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Monthly Archive:: July 2013

Britax Parkway SGL 2013 Booster Review

The Britax Parkway has been an outstanding booster for many years.  The latest versions are the Britax Parkway SGL 2013 and Parkway SG 2013.  The difference between the two being a $30 price increase for the SGL model that includes LATCH attachments for securing the booster to anchors in most newer vehicles.  CarseatBlog is reviewing the SGL model, but most comments apply to the SG model as well.

We previously reviewed the Britax Parkway SGL Booster, introduced three years ago.  The original version is an IIHS Best Bet high back booster.  With mostly minor changes, we expect the new, 2013 version to have similarly great performance.  We are also pleased to see the return of the look of the discontinued Britax Monarch booster, with side torso wings extending much higher for taller kids.

There are various noteworthy changes in this model year refresh:

  1. BritaxParkwayFoamRevised base now has SafeCell technology to reduce head excursion
  2. Overall height and shoulder height roughly one-half inch shorter
  3. Side impact wings extend higher, slightly deeper
  4. Torso wings now have EPS foam lining (photo, right)
  5. Shoulder belt guides revised
  6. Front adjuster easier for small hands
  7. SecureGuard clip is modified; now adjusts from top
  8. Armrest design slightly changed
  9. About 0.4 lbs heavier
  10. $10 MSRP price increase

 

Specifications:

For the most part, the specifications remain largely the same for the Parkway 2013 SGL.

5 Year Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway ~ Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible!

Maxi Cosi Pria 70 - no tinyfitIt’s our 5th Blogiversary and we’re wrapping up this month-long celebration with a 5th awesome carseat giveaway! We love our dedicated readers and followers and we want to reward you for supporting us throughout these past 5 years!  This week we’ve partnered with our generous Sponsor, Maxi-Cosi, to offer a fabulous Pria 70 convertible. Winner will have their choice of select Pria 70 fashions (pictured below).

This new model is a modification of the original Pria 70 and does not include the TinyFit™ system insert. Since this particular model lacks the additional insert, it isn’t suitable for preemies or small newborns because the lowest harness position measures around 8.5″ and the minimum weight requirement is 9 lbs. This seat is rated from 9-40 lbs rear-facing and from 22-70 lbs forward-facing.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! A winner will be announced soon!

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is an excellent seat for older babies and for extended rear-facing. It offers great rear-facing leg room, ridiculous amounts of padding and Air Protect® Side Impact Technology. In the forward-facing position, it’s a tall seat with great leg support that will last many kids until they’re old enough and mature enough to safely transition to a belt-positioning booster. A full review of the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 can be found HERE. We think highly of the Pria 70 and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats.

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To enter, you must leave a comment below on this blog. For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instruction and Like our Facebook page and/or tweet about our giveaway to your friends as well! 

Winner must have a shipping address in the Continental US (Canada, Alaska and Hawaii are excluded – sorry!)

 

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The contest will close on Sunday night, 8/4, and a winner will be announced within 72 hours. 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!

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New Baby? New Car Seat? Check out the Baby Registry on Amazon!

I remember when I was first pregnant with Liam. Shock and awe aside, I vividly remember the combination of excitement and total confusion as I wandered up and down the store aisles with the beat up yellow scanner, covered in the fingerprints from the past of other new mamas in the same position. Ten million baby items available to buy, although the secret that first time moms are sometimes left in the dark on is that of those ten million items, only a handful are necessary, or even make any sense.

One of those items is the car seat.

For those of us not swimming in the thick seas of car seat safety, buying a car seat is overwhelming. Infant or convertible? What brand? What weight limit? Does the canopy actually function? Is it heavy? Will it fit in my car? Is it cute? Can I install it without a base or will I have to buy a second one? How long will it last? Will it fit in the stroller I want? What stroller do I want anyway? Oh my god, I’m going to sell my car and become a nomad in the wilderness where I won’t need a car seat!!!

The good news is you don’t need to become a wandering nomad. Unless you want to of course. But for those of us who enjoy using motorized wheels to get from location to location, it’s easier than you think.

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First, decide if you want a convertible or an infant seat. An infant seat is obviously outgrown sooner than a convertible, but you get the benefit of being able to move a baby still strapped in from location to location without taking them out of the car seat, which is a blessing when they have FINALLY fallen asleep and you just need ten seconds to run in and get that jug of milk! A convertible is nice because it saves you money by skipping the infant seat altogether. There are numerous pros and cons for choosing either option, but once you’ve made this decision, logging on to CarSeatBlog and checking out the Recommended Car Seat List will make your life so much easier. It has recommendations for both infant and convertible seats, as well as measurements and information on fit for newborns in the convertible seat recommendation.

The car seat is one of those bigger yet necessary expenses; therefore, it is common to register for the one you have chosen. As a first time mom, and I’m sure many others felt the same, my automatic choice was Target or BabiesRUs. The excitement of going to the store and picking out what you like and pushing that trigger is exhilarating. But is it the best option available to you? And as a mom expecting her second or subsequent child, are you scoffing at the idea of creating a registry or finding it pointless if you aren’t having a baby shower?

