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ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Graco


Lots of great new and updated products coming soon from Graco!  They also had an awesome spread at their booth with a mac ‘n cheese bar, cookie bar, wine and ice cold beer!  Did I mention ice cold beer?  I decided it was 5 pm somewhere and had to have one (…or two).  Darren promtly followed my lead.  Then we asked the bartender to take our picture.  Heather was the designated blogger so she did the responsible thing and passed on the adult beverages. 😉    

In real news, there’s a change to the popular SnugRide 35 infant seat. A lower body insert cushion has been added and the seat now has a 4 lb minimum weight rating. The unique insert raises a smaller baby up to the lowest bottom harness slots and a portion of the insert goes under the crotch strap which really helps to position the buckle in a more appropriate position.  Heather tried her preemie doll in it (yes, she carries her own) and the fit was pretty darn good. We were impressed!  This new model will start shipping next month (October).   



Other Graco highlights:

New My Ride 65 featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection system , 4-40 lbs RF or by height using 1″ rule, 20-65 lbs FF or by height at 50″, adjustable head restraint designed with Safety Surround for infants-small toddlers (optional but if you remove it, you lose the enhanced SIP),  attaches through the harness slots when the child is shorter, Safety Surround is also built into the sides of the seat near the top of the shell for the taller kids, seat tested to draft Euro SI standards, available early November 2011 at BRU, $179



New Highback Turbo booster with Safety Surround
Also tested to draft Euro SI standards, $69, shipping 1st qtr 2012



New Fashions for Smart Seat All-in-One:  Jemma & Rosin now available thru Amazon.  See our full review of the Graco Smart Seat here!



New My Size 65 (Prototype model)
4-40 lbs RF, 20-65 lbs FF, adjustable 8 position headrest, no-rethread harness, 17.5″ top harness height, single recline position for RF. Separate LATCH strap for each belt path just like the MyRide. Cool, new “In Right” lower LATCH connectors on both RF & FF LATCH straps. Production begins in February, 2nd qtr 2012 release.



New Classic Ride
An updated ComfortSport using the existing shell (will not replace CS), 4-40 lbs RF, to 50 lbs FF, added inserts


Argos & Argos Elite (based on Nautilus platform)
Elite version has lockoff and width-adjustable head support, no rethread harness, 20-70 lbs with  harness, 30-100 lbs HBB, 40-120 LBB.  MSRP $199, Elite $219



New Aprica “Moto” Travel System with “A30” infant carseat – No pics. Looks like a Snugride 30. Not sure if there are any differences besides cover and branding. Will confirm and follow-up.

Canadian news on the My Ride: they’re in the final stages of testing. Soon!

ABC Expo 2011 Dorel Carseats: What’s New from Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco & Eddie Bauer


So much to look forward to from Dorel in the near future!  We were impressed by a lot of what we saw.  And the new, rear-facing recline range of 30-45 degrees, which is going to be allowed on at least some of their convertible models going forward, is much appreciated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

To clarify, the new convertibles with the dual level lines will allow the seat to be installed at a more upright angle (up to approx 30 degrees from vertical) when rear-facing but only for kids who weigh more than 22 lbs and who are also able to sit upright unassisted.  

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70:   New fashions!  In addition to “Total Black” which is already available. There is now a taupe cover that Heather really liked (sorry, didn’t catch the name) and “Intense Red” which is coming soon.  The darker fabric on Intense Red is more maroon than eggplant. The fabric is actually called “Wine Tasting”.  I like it for that reason alone – lol!  The red definitely has orange undertones.  We put it next to the red Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR booster, which is more of a true red, to give you a better idea of how the colors looks in real life.  Check out our full review of the Pria 70 here!


Maxi-Cosi Prezi infant seat: 4-30 lbs, fits preemie doll very well, no-rethread harness, coming in April, anti-rebound bar, headrest extends up past seat, “EZ Out” System–harness pops up and out of the way when unbuckled due to foam pads inside harness strap covers, based on the European “Pebble” infant seat, base is about 23″, has KeyFit-like lockoffs.


Eddie Bauer Cozy Carry Elite Plus, Scenera 40 RF, & Guide 65:  Scenera has additional infant insert and quilted fabric. Still no EPS/EPP foam in Scenera but Dorel states that the seat tests so well without it (even meeting the strict Candian compression-deflection standard without it) that it’s hard to justify increasing the price point just to add it.  Guide 65 is XRS 65 model under EB brand name.  Has rf/ff/bpb weight limits on fabric tab sewn to front of cover, $99, shipping in Dec. In stores in Jan.


FYI – Some Walmarts are stocking the Safety 1st Cozy Carry Elite Plus.  We’re happy to hear that!  See our full review of this seat here.  New fashions for CCEP include “Celine” & “Odyssey”.


Safety 1st Chart 65 Air$139, headrest adjusts separately from harness and from back of seat, 16.5″ top slots, 1 harness strap, bottom slots around 7-7.5″ with padding, shipping at end of year, will be available at Target.


Safety 1st Comfort Zone Complete Air SE:
Battery powered airflow, fan system blows ambient room air.

