Throwback Thursday: Safety Devices of Yore


I was browsing through some old patent drawings from the National Archives (as one does) and I couldn’t help noticing that a lot of them were for safety devices. Since this is a safety-related blog, and since we haven’t done an old-fashioned Throwback Thursday post for a while, I figured I’d share some with you.

Poison Prevention

When a picture of a skull-and-crossbones isn’t enough, this bottle for holding poison comes complete with sharp spikes to deter people from grabbing it unless they really, really need to.

Drowning Prevention

This hat is intended to keep people from drowning, although it might work best if one’s head already happens to be a balloon.

Fire Escape

This intricate system of ropes and pulleys would allow people to be lowered to the ground during a fire. It’s not a bad idea (at least in theory–I’m not entirely clear on how it works), but I love the look on this guy’s face. He’s super nonchalant, like he escapes from fires every day and is getting really bored with it now.

Sports Safety

It’s worth remembering that once upon a time, catchers didn’t wear gear at all, so even though this isn’t as sleek as what catchers of today wear, it’s better than nothing, I guess. Plus, this face-and-chest-protector, which looks like a miniature prison, would probably deter collisions at the plate because I don’t know who’d want to run into that.

Transportation Comfort

Have you seen those hammocks you’re supposed to attach to yourself and to your airplane tray table before putting your baby inside? (Note: CarseatBlog does not recommend using those. Babies belong in car seats on a plane.) Well, this invention reminds me of that…only it’s for adults! And you could use it on so many different kinds of transportation! Just attach part of it to your seat, part to the seat in front of you, then hoist yourself up and go to sleep.

Handsfree Phone

Okay, this isn’t really a safety thing since people in 1882 wouldn’t have been using their phones while driving. But still, I like this early “Bluetooth” idea, even if it’s not completely wireless.

Creepy Baby

This isn’t safety related at all, but I felt like I should include it anyway.

Lest it seem that I’m making fun of any of these ideas (and okay, I am, but just a little), I do recognize that every safety device we have today came from somewhere, usually with roots in the distant past. Ideas and products evolve over time, and I give each of these inventors credit for coming up with solutions to problems of their day, and probably doing a better job than I could have. I sort of hope that 100 years from now, someone will be laughing at how ridiculous our safety products are, because that would mean they’ve gotten a lot better.


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Chicco KeyFit30  

Infant Carseat Deals:

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Britax B-Safe 35 in “Black” for $146.99  

Britax Endeavours in “Circa” for $200.98 DEAL ENDED

Graco SnugRide 35 Click Connect in “Gotham” for $115.83 (23% Off) PRIME ONLY

Graco SnugRide SnugLock *Extra Base* for $44.99 SOLD OUT

Graco SnugRide SnugLock DLX *Extra Base* for $45.99 (49% Off) PRIME ONLY

Safety 1st Onboard 35 Air in “Estate” for $99.89 (40% Off) CLIP INSTANT COUPON

Britax Boulevard CT - splash Graco 4Ever -azalea

Convertible & All-in-One Deals:

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Britax Advocate ClickTight with ARB in select fashions for $328.99 (30% Off)

Britax Boulevard ClickTight in “Westin” for $227.99 ☆ (40% Off) 

Britax Marathon ClickTight in Select Fashions for $237.99 (30% Off) 

Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar Accessory for $32.00 (20% Off)

Chicco Next Fit IX in “Eucalyptus” for $269.99 DEAL ENDED

Chicco NextFit ix Zip in “Spectrum” for $297.49  (15% Off) with code “NOTRADE15” 

Clek Fllo 2018 in “Noire” for $299.99 ☆ 

Cosco Scenera NEXT from $34.88 

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Nicole” for $75.88  DEAL ENDED

Evenflo Sonus in “Indigo” for $66.99 DEAL ENDED

Graco 4Ever All-in-One in “Matrix” for $236.99  (21% Off)

