Monthly Archive:: March 2010

First Peek: New Harmony Dreamtime Deluxe Comfort Booster Review


This is a quick review of the Dreamtime Deluxe highback booster from Harmony Juvenile Products.  This particular model has a grey mesh and soft microfiber suede cover.  

The Harmony Dreamtime Deluxe booster is rated for children who weigh between 30-110 lbs and who are 34-57″ tall.  It’s currently the only designated IIHS “Best Bet” Booster in both highback and backless modes according to the latest round of booster fit testing.  

I think it’s important to point out that according to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) children under 40 lbs are best protected by a child restraint with a 5-point harness.  Highback boosters, in general, are most appropriate for children over 4 years old, who weigh more than 40 lbs and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster for the entire ride, every ride.  With that said, there are some children who are both old enough and mature enough to use a booster but who are very thin.  The lower weight minimum on this seat may be a benefit for those children.  The perfect example of this would be my oldest son who didn’t hit 40 lbs until he was 5.5 years old but was capable of sitting properly in a booster (at least for short trips or when carpooling) before then.  I just don’t want anyone reading this review to consider putting their 2 year old, 34″, 30 lb child in this, or any other, booster seat.

First impressions…

Crossing the Line to Vigilantism


I nearly crossed the line to become a neighborhood vigilante this week.  I’m still close.  I’m teetering on that line as I write this, trying to convince myself that a man’s right to privacy outweighs my right to expose him for what he is: a menace to society.  A potential killer at the worst.  A drain on insurance and court costs at the least.  And he lives in my neighborhood.  At least he doesn’t live on my street proper.  If he lived on my street, holy hell would break loose and he would find it very uncomfortable to live here.  What was his offense?  He’s a drunk driver.

Infant Seat Giveaway!


Today’s giveaway is a Safety 1st Onboard 35 Infant Carseat (brown) model #22087DMS.   (CONTEST CLOSED). Thank you to Dorel Juvenile Group for sponsoring this giveaway and the great people at 360 Public Relations for all their help!  Winner is responsible for shipping charges from Illinois.  Shipping will be via UPS or Fedex from zip code 60540.  Winner may select the level of shipping service and add insurance at their option and cost.  No returns or refunds on shipping will be issued, sorry.  Warranty claims may be made through the manufacturer.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog with a driving safety tip.  (Don’t have one?  Make up a funny one!)  Now, for the fine print again:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  We politely ask that you only enter if you intend to use this infant seat and would also appreciate the favor of a followup comment about the Onboard 35 in reply to this contest blog.  A random winner will be chosen on Friday, March 12, out of the eligible comments left in reply to this blog.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above.  We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.  Payment for shipping charges must be received within 2 weeks of the contest end, paypal or US Postal Service money order are accepted.  Failure to claim the prize or pay for shipping charges within the deadline will result in an alternate winner being chosen.  Good luck!

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The Life and Times of This CarseatBlog Blogger


Ack!  What’s that noise?!  Oh, it’s the clock going off again.  My favorite morning crew are jabbering about something inane—they change topics so frequently that my sleep-numb brain can’t keep up and after all, this is the 4th time I’ve hit the snooze button.  Matt hates it when I do that, but he’s long gone.  I think.  I don’t remember.  Perhaps that was the first time I hit snooze.  Gah, guess I’d better get up and make sure the kids are eating breakfast so I can get them out the door to school.