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Monthly Archive:: July 2013

5 Year Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway ~ The First Years True Fit SI C680 Convertible!

TFY True Fit SI C680 tealThis 5 Year Blogiversary Celebration isn’t about us – it’s about YOU. We know we’re lucky to have so many awesome readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe in and around motor vehicles. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these last 5 years and the best reward we could think of was another incredible giveaway promotion!

We’ve partnered with our generous friends at The First Years/TOMY to give away one of their new True Fit SI C680 convertible seats! This is the updated True Fit Premier model with enhanced side-impact protection. It still has the awesome anti-rebound bar feature and the removable upper headrest portion. The True Fit SI C680 is rated from 5-35 lbs. rear-facing and from 23-65 lbs. forward-facing. It’s a tall seat and great option for extended rear-facing with kids who weigh less than 35 lbs. The new True Fit SI is on our list of recommended seats and we will have a review of this new model in the near future.

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

Are you ready for the rules? Here’s the deal – a winner will be chosen from this blog entry or from any other previous 2013 CarseatBlog.com comment. So, just to be clear – you enter by leaving us thoughtful comments on this and any other non-giveaway blogs posted this year. We’ve had a bunch! Carseat reviews, vehicle reviews, other product reviews, guest posts, news updates, conference updates, funny parenting-related posts – they’re all potential winning tickets! If you are already a frequent CarseatBlog commenter then you’re already in the running to win but feel free to add a few more comments to increase your chances! The comments left should be thoughtful and related to the blog they’re commenting on (for example, don’t leave a comment on the BoostAPak Vs. BubbleBum blog that says “entering for the TF” or “thanks”). The more 2013 non-giveaway blogs you comment on, the more entries you get! Capice?

All eligible comments posted on this blog and previous blogs prior to 11 PM Eastern Time on 7/14 will count as an entry for this giveaway. If you post more than once on any one particular blog only the first comment will count as an entry.

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). Current 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 or update the rules if necessary.
The giveaway promotion will close on Sunday night, 7/14, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 7/15. 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.

Winner will have their choice of available C680 fashions!

TFY True Fit SI C680 tealTrue Fit SI C680 - Teal 2True Fit SI C680 - Teal 3

True Fit SI C680 - Pop of PinkTrue Fit SI C680 - Pop of Pink 2True Fit SI C680 - Pop of Pink 3

True Fit SI C680 - Plaid GrayTrue Fit SI C680 - Plaid Gray 2True Fit SI C680 - Plaid Gray 3

True Fit SI C680 - Abstract O'sTrue Fit SI C680 - Abstract O's 2True Fit SI C680 - Abstract O's 3

True Fit SI C680 - NaturalizationTrue Fit SI C680 - Naturalization 2True Fit SI C680 - Naturalization 3

 

Giveaways Galore!

Today is the last day to enter our Chicco NextFit Convertible giveaway!  Although it’s your last chance to enter, we will have a number of other great giveaways to celebrate our 5th anniversary.  For a few of these giveaways, like the NextFit, we are not promoting them via social media like we normally do.  Plus, we might require a little more to enter than to simply leave any comment or just click a button.  That means much better odds of winning for our readers, with fewer entrants who simply scour the internet for giveaways!  Good luck, and thanks to those who read our blog regularly or visit to read our reviews and to those who have taken the time to leave comments over the years.  Thank You!

Review: Taking the BOB Revolution CE for a Spin

I have three kids, but it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my last one that I finally got a good stroller. With the first two, I didn’t know there was really any difference between strollers. Even when I got muscle spasms in my back pushing a crappy stroller through Disneyland, it didn’t occur to me that it might be the stroller’s fault.

So anyway, once I finally got a good stroller (a Baby Jogger City Mini), a whole new world opened to me. Even though my BJCM was awesome, I was aware that it was really an entry-level good-stroller. The REAL joggers–the kind with actual air-filled tires and stuff–were out of my league. But when I got a chance to take a BOB Revolution CE for a spin (hahaha, get it?), I jumped at the opportunity.

The difference between the BOB Revolution CE and SE is the tire size. The SE has 16″ tires and is designed for serious use: rough terrain and lots of jogging. The CE, the one I used, has 12″ tires. It can also be used for jogging, but won’t handle off-roading as well. Since I’m not a jogger and spend way more time at the mall than on trails, the CE suited me just fine.

If you’re not sure which BOB Stroller is right for you, their website has a comparison chart of features which is very helpful.

Here are some measurements and specs of the Revolution CE:

Width (at wheels): 24.25″ (24″)

Length (wheel turned out): 43″ (37″)

Length (wheel turned in): 38″ (32.5″)

Seat height: 20.5″ (19.5″)

Seat depth: 8.5″ (9″)

Weight: 29 lbs

Maximum child size: 70 lbs and 44″

Minimum child age: Birth (with separate car seat adapter; for walking only), 8 weeks for walking mode without the car seat, 8 months for jogging mode

Much of the styling and features are similar to the Baby Jogger, but the BOB feels more heavy-duty. Some comparison photos:

BJCM in front (you can see the BOB is somewhat longer):

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5 Year Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway ~ Chicco NextFit Convertible!

Chicco-NextFit-MystiqueThis 5 Year Blogiversary Celebration isn’t about us – it’s about YOU. We know we’re lucky to have so many awesome readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe in and around motor vehicles. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these last 5 years and the best reward we could think of was an incredible giveaway promotion! :)

We’ve partnered with our generous friends at Chicco USA to give away one of their brand new NextFit Convertible seats! We recently published our full review of the Chicco NextFit Convertible. It’s a fabulous new seat and the innovative SuperCinch LATCH tightening technology is truly a game-changer. Good-bye and good riddance to the old saying “if you’re not breaking a sweat – you’re not doing it right.” The future of effortless LATCH installations for all parents and caregivers has arrived and the future is awesome!

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

To enter to win, we ask that you leave a thoughtful comment on our Chicco NextFit Review (NOT HERE). What do you like or love about this particular seat? Do you have a question about the NextFit that we didn’t answer or cover in our review? Do you have a suggestion (for us, or for Chicco) or some constructive criticism to offer? If your comment just says “entering” or “I need one of these” or “me, me, me” – that doesn’t qualify you for the giveaway. Capice?  :P

If you’ve already commented on the NextFit review then you’re already entered to win. If you comment more than once, only the first comment will count towards the promotion. All eligible comments on this review posted prior to 11 PM Eastern Time on 7/7 will count as an entry for this giveaway.

Apologies to our Canadian friends and those residing in Alaska & Hawaii, but Chicco USA can only ship to a winner in the US Mainland. Fashion will be “factory choice” depending on what’s in stock at the warehouse when they ship.

 

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).  Current 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 or update the rules if necessary.

The giveaway promotion will close on Sunday night, 7/7, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 7/8. 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.