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Category Archives: Car Seats

Giveaways Day 15 – Clek Oobr Booster Seat

When we first opened Magic Beans 6 years ago we had a 2 year old and an infant and the bulk of our expertise was in the realm of baby and toddler products. When it came to booster seats we were clueless, like many parents. At that point there was no booster seat law in Massachusetts, and people just didn’t ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 10 – Radian XTSL Car Seat

The Radian XTSL is the top-of-the line convertible car seat from Sunshine Kids. The XTSL offers a weight limit of 80 pounds and advanced side-impact protection in the headrest and body. This model is an updated version of the popular Radian XT Convertible Car Seat that incorporates Sunshine Kids' SuperLATCH™ technology. These specially designed LATCH connectors extend the lifespan of ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 1 – Britax Frontier 85

This past March, I got to leave Sheri and the kids for a couple of days to visit Britax at their headquarters in North Carolina. Personally, I love it when our manufacturers’ values align with ours – and I was really impressed to see firsthand how much Britax really strives to make life more convenient for parents. I was inspired ... Read More »

Mini-ABC Wrap Up

Last week, I made a quick trip to Louisville, KY to take a look at the ABC Kids Spring Conference. This is the second year that ABC, who produces the massive juvenile industry show each Fall, has mounted this event. It’s a small show, especially compared to the behemoth in Las Vegas, but it’s only for specialty retailers who have ... Read More »

Orbit G2 available for preview and preorder

We’re big Orbit Baby fans around here, so we were psyched when Orbit invited us to participate in the pre-launch of their new G2 Infant System and Stroller. Our Brookline and Wellesley stores are among the first stores in the whole country to have an actual G2 available for demonstrations and test-drives, and our web site is now accepting pre-orders. ... Read More »

Vindication for Orbit Baby – almost

NHTSA has concluded its independent review of the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat, brought on by the Consumer Reports “Do Not Buy” rating that was released at the end of August. Their findings confirm that the Orbit Infant Car Seat is perfectly safe. If you aren’t up to date on this story, read this first. In order to fully investigate ... Read More »

Radian gets Superlatch

Sunshine Kids has just shipped the first updated Radian car seat models for 2010. The biggest change is the incorporation of Superlatch, a new, more robust LATCH connector that enables parents to use LATCH even after the child is over 48 pounds (the current weight limit on LATCH for all other car seats). The new models are called the Radian ... Read More »

Orbit goes G2

“Concept strollers” were all the rage at the ABC Show, with lots of manufacturers showing off interesting ideas that may or may not come to the market. But while “concept” is the label Orbit Baby is applying to their new G2 product line, I got the impression it’s more a question of “when” than “if.” The G2 offers some significant ... Read More »

Orbit gets thumbs-up from NHTSA

We just received a letter from Joseph Hei, CEO and Co-founder of Orbit Baby. After last week’s debacle with Consumer Reports, Orbit went straight to the NHTSA and asked them to test the seat. Small wonder, it passed with flying colors. Consumer Reports continued to defend their testing, but public opinion online has been widespread in favor of Orbit Baby ... Read More »

Safeguard Go going to Dorel

The Safeguard Go car seat has been off the market for the past few months while IMMI, the company behind the brand, looked for a new distribution partner. According to a letter we received yesterday, their search has ended and Dorel will be distributing the product under the Safety 1st brand. To make a long story short, the seat should ... Read More »