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New from Britax – Skyline & Highpoint Boosters plus High-Tech Fabrics

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News and Updates from the 2018 JPMA Baby Show

Overall the trend in carseats for 2018-2019 is ease-of-use and technology. We saw that in abundance at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Baby Show this year. From mobile apps that tell you if your child has unbuckled their chest clip to QR codes that help you register your carseat and get installation help, to new seats with anti-rebound features, there were plenty of new and updated products on the show floor this year.

2018 Britax Updates:

Cool Flow Fashions

This new fabric is designed to keep children cooler in their carseats. Teal fashion is a BuyBuyBaby exclusive for 6 months while the Grey fashion can be found at Amazon and other retailers.

 

NANOtex fabric

This new micro-technology fabric is naturally fire-retardant, and stain, moisture, and odor resistant. It’s a soft, not itchy fabric and made by Crypton, the same manufacturer as the fabric used on Clek seats, but without the texture. For small messes that don’t blot up, you can use a gentle cleaning solution or hand-wash the whole cover. Look for NANOtex covers in June with a small upcharge.

B-Free Stroller

This new single stroller has tons of storage, including seven pockets and a basket that can be reached from the front or back. It has a single front wheel, a large canopy, and a 65-pound weight limit! MSRP is $359. B-Free is also available as a travel system with the Endeavours infant seat.

B-Mobile Stroller

This lightweight, compact-fold new stroller comes with adapters for Britax rear-facing only infant seats. The bar in front serves as a carry handle when folded. MSRP $159.99

Highpoint Booster

This new highback booster is just starting to ship to retailers and is currently available for pre-order. Highback only, back cannot be removed.

  • 40-120 lbs., 38-63″
  • SecureGuard™ Belt-Positioning Clip (converts 3-pt lap/shoulder belt into a 4-pt restraint by adding a crotch strap)
  • External, side-impact cushions
  • 10-position headrest
  • LATCH attachments with push-on connectors
  • 2 removable, dishwasher-safe cupholders
  • Soft, knit fabrics
  • 10-yr lifespan before expiration
  • 3 fashions: Asher, Seaglass & Mulberry
  • MSRP: $149.99
New in the “Essentials by Britax” Line:

Skyline Highback Booster

This new booster from the “Essential by Britax” line is already shipping to retailers and will be widely available in the next week or two. It will come fully assembled out of the box and if you need a little extra space, you can use it without the dishwasher-safe cup holders. Highback only, back cannot be removed.

  • 40-120 lbs., 38-63″
  • 10-position headrest
  • LATCH attachments with push-on connectors
  • 2 removable, dishwasher-safe cupholders
  • MSRP: $99.99

  

New from Peg Perego – Primo Viaggio Kinetic Convertible & Shuttle Plus 120 Highback Booster

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News and Updates from the 2018 JPMA Baby Show

Overall the trend in carseats for 2018-2019 is ease-of-use and technology. We saw that in abundance at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Baby Show this year. From mobile apps that tell you if your child has unbuckled their chest clip to QR codes that help you register your carseat and get installation help, to new seats with anti-rebound features, there were plenty of new and updated products on the show floor this year.

2018 Peg Perego Updates

Primo Viaggio Kinetic Convertible 

This new convertible from Peg is based on the current Primo Viaggio Convertible but adds additional safety features such as an anti-rebound bar (ARB) and “Kinetic” pods for enhanced side-impact protection on the sides of the shell. The ARB folds and stores underneath the carseat for when it’s not needed (forward-facing) and includes an optional spacer which increases legroom by 2”. There’s also a cup holder which can be used on either side of the carseat. Harness pads are now shorter and softer and attach with snaps instead of Velcro. There is a tri-stage infant cushion to improve small infant fit.

Rear-facing 5-45 lbs; forward-facing 22-65 lbs

Available: Summer 2018

MSRP: $429-$480

    

Shuttle Plus 120 Booster 

The Peg Shuttle Plus 120 Booster is a hybrid product which combines their Shuttle backless booster (which features rigid LATCH attachments) with the back of their Flex booster. The back portion of the Flex 120 has separate adjustments for the height and the torso wings so it can be adjusted as tall/wide/narrow as you need it to be.

Available: Early Summer 2018

MSRP: $280-$300

Shuttle Plus 120 (center) compared with existing Peg booster models – Viaggio Flex 120 (left) and the original Viaggio HBB 120 (right).

 

Viaggio Flex 120 (left) & Shuttle Plus 120 (right) side-by-side:

 

Stay tuned for additional details once these new products are available!

New from Diono – Radian 3R, 3RX, 3RXT, Rainier 2AX & 2AXT

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News and Updates from the 2018 JPMA Baby Show

Overall the trend in carseats for 2018-2019 is ease-of-use and technology. We saw that in abundance at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) baby show this year. From mobile apps that tell you if your child has unbuckled their chest clip to QR codes that help you register your carseat and get installation help, to new seats with anti-rebound features, there were plenty of new and updated products on the show floor this year.

