Cosco Rise Review

Cosco’s newest offering is a backless booster seat that comes in at a ridiculously reasonable price!  The Rise retails for $9.99.  That’s right, it’s less than $10! Let’s take a closer look at this extremely budget-friendly option. CSFTL Quick Stats Backless booster weight range: 40-100 pounds Backless booster height range: 43-57 inches tall Expiration: 10

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ABC Kids 2017: Part Two

The second part of our journey through the ABC Kids Expo 2017 started once again with a visit to the coffee cart/food court (more about the first part here).  Since we were here last year, that area of the Convention Center has undergone a significant remodel, and it’s much nicer now!  I know you were all wondering, so there you go.

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ABC Kids 2017: Part One

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again!  No, not just the time of fabulous fall weather and impending holidays, it’s time to enter a giant expo hall full of car seats and assorted baby gear to check out the 2017 ABC Kids Expo!

The addition of the JPMA show to the lineup of expos this year translates to fewer car seat manufacturers attending ABC Kids, so we’re cramming most of our schedule into one really full day but spreading it into two great articles for your reading pleasure.

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Tales from the School Dropoff Line

Our daughter’s elementary school was a place where parents would park their cars and then walk children into school. However, they recently opened an optional dropoff line. I’m grateful that it’s optional because some days, getting my kiddo out of the car takes quite a while. There are stray Lego pieces to grab, snacks to throw into her backpack, and the not-that-rare need to slither out of her booster, then ask for help when she’s stuck in an unwieldy position. So we need that time.

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Harmony Big Boost Deluxe Review

Harmony makes just a few car seats — the Defender 360 combination seat, the Youth Booster, and the Big Boost Deluxe.  We’re fans of the Defender and the Youth Booster so we were eager to spend some quality time with the lowest priced backless booster that includes LATCH on the market!

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Car Seat Basics: Using the Proper Belt Path

Convertible car seats are two products in one — a rear facing car seat and a forward facing car seat. Some models also include a bonus third product — a booster mode. Like a DVD player built into a TV, or a crib that converts to a toddler bed, it’s convenient to bundle these products, but that means there are features that could be misused. All convertible and multimode seats include two belt paths — one for rear facing mode and one for forward facing mode.

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Chicco NextFit iX Zip Review

We’ve been fans of the Chicco NextFit since it arrived on the market in 2013. Since then, Chicco has added some additional flavors of the seat — first the NextFit Zip, which has a cover that zips off for easy installation access and cleaning, and now, the NextFit iX Zip, which has a few additional features that we’re already pretty fond of!

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