Our Nation’s Capital Our trip to Washington, D.C. for the PrevCon convention was in the middle of an extreme heat wave, complete with heat watches and warnings — the heat index reached as high as 115 on some days. Since our focus was on child safety and injury prevention, the heat was a constant reminder
Graco boasts an extensive lineup of car seats. Our team here at CSFTL has spent time with, reviewed, and ultimately become big fans of many of these seats because almost every car seat in their lineup has a consist child-fit and relative ease of use. Given this history, we were excited when Graco offered us
Our challenges with installing the seat lead us to assert that the Recline N’ Ride could be a good choice for children with special needs who require a deep recline when forward facing but it may not work well in some vehicles. It’s also quite limited in booster mode since our models struggled to buckle themselves into the seat.
The TurboBooster TakeAlong excels at its main purpose in life — being a very portable option that most Littles can set up and use properly with minimal or no supervision.
This is a big task for a small seat. We’re thrilled to see that the TurboBooster TakeAlong does all of this with ease.
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.
Graco already has an impressive lineup of long-lasting convertible car seats. The 4Ever Extend2Fit is a combination of two other popular seats: the Extend2Fit and the 4Ever.
The 4Ever Extend2Fit combines the 4Ever’s four modes of use: rear facing, forward facing, high back, and backless booster with the Extend2Fit’s 50 pound rear facing weight limit and extendable foot tray.
The design team at Graco is a master at creating booster seats that are easy to use, well-priced, long-lasting, and provide an excellent belt fit. The Affix is a cousin of the much loved TurboBooster, but adds lower anchors to an already popular seat. AND! It’s now available in Canada so we’re updating this review so reflect the key differences between the United States and Canadian versions of the seat.
Graco has a lot to offer when it comes to convertible car seats. The new Sequel offers the compactness of the much-loved, long-lasting Extend2Fit at a lower price point with a few key differences: a 40 pound rear facing weight limit compared to the Extend2Fit’s 50 pound limit and no extending tray.
One of the biggest struggles we face as CPSTs is working with car seats that can be challenging to install correctly. So when a simple installation method comes along, we tend to get pretty excited. The SnugRide SnugLock 35 is a well-featured rear facing only car seat. The base is what makes it kind of amazing. The lockoff device is as wide as the base; it’s the easiest lockoff to use that I’ve ever met.
Families come in all shapes and sizes and have a wide variety of needs when it comes to car seats. One area where we see a lot of questions is what to do when the back seat is full of children, or when two children need to ride next to each other. We call this setup three car seats across and it’s a topic that has a lot of variables.