Parents want to keep their kids safe, and as CPSTs it’s our job to help them do just that. Parents often ask us to point them to the safest seat on the market. There’s no simple answer to that question: the safest seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and that you use correctly every time. Age, height, and weight all matter when choosing a seat that fits your little. Research shows that children under age 2, no matter their size, should be in rear facing seats, and older children need boosters until they pass the 5 step test.
This is an updated, and upgraded, version of the Britax B-Safe. Many of the features on this new B-Safe 35 Elite version are new, and some are improved. If you liked the B-Safe model, I think you’ll love the B-Safe 35 Elite. Britax has taken great care to make sure that this new seat is easy to use, visually appealing, and long-lasting, too.
Recently, Graco has released several new convertible seats to the market, adding a wider array of convertible and multi-use restraint options to its lineup. Several questions we’re asked are “What is the difference between these seats?” “Is this seat similar to that seat?” “How do I know which one I want?”
Featuring sleek lines, Crypton fabric, and great colors and patterns, the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo are trendy, fun seats that appeal to many. With a starting weight limit of 14 lbs. though, these sweet seats cannot be used from birth. With the recently released infant-thingy, an insert that can be used with both the Foonf and Fllo starting at 5 lbs. and 19″, the Clek convertibles are now an option for those who choose to skip the rear facing only seat.
When we are handed our mewling bundles for the first time, we are told to support their heads and keep their heads back. They have no head control forward or backward, so support their head. Support their head. Keep their head back, but support their head.
After that is drilled into us, it’s no wonder we have parents buying new car seats or rearranging everything to do away with head slump.
New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring that all children under age two years who are less than 30 pounds be rear facing.
Urbini hit the ball out of the park with initial release of the Urbini Petal car seat and now have a new rear facing only car seat that has done the same, the Urbini Sonti. Urbini was gracious enough to allow us to review this new addition to their product line.
Maxi-Cosi is a well-known name worldwide for rear facing only seats. There have been several renditions of the Mico seat here in the US. The Mico Max 30 is the latest version. Maxi-Cosi has increased the height and weight limit and added an anti rebound bar to the base. Let’s check it out.
Little ones can make big messes! Rear facing is safer for your child, but it sure can make a mess of your vehicle seat. What can be done about the dirt and grime left by little feet? There are several options for covering the seat from repurposing household baby related items, or other basic items, to purchasing specialty mats.
The Cosco Apt40 has been around for some time now and made a name for itself as a great budget seat. It had a major limitation in that once outgrown rear facing, it was outgrown forward facing as well. The new Cosco Apt50 has fixed that issue. Let’s see how the Apt50 stacks up its predecessor.