wook! Help mama! Big bad banana!!!”. People were staring, because he was screaming like someone was pinching him. The Bad Banana Lady gave us the dirtiest look I’ve seen in awhile and stormed past us. Liam, relieved, let go of my leg and said, “Whew, all gone.”

The next two were today at Costco. We were walking to get eggs when a woman on one of those motorized scooter things whizzed by us. Liam yelled very loudly, “Wook! It’s the big sick lady on Wall-E!”. Apparently she very much resembled one of the boneless meal drinking people on the hovercraft things on Wall-E. He would NOT stop talking about it and of course she happened to be on every aisle we needed to go down. I was very relieved when we finally got to the check out line. Liam likes to push the cart onto one side of the register while I stand on the other to pay. The woman boxing things up was talking to him and he was chattering away. Suddenly, I hear him go “Wook! HAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!” in his crazy little laugh. My heart sank because I know that laugh. That is the laugh of his latest and greatest joke he’s picked up since potty training. I’ve been doing my best to ignore it in hopes he would stop and never do it in public but obviously that didn’t work. I meekly peered over the register to find my son standing with his hands on his hips, front of his waistband pulled down and tucked so he was dangling out for all to see. “Wook! Peeking!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!”. I  silently vowed to kill Shaun for laughing the first time he ever did that, because if he hadn’t, maybe this public display of two year old glory wouldn’t be happening. I don’t think I’ve ever moved around a register so fast, but I’m pretty sure he was only exposed to air for maybe 5 seconds before I grabbed him. Fortunately the bagger had two boys of her own and didn’t seem too traumatized, but I’d be lying if I’m not considering making my kid wear diapers again.

Wish me luck because when he wakes up, we have to go to Target. Sigh.

Maybe if I disguise him enough, someone will just think he’s a random awkward man?

Snugli Harnessed Booster *Giveaway* – Week 10 of CarseatBlog’s Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

For week 10 of our Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Snugli to offer an awesome, brand-spankin’ new Snugli Harnessed Booster based on the popular Secure Kid 400 combination seat!  This brand new model offers all of the premium features of the Secure Kid 400 (“e3″ Side-Impact protection, self-ratcheting SureLATCH connectors, dual integrated cup holders), plus it has memory foam for added comfort and Outlast® temperature-regulating fabric to keep kids cool in the heat!

This is a forward-facing only seat rated from 22-65 lbs and up to 50″ tall with the 5-point harness. In booster mode it’s rated from 40-110 lbs. This higher-weight seat has tall top harness slots so it’s a great choice even for tall, skinny kids. Plus, it’s lightweight which is a real bonus if you travel with your seats or move them from vehicle-to-vehicle frequently. We have a review of the Secure Kid here and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats. Winner will have their choice of either the Black Camo or Pinstripe fashion!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating!  A winner will be announced soon!

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this fabulous new combination seat!

  • Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Snugli Harnessed Booster giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the Snugli Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog & Harnessed Booster giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address. Canada is excluded – sorry!

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2012 or 2013 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 1/27, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 1/28. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

 

 

Pamper the Kids: Baby Spa Lotion Review

When I was little, my friends and I would spend hours in my bathroom, mixing concoctions of various lotions, soaps, and powders as we played “mad scientist.” My kids don’t do that, in part because I don’t want to clean stuff up, in part because it’s potentially dangerous, and in part because we don’t own many lotions or soaps (and no powders).

Around here, I typically use coconut oil or jojoba oil for moisturizing. It’s cheap, it’s natural, and it works. Now and then, though, I enjoy trying out commercial products. There’s something luxurious about opening up a bottle of something meant just for skin and not also for cooking.

I recently had a chance to try out some lotions by Baby Spa, a collection of soaps and lotions designed for little ones. I love that their products are 98-100% natural and contain none of the stuff I try to avoid in body-care products: parabens, phthalates, sulfates, BPA, etc. I tried three of their lotions: Soothing Face Cream Stage 1 (for newborns and crawlers), Soothing Face Cream Stage 2 (walking to 4 years), and Moisturizing Body Lotion Stage 2.

Technically, I don’t have a baby who fits into the Stage 1 category, but my walking toddler was 14 months old, and my other kids were still crawling at that age, so I figured he was close enough. I first tried the face cream when Oliver’s cheeks looked a bit chapped after a long day outdoors. The lotion went on smoothly and was neither too greasy nor overly scented, two things I can’t stand about most lotions. By the next morning, his cheeks were back to normal.

My three-year-old loved using the lotion on herself. The body lotion and face cream she used also had a very nice texture and consistency, and also smelled wonderful without being overwhelming.(I can’t quite describe the scents of the lotion and cream, but they’re slightly fruity and slightly floral. The important thing is that I can stand them. Overly strong scents are a huge turn-off for me.)

We’ll definitely keep the Baby Spa products around, and I might even order some of their bubble bath and shampoo, since I’m always looking for “stuff-free” options for those. I’ll keep them out of reach of the kids, though. I don’t want them being used in science experiments.

Thank you to Baby Spa for providing the samples used for this review.

Happy 13th Birthday, Son! Now Get Back in the Back Seat.

My son just had his 13th birthday on December 31st. Yep, a New Year’s Eve baby. We tried to get him to hold off to be the first baby born in Y2K, but he wouldn’t have anything to do with that, so the 31st it was. He’s always been a big kid: he came 3 weeks early and was 8 lbs. 5 oz., and was 40 lbs. at 3 years old, which back then was a big deal. He was never squishy fat, though (mmmm, except for his baby thighs); he was solid as a rock. Eventually J started thinning out and we actually worried about him being too thin, lol. He’s now 5’5.5″ (no, I’m not allowing him to catch up to my 5’6″ just yet) and around 92 lbs. So he’s big enough finally to sit in the front seat, right?

I guess so. The warnings in cars and on visors say that kids 12 and under should sit in the back and he *is* over 12 now. He had a couple of rides to school from his dad this past semester in the front seat because it was the only open seat; we carpool younger kiddos to school. It was a poorly kept secret from me: Giggle giggle giggle. “Guess how I got to school today, mom?” Giggle giggle giggle. But what could I do? It was raining and I wasn’t pulling my sorry butt out of my soft, warm bed at 7:15a to give him a ride when there was a car conveniently going right by his school ;). I know, bad CPS Tech. So slap me.

A day before his birthday, I wanted to get him off his computer, so I bribed J to go to the store with me. In a sing-song voice, I called to him, “Want to go to the store with me?”

“No!”

“I’ll let you ride in the front seat.”

Next thing I hear is a teen’s large feet clomping down the stairs. Glad I know what makes him tick! The whole 5 minute ride to the store was awkward at best. It was just weird having my son sitting next to me, hearing his voice from *next* to me, instead of coming from behind me. He rode home in the front seat, but I told him that was the last time for a while that he’s sitting in the front. *I’m* not ready for it. He knows the statistics—that he’s 40% more likely to be injured in the front seat—and he’s my safety kid so he tends to do what’s safest anyway. He’s still going to ride in the front seat when he’s alone with dh because he wants to be like dad, but I’m not going to sweat that. He’s old enough now, he’s big enough, and he’s less likely to be leaning out of position in the front. It’s just another sign that my kids are growing up way too fast.