Who Controls the Radio?

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Last week I was listening to a broadcast on my local NPR station and an executive from RadioDisney was being interviewed.  It piqued my interest for a number of reasons: I’ve never listened to RadioDisney because we don’t have satellite radio, but I’m curious about what kind of music is aired on it; I’ve got kids in the demographic they target (ages 6-12); and my Safe Kids coalition has done some research on kids and the radio and this broadcast got me thinking about that.

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Greetings from Lake Minnewaska

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Sunset at Peter\'s ResortIt’s not as exciting CPS-wise as the Kidz In Motion conference or the ABC Kids Expo, but the sunsets sure are better!  The view was great from our doorstep at Peter’s Resort, though I had zero luck (ok, skill) with catching my son the “big one” he wanted.  Of course, his 6 year old cousin caught one…  Anyway, I’m taking a week long break from carseats while taking my mom to a mini family reunion.  10 hours is a long drive, but it was made easier since my only tag-along was 3-year old DS riding in his Britax Frontier.  Beyond that,

Clek Olli Review – the groovy little booster with the quirky name

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Before I even began this blog post, I was intrigued by the name Olli so I had to Google it.  What I learned is that the origin of the name is Finnish and it’s a short form of Olaf.  Olaf is of Old Norse origin, and its meaning is “what remains of the ancestors”.  Not sure what, if anything, that has to do with this product but I like the name Olli.  It’s cute, memorable and easy to spell – which eliminates the need for yet another child restraint acronym.  Plus, the Paul Frank Julius the Monkey designs are soooo cooool!

For those who may be unfamiliar with the Olli backless booster, check out the Clek Website.

Basically, a backless booster is for older kids who rarely sleep in the vehicle and have outgrown a harnessed (5-point) child safety seat but don’t yet fit safely in the vehicle’s adult seatbelt.  The only proper way to assess whether or not an older child still needs to use a booster is to have the child sit directly on the vehicle seat, buckle them up and then determine whether or not the child passes the 5-Step Test.  If the child doesn’t pass all 5 steps (including the all-important 5th step) then the child still needs a booster to help the adult seatbelt fit properly.  The “boost” is crucial because if the seatbelt doesn’t fit the child the way it’s designed to fit us adults then the child could actually be injured by the belts in a crash.

But the Clek Olli is way more than just a basic, backless booster with a quirky  name. 

LATCH Then and Now

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Costco Triad

It is a sad moment.  My trusty Cosco Triad is finally going to the carseat graveyard.  It was returned to me last week by a friend who borrowed it years ago.  I had forgotten all about it.  Though it served 3 kids very well in its day, at 8 years old it is beyond its useable lifetime, so it is headed to the junk heap.  The sentiment reminded me of this video…  Back in 1999, I became involved in Child Passenger Safety when I couldn’t get a Century Smartmove to fit in a Saturn SL2 sedan.  If an engineer couldn’t do it, who could?  (Well, turns out those happened to be among the most difficult carseat and vehicle combinations at the time but I didn’t know that!).  It didn’t seem like it should be rocket science, but in some cases it certainly is.  There was hope, though- a new system called LATCH was coming.  In late 2000, I bought one of the first LATCH carseats on the market, a souped-up Cosco Touriva called the Triad.  Despite the cumbersome 2-ring tether adjuster, it installed quite nicely in my 2001 Honda Odyssey, also equipped with LATCH.  Less than a year later, I made a webpage (that’s a link to the archived version that appeared in spring/summer 2001) to help other parents learn as much as I did.