Rear-Facing Head Injuries: RF is Still Safer


ERF - Evenflo SureRide/Titan 65A story from the Washington Post referenced  a study in the current issue of the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention that found that rear-facing children have some risk for head injuries in rear-end crashes.  When a car is rear-ended, a rear-facing car seat is likely to rotate toward the back of the car, which could throw a child’s head into the headrest or seatback. Does this spell bad news for rear-facing in general? Absolutely not.

While the study did find that children’s heads might strike the seatback/headrest in a severe rear-end crash, there are some things to keep in mind.

  • Rear-facing is still safer than forward-facing. Head, neck, spine, and leg injuries are more likely when forward-facing, so children should stay rear-facing as long as possible.
  • Severe rear-end crashes are rare. Rear-end crashes account for only around 5% of crashes with fatal injuries, according to the latest IIHS data.
  • Overall, rear-end crashes account for about 25% of all crashes, but most of these are not severe or fatal.  This study tested seats at 30 mph, which might seem slow, but keep in mind that most rear-end crashes actually happen at much lower speeds than frontal crashes, usually after some amount of braking has occurred.
  • The study tested only three seats (using three different installation methods for each one) in one vehicle model, a 2012 Toyota Camry rear seat. Although we can take away some information from this study, it is not exhaustive.
  •  Severe and fatal injuries to rear-facing children are much less likely than to forward-facing children.  According to NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge quoted by the Post, “Real-world crash data does not indicate children in rear-facing car seats are being injured by contacting the seat on rebound.

Parents are often worried about the possibility that their rear-facing children might strike the seatback in a rear-end crash or due to the rebound that occurs after the initial impact in a frontal crash. Those concerns aren’t necessarily unwarranted, but they need to be kept in perspective: In real-life scenarios, rear-facing children are far safer than forward-facing ones.

The study does raise a good argument for better rebound control on car seats. Rear-tethers (uncommon on USA seats) and anti-rebound bars can do a lot to keep seats from rotating too much toward the back of the car. Even without these features rear-facing seats are very safe, but perhaps research like this will lead manufacturers to include anti-rebound technology. (And maybe it will encourage the NHTSA to update federal standards in the USA.)  Canada implemented a limitation for rebound on rear-facing carseats in 2012.

In the meantime, keep those kiddos rear-facing. It’s still the best way to ride.  If your rear-facing carseat does not have an anti-rebound feature, then also consider removing any hard objects attached to the vehicle seat or head restraint.  These include video monitors, mirrors with hard surfaces or toys that are heavy or have sharp edges.


2015 Pre-Black Friday Deals on Carseats, Boosters, Strollers & More!

Amazon has started their 2015 Holiday deals early!

Black Friday Deals collage 2015

Here’s a little known secret – you don’t have to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snag some awesome deals on baby gear. Retailers know people start shopping for the holidays long before Black Friday and they want to temp you NOW with some really sweet deals. Since we’re the deal experts – we know where to find the best discounts on the products that parents actually want to buy.

This list will be continuously updated each time a new deal is posted. You can help us (and your fellow shoppers) by leaving us a comment if you find a deal on a carseat, booster or popular stroller that isn’t posted yet.  We recommend that you bookmark this post as we will be updating frequently throughout the holiday season, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the way until the end of the year!

What you need to know about Amazon pricing: it’s FICKLE. When a product’s price is reduced there is no way to know how long it will remain at that price. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few hours. The best advice we can offer you is to ACT QUICKLY if you see a great deal on something you really need or just seriously want. Just adding something to your cart does not guarantee you that item at that price – you must complete the checkout process to seal the deal. Most items on our list offer FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS to Prime members but always double check this before you put the item in your cart and checkout. Not a Prime member? There’s a 30-day FREE trial. It’s a no-brainer! Try it out and score some great deals from now through Cyber Monday. You can always cancel before the 30 days is up if you’re not sold on the many benefits of an Amazon Prime membership.

Looking for more info on a certain carseat or booster? Check out out REVIEWS page. We have in-depth reviews of over 100 carseats and boosters!