Graco Contender 65 in “Sapphire” for 107.79  SOLD OUT

Graco Extend2Fit in “Davis” for $151.99  (24% Off)

Graco Size4Me 65 in “Matrix” for $110.99 (38% Off) 

Graco Milestone 3-in-1 in “Gotham” for $186.99 (20% Off)

Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 in “Annabelle” for $154.79  SOLD OUT

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 in “Total Black” for $179.99  (15% Off)

Safety 1st Grow and Go in “Harvest Moon” for $107.10 (37% Off) PRIME ONLY

Safety 1st Guide 65 in select fashions from $73.39 (27% Off) 

Britax Frontier CT - kaleidoscope Evenflo Maestro - Keller

Combination Seat Deals:

(Forward-Facing with Harness + Booster) 

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Britax Frontier ClickTight in Select Fashions for $237.99 DEAL ENDED

Britax Pinnacle ClickTight in Select Fashions for $272.99  DEAL ENDED  

Britax Pioneer in Select Fashions for $160.99 DEAL ENDED  

Chicco MyFit in “Fathom” for $169.99 (15% Off) with code “NOTRADE15”

Chicco MyFit in “Gardenia” for $169.99 (15% Off) with code “NOTRADE15”

Graco Atlas in “Glacier” for $99.89  DEAL ENDED 

Graco Nautilus 65 in “Bravo” for $99.99 ☆ (40% Off)

Graco Nautilus 65 in “Sylvia” for 115.99 ☆ (23% Off)

Graco Nautilus 65 LX in “Pierce” for $117.89 ☆ (31% Off)

Graco Nautilus 80 Elite in “Chili Red” for $149.99 (25% Off)

Harmony Defender for $87.49 (Save $31.56)

Graco Affix Evenflo Amp - blue flames

Booster Deals:

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Britax SGL (with LATCH) in “Spade” for $99.00  (38% Off)

Clek Oobr & Olli in Clearance

Graco Affix in “Atomic” for $52.99 LOW STOCK

Evenflo Spectrum in various fashions from $54.99   

 Britax travel system  Graco travel system - soho

Travel System Deals:

(Infant Carseat + Stroller)

Baby Jogger City Mini w/ Citi Go infant seat in Black/Gray for $349.99 (37% Off) DEAL ENDED

Britax B-Agile w/ B-Safe 35 Elite in “Cowmooflage” or “Domino” for $328.99 (30% Off) 

Britax 2017 B-Agile w/ B-Safe 35 in “Red,” “Black,” and “Steel” for $299.99 (32% Off) 

Graco Modes 3 Lite Stroller w/ SnugRide 35 in “Addison” for $202.30 (39% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Modes 3 Lite Stroller w/ SnugRide 35 in “Banner” for $223.54 (32% Off) PRIME ONLY


Baby Jogger Vue BOB Duallie

Stroller Deals:

Single strollers

Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini GT in Black for $270.93 (25% Off)

BOB Motion Stroller $139.99 (60% off) (WOOT)

GB Pockit Stroller in Black and other select fashions for $179.95 (28% Off)

Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller Frame for $72.44 (28% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Stroller in “Pierce” for $119.00 (37% Off) DEAL ENDED

Double Strollers  

* accepts one infant carseat; **accepts two infant carseats; @ requires adapter sold separately

Baby Trend Universal Double Stroller Frame for $75.75 ** (24% Off ) SOLD OUT

Britax 2017 B-Agile Double Stroller in “Red” for $276.99 (39% Off)

Graco Modes Duo Stroller in “Basin” for $215.90 ** (38% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Roomfor2 Stand and Ride Stroller in “Gotham” for $106.94 * (29% Off)

UPPAbaby G-Link Double Stroller “Ella/Jade” or “Pasqual/Grey” for $319.99 LOW STOCK 


Other Baby Gear Deals:

Graco Pack and Play  Fisher Price high chair

Graco Pack ‘N Play with full bassinet in select fashions from $59.99 (25% Off) OUT OF STOCK