Cosco Apt: Same price as Scenera 40 RF, dual level line indicator allows for seat to be more upright for kids over 22 lbs who can sit upright unassissted, hard plastic dual upholders, $54, will be available at Kmart, Target, Sears (deluxe model), 40 lbs max RF and FF.  Interesting new upright/recline positions.  Basically a new, improved Scenera.  Looks like a great seat but won’t be a good option for 3-across since the cupholders make it wider than the traditional Scenera.


Topside: backless booster, blow molded, 40-120 lbs, in the $13ish range


*all Dorel backless boosters, including the popular High Rise, will be switching to a 40 lb weight minimum

Misc Photos: Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR booster, Safety 1st Boost Air booster, Cosco Pronto booster, Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 infant seat, Complete Air 65 convertible & Essential Air harnessed booster (aka combination seat).



ABC Videos: Maxi Cosi Prezi, Summer Infant Prodigy, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible


First, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible that is starting production this week and should arrive in stores by November.  It’s a very nice convertible with some nifty features.  We really like it, with the exception of a relatively low rear-facing standing height limit, presumably because the shell is relatively compact.  That may be a good thing for small vehicles and those who need more front seat legroom!

Next is the Summer Infant Prodigy base installation video.  The Prodigy is appearing on shelves now with some very innovative features.  It fits the 4-pound preemie doll, has an “automatic” harness height adjustment and a smart screen electronic sensor system to help with installations.  We covered it earlier this year at Lifesavers and last year at ABC Kids, but thought we’d do another video of a production model base since it is now available. Minor improvements include a label with a line reminding you that it is easier to do half rotations of the tightening handle for a couple clicks rather than trying to move it the full rotation each time.

Finally, the Maxi Cosi Prezi infant seat.  Also designed to fit the 4-pound infant doll, it features foam harness pad inserts to help keep straps from twisting and to help keep them out of the way for getting baby into and out of the seat.  This is a prototype but should resemble the version coming soon to the USA!

ABC Show: How We Spent Our Friday


News from ABC! Because my technology is failing me, the accompanying photos for this blog will be posted on our FB page.


New fashions! Pretty and soft.

The First Years

Their new combo seat, the B830, is not expected out until the middle of next year.

The new Via 35 (or just plain Via) is out now.

To quash the rumors, the True Fit has not been tested to 40 lbs and there’s no plan on further testing.


The new Radians are very similar to the old Radians; however, the inside dimensions are about 2″ wider than the old seats and LATCH is recommended for use in booster mode (yay!). For a rf child, the height limit is 1.5″ from the top of the seat or 44″ overall height (but focus on the 1.5″!).


Chicco has a new Liteway stroller out around 3rd qtr of 2012 that converts to accept the KeyFit without an adapter bar. Nice!


Graco has some new offerings, some based on old platforms, some brand new.

The My Ride 65 featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection is a My Ride with their new Safety Surround Side Impact Protection in the head restraint in the seat. It attaches through the harness slots when the child is short and as the child is taller, the Safety Surround is built into the sides. It’s basically the My Ride weight limits EXCEPT that it starts at 4 lbs! So 4-40 lbs rf, 20-65 lbs ff. The Safety Surround Side Impact Protection is tested to Euro side impact standards and isdue out at Babies R Us in November of this year. Price point is $179.
The Turbo High Back is also redesigned with Safety Surround. It’s much more squarish in shape and offers more head protection in addition to more torso protection, and its tested to the Euro standard like the My Ride. $69 price point.
The Classic Ride 50 is–you guessed–the classic ComfortSport shell with a 4-40 lbs rf weight limit and 20-50 lbs ff. They were able to get down to 4 lbs with added infant padding. The ComfortSport will still be sold.
*New* is the My Size 65 convertible. 4-40 lbs rf, 20-65 lbs ff with an adjustable 8 position no-rethread harness. Crotch strap slots are at (approx since it’s still a prototype) 5.5″ and 7″. Top harness height is around 18-18.5″. Just like the My Ride, there’s a separate LATCH strap for each belt path. Price point is $179 and production begins in February.
The Argos and Argos Elite are upgrades to the Nautilus platform.  Argos 70 has no rethread harness,  70 lbs upper weight limit for the harness and 120 lbs for the no back booster. The Elite version has belt lock-offs and width adjustable head support.

And, as reported on our FB page, the SnugRide 35 has a new lower weight limit of 4 lbs accomplished by a nice infant insert with padding between the crotch and the buckle.

Canadian news on the My Ride: they’re in the final stages of testing. Soon!


Amp fashions are updated and cool. Lots of color!

*New* is the Securekid 300/400. It’s based on the Maestro shell with a movable headrest. Top slots are about 18-18.5″. The 300 is the basic seat and the 400 has E3 technology and SureLATCH on it. The 300 does have push-on LATCH connectors. Price point is $129 for the 300 and $149 for the 400. They’re starting production and are hoping to ship in December (who’s going to ask for one for Christmas? 😉 ). Sorry, Canadians, this one isn’t going to Canada as of right now.

There are new fashions on the Titan, Tribute, and Triumph.

Discovery infant seat: no changes. This is the one with the Z handle.

Embrace: now 4-35 lbs and is currently shipping. This is the one with the curvy handle.

Secure Ride: 4-35 lbs with the infinite slide harness, SureLATCH connectors, and E3 tech. Price point is $179 and should start shipping in December. This is the one with the straight handle.

So, there you go. That was our Friday.