Monthly Archive:: December 2013

ABC Kids Expo 2013: What’s New from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & The First Years

Here’s a quick run down of ABC updates from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & TOMY/The First Years


Baby Trend:

Inertia infant seat

  • no longer BRU exclusive.
  • 5-32 lbs; rigid latch attachments; anti-rebound bar; no-rethread harness
  • New 2014 fashions

Baby Trend Inertia  Baby Trend Inertia




Hybrid combination seat

  • 22-50 lbs. with harness; 17″ top harness slots
  • 30-100 lbs highback booster; 40-100 backless booster

Baby Trend FastBack & Hybrid

FastBack combination seat

  • Rigid latch attachments
  • Weight limit for 2014 models will be 22-65 lbs with harness
  • Due to weight of product 2014 models will only allow LATCH usage to 36 lbs



G3 infant seat update – primarily changes in soft goods

  • tight mesh cover
  • release levers now grey
  • paparazzi cover sewn into canopy

G3 Base

  • Latch belt routed behind lock-off
  • Single side adjuster

Toddler Seat (Convertible)

  • Height limit now 49″


TOMY/The First Years:

The B830 combination seat that we’ve been seeing at ABC for the last few years will be released at some point in 2014 but it will be released under the JJ Cole brand name. We don’t have any other details but will follow up with our contacts at TOMY and keep you posted.

 Contigo infant seat – currently available

  • must always be used with base (no guides for baseless install)
  • 5-35 lbs; no re-thread harness; forward handle position for rebound management

No changes to current convertibles.


Ho-Ho-Homade Ornaments

salt dough 2Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving was so late, or maybe it’s because this is our first holiday season in a cold environment, but we cannot wait for Christmas this year! I’ve been itching to do some crafts, and I figured the day after Thanksgiving was the perfect time since there was no way you’d find me heading to the mall.

Now, I consider myself a fairly crafty person. I love doing crafts, but I’ll admit I don’t love doing them with my kids. I have a low tolerance for glue and paint in all the wrong places. But I also know it’s good for them to get creative and for me to step out of my comfort zone, so this Black Friday, it was all about family crafting.

snowmanFirst up were the Melted Snowmen ornaments. I forget where I first saw these, but I filed it away in my mind a long time ago. You fill plastic (or glass, if you’re brave) ornaments with salt, add some peppercorn “coal,” and carrots and sticks made of polymer clay. Sculpting the clay parts was the most time-consuming step, but even that went pretty fast. A few minutes to bake and cool, then everything got added to the globes. (Hint: Use a funnel for the salt!) The whole project took less than an hour.

Next: salt dough ornaments. I turned to the interwebs for a good recipe, but everything I found was different, and people reported different levels of success. I lucked out on my choice, though. The dough worked beautifully, and the end result feel more like bisque or stone than baked dough. Here’s the recipe I used:

salt dough2 cups flour

1 cup salt

3/4 cup warm water (plus more if it’s too dry–I needed just a bit more)

Mix together with a spoon then knead until smooth.

I rolled mine out to 3/8″ then we used various cookie cutters to make our designs. Remember to add holes for hanging!

Bake at 200 degrees for two hours. (I put mine on parchment paper, but the bottoms wound up still damp so I had to put them back in without. Next time I’ll skip the parchment.)

The colored ones were stamped with regular stamp-pad ink before they were baked. We planned on painting the other ones, but I think we might leave some blank because the stone-look is so cool.

(In case you’re wondering, I ordered the Minecraft and Starbucks cookie cutters from a seller on Etsy.)

The day wasn’t without mishaps. My 2-year-old spilled a whole bottle of peppercorns on the floor (those things can roll!) and I wound up vacuuming four times. But we had so much fun, I just might declare every Black Friday “Ornament Day.”

What are your favorite ornaments or holiday crafts to make with kids?


ABC Expo 2013: Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest

At the ABC Show in October, we saw a product we saw in prototype form at the 2012 ABC Show. We thought it was a great idea back then and we still think it’s a great idea now. It reminds me of my old Dream Wings; perhaps those of you who have been around for a while remember those being sold in Skymall and One Step Ahead.

Anyway, the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest is for kiddos in backless boosters (ahem, or adults) who would like head support while sleeping. A bonus is that it helps keep these same boostered kids from becoming limp noodles in their boosters when they fall asleep. The wings attach securely to the vehicle’s head restraint poles with hooks and star knobs and can be adjusted up or down to fit a person of any size. They can also be rotated up and out of the way for daily use. Here’s a video of the headrest in use.


For more information, see the Cardiff website at www.cardiffproducts.com. The Booster Seat Headrest retails for $49.99 and is available on Amazon.


