Monthly Archive:: May 2013

Every CarseatBlog.com Review – Now In One Convenient Place!

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Our readers suggested it and we listened!  Every CarseatBlog.com carseat and booster review can now be found quickly and easily by visiting our new “Reviews” page. Products are grouped according to CR category. You’ll even find our vehicle reviews and other product reviews there too – like Heather’s informative vehicle seat protector comparison!

Just click on the “Reviews” link at the top of the page. Every time we review a CR or a new vehicle, we’ll add it to that page so you can always find what you’re looking for without searching for key words or by category. We’re busy parents too and we understand that every moment saved is a moment earned! And that time could better spent on more productive tasks… like finishing that yard work you started last month, or folding that load of laundry that’s been sitting in the basket for 3 days. Or Heather’s personal favorite – vacuuming! Um… yeah.

Okay, who am I kidding… I hope the time you save thanks to our new CarseatBlog Reviews page is time spent on something truly enjoyable – like a nap. :)



How far is too far?

RF-teenagerI understand that we’re all passionate about safety.  And at some point or another, most of us have had to deal with criticism from friends or family members who think we’ve taken this whole car safety thing too far and just gone right off the deep end.  Usually, we just brush off these ignorant remarks because deep in our hearts we know that we’re right and obviously they just don’t get it.  We’re aware of the fact that MVC’s are the leading cause of death to children in the US and we’re all determined to protect our children to the best of our abilities.  That’s our job as parents and caregivers and we all take that responsibility very seriously.  I understand that, I really do because I’m right there with ya.

But how are we to know if we’ve really gone too far?  Certainly our safety-addicted friends at car-seat.org would never stage an intervention on our behalf.  And our spouse would probably rather walk across hot coals than incur our wrath by suggesting that maybe, just maybe, we’re being a bit too extreme.

So, who’s gonna give it to ya straight and tell you when it’s time to chillax?  Who’s gonna remind you that you can’t save the world and completely eradicate all injuries to children in MVCs – no matter how desperately you want to?  Who’s gonna tell you when it’s time to step away from that vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot because clearly you’re not dealing with an appreciative and open-mined victim? ;)

Kecia will!

However, the first step to getting help is to admit that you have a problem. Don’t think you have a problem?  Get in line.  And while you’re there – take our short survey:

1. Do you find yourself repeatedly trying to talk your sister-in-law into buying a Radian to rear-face your tiny 7-year-old niece who weighs 43 lbs?

2. When you go grocery shopping do you spend 20 minutes thinking about the most appropriate way to secure those projectiles for the ride home?

3.  Have you purchased more CRs for other people’s kids than you have for your own children?

4.  Have you ever considered gluing sheets of EPS/EPP foam to the rear windows in a vehicle that doesn’t have side curtain airbags?

5.  Do you lose sleep thinking about your neighbor’s child who is 4 years old and rides in a backless booster?

6.  Do you respond “ABSOLUTELY”, when someone posts an online poll asking whether you would put a small, immature 13-year-old back into a 5-point harness?

7.  Have you ever refused to ride the monorail at WDW because you considered it too risky?

8.  Do you have anxiety attacks when you see properly restrained forward-facing 2-year-olds?

9.  Do you always remember to secure your purse with an available safety belt?

10.  On Halloween, do you hand out copies of the 5-Step Test flyer instead of candy? (If you hand it out WITH candy – that doesn’t count as a yes.)

If you answered yes to more than 1 question above – please do yourself a favor and go volunteer some of your time at carseat check events in the lowest, low-income inner-city area you can find within driving distance.  If you don’t have any impoverished inner-city areas within driving distance, then a rural, migrant farm worker community will suffice.  All kidding aside, these are the types of places where your knowledge, passion and dedication to CPS are desperately, desperately needed.  And seeing the frightening reality of how these children ride around every day will really help you to appreciate the beautiful sight of a properly restrained, albeit forward-facing, 2-year-old.  Everything in life is relative and a healthy perspective will keep you focused on the bigger picture – and help you avoid going off the deep end in the process. :)

I can use my own app! Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review for Dummies

I’ve been a Nokia user for many years.  My collection of chargers and accessories has been nicely compatible with each upgrade.  I bought my Nokia phones for cheap online, so I never had to get tied to a contract.  Since they aren’t sold by AT&T, I’ve managed to retain my $15 unlimited non-smartphone data plan, too.  My most recent phone, the Nokia N8, was a bit of a splurge.  It did do what it needed to do for over 2 years, though.  Most importantly, its 12 megapixel camera put every other phone to shame, and still does, with a real Xenon camera flash as well.  The camera was fast to focus and snap a shot, but the Nokia Symbian software was always quirky and slow.  Recently, it’s been very buggy.  Even after re-installing the operating system, it will sporadically refuse to do things, like answer calls or allow me to hear the person on the other end.  Sometimes it shutdown for no apparent reason.

Enter the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.  It’s been selling like hotcakes and combined with the Galaxy S3, is giving the iPhone more competition than it can handle.  I intended to buy the new iPhone.  It was very nice all around, ‘cept for a few major drawbacks.  The screen was no bigger than my Nokia, for starters, though it was brighter and clearer  Also, we have a number of Apple chargers and cables from our iPads and iPods, but the iPhone5 is not compatible with any of them!  Finally, I was surprised to learn that it had no memory card for extra files and music and such.  Meanwhile, the Note 2 makes the iPhone look “cute”.  So, why the need for such a big phone?  Bragging rights?  For me, it’s a simple matter of compensating for something: my refusal to buy bifocals or progressive lenses at my last optometrist checkup!  I can’t tell you how much nicer it is to have a larger phone screen, even if it barely fits in one hand and blocks half of my face when talking….

CarseatBlog Readers Deserve a Mother’s Day Giveaway! (AKA – say something nice about yourself and enter to win a Graco TurboBooster!)

Graco Turbo - SpitfireHere at CarseatBlog we know our demographic and they’re mostly Moms, Moms-to-be, Nannies & Child Care Providers and the occasional Mr. Mom. We’re cool with that because we’re Moms (and Mr. Moms) too! We know where you’ve been and where you’re going. And we also know that EVERYONE can use a Highback Graco TurboBooster. Even if your own kids are too young or too little or waaaaay too immature to ride in a booster – we trust that you can find a good home, or a good use, for a TurboBooster!

So, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re giving away a Graco Turbo in the “Spitfire” fashion. All you need to do to enter is to comment below and say something nice about yourself! Yup, that’s it. You don’t need to be someone’s mother and your comment doesn’t have to be mom-related (although it can be if you want it to). Hopefully that won’t be too hard or require too much thought. Lol!

Contest will close at 10 PM (Eastern time) on Mother’s Day, 5/12, and a winner will be announced shortly thereafter. Winner must have a valid US shipping address. Since this is not a sponsored giveaway – everyone is eligible to enter to win but only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

Good luck!


Happy Mother’s Day Weekend from CarseatBlog!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the wonderful Moms out there who are passionate about all kinds of important things – not just child passenger safety! My youngest son made this for me two years ago when he was in 1st grade. It always makes me smile when I look at it – I probably should frame it and hang it on the wall. Today I share it with all of you because we need each other – to learn from, to grow with and to help enable our next carseat or booster purchase! Lol.

Best Mother's Day Sentiment

Stay tuned to the blog because we’ll be posting a Mother’s Day giveaway in the next few hours!