What you don’t know CAN hurt you. And someone else.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

If you’re reading this blog, you are more than likely safety minded, and searching for ways to keep your kids and family safe. We are all busy people but do our best to keep informed and up to date.

So let me ask you this-
What do you do if your child is choking? What is the first thing you do if you find a child (or an adult!) that is unresponsive? What if they have a pulse but are not breathing? What if they are breathing but their breaths are extremely shallow or gasping? Do you do rescue breathing or chest compressions first? When you do chest compressions, how many? How deep? How long?

Is your head spinning yet?

70% of people do not know the answers to those questions.

It’s easy for me to sit here and act like the answers to those questions are easy because I perform these actions on a regular basis for my job. I’m able to be calm and methodical, and do what I need to do. But for most people, encountering this situation is their first experience with ANY of this. Combine that with it being your own child or loved one…there goes the head spinning again. So the single best thing you can do is be confident in the answers to these questions. That way if a nightmare comes true, you KNOW you are doing everything in your power.

The American Heart Association offers tons of classes for basic life support training. Yes, it’s time out of your day. It’s easy to put on the backburner. But think of it this way- if you come across your child unconscious and not breathing, would you rather fly by the seat of your pants because you didn’t have time to take a class? Or would you rather give your child the best possible chance at surviving the situation?

The survival outcome of a person receiving CPR prior to EMS arriving is more than double that of someone who did not. Do you want that resting on your shoulders?

Go here to register for a class. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Find a class at heart.org

Advertisement

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Carseat *Giveaway* – The Blogiversary Celebration Begins!

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

7th birthday cakeJuly 2015 marks 7 full years of CarseatBlog.com! Can you believe it?!? In some ways it seems like not so long ago that we began blogging about carseats, child passenger safety and vehicle safety. And in other ways it feels like we’ve been doing this forever… Lol!

Along the way we’ve shared some laughs, made some great friends, written about 1,245 blog posts and oh, yeah – reviewed over 100 carseats and boosters!

Whether you’re new to CarseatBlog.com or have been with us since the start in 2008 – we’d like to share our celebration (and our cake!) with you. You are the reason we’re still here 7 years later, still blogging away, always looking for ways to improve our content and better serve our readers.

The field of Child Passenger Safety is just starting to heat up and take off, and we have a lot of great things planned for the near future. We can’t wait to see all the awesome advances in safety, technology and innovation that the next 7 years is going to bring us. We hope you stick around and enjoy the ride with us!

Blog Team ABC 2014During the next 7 weeks we’re going to be celebrating by giving away some really great carseats so stay tuned! Each week will feature a new giveaway promotion and your odds of winning something are pretty darn good. Consider it a personal “thank you” from Darren, Heather, Kecia, Jennie, Alicia, Andrea and all of our guest bloggers at CarseatBlog!

 

To kickoff our Blogiversary Celebration we’ve partnered with our generous sponsor, Maxi-Cosi, to offer one beautiful, new Pria 85 Convertible. The winner will have their choice of available Pria 85 fashions – Devoted Black, Passionate Pink or Brilliant Navy!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced shortly!

maxicosi logo

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - Devoted Black Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - Passionate Pink Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - Brilliant Navy

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 is an excellent convertible seat for older babies (who weigh at least 14 lbs.) and for extended rear-facing. It offers good rear-facing leg room, great padding, Air Protect® Side Impact Technology and a cover that you can toss in the washer and dryer! In the forward-facing position, it’s a tall seat with great leg support that will last many kids until they’re old enough and mature enough to safely transition to a belt-positioning booster. Our complete review of the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 can be found HERE. We think highly of the Pria 85 and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats!

Pria 85 Specs:

  • Rear-facing: 14-40 lbs., 40″ or less, top of child’s head must be below top of the headrest
  • Forward-facing:  22-85 lbs., at least 1 year old, up to 52″ tall

Pria 85 Features:

  • Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - RF seatbeltNo-rethread harness with 9 height positions
  • Air Protect® technology for enhanced side-impact protection
  • 3-position base
  • Premium push-on LATCH connectors
  • Harness holder clips (hold harness out of the way while loading and unloading)
  • Easy to remove cover is both machine washable & dryer safe
  • Premium fabrics
  • Separate harness strap covers for kids over 65 lbs. (only required if seat is NOT tethered)
  • Integrated cup holder
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration

Giveaway:

To enter you MUST leave a comment on this blog and then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself. For extra entries, follow the Rafflecopter instructions and visit our Facebook page and/or tweet about our giveaway!

