Monthly Archive:: June 2009

Where on Earth is Paw Paw, Michigan?


If you’re a computer geek, you stay up late running raids in an online game, hanging out in chat rooms or seeking out the latest reviews on the hot gadgets.  What about carseat geeks?  Well, okay, we hang out in carseat chat rooms and read all the reviews on kids gear, too.  We also drive hours to meet up at nice restaurants where we discuss the merits of the latest products.

Yesterday, we had just such a mini-conference.  A half dozen moderators and long time members at the Car-Seat.Org forums got together in Paw Paw, Michigan.  While I’m sure the area golfing was great, as the Golf Michigan commercials claim, we chose Paw Paw for another reason.  It’s more or less midway between the western suburbs of Detroit and Chicago.  Oh, and there was a Play Place!

Despite temperatures in the high 90s in the asphalt parking lot plus sweltering humidity, we managed to oogle some recently released products and try a few in vehicles, too.  My wife will be most pleased that I returned with a few less carseats than I brought!  I bet the next get together is near Vegas.

Pardon Our Dust


Many viewers reported being redirected to another website, apparently one hosted by our service provider on the same server as CarseatBlog.  I was notified yesterday that the blog and forums at Car-Seat.Org are in the process of being moved to a new server, as the old one was apparently having some issues.  Though the process should have been invisible, there have been some issues.  I am told the main issue has now been resolved.  Hopefully by tomorrow, June 25th, everything will be back to normal.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  I hope you enjoyed the other website whose lines got crossed with ours.  Whatever it was, perhaps it was more exciting than CarseatBlog;-)

Combi Coccoro Review: Small Cars and Three Across


Combi designed the Coccoro especially to fit in rear-facing and/or with multiple seats in smaller vehicles. It seems they did a good job. I was able to compare the Coccoro with the narrow Radian and the Britax Roundabout which has similar height and weight requirements and a comparable price.

Fit to child

The Coccoro is designed to fit babies 5-33 lbs rear-facing and 20-40 lbs forward-facing. It fit my 19.5” 8 lb infant very well with the infant padding (required until 15 lbs, allowed until 20). The infant padding is very substantial and changes the whole inside shape of the seat making it fit small babies very well–It actually fit better than some infant seats I have tried and the harness slots are plenty low. The Coccoro also fit my 30 lb toddler very well rear- and forward-facing. My 5 yr old, 45# and 44”, was only less than ½ in over the top slots even though she exceeds the height and weight requirements.It has more height for rear-facing than the Roundabout due to the deep seat, but takes up much less room when used reclined to 45°. I think it would get the average child to at least 30#s rear-facing and to the full 40#s forward-facing. The straps are very smooth and not twisty. The harness pads work even on a newborn, and the padding under the buckle is very nice and looks quite comfy. The seat has deep sides that would seem to provide great SIP without head wings.It has slightly less rear-facing leg room than a Roundabout because of the deep sides, but my toddler didn’t seem to care.

Too Many Car Seats: The View from a Spouse’s Eyes


Sometimes I feel for my dh.  It’s got to be hard for him to always be tripping those size 12s over a booster seat here, a harnessed car seat there.  I try to keep them out of the way, but our house has no storage.  All of my unused and expired seats are in my ds’s walk-in closet (’cause yeah, like he uses it for clothing 😉 ); there are about 6 seats and parts of boosters in there. 

I waited patiently for dh to come home from work the other day and change out of his suit.  I was truly afraid the UPS delivery, in combination with the box I already had, would send him over the edge, but he seemed to handle it well, no?