I found the Amazon Baby Registry to fit my needs the best now that I’m expecting v2.0, and probably would have been much easier the first time around. No, I’m not browsing the store picking up every little thing but heck, I’m sitting on my couch with a box of cookies while my toddler careens through the house naked except for some sunglasses. Plus, you know, it’s Amazon. It’s like the endless black hole of items. You can find just about anything on there, many items that you wouldn’t be able to find in a brick and mortar store. It has the same benefit of any other registry with the 10% off discount of items on your registry right before you are due. It also offers free returns, so you can’t use the ease of returns excuse for brick and mortar stores. Plus, the cool thing is, you aren’t limited simply to Amazon. You can add items to your registry from other websites simply by downloading an add-on program for free. So that infant seat that you are just dying to have that can’t be found in the color you want at the store? Amazon! All Great Aunt Betty has to do is search your name, click, and buy, even if she doesn’t even know what in tarnation that thing is. Darn newfangled things.

So, in short, when you pee on that stick, your adventure begins. Choosing your kid’s first ride doesn’t have to be hard. And us second (or third, or fourth. Or ninth) time moms? Don’t sell yourself short. There’s a lot out of new stuff out there! In the world of babies and car seats, nothing is stagnant. Or easy. But it’s always a lot of fun.

Graco Nautilus Combination Carseat with SafetySurround: Blogiversary Giveaway!

When we received the opportunity to give away Graco’s new Nautilus Car Seat featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection, we jumped at the chance!  After all, “Graco Nautilus” is one of the top search terms that bring readers to CarseatBlog and to our community forum at Car-Seat.org.  So many of our readers love the Nautilus that we’ve reviewed the Nautilus Elite not once, but twice.  The Safety Surround Side Impact Protection platform represents Graco’s most comprehensive safety for car seats. On their packaging they claim “best head protection,” so we anticipate a nice improvement from the standard Nautilus in our upcoming review of the Nautilus with SafetySurround.  And did you know Graco will soon be using improved buckles on many of their carseats, including Nautilus?

Exclusively at Target for now, it currently sells for $179.99 (MSRP $209.99) and comes in the Atlas fashion, which is neutral, solid black and gray. They also have two fashions available online – Lucky and Berri. The Nautilus is a popular combination seat – with all positions facing forward – it starts out in a 5-point harness and then converts to a highback booster and finally to a backless booster. The Nautilus “3-in-1″ Car Seat with Safety Surround accommodates a child forward facing from 20 – 65 pounds and from 27 – 52 inches tall in the harness mode. Then, in highback booster mode it’s designed for a child from 30 – 100 pounds and from 38 – 57 inches tall. Finally, it can be used in backless booster mode from 40 – 100 pounds and from 40 – 57 inches.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. A winner will be announced soon! 

 

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The big news on this seat is the addition of Safety Surround Side Impact Protection. This is a platform that Graco has rolled out in other seats (including TurboBooster with Safety Surround, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround and My Ride 65 with Safety Surround), and it means that the seat meets both Graco’s Side Impact Testing and Europe’s draft Side Impact Standard. It’s a rigorously crash tested platform and gives children superior side impact protection at each stage of development. Because of all of this, Graco claims that the seat offers the “best” head protection at each stage / mode. Nautilus is engineered and crash tested to meet and exceed US Standard FMVSS213. The Nautilus Car Seat with Safety Surround is packed with the same great features the other members of the Nautilus family have. It has a steel-reinforced frame. It easily adjusts to three recline settings and has a one-hand, adjustable headrest that easily adapts to your growing toddler’s needs. There are two storage compartments (large enough for small toys or games and snacks) and an integrated cup holder. The crotch belt cover is used to keep a hot buckle from touching the child, too.

But what you really want to know is how can you join our giveaway? We know we’ve been years behind the latest giveaway technology, and frankly, have avoided doing so until now in order to give our sponsors a better chance to work with us on giveaway terms and selecting a winner. We also prefer to keep the number of entries a little smaller for most of our giveaways, in order to give a better chance to our loyal readers and feed followers! Nonetheless, we’re going to try this newfangled Rafflecopter thing-a-ma-jig and let you earn extra entries as well by using Facebook and Twitter! We will be using it periodically on some future giveaways, also. The main benefit to you?  Almost everyone with a U.S shipping address is eligible, with exceptions including Heather, Kecia, me and employees of Graco and their related companies/affiliates. Since Rafflecopter selects the winner using Random.org (the same website we use for most of our random giveaways), we trust them to do it right!

To enter, you must leave a comment in response to this blog.  Any ‘ol comment works!  Just say, “Entering” will do.  You are also welcome (but it’s not necessary) to tell us how much you love the Nautilus or Graco in your comment if you wish:-)  Or maybe even tell us a good (clean!) joke.  For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instruction and Like our Facebook page and/or tweet about our giveaway to your friends as well!  Since we will probably be getting more entries than normal, Graco is generously allowing us to give away 3, that’s right, THREE Graco Nautili (Nautilae?) with Safety Surround; one Nautilus to each of three separate winners. Our first prize winner will have their choice of fashions among Atlas, Berri and Lucky. Our second prize winner will have their choice of the remaining two fabrics. The third prize winner will get whatever fashion was not selected by the first and second prize winners! If there is any discrepancy, CarseatBlog and/or Graco Baby reserve the right to alter the terms of the contest and distribution of the first, second and third prizes at our own discretion.

This giveaway will close on Sunday evening, July 28th, with winner announced within about 48 hours.  For complete terms and to enter the contest, please see the Rafflecopter information below:
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