Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Review: More Wows!


I feel I need to start this review with a disclaimer. I am not a huge infant seat user. I didn’t have one for my older daughter, and I didn’t purchase one with my baby. I was looking forward to the Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air road test as a way to try out something I’m not used to at all.

And if I may echo Darren, WOW.

As Darren stated in his review, the installation is easy. He put it in his Prius and Odyssey, and to that we can add a 2001 Nissan Xterra, 2008 Acura TSX, and 1989 Subaru GL. More on these later. I’m a scant 5’1”, so there would never have been a concern with putting it directly behind me in my Xterra, but what is a concern is the angle of my backseat. To put my convertible in rear facing for a newborn angle I required FIVE pool noodles. My baby is eight and a half months old now, and so does not need a newborn angle, but I installed the onBoard 35 Air as for a newborn in my car to see how easy it would be with the Mt. Fuji of sloped backseats. And wow (is there a wow quota? I may go over it).

No noodles were needed. Nothing. Just put the foot out and install.


How far is too far?


I 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 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 can’t stand to admit 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.    
But how are we to know if we’ve really gone too far?  Certainly our safety-addicted friends at would never stage an intervention on our behalf.  Our spouses would 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 Walmart parking lot because clearly you’re not dealing with an appreciative and open-mined victim?

The *NEW* Britax Carseat Line


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When was the last time a carseat manufacturer redid their entire convertible line at once?  I don’t think it’s happened without a major internal manufacturer upheaval/company sale.  Britax has quietly redesigned their entire convertible line from the Roundabout to the Advocate and they’ve kept the same names to keep it easier for consumers to remember :} .  Here’s the press release and a video showing one of the cool new features called SafeCell™.

Hello from the Mediterranean


For those playing our latest contest, we’ve arrived and our first road trip was a relatively safe one!  Our taxi ride from the airport to our resort was in a newer Mercedez Benz full size van.  It had lap and shoulder belts with head restraints for 7 passengers and they had a useable booster seat, too.  I say “relatively” safe because taxi drivers here are no different than in Chicago or New York or probably anywhere.  Having one cellphone in each hand and two conversations going isn’t the safest way to travel lol, even if all the passengers are correctly restrained;-)  On the right you can see a shot of the interior.  Internet access with the local SIM card is slow, but it is working.  So, I hope to post the winning number within a few days.   If you’ve been waiting for hints, don’t wait too long!  Now keep in mind that van we had today doesn’t count for the contest, I won’t know what our official tour vehicle will be like until tomorrow! 

Did I mention the bar on the beach has Carlsbad on tap?  It just doesn’t get any better than this!