Monthly Archive:: June 2011

Infant Seat Cover-Ups for Summer


My family and I went out to dinner about a month ago to a restaurant we normally order take-out from and I spotted this cool covering for an infant seat. I almost grabbed the father’s arm to ask him where he got it, but I’m sure it would have caused him to dump his baby on the floor and besides, I’m not really that forward of a person :P. I had to go to a nationally known chain baby store the next day for something, so I strolled through the carseat aisle to see what new accessories they had for me and lo and behold, the infant seat cover-ups!

Driving Habits that Bug You


So, what is it that your spouse does that really makes you hate their driving?  How about something other drivers do while you are driving?  Everyone thinks they are a good driver, so it’s all the other idiots that cause crashes, but maybe you know a driving behavior of your own that is less than safe?  Please share!



This summer I’ve been writing about my “other” safety passion: drowning prevention. A few weeks ago I urged all of you to enroll your kids in swim lessons. Shortly after that, I wrote about how my daughter fell into the pool during my son’s swimming lesson and I realized that I needed to heed my own advice.

And I kept my word. I immediately scheduled a recurring appointment for my daughter, Anna, and she has had several lessons already.

Britax Frontier 85 SICT Review Video and Feature Summary


As I said in our unboxing video, we will not be doing a full review, because the new Frontier 85 model with Side Impact Cushion Technology is nearly identical to the original Britax Frontier 85 that we have already reviewed.  Instead, if you have read our previous review, I will just point out the major differences in the new version plus a few pros and cons.  The Britax Frontier 85 SICT is shipping now and has a list price of $339 (currently on sale for $242.99 at  First, the review!

So, the major differences mentioned in the video:

  1. Side Impact Cushion Technology may reduce the forces for occupants and adjacent passengers in a side impact
  2. SICT makes the seat almost 5 inches wider at the shoulders and could make short belt path installs more difficult when routing the shoulder belt
  3. New 2-piece  cover is easier to remove, offers better access to the short belt path & owner’s manual storage pouch and also has a more durable fabric
  4. Use of the top tether is strongly recommended, but is now optional up to the 85 pound harness limit.  So, Britax instructions should no longer conflict with maximum top tether weight limits in some vehicle owner’s manuals*