Recaro ProSport Review


The Recaro ProSport Combination Harness To Booster seat is the new combination seat from Recaro, essentially replacing the YoungSport.  It offers increased weight ratings over the previous model, from 20 to 90 pounds in harness mode and 30 to 120 pounds in booster mode.  It also is a little roomier overall and adds a nice, no-rethread harness height adjustment system.  It accommodates kids from 27 to 50 inches in harness mode and 37 to 59 inches tall in booster mode.  New for 2011 are “luxury” fashions, Envy and Hanna (named after its designer, Hanna Cushing).

Recaro touts its key features such as Side Impact Protection (it passes the European standards, since there is no USA standard).  In addition, there are EasyGuide, color-coded belt paths, the EasyAdjust 5-point harness system, the ErgoShell structure for comfort, a SoftTouch seat cushion insert and EPS foam throughout.  I’ll add to that list with some things I like.


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Thanks to our sponsor,, we have the luxury of giving away the new and innovative Kidsline Baby Chef Ultimate Baby Food Center

The Baby Chef baby food prep center from Kidsline saves time because its unique controls allow you to both steam and blend foods in multiple batches at the same time. And its dedicated heat controls means it can be used as a food and feeding bottle warmer. The generous-sized blending and chopping jar comes with a convenient storage lid so it’s ready for the refrigerator or on-the-go meals. Cord Storage, accessories drawer, space-saving spatula, tongs, measuring cup, and steaming cup included. BPA-free.


  • All-in-1 Machine: It Steams, Chops, Blends, Purees, Defrosts, Warms – even accommodates baby bottles!
  • Side-by-Side Meal Prep: Steam & Blend at the Same Time!
  • BPA-free with “Same Time” Dual Function Controls
  • Space-Saving Side Drawer with Tongs, Spatula, & Lid Included
  • Measuring Cup & Bottom Cord Storage Included

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It will be shipped directly to the winner from Kids-N-Cribs (shipping is free in the 48 contiguous United States, but a charge will apply anywhere else they can ship).  

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Eligibility outside of the USA will depend on where is able to ship this product.   A random winner will be chosen by Kids N Cribs or their designee one week from today (May 2).  Contest rules may be changed without prior notice.  Any disputes will be resolved by CarseatBlog at their sole discretion.

Matt and the Bubble Gum, er Bum


My wife, currently Heather, has been suggesting that I write something for  Were the suggestions more frequent or insistent, I would refer to it as nagging, but to her credit it has not yet risen to that level of annoyance.  In an attempt to nip that in the bud, the following is an irrelevant blog entry for your reading displeasure.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Review: Kids, Carseats and Safety


When I graduated from college, it was also a time where tech jobs were not easy to find.  We were sending tons of them overseas, prompting something of a “Buy American” phase.  I bought American, in the form of a 1991 Saturn SL2 sedan.  It was the first competitive small car from the big three in a long time, in my opinion, and arguably even the last one, until recently.  Since then, imports like Civic, Corolla, 323 and Jetta have set the trend in compact sedans.  Sub-compacts were similarly dominated by European and Japanese auto makers.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much besides fuel economy and safety when Chevrolet provided a 2011 Cruze Eco sedan.  Suffice to say, my expectations were exceeded.  The Cruze is a very competent compact car overall; one very worthy of consideration for a small family looking for a smaller and more affordable new car.

I can’t say it was particularly fun to drive, had stellar performance or turned heads as I was driving around suburbia.  As a compact sedan it is stylish, but is not pretentious in any way.  I recently rented a Chrysler minivan for a road trip and thought to myself that it looked and felt like something from 1990, rather than 2010.  Even my wife had the same impression.  I can say, however, that the Cruze did not give me that dated impression at all. I can also say that unlike some previous generation small sedans, it looks classy, drives well and has the appearance and feel of greatly improved quality, both inside and out.   In fact, it seems quite on par in almost every regard with current offerings from the competition, rather than seeming like it was a generation or two behind the times (like the Chevy Cobalt and Cavalier that preceded it).  Even the fabric covered dash was a unique touch that was well done, as was the handy lift-up storage area that I used for my wallet and phone.