Safety 1st Incognito Kid-Positioner *Giveaway*

Thanksgiving might be over but we still have plenty of reason to give thanks! After a few unexpected bumps in the road, the Safety 1st Incognito Kid-Positioner is finally in production and Amazon should be fulfilling pre-orders soon. Black will be available first, followed by Light Grey then Dark Grey and Tan.

To celebrate this highly-anticipated release and to share our enthusiasm for this simple but epic new product – we’re giving away FIVE Incognitos this week! That’s right, 5 lucky people will win an Incognito in the color of their choice, thanks to our generous friends at Dorel!

This promotion is now closed. The winners will be announced soon. Thank you for participating! 

The Incognito is special because it’s meant to be “the seat after the booster”. It was specifically designed for older kids and Tweens who still need a little help getting the adult seatbelt to fit properly. With its very low profile and covers designed to blend in with vehicle interiors, the Incognito will be more appealing to older kids who may be self-conscious about using a traditional-looking booster. This is extremely important because one of the biggest challenges we face as child safety advocates is getting the message out to parents and kids that they are NOT ready to ditch the booster and move directly to the adult seatbelt by age 8.

The Incognito is rated from 60-120 lbs. and from 47-60″ tall. This product is targeted to kids in the 8-13 age group and the weight and height range reflects that. It really is meant to be “the seat after the booster”. Incognito is made of dense foam so it’s extremely lightweight. It’s firm and supportive but not as hard as sitting on plastic. See Ellie’s Review of the Safety 1st Incognito for more info, pictures and video.

Black and Light Grey should be available by the time winners are announced. If a winner chooses to wait for Dark Grey or Tan, that will be their choice.

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 U.S. (Canada is excluded – sorry! But they are working on a Canadian version.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This promotion will close on Sunday night, 12/8, and the winners 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 10 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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Cyber Monday 2013: Great Carseat & Stroller Deals!

The great Cyber Monday deals have already started so I’m posting this now and I’ll add to the list as I find new deals or better deals. Check back throughout the night and day to see what’s new. Some of these deals may have longevity but most are “while supplies last” so don’t dilly-dally if you really need something.

Did you find an awesome carseat or booster deal that isn’t listed here? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Products sold and shipped directly from Amazon come with FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS (in case it doesn’t work out for whatever reason).



Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect in “Dragonfly” or “Lexi” for $85.35

Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect in “Rittenhouse” for $134.29

Britax B-Safe in “Red” for $118.78

UPPAbaby Mesa in “Teal”, “Orange” or “Wheat” for $223.20



Britax Marathon 70-G3 in “Onyx” for $167.58 (Cowmoo & Waverly fashions available for a few bucks more)

Britax Boulevard 70-G3 in “Onyx” for $184.92 (Aztec fashion available for a few bucks more)

Britax Pavilion 70-G3 in “Onyx” for $195.12 (Sophia fashion available for a few bucks more)

Britax Advocate 70-G3 in “Opus Gray” for $219.56 (Zebra & Onyx fashions available for a few bucks more)

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Paxton” for $79.99

Graco MyRide 65 LX in “Rane” for $97.99

Combi Coccoro in “Chestnut” or “Licorice” for $159.99

Toys R  Us:

Graco MySize 70 in “Odyssey”, “Thunder” or “Tina” for $149.99


Britax “Classic” Roundabout 50 in Charcoal for $99.00


COMBINATION SEATS (Forward-facing only harness & booster):

Evenflo Secure Kid 300 in “Loy” for $93.75

Graco Nautilus in “Matrix” for $119.99

Britax Pioneer 70 in “Redwood” for $145.77

Britax Frontier 90 for $195.07 – ALL FASHIONS!

Britax Pinnacle 90 in “Broadway” and “Manhattan” for $218.36

Recaro Performance SPORT in “Vibe” and several other fashions for $190.43


Graco Nautilus in Black for $112.00



Graco Affix Highback Booster in “Atomic” for $55.99 

Britax Parkway SG (no LATCH) 2013 in “Gridline” for $81.82 (Knight & Confetti fashions for a few bucks more)

Recaro Performance BOOSTER in “Sapphire” or “Marine” for $93.27



Save 25% on select Chicco Travel Systems with Promo Code CHICCOTS

Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System with SnugRide 30 Click Connect carseat in “Finley” for $175.99



Save 30% on Baby Jogger Strollers

Britax B-Ready in Black and several other fashions for $288.98

UPPAbaby Cruz in “Denny” or Maeve Lavender for  $367.99

UPPAbaby Vista with bassinet in “Mica” for $583.99


Happy Cyber Monday Shopping! :)