2018 Diono Updates

A few months ago, Diono hired a new CEO and a new lead engineer and they’ve been busy making improvements and adding new product lines such as strollers and baby carriers. Diono is also in the process of refreshing their entire line of Radian carseats. The new lineup will be available in July and will offer full-wrap covers and IMMI components.  We’re especially excited about the IMMI A-lock harness adjusters that will be featured on the updated carseats. What’s the big deal with an IMMI A-lock adjuster? No more tug-tug-tug to get the harness tight! The harness adjustment will be much smoother and easier to tighten compared with current Diono models.

Radian Line Updates 

The entire Radian series will be renamed.  Most new seats will feature only minor changes but Rainier will get a few major changes as well. You’ll see some of the new seats labeled with a “3,” which indicates the ability to fit 3-across in many mid-sized vehicles.

All the new Diono convertible carseats will feature a full-wrap cover with heat-transferred labels since the new black plastic shell will be covered. There will be an opening in the front of the cover (aka, an access panel), at the forward-facing beltpath, so you can pull the tail end of the LATCH strap to tighten it. Replacing the harness, if necessary, will also be an easier task: the screws holding the access panels on the sides of the current seats will be replaced with silicon plugs.

See our review of the 3RXT here.

3R (formerly R100) $199
  • 5-40 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-65 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-100 lbs. as a booster

3RX (formerly R120) $249
  • 5-45 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-65 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster
  • Comments: Adds higher RF weight limit and infant insert
3RXT (formerly RXT) $299
  • 5-45 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-65 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster
  • Comments: Adds a higher RF weight limit over the 3R, an infant insert, and adjustable headrest

New Rainier models

The Rainier has been redesigned to offer enhanced side-impact protection in the head area. Because the Rainier line is wider across the top, it’s not 3-across friendly in smaller vehicles, therefore Diono labels it with a “2” instead of a “3”.

  

Rainier 2AX $299

  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-65 lbs. forward-facing
  • no booster mode – this model is rear-facing & forward-facing with harness only

Rainier 2AXT $349

  • 5-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 20-65 lbs. forward-facing
  • 50-120 lbs. as a booster
  • Features naturally flame-retardant-free Merino Wool covers

All new Diono seats should be available in July! Check out our facebook video from the JPMA Show and stay tuned for additional updates as we get closer to summer!

 

New from Cybex – Sirona M Convertible with SensorSafe 2.0 & Aton M Infant Carseat

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News and Updates from the 2018 JPMA Baby Show

Overall the trend in carseats for 2018-2019 is ease-of-use and technology. We saw that in abundance at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Baby Show this year. From technology that tells you if your child has unbuckled their chest clip to QR codes that help you register your carseat and get installation help, to new seats with load legs and rebound-management features, there were plenty of new and exciting products on the show floor this year.

Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 wins 2018 JPMA Innovation Award for “Best in Show”!

Cybex Sirona M is finally available! This is a feature-rich technology seat, designed to be used with an app. The app tells you if your child has undone their chest clip, if they’re in the safe temperature zone (55˚-85˚F), or if you’ve walked away from your vehicle with your phone but without your child. The app also includes your carseat’s instruction manual and has some vehicle-specific information as well. The SensorSafe 2.0 app works in conjunction with a receiver plug that is inserted in your vehicle’s ODB port, so if you drive a vehicle without an OBD port (an electric vehicle), it won’t work. Our full review is coming soon so stay tuned for more Sirona M details!

Sirona M is currently available in 4 fashions – Pepper Black, Manhattan Grey, Lavastone Black & Denim Blue.

Sirona M Specs & Features:
  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less
  • Integrated SensorSafe 2.0 Technology monitors child in seat through smart chest clip
  • 12-position no-rethread harness
  • 10-position adjustable base
  • 3-position L.S.P. (Linear SIP) bolsters
  • Lockoffs for RF & FF (for installations with seatbelt)
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • Infant insert
  • Cupholder
  • 8-year lifespan before expiration
  • 2-year warranty
  • MSRP $329.95
New Aton M Infant Seat

  

The Cybex Aton M is a brand new infant seat that will be available this summer. Aton M combines some of the features of the GB Idan and Aton 2 seats. It offers a no-rethread harness and a multi-position load leg. The load leg features indicators that provide feedback to the parent and it locks flush underneath the base. The base also features an anti-rebound bar, a simplified beltpath with a true lockoff (yay!) and metal ball recline angle indicators on both sides. The L.S.P. (Linear Side-Impact Protection) system on the sides of the carrier are similar to those on the Idan and it has the ability to be installed Euro-style without the base. We’ll have a full review once Aton M is available this summer!

    Aton M load leg indicators