Ever wonder how car seats came about and what choices parents had at the beginning of production? We’ve been given the chance to review a seat from back in 1978 and would like to cover some of the basics of what has changed since we were kids.
Looking for the easiest way to travel via airlines with child, child seat, and everything else? Triple Play Products came up with an innovative child safety seat and stroller combination with the hope that it would save all the hassles of airline travel with children.
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.
The Combi Coccoro is a bit of a niche seat: it’s small, which means it fits great in tight spaces: both front to back and side to side (see how it stacks up to a variety of rear facing only seats here). But the downfall to a small seat is that it isn’t the longest lasting, it will be outgrown by most kids rear facing by age two and forward facing by age three.
The Evenflo Maestro is the workhorse of combination car seats: it doesn’t have a lot of flashy features, but for under $100 it will harness the average kindergartener. And for that, we love it!
In the market for a low-cost convertible seat that will last your child a few years? The Cosco Apt40 is the way to go.
Looking for an inexpensive, compact convertible car seat after the rear facing only seat is outgrown? The Safety 1st Guide 65 is a great convertible for just this situation. The Guide 65 rear faces to 40 lbs or 40″ and is easily found in most bix box stores. Check it out!
Foonf is a funny word, yet if it is uttered in a room of Child Passenger Safety Technicians or Advocates, one will be met with many head turns, pricked ears, and immediate attention. I waited a very long time for my Foonf, and was thrilled to be one of the first to have hands on experience with this car seat.
To start off, what is a Child Passenger Safety Technician? A CPST has been trained specifically on the topic of child restraints and safety within a vehicle. They can spot problems and know the specifics about seats and cars on the market. They make sure that a child is in the correct seat for their age, height, and weight. With upwards of 80% of child restraints being used incorrectly, a CPST educates parents on the correct use of seats and shows them how to properly install them.
When it comes to selecting a convertible car seat, the choices are seemingly endless. Peg Perego hails from Italy and is a familiar face in the world of infant seats, but the Primo Viaggio Convertible has only been around for about a year and a half now. It has some excellent features, a few drawbacks, but overall a very nice seat. Could it be the one for you? Check it out.