Updated Wednesday, November 25 AM, 2015
*NEW – Indicates a new deal or lowered price within the last 48 hours


Chicco KeyFit30 Fuego Graco SR40 - Fern

Infant Carseat Deals:

Chicco KeyFit 30 in select fashions for $149.99 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Graco SnugRide 40 in “Fern” for $145.99

Evenflo Embrace 35 LX in “Raleigh” for $76.49 *NEW

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30: Black shell (most colors) for $199.99 (+Free $25 Gift Card)

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30: White shell (most colors) for $207.99 (+Free $25 Gift Card)

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat in “Orion Blue” for $89.99

Safety 1st Onboard 35 *Air* in “Sea Breeze” or “Flutter” for $119.99


Britax B-Safe 35 - travel system Graco travel system - soho

Travel System Deals:

(carseat + stroller)

Bob Motion Travel System in Black $337.99  *NEW

Britax B-Agile Stroller + B-Safe 35 Carseat Travel System in most colors for $349

Chicco Bravo Stroller + KeyFit 30 Travel System in “Ombra” or “Sedona” for $284.99 (use “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco Cortina Stroller + Keyfit 30 Carseat Travel System in “Sedona” for $247.49 (use “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco Neuvo Stroller + KeyFit 30 Carseat Travel System in “Glacial” for $209.99 

Chicco Neuvo Stroller + KeyFit 30 Carseat Travel System in “Veranda” for $204.23 

Graco Soho Click Connect Stroller + SnugRide 35 Carseat Travel System in “Presley” for $174.20

Graco Urbanlite Click Connect Stroller + SnugRide 35 Carseat Travel System in “Cascade” for $169.99


Britax Marathon G4.1 - Kiwi Graco Milestone - Ayla

Convertible & All-in-One Deals:

Britax Advocate ClickTight in ALL fashions for $314.99

Britax Boulevard ClickTight in ALL fashions for $277.49

Britax Marathon ClickTight in ALL fashions for $247.49

Britax Boulevard G4.1 in Hudson for $214.49 *NEW

Chicco NextFit in most fashions for $224.99 (use “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco NextFit CX in “Jasper” for $247.49 (use “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco NextFit Zip in most fashions for $262.49 (use “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Cosco Apt 50 in most colors for $59.99

Diono Pacifica in “Graphite” for $237.99 

Diono Pacifica in “Sunburst” for $237.99 

Diono Radian RXT in most fashions for $249.99 

Evenflo SureRide in “Bishop” for $76.49 *NEW

Evenflo Symphony Elite in “Modesto” for $173.15

Evenflo Symphony Elite in “Paramount” for $183.99

Evenflo Tribute Sport in “Maxwell” for $49.99

Evenflo Tribute LX in “Abigail” or “Neptune” for $50.99 

Evenflo Triumph LX in “Mosaic” or “Charlston” for $109.99

Graco Milestone in “Gotham” for $183.99

Graco Milestone in “Ayla” for $183.99

Graco Size4Me in “Pierce” or “Nyssa” for $139.99

Graco Contender 65 in “Chili Red” or “Sapphire” for $111.99 *NEW

Graco MyRide 65 in “Appleicious” or “Wish” for $79.00

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 (most fashions) for $199.99 (+Free $25 Gift Card)

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 (most fashions) for $239.99 (+Free $25 Gift Card)

Safety 1st Guide 65 in “Chambers” for $79.99


Evenflo Maestro Keller Graco Argos 80 Elite

Combination Seat Deals:

(forward-facing with harness + booster)

Evenflo Maestro in “Taylor” $63.99

Evenflo SecureKid LX in “Kohl” for $103.99

Evenflo SecureKid DLX (with SureLATCH) in Crawford for $111.99 *NEW

Graco Argos 65 in “Link” or “Nyssa” for $129.37

Graco Argos 80 Elite in “Go Green” for $149.99

Graco Nautilus in Valerie $119.99 *NEW

RECARO Performance SPORT in most fashions for $200.00 *NEW


Graco Affix Evenflo Amp LBB - blue flames

Booster Deals:

Britax Parkway SG (No LATCH) G1.1 Booster, in “Knight” for $84.49 

Britax Parkway SGL (with LATCH) G1.1 Booster in “Scout Concord” for $111.99 *NEW

Chicco KidFit Zip (with LATCH) for $97.49 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Clek Oobr Special Edition Tokidoki in “Rebel” for $279.99

Diono Monterey (with LATCH) in “Heather” for $99.99 *NEW

Diono Monterey (with LATCH) in “Surf” or “Bloom” for $99.99

Evenflo AMP Backless in “Blue Flames” for $20.56 *NEW

Graco Affix (with LATCH) in “Atomic” for $54.99 

Graco Affix Backless (with LATCH) in “Pierce” or “Kalia” for $24.49 

Graco TurboBooster in “Spitfire”, “Mosaic” or “Go Green”  for $39.99

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix (with Rigid LATCH) in all fashions for $199.99

Recaro Performance Booster (with LATCH) in several fashions for $104.99 *NEW


Britax affinity stroller blue Bob double stroller

Stroller Deals:

