Monthly Archive:: January 2013

Graco Head Wise 70 With Safety Surround™ Unboxing


Our Graco Head Wise 70 reviews will be coming soon.  It’s very similar to our recommended Graco Size4Me 70 convertible, with the addition of Safety Surround™ Side Impact Protection.


  • Helps protect rear-facing infants or toddlers from 4-40 lbs. and forward-facing toddlers from 20-70 lbs.
  • Meets BOTH Graco’s Side Impact Testing and Europe’s Side Impact standard* (*draft standard)
  • SafeSeat Engineering – Engineered & Crash Tested to Meet or Exceed US Standard FMVS213:
    – Side Impact Tested* (*In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards, the Head Wise™ 70 featuring Safety Surround has been side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system)
    – New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – peak crash force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard
    – Extreme Car Interior Temperatures
  • Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System is safe and simple with a one hand, no re-thread harness that automatically adjusts
  • One hand, 8-position adjustable headrest easily adapts to your growing child’s needs
  • One-second LATCH attachment
  • 5-point, front-adjust harness helps you get baby in and out
  • 2-buckle positions to accommodate your growing child
  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  • Easy-to-read level indicator for hassle-free installation
  • 3-position recline keeps your growing child comfortable
  • Integrated cup holder keeps drinks within your child’s reach
  • Removable head and body support helps keep baby comfy


The First Years True Fit SI C680 Convertible *Giveaway* – Week 12 of CarseatBlog’s Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!


Give it up for the final promotion of our Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza! It’s been an impressive string of weekly giveaways and we appreciative all of our wonderful sponsors. For our week 12 finale, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at The First Years to offer a brand new, not-even-released-yet, True Fit SI C680 Convertible in the winner’s choice of either “Abstract O’s” or “Naturalization” fashion!  This is the highly anticipated, updated True Fit Premier model with enhanced side-impact protection. It still has the anti-rebound bar feature and the removable upper headrest portion. The True Fit SI C680 is rated from 5-35 lbs. rear-facing and from 23-65 lbs. forward-facing. It’s a tall seat and great option for extended rear-facing with kids who weigh less than 35 lbs. The new True Fit SI is on our list of recommended seats and we hope to have a review of this new model in the near future. Winner will receive their prize once the seat is available for shipping – hopefully by the end of February!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating! A winner will be announced soon!

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this awesome new convertible!

  • Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our True Fit SI C680 giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  • Reply to the True Fit SI C680 Giveaway thread at our Car-Seat.Org forums (must be registered).

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address. Canada is excluded – sorry!

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at during 2012 or 2013 (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 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.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 2/10, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 2/11. 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!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.




u made me sad


To whomever punched or whacked my Toyota Highlander a week ago with their luggage at the O’Hare airport daily lot in the hybrid parking spot near elevator center 2, please contact me to arrange a $400 payment.  I parked all the way at the edge of the spot to take advantage of the 4 foot buffer to the handicap spot next to it and, yeah, still some swell person still nails it and doesn’t own up to it.  rly?  thx.


Someone inconsiderate or angry ding your car?  Feel free to lament here.

Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Seat Review: So Euro, So Stylin’


There are lots of infant seats on the market today. It used to be that “an infant seat was an infant seat was an infant seat,” meaning that they all pretty much looked the same and did the same thing. It’s really not that way anymore as infant seats have become specialists: this infant seat fits in small places well or that infant seat will last your child until he starts preschool. The Maxi-Cosi Prezi distinguishes itself with a sophistication that comes from European styling and with safety features like an anti-rebound bar and a new type of energy absorbing foam called G Cell™ foam. What else does the Prezi do?


  • Rear-facing only: 4-30 lbs., and up to 29″ tall. 1 inch rule also applies for determining when the seat is outgrown by height.
  • 5 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle slots (optional adjustment position shortens the crotch strap length for newborns)
  • Adjustable base has 5 positions
  • 2 recline angles: one for infants from 4-11 lbs., one for children from 11-30 lbs.
  • Can be installed without base
  • 2 position handle
  • FAA-approved for use in an airplane
  • 6 year lifespan before expiration



  • Energy-absorbing G Cell™ foam lines entire upper portion of shell, Air Protect® side impact protection lines the headwings
  • Carrier attaches and detaches from base easily
  • Easy-out harness keeps harness straps out of the way when baby isn’t in the seat
  • Well-padded cover
  • Compatibility with most strollers that the Maxi-Cosi Mico infant seat can be used with to create a travel system
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors



  • Harness slot heights: Approx. 6.5″-10.5″ in 1/2″ increments
  • Internal shell height: 18″
  • Internal seat pan depth: 15″
  • Crotch strap positions: 4″, 6″
  • Width of base at widest point: 13.5″
  • Length of base: 24.5”
  • Carrier width at widest point (handle pivot point): 17”
  • Carrier Weight: 11.7 lbs.