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Memorial Day Weekend Sales – Hot Deals on Carseats & Boosters


Some of these Amazon Prime deals may have longevity but most are going to be strictly “while supplies last”, so don’t dilly-dally if you find a great price on something you really need or just seriously want.  I’ve only listed items with FREE SHIP and FREE RETURNS just in case it doesn’t work out.  Here at CarseatBlog.com we always recommend that you “try before you buy” but we understand that’s just not possible in many situations. Free shipping and free returns with Amazon Prime, in case it doesn’t pan out for whatever reason, is the next best thing!


Infant Carseats

safety 1st onboard 35 air - flutter Graco SnugRide 30 - metropolis B-Safe 35 red

Britax B-safe 35 Infant Car Seat in Black, Red or Sandstone for $168

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air in Decatur or Flutter for $115

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat in Orion Blue or Orion Pink $89.99

Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect in Metropolis for $59.99 with coupon  ($74.99 minus extra 20% off with clipless coupon – you’ll see discount appear at checkout if coupon has been applied) 

Graco SnugRide 35 Click Connect in Tangerine for $93.59 with coupon ($116.99 minus extra 20% off with clipless coupon – you’ll see discount appear at checkout if coupon has been applied)

Graco SnugRide 40 Click Connect Car Seat in Azalea for $139.99


Convertible Carseats

Britax roundabout G4 - onyx Maxi-Cosi Pria - blue Graco Size4me - nyssa

Britax Roundabout G4.1 in Onyx or Silverlake $144.00

Combi Coccoro in Grape $191.99

Graco Contender 65 in Sapphire $119

Graco Size4Me 65 in Nyssa $129.00

Graco MyRide 65 in Jigsaw $95.99 with coupon ($119.99 minus extra 20% off with clipless coupon – you’ll see discount appear at checkout if coupon has been applied)

Evenflo Momentum in Lilac or Bailey $125.99

Evenflo SureRide DLX in Paxton, Bishop or Nicole for $85 or less

Evenflo Symphony Elite 3-in-1 in Modesto $183.98

Throwback Thursday: Seatbelt Installs


This morning, I educated a client on installing their Chicco Keyfit infant seat.  With little effort, they had it installed perfectly with LATCH.   Fifteen years ago, I started my first website with a page on the LATCH system and how it would revolutionize carseats by making them easier to install.  The Keyfit is a fine example of this revolution.

This afternoon, I listened to a great online webinar presented by SafeRideNews, publishers of the excellent LATCH Manual.  The best part of this manual is that it helps certified technicians and instructors wade through the insurmountable information in owner’s manuals, plus everything omitted from those manuals, and condenses it all into nice tables and charts.

In condensed form, this information is still over 230 pages long.  In fact, a typical parent has little chance in the real world of understanding relevant limits for using LATCH on a forward-facing carseat and even a few rear-facing ones.  I expect that most of those who manage to use LATCH correctly will not realize when they must switch to a seatbelt. Even with newer government standards, understanding when to use LATCH can still be mind-boggling for an experienced technician who owns the LATCH manual.  So much so that I am hesitant to install a forward-facing harnessed carseat with LATCH ever again, unless a seatbelt is not an option for any reason.

Back in 2000, I hoped that LATCH would make technicians obsolete.  Today, a technician has to have an advanced degree in LATCH in order to be able to correctly instruct parents on how to use lower anchors and/or top tethers.   I never thought I would miss locking clips and the good ‘ol days before LATCH was prevalent.

Quiz time:  What is quicker?  Installing a Britax Frontier with a long seatbelt path, or figuring out when you can use it with LATCH in a random vehicle that arrives at a checkup event?  If you’re not sure, then perhaps you agree with me that LATCH has become a complete debacle, at least for forward-facing carseats.

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Carseat Review – Customizable To The Max!


maxi-cosi-mico-max-30-infant-car-seat-grey-gravelMaxi-Cosi is Europe’s most popular brand of premium carseats. Even though the Maxi-Cosi carseats sold here in the U.S. are not the same seats that are sold in Europe (due to different standards and regulations), American parents are embracing the brand and everything that it stands for – safety, comfort and style.

The Mico Max 30 is the newest infant carseat from Maxi-Cosi and it offers a few significant upgrades over the previous Mico AP and Mico NXT models. Namely a 30 pound weight maximum and the addition of an anti-rebound bar on the base. But they didn’t stop there. The Maxi-Cosi team was ambitious and wanted to be the first carseat manufacturer to offer a completely customizable product!  Do you really want a white base and shell with a black cover and a pink canopy and inserts? No problemo as long as you’re willing to wait up to 3 weeks for shipping. And if you don’t want a custom Mico Max 30 there are still plenty of amazing and fun fashion choices to choose from, plus the basics like Black and Grey.

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max - 2015 fashions

Mico Max 30 Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing only: 4-30 lbs.; 19 – 32″ (1″ rule also applies)
  • 4 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions (plus adjustable crotch strap length for smaller babies)
  • Air Protect® technology for enhanced side-impact protection
  • Adjustable base with anti-rebound bar
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors
  • Thick energy-absorbing EPP foam
  • Extra large canopy
  • Easy to remove cover is both machine washable & dryer safe
  • FAA approved for use in an airplane
  • 8 year lifespan before expiration

Extra Mico Max 30 bases are available for $99.99

Each Mico Max 30 comes standard with a wedge cushion insert (mandatory for low-birthweight babies who weigh between 4-5 lbs.), a round head support insert, a buckle cover and harness strap covers.  All of these extras are entirely optional but the lower body wedge insert is required if you have a preemie who weighs between 4-5 lbs. The purpose of the wedge insert is to boost a small newborn a little higher if his or her shoulders are below the bottom harness slots without it. The wedge insert will probably be helpful for smaller newborns but may not be needed for many full-term newborns.

maxi-cosi mico max 30 - inserts maxi-cosi mico max 30 - wedge insert

Mico Max Measurements: