Monthly Archive:: October 2008

Hottest holiday gifts for the littlest CPS advocates


The onslaught of holiday catalogs has begun and already there are predictions of what the hot, in-demand gifts for kids are going to be this season.  After all, little kids don’t really understand the concept of a global financial crisis and economic indicators like retail sales and consumer confidence mean nothing to them.  Even if they’re old enough to understand that your 401K is now worth half of what it was worth a year ago – I doubt that would keep them from wanting the things they want.

But what do you get the littlest CPS geeks on your holiday shopping list?  You know, the little ones who role model best practice with their baby dolls and the older kids who know more about child passenger safety than the average pediatrician!  For these awesome kids here are the top CPS-related gifts of the 2008 holiday season:

CarseatBlog Recommended Carseats List: Are You Kidding Me?!


Many certified child passenger safety technicians have had it ingrained upon them that they are supposed to act completely neutral toward child restraints.  All child seats pass the same tests, they are all safe, blah, blah, blah.  In their class to become certified, most techs were told never to tell a parent that one child seat or brand is better than any other.  Instead, technicians are instructed to tell parents only that the best one is the one that fits their child, their vehicle and is easiest for them to use correctly.  Nothing wrong with that.

GoGo Babyz Infant Cruizer Review


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.

OT: Coaches Gone Wild


If your kids play competitive sports of any kind – chances are, sooner or later you’ll see it.  I’m talking about coaches who are out of control.  Grown men (although to be fair I’m sure there are some women too)  who act like total jerks at the games.  They scream at their team, argue with umps/refs, yell at the other team’s coaches and throw temper-tantrums in front of everyone.  This type of behavior never ceases to amaze or disgust me and I don’t understand why it’s so often tolerated by our society. 

Recently, my oldest son’s travel baseball team played another team that is coached by one of these dispicible characters.