Contests Archive

Graco Affix Highback Booster Unboxing and Giveaway!



More information may be found on Graco’s Affix webpage.

  • Secure connection keeps booster seat properly in place
  • Keeps booster steady for easy self-buckling for your independent child
  • Unigue front adjustment allows you to quickly and easily tighten the booster to the vehicle seat
  • Side Impact Tested* (*The AFFIX™ Highback Booster with Latch System has been side impact tested for occupant retention with a standard vehicle harness system in high back booster mode. Please consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more specific information on the performance of your vehicle’s safety belt system.)
  • Engineered & crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
  • Designed with the style and comfort features that kids love
  • Easily converts to backless booster for years of use
  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  • Fully-adjustable headrest keeps your growing child secure
  • Open-loop belt guides help you correctly position your vehicle’s seat belt
  • Integrated cup holder and hide-away storage compartment keeps your child’s drinks and favorite things within arm’s reach

CarseatBlog is giving away one (1) Graco Affix High Back Booster in the winner’s choice of either Vivi or Sterling fabric.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your participation!

To Enter, you must reply to this blog with a comment that mentions an item that is “affixed” to your child!  Is it a video game?  A toy?  A stuffed animal?  The comment can be short or long, serious or funny, simple or creative. Winners must have a USA shipping address.  The contest will close sometime on or around September 30th, 2012. The winner will be selected at random by a representative of Graco Children’s Products (or their designee) on or around October 1st from all eligible entries submitted before the contest closes.


One entry per household/account/IP address.  If you comment more than once to this blog, only your first entry will be counted.

CarseatBlog and Graco staff not eligible.

Winners of a sponsored child safety seat giveaway at CarseatBlog in 2011 or 2012 are not eligible.

You must provide a shipping address in the continental USA (Alaska and Hawaii may require a shipping charge).


Any disputes will be resolved solely by Car-Seat.Org, who will make any necessary judgment required. In the event a prize winner has not submitted valid shipping information within 30 days of being named the winner on this thread, Graco and/or Car-Seat.Org will select a new winner. Car-Seat.Org reserves the right to modify the rules or eligibility without prior notice.











Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Review – A Fantastic Product for Families on the Go!


I own the original version of this unique and highly-portable child restraint so I was eager to compare it to the newest model manufactured by Dorel. Since I love my old “Go” I wondered how I would feel about this new model. Would I feel the Dorel “Go” love? I’m happy to report that I do!  I <3 the Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster (Now the IMMI GO)!

What is a Hybrid Booster?

The Safety 1st (IMMI) Go Hybrid Booster is a highly portable, forward-facing only child restraint system.  It combines the advantages of a 5-point harness with the portability of a booster.  It does this by combining a backless booster with a flexible, almost vest-like upper body restraint system that requires a tether anchor to secure it and hold it in an upright position. Ideally, this CR is designed to be installed using the LATCH system that is available in most vehicles made since 2003. If you don’t have lower LATCH anchors in your vehicle but you have top tether anchors – you can still install this restraint using the seatbelt and the top tether but it’s not as easy as a LATCH installation. Actually, it’s a pain in the neck to install with seatbelt so I tend to recommend the Go Hybrid  only if you have designated LATCH anchors in the seating position where you will install this seat.

Contest: Get a car, slob!


There’s nothing quite like being at the ballpark. The strange aroma of hot dogs, peanuts, and beer wafting through the air. The crack of the bat. Men in tight pants. (Bear with me; I promise this will relate to car seats in a minute.) Anagrams.

What? Yes, creating anagrams, or the rearranging of a word’s letters, is a bit of a ballpark tradition for me. During particularly slow games (no, that’s not a redundancy), my dad and I often see if we can rearrange the names of various players. It doesn’t always work, but we can usually come up with something.

Sometimes the results are clever (DANNY TARTABULL became TAN BURNT L.A. LADY). Others are downright bizarre (PAUL ASSENMACHER became AH! MULE’S PANCREAS!). Every once in a while, we would accomplish the best kind of anagram: one that pertains to or describes the original word or phrase (TROY PERCIVAL became VICTOR PLAYER).

So what does this have to do with car seats?

The other night, I woke up around 3 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. To try to tire myself out, I began anagramming car seat names in my mind. That wound up being a stupid idea, because not only did it not bore me to sleep, it got me so hyped up that I was awake for another two hours. I did come up with a great anagram, though, that I’ll share at the end of this post.

The next day, I pulled out some paper and started rearranging.



I’m surprised it hadn’t occurred to me before, but GRACO CARGO is an anagram of itself!

CARSEATBLOG wound up providing a wealth of great outcomes: BELT AS CARGO, CARS GOT ABLE, STABLE CARGO, CLEAR GOAT B.S., CLOG A BASTER, ESCARGOT LAB, and the title of this post, GET A CAR, SLOB!

That brings us to our contest. You won’t get a car (nor are you a slob), but you will have a chance to win a Joovy Doll Infant Seat.

Take a word, words, or phrase pertinent to car safety, scramble up the letters, and share your results. Use a car seat name or a few car seats together. Try to rearrange “Rear-face as long as possible.” Make an anagram of the content of FMVSS213. (Don’t really do that.) Whatever you’d like, as long as it pertains to vehicle safety.

(Hint: There are programs that will rearrange things for you. You can use them, though I’d recommend sticking to good ol’ pencil and paper for shorter words/phrases. It’s more fun that way.)

You must use ALL of the letters exactly one time. You can freely add punctuation wherever you’d like.

Submit your results in the comments section of this post. You may enter up to three times, but only include one anagram per response.

The contest will close two weeks from today, so think fast. CarseatBlog staff will select the cleverest anagram shortly thereafter. The winner will receive a Joovy Doll Infant Seat in his/her choice of blue or pink, shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. CarseatBlog staff and those with addresses outside the continental U.S. are not eligible to win, but can play for fun.

Get scrambling!

Oh, and the anagram I came up with in the middle of the night?


A Great Giveaway Gift for Your Special Valentine



This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your participation!

A booster is a great way to tell your “big kid” that you love them!  Thanks to our Sponsor, Evenflo, Carseat Blog is giving away one Evenflo AMP Highback Booster in the Blue Angles pattern.

From Evenflo:

Most parents and drivers know babies and young children need a car seat to ride safely, but what about older children? Do you know what age limit is required for booster seats? Or that different U.S. states may have different safety laws? Starting January 1, a new Child Passenger Safety law in California will require all children to remain in booster seats until they are eight years old or at least 4’9” tall.  To know the laws in your state, visit Governors Highway Safety Association“.

Regardless of your state’s laws, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) actually recommends children remaining in booster seats up to age 12. Booster seats ensure that the belt fits properly and comfortably across a child’s shoulder and breastbone, and correctly positions the lap portion of the belt across the top of a child’s legs. Luckily, Evenflo has a wide range of booster seats ranging from harnessed to belt-positioning in high back and no-back to meet the needs and personalities of pre-school and school-aged children who may be reluctant about sitting in a booster seat. The new SecureKid 300 and 400 models, Big Kid High Back and Amp High and No-back seats blend fashion and function by embodying a child’s personal style and keeping them safe and secure in the vehicle.


How can you win?  Just leave a comment here at CarseatBlog to win an AMP booster from Evenflo!

A random winner will be selected on February 29th.  The prize will be shipped to a winner in the USA only, sorry!

Now the fine print – You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Also, please note that you may enter and be eligible for any of our other giveaways running at the same time as this one!  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 if necessary.  If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.  Good luck!

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