Monthly Archive:: October 2011

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Orbit Baby!


So many updates and cool new innovative products coming soon from orbit baby (not that we would expect anything less from them)!  And they totally get brownie points for the 10th Anniversary mouse pad photo op!  We felt the love… thanks guys!  We <3 orbit baby too!

Peg Perego retracts stated 35″ rear-facing height limit on Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible


We received the following email from Peg Perego yesterday. We were hoping for some clarification before we posted but the day came and went without a response so we’re putting the info out there and we’ll update as soon as we have anything more to share on the subject.  

We would like to inform you that after further evaluation and testing, we have determined the 35 inch height limitation to be no longer necessary for the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible in rear facing mode. The following guidelines should be used for rear facing mode:
1)      Use rear facing with children who weigh between 5 and 45 pounds
2)      Use rear facing if head is at least one inch below headrest edge
3)      Use rear facing when the shoulder straps are located at or below shoulder level


If you saw our extensive preview of the Primo Viaggio Convertible from the ABC Expo, you know that we were impressed by the quality and features of this new seat but were very disappointed with the 35″ stated height limit which was clearly printed on the sticker label and in the manual.  We did provide specific feedback on the product at the Expo and we’re thrilled that they listened and made some changes before the seat went to final production!  

However, it’s still unclear as to what the maximum height headrest position is going to be in rear-facing mode – which is ultimately going to determine how long this seat will last kids before they outgrow it by height using the 1″ rule.  The headrest, which extends considerably beyond the shell on its tallest setting (see pics in ABC blog), did not seem to be substantially reinforced which makes me question how far above the shell they’re going to be willing to allow.  Fingers crossed that it’s a reasonable height setting that will make this a competitive model in the current convertible market.   I just don’t want anyone to get their hopes up that this is going to be great extended rear-facing seat until we get clarification from Peg on the max height setting. 

Stay tuned – we promise to update when we have more info!

Safety 1st Boost Air Protect Giveaway: An IIHS Best Bet Highback Booster


Thanks to our generous sponsor, Safety 1st, we are giving away one Boost Air Protect in the Newsboy (ATK) fabric.  While we don’t have a review of the Boost Air yet, it is another model that scored a “Best Bet” in the new IIHS Booster testing.  Shipping is to the USA and Canada only.

There are three ways to enter!

  1. Leave a comment here at CarseatBlog in reply to this post (only 1 entry per household)
  2. LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Safety 1st Boost Air giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household) —
  3. Send a friend to LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page.  Have them leave a comment on the giveaway post and tag you  ( @jansmith sent me ), then they get an entry and you get an extra entry (unlimited additional entries)!

Now for the fine print:

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.  Also, please note that you may enter and be eligible for any of our other giveaways running at the same time as this one!  Only one blog entry and one “LIKE” entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  The contest will close on October 31st and a random winner will be chosen soon after by Safety 1st (or their designee), from all eligible entries made in one of the methods above.  Winner may be contacted via email address from the one left in your comment or via Facebook message.  Shipping information will be shared with Safety 1st or their representative(s).

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.  If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.  Good luck!

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You’ve Been Boo’d


This article is a few years old but it’s always one of most popular blogs this time of year so we’re running it again for those who may not be familiar with this hilarious seasonal activity!    

“Boo’ing” has become a Halloween tradition in my neighborhood and the kids have so much fun with it each year.  My oldest has been Boo’ing friends for many years but this was the first year that my youngest, who’s 4 now, was able to join in the Boo’ing festivities.  He had a blast but his giggling almost got us busted last night! 

If you’re not already familiar with the game, let me explain how it works and what you need to get started.