Single strollers

Free Second Seat with Baby Jogger City Select Stroller Purchase

Baby Jogger 2014 Vue Stroller in all colors for $139.99 *NEW

BOB Motion Stroller in Black for $227.49 *NEW

BOB Revolution Flex Stroller in all colors for $384.00

BOB Revolution SE Stroller in all colors for $368.00

Britax Affinity Stroller Black with Color Pack (various colors) for $299.00

Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller in Black for $216.00

Britax B-Ready Stroller in Black For $399.00

Britax B-Ready Stroller in Copper For $324.99 

Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame for $74.99 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco Bravo Le Stroller in Black/Grey for $187.49 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco Liteway Plus in all fashions for $134.99 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco Echo Stroller in Coal or Garnet for $56.24 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Graco FastAction Fold Jogger in Tangerine for $120.85

Graco Verb Click Connect in Fern for $69.99

Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect in Gotham for $115.99

Maclaren Globetrotter in Medieval Blue for $99.99

Maclaren Quest Stroller in Black/Silver for $199.99 *NEW

Maclaren Triumph in Black/Charcoal & Dove/Jelly Bean for $160.00 

Maclaren Techno XT Stroller in Black or Champagne for $284.00

Peg Perego Book Stroller in “Nero Energy” for $239.99


Double Strollers  

* accepts one infant carseat; **accepts two infant carseats

Free Second Seat with Baby Jogger City Select Stroller Purchase **can accept 1 or 2 infant carseats if you purchase separate adapter bars

Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame for $71.99 

BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller in all colors for $536.00 *can accept 1 infant carseat if you purchase separate adapter bar

Chicco Cortina Together Double in Ombra for $224.99 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) **accepts 1 or 2 Chicco KeyFit infant carseats *NEW

Chicco Echo Twin Stroller in Coal for $142.49 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Combi Fold N Go Double in Caribou for $225.00

Graco Ready2grow Click Connect LX Stroller in Glacier for $151.65 **accepts 1 or 2 Graco Click Connect infant carseats *NEW

Graco Fastaction Fold Duo Click Connect Stroller in Pierce $254.99 **accepts 1 or 2 Graco Click Connect infant carseats

Kolcraft Cloud Side by Side Umbrella Stroller in Scarlet for $97.46


Other Baby Gear Deals:

Fisher Price Cradle ‘n Swing for $99.99 *NEW

Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat for $56.99

Chicco Lullaby Baby Playard with full size bassinet, napper & changing station for $142.49  (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Reversible Napper & Changing Station for $79.99

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with full size bassinet & changing station in “Pippa” for $84.99

Graco Pack ‘n Play Sport for $119.00 *NEW

Chicco Caddy Hook On Highchair in Red for $29.99 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Chicco 360 Hook On Highchair in Red for $56.24 (apply “CHICCO25” promo code at checkout) *NEW

Graco SimpleSwitch Highchair and Booster for $52.99 *NEW

Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair for $40.00 


More deals will be posted as they become available. Find a deal that isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment and let us know what you found!

Throwback Thursday: Baby-Sitters Club


IMG_4782Ah, The Baby-Sitters Club. Some of our readers may be too young to remember the series, and some may be too old, but I have a feeling a good chunk of you read these books when you were little. I bet some of you even started your own babysitting club with your friends. I bet some of you wished you could be as stylish as Claudia or as free-spirited as Dawn. Admit it.

A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog post about the books, and ever since then I’ve been obsessing over Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, and Dawn, the fictitious girls I hung out with in middle school.

I read my first Baby-Sitters Club book toward the end of fifth grade and was immediately hooked. The series was still relatively new back then, so I read all of the books that existed until that point, then stalked the bookstore waiting for new releases, begging my mom to buy them as soon as they hit the shelves.

I moved after that school year, which meant a new school in sixth grade. Because I had a lot of free time (for some reason I had two study halls) and no new friends, I read voraciously. That year my genre of choice was realistic fiction about abused children and kids with terminal diseases, but in between those depressing books, The Baby-Sitters Club was always there. 

I also went to new schools in both seventh and eighth grades, and the girls from the Baby-Sitters Club kept me company, at least on the page, while I struggled with my new environments. By that point I was kind of jealous of those girls at Stoneybrook Middle School, mainly because they didn’t keep getting uprooted.

At some point I outgrew The Baby-Sitters Club. I can’t quite say when, but judging from the release dates on Wikipedia, it must have been sometime toward the end of eighth grade. (I had no idea that new books continued to be published for another 10 years after I stopped reading.)

