Conference/ABC Expo Archive

Lifesavers 2014 Nashville


Lifesavers Nashviile billboardIf you’ve checked out our Facebook page recently (and hey, if you haven’t, check it out and Like Us while you’re there–it’s the best way to get our updates and recall notices when they happen–and, let’s get real, we like it when you like us ūüėČ ), you know Kecia and I are in Nashville for the Lifesavers Conference. It’s a big multi-disciplinary conference and they have a child passenger safety track. Anyway . . . at breaks, we get to go into the exhibit hall and talk to the manufacturer’s representatives. Unlike the ABC Show where they send their marketing people and sometimes their CPS advocates, manufacturers send their CPS advocates and sometimes their marketing people to conferences. In other words, it’s easier to talk shop here.


The Aton Q rear-facing-only seat (that’s a new-fangled term for infant seat, take note now) started shipping 10 days ago! It’s available in Charcoal, Ocean, Lollipop, Storm Cloud, and Autumn Gold. It’s a great fit for 20″ Romeo doll and it fits our preemie doll much better than the original Aton does–take a look:

Cybex Aton Q - preemie doll  image

The L.S.P (Linear Side-Impact Protection) system telescopes out of the side of the carrier and channels crash energy away from baby. And the new “Americanized” canopy provides much better coverage.

Cybex Aton Q - L.S.P.  Cybex Aton 2


The new Diono convertible seats have an ETA of this summer. They’ll have a better idea of when they’ll appear the closer to the date of release, obviously, but it’s hard to say right now. The angle adjuster CAN be used with the new convertibles. Remember that with the angle adjuster, the child must have head control and be able to sit unassisted (there’s no age minimum anymore).

The large harness pads are optional for rear-facing, but they must be used for forward-facing.

The Cambria booster was not on display so we weren’t able to get any measurements.

Diono booth LS 2014  Heather, Kecia, Mike James with Allana and Scott


  • has headwings
  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster


  • NO headwings
  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-90 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster


  • 5-45 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-70 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-110 lbs. as a booster

We basically hovered around the middle booths where the food tables were. Honestly, they were empty, but we were like hawks, circling for prey. Conference-goers attack those food tables pretty quickly, so if you’re hungry and not right there, you’re outta luck.


The Cybex Aton Q, Solution Q-fix booster and the prototype new Diono convertibles were the only brand new and coming soon products displayed here at Lifesavers. However, we know new products are around the corner and we promise to keep you in the loop when we have more info to share.

Overall, the conference was great and it was wonderful to see all our industry friends again. While the CRs themselves are always exciting – it’s the passionate people behind the products who really make these conferences so valuable and informative.

ABC Expo 2013: The Stroller Update – What’s New from Baby Jogger, Mamas & Papas, Jan√© & More


Baby Jogger

We’re obviously a bunch of car-seat nerds here at CarseatBlog, but we appreciate other baby gear, too. In fact, it might be safe to say that the product that impressed us the most at the ABC Kids Expo wasn’t a car seat at all, but a stroller: The Baby Jogger Vue. It left us drooling and speechless.

The Vue is an umbrella stroller with the features of a deluxe full-size.

First, the seatback can change directions so the child can ride facing out or facing you. That alone would make it pretty awesome, but wait! There’s more!


The footrest can fold up to form a barrier for little babies’ feet, or can fold down for bigger kids. That fold-up footrest also serves the purpose of forming a “purse pocket” when it’s folded on the side not being used. (For example, when the child is riding forward-facing, you can fold up the rear-facing footrest to form a “basket” that’s easier to reach than the one under the seat. Brilliant!)

The stroller will be able to accept car seats Maxi-Cosi and Cybex car seats, and they’re hoping to create adapters for other brands, as well. It can also hold a bassinet (sold separately).


ABC Kids Expo 2013: What’s New from Baby Trend, Orbit Baby & The First Years


Here’s a quick run down of ABC updates from Baby Trend,¬†Orbit Baby¬†& TOMY/The First Years


Baby Trend:

Inertia infant seat

  • no longer BRU exclusive.
  • 5-32 lbs; rigid latch attachments; anti-rebound bar; no-rethread harness
  • New 2014 fashions

Baby Trend Inertia  Baby Trend Inertia




Hybrid combination seat

  • 22-50 lbs. with harness; 17″ top harness slots
  • 30-100 lbs highback booster; 40-100 backless booster

Baby Trend FastBack & Hybrid

FastBack combination seat

  • Rigid latch attachments
  • Weight limit for 2014 models will be 22-65 lbs with harness
  • Due to weight of product 2014 models will only allow LATCH usage to 36 lbs



G3 infant seat update – primarily changes in soft goods

  • tight mesh cover
  • release levers now grey
  • paparazzi cover sewn into canopy

G3 Base

  • Latch belt routed behind lock-off
  • Single side adjuster

Toddler Seat (Convertible)

  • Height limit now 49″


TOMY/The First Years:

The B830 combination seat that we’ve been seeing at ABC for the last few years will be released at some point in 2014 but it will be released under the JJ Cole brand name. We don’t have any other details but will follow up with our contacts at TOMY and keep you posted.

 Contigo infant seat Рcurrently available

  • must always be used with base (no guides for baseless install)
  • 5-35 lbs; no re-thread harness; forward handle position for rebound management

No changes to current convertibles.


ABC Expo 2013: Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest


At the ABC Show in October, we saw a product we saw in prototype form at the 2012 ABC Show. We thought it was a great idea back then and we still think it’s a great idea now. It reminds me of my old Dream Wings; perhaps those of you who have been around for a while remember those being sold in Skymall and One Step Ahead.

Anyway, the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest is for kiddos in backless boosters (ahem, or adults) who would like head support while sleeping. A bonus is that it helps keep these same boostered kids from becoming limp noodles in their boosters when they fall asleep. The wings attach securely to the vehicle’s head restraint poles with hooks and star knobs and can be adjusted up or down to fit a person of any size. They can also be rotated up and out of the way for daily use. Here’s a video of the headrest in use.


For more information, see the Cardiff website at The Booster Seat Headrest retails for $49.99 and is available on Amazon.