Monthly Archive:: September 2009

Guest Blog: Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat Review


Editor’s Note: This guest blog does not express the opinions of CarseatBlog.  As of 2016, this review is over 6 years old and may not reflect current product or the more competitive marketplace.

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This is a review of the Safety 1st Complete Air. It features revolutionary new side impact protection technology called “air protect,” in which the head wings are air filled cushions. This protects the child in two ways: shields the child’s head from impact, and the air in the headrest channels crash energy away, giving the child more ride down time.

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So you may be wondering why this carseat is all the new buzz? Along with its innovative new headwings, the Complete Air is only the second carseat to hit the U.S. market that is rated to 40lbs in the rear-facing position. New research indicates that children under 2 years of age are 75% less likely to die or experience serious injury when they ride in a rear-facing car seat, and toddlers between 1 and 2 years of age are 5 times safer rear-facing than toddlers who ride in a front-facing car seat. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children remain rear-facing until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat.

The Stats:

Rear-facing = 5-40lbs (19″-40″)
Forward-facing = 22-50lbs (34″-45″)
Seat Depth = 12 inches
Seat inside width = 12 inches
Seat width = 17 inches
Seat height in lowest position = 10.5 inches
Seat height in highest position =17 inches
Seat back height = 27 inches

A Study in Scientific Method: Consumer Reports’ Orbit Carseat Testing


I subscribe to Consumer Reports.  I enjoy the magazine.  Every once in a while, it does seem that a recommendation for or against a particular product comes out of thin air.  That’s true of all media reviews, CarseatBlog being no exception, of course.  Unfortunately, it seems that their carseat reviews have had more than their share of mistakes and questionable advice.  The biggest gaffe was in 2007, when they failed to catch a mistake and published the results about carseats that failed a side impact test.  Heather has an article about this.  By the time they admitted their error, a lot of damage had already been done.  Google still indexes numerous headlines and stories from the original flawed test and consumers may well find those articles without learning about the retraction.  Maybe larger companies can absorb the backlash from a rating of “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk”.  For smaller companies, something like that can do a lot of damage to the company and its employees.  For this reason, scientific method really must be closely followed and any results that could indicate a risk to consumers (and damage to a company’s reputation) must be checked, rechecked and triple checked for any possible error.

Check Out Kids.Woot for a True Fit Deal


True_Fit_ConvertibleWe’re Woot lovers here.  Did you know there’s a new Woot just for kids stuff?  Check it out tonight for a $99 deal + $5 shipping on Learning Curve’s The First Years True Fit.  I’ll be upfront: while we’d like you to buy it from our store (c’mon 😉 or one of our sponsors), we love a great deal.  Enjoy!

Nothing is ours to keep


1st day kindergartenSending your children off on the first day of Kindergarten is never easy.  I don’t think it matters if it’s your first, fourth, only or last “baby”.  Today was the first day of school in my district and my “baby” was going to Kindergarten.  I worried that he would freak out at the bus stop when it was time to get on.  After all, this was the same child who refused to go to preschool because he wouldn’t leave my side.  The same child who insists on going grocery shopping with me every single time because he’ll “miss me too much” if he stays home with his dad.  But there were no tears today, no last minute frantic hugs – not even a single glance back as he climbed aboard the big yellow bus with his new Met’s backpack and smelling of his father’s cologne (yes, he wanted to wear cologne!).  He was ready. 

Now I sit here in a quiet house with mixed emotions.  This house has been so loud and so crazy all summer long with tons of kids in and out constantly.  I’ve been desperate for some peace and quiet the last few weeks.  I guess it’s true what they say – be careful what you wish for.

I’d like to share an article that was written many years ago by a wonderful journalist and newspaper editor who is sadly no longer with us.  Mike Levine was the kind of talented journalist that other talented journalists aspire to become.  Every year my local daily newspaper runs Mike’s column about the first day of school.  For me, reading his words year after year have become part of the ritual.  Today I’d like to share some of that ritual with all of you.

“Quick, before they leave this morning. Take a good look. Touch their faces, run your hands through their hair.

We got antsy with them last month, but now we want time to stand still. Like falling leaves and chilly mornings, some great force signals us today. We are aware of life passing…. ”