Winner must have a shipping address in the Continental U.S. (Canada, Alaska and Hawaii are excluded – sorry!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest will close on Sunday night, 7/26, and a winner will be chosen 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 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms): Winner must have a continental U.S. shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. Winner will have their choice of available Pria 85 fashions. You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2014 or 2015 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Our blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count. We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason. The contest will close on July 26, 2015, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter.

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Good luck!

CarseatBlog’s Anniversary Amazon Prime Membership Giveaway

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

By now you probably know this Wednesday, July 15th, is Amazon Prime Day! Tons of great deals for Prime members, supposedly more than on Black Friday. We’ll be updating the carseat and stroller deals here at CarseatBlog all night and day, so please stay tuned. But what if you aren’t a member? Well, of course there is a 30-day FREE trial. It’s a no-brainer! Try it out, score some great deals on Amazon Prime day and please use our link to support CarseatBlog when you do! Then you may cancel  before 30-days if you don’t find all the other perks to be worth the money.

But the perks are a great reason to stay a member. You get free 2-day shipping on most items stocked and sold by Amazon.com. Plus there are tons of free streaming TV shows and movies, millions of free streaming songs and select free books each month on Kindle First. Not to mention early access to lightning deals at Amazon and shoes at Myhabit.com, so you can score those all year long before they sell out to the public. Maybe $99 is still too much? No worries at all, we’re giving away one free Amazon Prime Gift Membership just in time* for Amazon Prime Day! And now’s a great time to give the gift of prime to someone else as a special Thank You!

 

Giveaway: (CONTEST CLOSED)

To enter, please leave a comment on this blog and then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself. For extra entries, follow the Rafflecopter instructions and visit our Facebook page and/or tweet about our giveaway!

Winner must be a resident of the USA or Canada for receipt of the Amazon.com or Amazon.ca Prime Gift Membership.  Only one prize will be awarded.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CarseatBlog editors are not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count. We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason. The contest will close on July 14th, 2015, on or around 8pm EST, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter.

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

*We will attempt to notify the winner via the email address provided on on or before July 15th, 2015.  Email delays and technical difficulties may delay prize delivery. We do not guarantee that the prize will be awarded or delivered in time for Amazon Prime Day, July 15th, 2015, but we will do our best to notify the winner immediately.

Countdown to Amazon Prime Day – is 7/15 the new Black Friday?

facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (with no wifi), chances are you’ve seen the hype about Amazon’s PRIME DAY on 7/15. Next week Amazon turns 20 and Prime Day is going to be the biggest birthday celebration ever! Amazon claims there will be more deals than Black Friday. Or maybe they should say more deals than Cyber Monday since you won’t be lining your shopping cart with barbed wire to protect your items from those innocent-looking old ladies who will lift that tablet right out of your cart the moment you turn your back.

If you’re not a Prime member already, you might seriously want to consider signing up before this event starts on midnight Pacific time on 7/15.  This is important because only Prime Members will be able to take advantage of the special Prime Day sales being offered. If you’re not sure that you want to commit to the $99 yearly Prime membership fee, Amazon is offering a 30-day free Prime trial. You can even give someone the gift of a Prime Membership if you have a special occasion coming up.

If you’re wondering if Prime is really worth it, I can tell you without any hesitation that it is. The money I save just on everyday pantry items that are staples for my family makes my Prime membership pay for itself every year. Plus, the fact that I can do all the shopping I need to do in my jammies at 11:00 PM (wiper blades for the van, BBQ grill mats, food for the guinea pigs, my favorite hand soap that I can’t find locally, these 1-minute Barilla pasta things that my teenager is addicted to, a new shower curtain liner and these tan towels that claim they will make me look good naked), and have those items delivered to my door by a cute guy wearing brown shorts in just 2 days is PRICELESS.

On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing Prime members will find deals starting at midnight (Pacific time), with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. You can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.

You can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be on top of all the best deals in carseats, boosters, strollers and other popular baby gear so check CarseatBlog.com for updates after midnight and throughout the 24 hour period. We’ll be updating our site frequently as we identify all the really good deals on the popular products that people actually want. Also, please keep in mind that you support our work here at CarseatBlog.com when you make your Amazon purchases through one of our links. It doesn’t cost you anything and it doesn’t matter whether you purchase a carseat, a toothbrush or guinea pig food – your support helps to defray the costs of running this website and allows us to continue bringing you all the best reviews, industry news and child passenger safety related resources. Thank you!