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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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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Chicco Fit2 Review

We’ve been fans of the Chicco KeyFit since our very first days as an organization. Really, longer than that since many of us were KeyFit fans long before CSFTL was born! When we heard that Chicco was coming out with a longer-lasting version of this popular rear facing only car seat, the Babies R Us exclusive Fit2, we were very excited to see it!

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ABC Kids 2015: Day Two

Our second day at the ABC Kids Expo was mostly a foray into the world of rear facing only seats, with some combination seats and boosters thrown in for good measure. We also started increasing the sizes of the coffee drinks we’re consuming to combat our fatigue.

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Chicco KidFit Review

The KidFit completes the Chicco birth-to-seatbelt product line, after the KeyFit and the Nextfit. These three seats will potentially allow your child to be safely restrained until he is old and large enough for a seatbelt alone.

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Read the Car Seat Manual!

Everything you purchase comes with a manual, whether it is a lawn mower or a DVD player. When you are preparing for a child, multiply that by a bouncer, a high chair, a stroller and a swing. Chances are, you read them to know how to put them together and their basic function.

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Huggable Images Dolls Review

We would like to take this time to introduce the newest members of the CSFTL family.

These awesome additions were provided by Huggable Images, a company that makes safety training dolls and custom huggables. Huggable Images has given us the opportunity to take their dolls for a test drive and see what we think. You’ll be seeing these dolls in our reviews down the road to fill in the gaps where we don’t have children the correct age/size to fit the seat we’re reviewing. Today we’ll be looking at these dolls on their own to see how they stack up to real life children.

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Rear Facing Only Car Seats in Small Spaces

If you have a small car, you know how difficult it can be to fit a rear facing only car seat in it. We decided to put 25 rear facing only car seats to the test and find which seats take up the least amount of front to back space. Remember that all seats fit differently in different vehicles, so even though you find a seat that takes up less front to back space, that doesn’t mean it will fit correctly in every vehicle. It’s always suggested that you try before you buy.

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