Reviews Archive

The “Safest” Seat? Thoughts on the Britax Boulevard – Review of CS

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Today’s guest blog is a review of the Britax Boulevard CS (now replaced by the Britax Boulevard 70 CS, please see our review of the similar Advocate 70 here).  Darren had a full review in a previous blog.

It is one of the most dreaded questions for Child Passenger Safety Technicians and advocates – “What is the best carseat? What carseat should I buy for my child?” The “correct” answer, of course, is that the best carseat is the one that fits your child, your vehicle and your budget and will be used correctly every time. Unfortunately, this is not the answer that most parents want to hear because in many cases, they are either (1) hoping that you will validate that the seat with the prettiest cover is “the best” or (2) looking to you to make the decision for them. (Technicians and regulatory organizations (including carseatblog.com) recently have started recommending seats for particular features).

SafeGuard Go Review: Hybrid Booster (Mark II)

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This is a small update to my review of the original SafeGuard Go Anywhere Portable Child Restraint, now called the Safety 1st Hybrid Booster (the Safety 1st version has a few minor changes from the version in this review).  Since that review, IMMI/SafeGuard has made some improvements.  These include expanded weight ranges, improvements to the headrest pillow and a modified buckle system.  There is also some additional guidance on installing the Go in a captain’s chair or other vehicle seat with a recline feature.

Review Introduction

The SafeGuard Go Hybrid Booster is a portable child restraint system.  It combines the advantages of a 5-point harness with the portability of a booster. In some sense, it really is more similar to a travel harness system that converts into a backless booster. Using the harness front-facing, it is for children over 1 year, weight from 22 to 60 pounds and 31 to 52 inches tall. As a booster, it is rated for children over 3 years old, 40 to 100 pounds and 43 to 57 inches tall. To make it portable and light, the “Go” has no hard seatback shell. For that reason, the vehicle seat back or headrests must provide adequate head restraint for the child.  More information can be found at the SafeGuard website.

GoGo Babyz Infant Cruizer Review

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Today’s Guest Reviewer is Lisa Pisha, a freelance writer and mom.  She also happens to have a beautiful baby and a Graco Snugride, both needed to test and review the Cruizer!  I thought the Cruizer was a handy alternative to a full size stroller, for parents who frequently travel by airplane and/or taxi.  I wrote a brief blog about it last month, after the ABC Kids Expo.  Thank you again to GoGo Babyz for their cooperation!  Be sure to check out their website for a variety of stroller related solutions, including their popular Travelmate system.

The Worst Carseats of 2008

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I always chuckle whenever I see a thread (or hear people talking) about which carseats they “hate”.  I find it amusing to read (or hear) which seats techs and advocates dislike and why.   Okay, so maybe a seat is easily outgrown by height or only has a 30 lb rear-facing weight limit.  Or maybe it has straps that tend to be a little twisty or are difficult to adjust.  But hate?  That’s a pretty strong word.  I know I’m probably old-school but I don’t “hate” most of the seats that a lot of other people seem to feel so strongly about.