Britax Advocate 70 CS Unboxing


Since I know you like Matt, here he is as the cameraman in the unboxing of the Advocate 70 CS.  Of course, the review is forthcoming–I can’t leave you hanging for very long!  In the meantime, enjoy!


Britax Parkway SGL Booster: A Photo Review


The Britax Parkway SGL is a new version of the popular Parkway SG Booster.  We had a preview of the SGL from our ABC Kids Expo coverage.  It is rated for kids 40-120 pounds.  You can find our full review of the original Parkway SG here.  Using the Parkway SGL in high-back mode with the backrest, it is rated for kids 38-63 inches tall and with a seated shoulder height of 15-21.5 inches tall.  We recommend that kids remain in a child restraint system with a 5-point harness until they are at least 4 years old and 40 pounds, preferably until they are mature enough to remain seated properly in a seatbelt with a booster.  Kids should remain in a booster until they can pass the 5-step test.

Overall, the Parkway SGL is quite similar to the Parkway SG.  The dimensions are all pretty much the same and like the SG, it can be used as a backless booster as well.  The major differences are as follows:

  • ISOFLEX sytem.  This LATCH attachment system stabilizes the Parkway SGL during loading and unloading.  When unoccupied, it prevents the Parkway SGL from becoming a flying hazard.  It uses premium attachments with push-button releases. A quick pull on the strap from either side of the booster tightens both attachments at the same time!  It is very easy to use .
  • Updated Secure Guard clip.  The new clip has a single strap and is nicer in appearance than the 2-strap design on the Parkway SG.   It is a little easier to use than before, but can be a bit tricky to remove and adjust.
  • Updated armrests.  The armrests lost their fabric cover and are now overmolded with rubber.  They are close to one-half inch higher than before.
  • Revised shoulder belt guides.  Perhaps combined with the slightly higher armrests, this could improve the fit of the shoulder belt for some kids in certain vehicles.  More importantly, it is easier to thread the shoulder belt from the bottom on the new design, rather than from the back on the old one.

Otherwise, the new SGL is about the same as before in almost all other dimensions.  It really fits pretty close to the same with my son in our minivan and also with my daughter in our Prius.  I can’t see that the changes for the armrest and shoulder belt design will make much of a difference for most kids, but it could make just enough difference for some situations.  So, rather than rehash any more of the Parkway SG review, I’ll just finish with photo comparisons.

Babies R Us Sale


I’m loathe to post another Babies R Us sale, since the last one I advertised was cancelled for no apparent reason.  Still, they do carry some exclusive car seats like the Graco Nautilus Elite and Graco Snugride 30.  It’s also one place you can find the Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe booster.  Anyway, stop by online for pre-Black Friday deals and a 10% off sale including free shipping with a minimum purchase:

Free Shipping on Everything with purchase of $100 or more (up to a $20 value, accessories, video game hardware & software are excluded) at Offer good 10.13.10 to 12.05.10

One Day Cyber Sale! Jumpstart your Holiday shopping! Save 10% off thousands of items on Online Only. Offer good 11.22.10.

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We will try to post any other big sales or Black Friday promotions from our affiliate stores next week.  Also, stay tuned Monday for a photo review followup of the Britax Parkway SGL coverage that we did at the ABC Kids Expo a few weeks back!

Flying with a Car Seat? Know Your Rights!


Updated January 2016

When my son was 8 months old we flew from California to Chicago to visit relatives. Although I was not yet a Child Passenger Safety Technician, I understood the importance of using car seats, even on airplanes. So, as a diligent mother, I purchased him a ticket and installed his Britax Wizard rear-facing.

On three of our four flights, we had no problems. On the last one, though, the flight attendant insisted that I turn my son’s seat forward-facing because the passenger in front of him wouldn’t be able to recline. I knew the car seat should stay rear-facing, but with no proof and a plane full of anxious passengers, I acquiesced rather than put up a fight.

If only I had known about the Federal Aviation Administration’s Advisory Circular regarding Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft, things might have been different.

The Advisory Circular, which was updated in September 2015, details the FAA’s policies regarding child restraints on planes, and anyone traveling by aircraft with a child in a car seat would be wise to print out a copy and take it onboard. (Please note that the FAA regulations apply to U.S.-based carriers operating inside or outside of the United States. If you’re flying a foreign airline these guidelines won’t necessarily apply.)

To make things easy for you, the traveling parent, I am going to tell you exactly where to find the pertinent information so you can print out the Circular and highlight what you might need.