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ABC Expo 2014: Lil Fan Boosters by Wild Sports – Child Passenger Safety for the FANatical

Lil Fan BoostersWe were introduced to Lil Fan by Wild Sports boosters at the ABC Expo and we know these products will be a big hit with die-hard fans all across the country – moms, dads and kids alike.

MLB and NCAA Football will be available around the holidays, with NFL and NHL coming later.

They’ll be available at Amazon and other major retailers.

Dual mode (highback and backless):  30-110 lbs;  4-12 years

Measured 19″ to shoulder belt guide in max height setting

These are new-to-the-market boosters – not existing seats dressed in new clothes.

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As always, we’ll continue to bring you more info on these products when we have additional info to share.

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Graco Milestone All-In-One Carseat Review: Does it Live Up to the Name?

Graco MilestoneParents have been buying 3-in-1 car seats – rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster in one – since the dawn of time, tempted by claims of “the last seat you’ll ever need!”, but rarely (if ever) has a good 3-in-1 been available. I myself was sucked in by the claim when middle child was ready to move out of her infant seat – and it was so bad that I replaced it within months.

So when CarseatBlog asked me to review the new Graco Milestone All-in-One, which rear-faces, forward-faces, and turns into a high-back booster, I admit I was skeptical. Sure, Graco had nailed the combination seat with the introduction of the Nautilus about eight years ago, but could they do the same for the 3-in-1 with the Milestone ?

Compared to the more expensive Graco 4Ever, there are a few differences to note about the Milestone. The biggest change is that the Milestone does not convert to a backless booster like the 4Ever does. For the price, the 4Ever also adds two additional recline positions and an improved infant insert that should fit smaller newborns a bit better (4Ever is rated down to 4 lbs.) The 4Ever also includes a nicer bubble level indicator and two cup holders. For more  info, please see our complete review of the Graco 4Ever All-in-One.

Milestone Specs and Features:

  • Milestone no coverRear-facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-facing (with harness): 20-65 lbs and 49″ or less
  • High-back booster: 30-100 lbs. and 38-57″
  • No-rethread harness with 10 position headrest
  • Adjustable base with 4 recline positions (2 for rear-facing, 2 for forward-facing)
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors (LATCH limit: Child weight of 42 lbs.)
  • Single cup holder
  • Ten-year expiration date

Measurements:

  • Lowest harness height (with infant insert): 7″
  • Highest harness height: 18”
  • Tallest booster height: 18.75″
  • Internal rear-facing height: 27.5” (that’s one inch below the headrest adjustment lever of 28.5” )
  • Crotch buckle positions: 5″, 6.25″, 7.5″
  • Seating depth (interior): 13″
  • Deepest point on base: 15″
  • Internal seat width: 13″
  • Widest external seat width: 19″ (at wings and at armrests)
  • Widest point on base: 13.75” (at the middle)
  • Narrowest point on base: 13.25” at back and 13.25″ at front

Does it live up to the “All-in-One” name? Read on to find out.

Jan Brown’s Petition to Ban Lap Babies on Planes

KeyFit 30 on airplaneIn September 2013, a few weeks before the US Government shut down for 16 days, former flight attendant and plane crash survivor Jan Brown started an online petition. The petition charged the FAA to mandate that children under the age of 2 be retrained in an appropriate child safety seat on all commercial aviation flights – for the safety of everyone on board. Her petition gained wide-spread attention and support when YAHOO! News ran this story on September 17, 2013:

Lap kids on planes must be banned for everyone’s sake

For Brown, who has spent 24 years lobbying, speaking and testifying before Congress on this issue, it’s been a personal battle. Brown was chief flight attendant on United Flight 232, a disabled DC-10 that crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989 killing 111.

Unfortunately, less than 2 weeks after that news story ran, our government came to a screeching halt and that was the demise of Brown’s petition – along with a lot of other important business. Now, 12 months later, a new petition has been started and once again we are sharing the information and asking our readers to consider signing it and sharing it within their social networks. Link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/charge-faa-mandate-children-under-age-two-be-restrained-faa-approved-child-safety-seat-planes/ZqgGZ6QK

FAA Petition - Jan Brown 2014

“Dear Friends & Safety Advocates,

We have created a White House petition in hopes of achieving 100,000 signatures in the allotted one month’s time.  The FAA is controlled by OMB (Office of Management & Budget) and OMB is controlled by the White House, so it appears to be the strongest route to eliminating lap children on airplanes and making everyone from baby to paying passengers safe…and allowing flight attendants to offer safety for all passengers not merely the ‘select’ over the age of two!  Please take a few minutes to sign the petition that can be reached at: http://wh.gov/ilY8c.  If you do not have a White House password it will ask for your e-mail address, name and zip code…there is an opt-out box to check if you do not want White House e-mails and your name will not appear on the petition, only your initials….so your privacy is not compromised and the President will not be calling you [http://cdn-cf.aol.com/se/smi/0201d20638/02] .  But this is where every vote counts and I am eternally grateful for your support particularly since I never imagined advocating for child safety for 25 yrs.  I do want to live to see it happen!                     

Hugs of Thanks, 

Jan Brown

 

For more info on the subject of flying with kids and carseats please see our previous blogs on the subject:

Recommended Carseats for Airplane Travel

Lap Babies on Airplane – A Warning All Parents Must See

Flying with a Car Seat? Know Your Rights!

Flying with Kids & Carseats – the checked carseat controversy

Airplanes, Carseats, and Kids—What You Need to Know 

Diono Rainier Unboxing and Preview

Why should you be interested in the Diono Rainier? Behold.

Basics

  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing with at least 1.5” of carseat above the child’s head or total height of 44”
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing with a child less than 57” tall
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster with a child less than 57” tall and child’s shoulders must be at or above the 4th set of harness slotsRainier Orchid

Overview

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides
  • SuperLATCH™
  • Aluminum reinforced 12 position adjustable head rest for a custom fit
  • Folds flat for travel
  • NCAP crash tested
  • Can tether rear-facing
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam in head rest and torso area
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort

Watch for our in-depth review coming soon!