Anyway, because The Baby-Sitters Club had been on my mind so much, I inevitably wound up on eBay, where I purchased books 1-25 plus the first Super Special for about $30, which is way less than I paid for them back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I had planned on reading the Super Special and maybe one of the other books, then putting them away until my daughter was ready for them. But once I realized I could knock out a book in about an hour, I decided I might as well re-read all of them. So far I’ve only read books 1-6 plus the Super Special where they all go on a cruise to the Caribbean and then to Disney World…back when Disney World only had two parks and one of them was called EPCOT Center.

It’s funny to see how much has changed since I was in middle school. The biggest, of course, is the idea that so many people would hire 12-year-olds to babysit their children. I mean, yeah, they were really responsible and resourceful, but that just seems so young now. (I’m not really sure why, especially since I babysat when I was 12 and did a pretty good job, thanks largely to the tips I received from The Baby-Sitters Club books.)

That was also back in the day before cell phones, when you’d have to call the restaurant or the theater to get in touch with parents if something went wrong. That’s why Claudia got to be the vice-president of the club: She had her very own phone in her room!

It was also a time when you could buy snacks at the movie theater for a dollar. (Stacey was shocked to find that a soda and popcorn cost $1.25 in New York City—so much more than she paid in little Stoneybrook, Connecticut.)

Finally in Book 6 (Kristy’s Big Day), I encountered some Child-Passenger-Safety moments. One was mostly good: Some of Kristy’s relatives arrive, and she goes to the car to unfasten “about a million straps and buckles” to remove a 1-year-old from her car seat (probably not rear-facing, but still.) Another was not so good: Kristy’s grandma drives Kristy, Stacey, and three kids (ages 8, 9, and 10) downtown. The 9-year-old rides up front in the center, certainly in a lap-only belt, if anything at all. There’s no mention of booster seats for the others. But such was life back in 1987.

So, let’s talk about it. Did you have a babysitting notebook to keep track of jobs? Did you start stashing junk food all over your room like Claudia? Which characters did you like and dislike the most, and which were most like you? Do you still have your books? (And if so, can I have any beyond #25?)

2016 Carseat and Stroller Preview: What’s New, Improved & Coming Soon from Graco/Baby Jogger, Hauck/iCoo, Lil Fan, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, Mima, Nuna, Orbit, Peg Perego, Recaro & UPPAbaby!


There is too much info to cover in one article so here is Part 2 of our complete 2015 ABC Expo tradeshow experience!

Part 1 of our show coverage can be found HERE and includes updates on Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Cybex, Doona, Dorel, Evenflo & GB!

Graco/Baby Jogger

All convertibles now have a 22 lbs. forward-facing minimum to be comparable with the industry standard.

SnugRide infant seats now come in 2 flavors: the $99 model and the $129 model both with the front pull adjuster. The rear-adjust model is only available in very few travel systems.

The Milestone All-in-One market has expanded to include more retailers.

The Size4Me convertible is now available with a Rapid-Remove cover that can be removed in less than a minute while the seat remains installed in the vehicle. Super convenient! It also features a new LATCH bar on both sides of the seat that allows the [now] single LATCH connector strap to slide easily from a rear-facing to forward-facing position.

The Atlas is combination seat sort of like the Nautilus, but it switches from a forward-facing harness to a highback booster, not a backless booster, too. It harnesses from 22-65 lbs., boosters to 100 lbs., has a no-rethread 10-position harness, and two-position recline. It retails for $129.

Graco Atlas - Nyssa Graco Atlas - side

Baby Jogger “City Go” Rear-Facing Only Infant Carseat

The City Go is based on the SnugRide 35 LX, so it has similar features to that seat yet meets the needs of the Baby Jogger customer.

  • No-rethread harness
  • A more square handle
  • Huge 50 SPF canopy
  • Euro-style baseless install allowed
  • All-new base with dual bubble recline indicators
  • 6 position adjustable base
  • Push-on LATCH

We know you love to read about the Extend2Fit Convertible Carseat, so here are the important specs about it again:

  • 4-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. and 49″ or less forward-facing
  • Infant insert
  • 10-position harness height, maxing out at 18 inches
  • 6-position recline (3 positions for forward-facing; 3 for rear-facing)
  • 17″ seat depth with panel extended
  • Steel reinforced shell
  • 10-year expiration
  • MSRP $199

Extend-to-Fit front Extend-to-Fit largest size


The new Tranzitions Combination Carseat is going to be Graco’s entry-level combo seat that will be perfect for tight spaces and travel.