Graco Pack ‘N Play with full bassinet & portable changer in “Affinia” for $97.99 (25% Off)

Graco Simple Switch Portable High Chair and Booster $61.04 (24% Off) PRIME ONLY

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo $81.50 (22% Off) DEAL ENDED

Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Jumperoo in “Woodland Friends” $49.99 (30% Off) DEAL ENDED

Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 Ridgedale High Chair for $69.00 (31% Off) 

Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard for $55.95 (30% Off)

Winco Unassembled Wooden High Chair in Mahogany for $46.94 OUT OF STOCK



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Canadian Graco Extend2Fit Review

2018 Graco Extend2Fit Review (Canada)

Editor’s Note: For readers in the USA, click here for our full review.  The Extend2Fit is a 2018 CarseatBlog Editors’ Pick from our Recommended Carseats list.

I think the first words out of my mouth were, “Whoa.  This has serious potential for a new favorite seat!”

I had just unboxed the Graco Extend2Fit, a convertible carseat option that looks sharp, installs easily, and has the coolest extendable tray to give a bit of extra leg room to those bigger rear-facing kids traveling in the back of our Canadian cars.  It also has dual cup holders, a 22.5 kg (50lb!) rear-facing weight limit, and a no-rethread harness.  Oh, did I mention the six recline positions?

Here’s the need to know info:

Weight and Height Limits

  • Rear-Facing: 1.8-22.5 kg (4-50 lb), 46-125 cm (18-49 in).  Child’s head must be 2.5cm (1″) below the headrest adjustment lever.  Harness straps should be at or just below the child’s shoulders.
  • Forward-Facing: 10-30 kg (22-65 lb), 69-125 cm (27-49 in).  Child’s ears must be below the top of the headrest.  Harness straps should be at or just above the child’s shoulders.

Features / Advantages:

  • 22.5 kg (50 lb.) rear-facing weight limit
  • 4 position extender tray for adding extra rear-facing leg room  (Note that position 1 is with the tray retracted.)
  • Dual cup holders (Required!  These came separately in the box and must be installed by snapping into place)
  • Push-on style UAS anchors that store nicely along the sides of the seat
  • 10-position headrest with no re-thread harness
  • Two crotch buckle positions
  • Ball level indicator for checking the rear-facing and newborn recline
  • Six positions of buttery smooth recline.  I’m talking hold-that-carseat-steady-as-you-go because if you squeeze the recline handle it will lean back into the most reclined position VERY easily!
  • Buckle storage pockets on each side of the seat – no digging for the buckles!
  • Easy height adjustment with a no-rethread harness
  • 10 year expiration
  • MSRP of $349.99 CAD



I found installation of this carseat among the easiest I’ve done.  I went straight for a seatbelt install first as that’s what I use personally most of the time, but did install with UAS after taking photos and found it equally easy.

You Asked: When is the right time to move to a booster?


A few weeks ago, I wanted to write something but no matter how long I stared at my computer, I couldn’t come up with anything interesting to write about. After an embarrassing amount of time, I took to my social media channels and asked my friends what their top car seat question was. I found a lot of commonalities among the things people offered up because there are definitely some areas of car seating that are more difficult than others, but there was a wide variety of things people want to know more about. And after looking through the responses and sitting on it for a bit, I’m going to use those suggestions (and new ones that come along), to launch a new series of articles.

I decided my first “You Asked” post would be whichever topic came up the most from my friends, and the result ended up being one of the questions I get most often in person from friends and family, so it feels right to start here.

You Asked: When is it time to switch to a booster?

I think boosters are confusing because all the seats you’ve used up to this point have been sort of similar. They all install in a relatively similar pattern, the way you secure your child is consistent, but then you get to boosters and they don’t install the same way and they don’t work the same way and it’s just hard to know if you’re doing it right. As a parent who is starting to booster-train for the first time, I feel this confusion first hand.

