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Category Archives: Car Seats

Consumer Reports FAIL?

Two years ago, Consumer Reports was rocked by controversy when they botched their testing for a number of infant car seats and then proceeded to drag the good name of those models through the mud before eventually retracting the whole story. The incident led to some staffing changes at Consumer Reports, and they’ve been trying to earn back their credibility ... Read More »

Day 27 – Orbit Infant System

I’ve already written at length about the Orbit Infant System, as I’ve been using it with Zev for 11 months now. As I write this, I’ve just returned from our 14th airplane trip with the Orbit, and accordingly can attest at length to its suitability for travel. But there’s another story to tell about Orbit Baby that goes all the ... Read More »

Clek Oobr booster seat almost here

When the Clek Olli booster seat came out, it changed the world a little bit for parents of school-age children. The simplicity and appealing design made it so easy to transport a carload of kids without any arguments about being too old for a car seat. Now, Clek is kicking it up a notch with the Clek Oobr Booster Seat, ... Read More »

Day 22 – Britax Advocate CS

In March 2004, I was a little busy. We’d signed the lease on the store, started the build-out, and I was working on establishing accounts with all our key vendors. The store was due to open in July, and I was right on schedule. Which was good, because I was also nine months pregnant. During the business plan phase, I’d ... Read More »

Day 15 – Britax Chaperone

There’s a lot to love about the new Chaperone car seat from Britax. Mostly, I’m just glad it exists. Britax has had a very hard time getting traction in the infant car seat category. For a while, they were really fixated on having a proprietary travel system, and it’s refreshing to see that they’ve finally designed a seat that they ... Read More »

Radian car seat proves its metal

Last week, a parking garage in Atlanta partially collapsed, destroying nearly 40 of the 1600 cars parked in the garage. One of these cars belonged to Sarah Maglione, a mom from Atlanta. Her SUV was parked on the second level of the garage, with her Radian 65 car seat installed in the back passenger seat. When they pulled her car ... Read More »

Day 6 – Radian XT Car Seat

The first time I saw a Radian car seat demonstration was in the parking lot behind our store in Brookline. Russ Berger, one of the owners of Sunshine Kids had come to show it to us, way back in 2005. It was a cold and drizzly day, and if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic. I thought the ... Read More »

Day 1 – Chicco Keyfit 30

To kick off our 31 Days of Giveaways, we wanted something really special. The Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat has an interesting history with Magic Beans. The first time we ever saw a demonstration of that seat, we were amazed. The engineering of the base is ingenious, and it is designed to be nearly foolproof to install. But in spite ... Read More »

Britax Advocate CS arrives

The newest Britax car seat model hit our warehouse last week, and is now in our stores. The Britax Advocate CS is being hailed as the “safest” Britax model available, thanks to sophisticated side-impact protection technology. The seat has “wings” on both sides (they look a lot like bumpers) that will cushion the child in a side-impact crash and reduce ... Read More »