So let’s start with a little terminology. A booster, or belt-positioning booster, is a car seat that does NOT use a built-in harness, but instead uses the vehicle seat belt to restrain the child. There are products that refer to themselves as a “Harnessed Booster” or “Harness-to-Booster” and we call those types of seats “combination seats” because they combine a forward-facing seat that has a 5-point harness with a booster seat. Those are 2 completely different modes of use. If you are using a combination seat with the 5-point harness for your preschool-age child, that’s perfectly fine. Technically, it’s not a booster (even if that’s what the product name implies) unless you are using it in booster mode without the harness.

Most booster seats (or combination seats used in booster mode) have either a 30 or 40-pound weight minimum, a height minimum and an age minimum of 3 to 4 years, generally speaking. Unlike a harnessed seat, which restrains the child with a built-in 5-point harness, the booster is used to literally boost the child up so that the adult seat belt fits properly on the strongest parts of their body – the pelvic bones and collar bone. A good belt fit means the shoulder belt lays flat across the middle of the collar bone and the lap belt lays across the thighs and off the belly.

Now, I realize I just said that 3-year-olds can use boosters, but I want to stop here and clarify something. While some boosters do not list a specific age minimum, and others list age 3 or 4 as the minimum, it is my opinion that dedicated booster seats are not appropriate for 3-year-old children. I am currently raising my second 3-year-old and I’ve spent a pretty extensive amount of time around 3-year-olds and let me let you in on a secret: they are not known for excellent decision making. They just aren’t. My first child was probably one of the most compliant and calm 3-year-olds and even he lacked the frontal lobe development to make the kind of choices that a booster requires a child to make. Putting your 3-year-old in a booster might be legal in some states and with certain products, but it’s not a great idea unless you don’t have any other options.

I put my current 3-year-old child in a booster for less than 2 minutes to take a picture of him and I told him to sit still. This is a progression of what took place in those 2 minutes and it perfectly illustrates the issue:


Here’s the thing: boosters require maturity in a way that a 5-point harness doesn’t. A 5-point harness holds your child in the safest position without any effort on your child’s part. In a 5-point harness, your child can fall asleep, can reach for something next to them, can do any number of attempted gymnastics and assuming you have installed the seat well and buckled them correctly, they will still be just as safe. A booster, on the other hand, allows the child a lot of freedom of movement. It allows slouching, it allows toppling over when asleep, it allows them to tuck the shoulder belt behind them and it allows them to lean forward to pick toys off the floor, all the things my 3-year-old did in a matter of 2 minutes. But unlike in a harness, all of these scenarios in a booster are seriously dangerous. A booster only works to keep your child safe in a crash when the seatbelt is positioned properly on the child. So, if you can’t trust your child to sit upright for an entire car ride, even when asleep, they shouldn’t be in a booster. Period.

You can safely keep your child in a 5-point harness until they outgrow it by height or by weight, so there’s not a rush, no matter what anyone else is telling you. There’s no evidence (trust me, I’ve looked for it), that keeping a 6 or 7-year-old in a harness (if they still fit) is more dangerous than using a booster. We do know that allowing a young child who lacks impulse control to move to a booster too soon can absolutely be extremely dangerous.

So, you asked when you should you move your child to a booster and the simplest answer is:

In order to ride in a booster, a child must meet the height, weight AND age minimums of their seat AND they must be able to sit upright through an entire car ride with a good belt fit. Provided that your child is still within the height and weight limits of their harnessed seat, keeping a child in a 5-point harness beyond age 4 or 5 is fine and many parents choose to do that. If your child does not have the impulse control to sit safely in a booster seat but they’ve outgrown all the harnessed seat options, there are medical car seats that will allow your child to remain seated safely for longer (see your physician, medical therapists or a CPST near you for more information).


Some other information on boosters can be found here:

IIHS Booster Seat Ratings Bonanza: Where does your booster seat rank?

CarseatBlog recommended high back booster seats

CarseatBlog recommended combination seats