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Category Archives: Car Seats

Cybex Aton is back!

Two weeks ago I broke the news that Cybex was going to cease distribution of car seats in the United States. Well, guess what? After reading blog posts like  Jamie Grayson’s and even mine, Cybex reconsidered this decision. The Aton will continue to be available through their distributor, Regal Lager. Some colors are out of stock at the moment, but Regal Lager ... Read More »

Cybex Aton is going away

…And not on a vacation. It’s being deported. Earlier this week, Regal Lager informed us that they will no longer be distributing Cybex car seats in the United States. This came as quite a shock, since the new Cybex Aton car seat was one of the most exciting new product releases of 2011. When I first wrote about the debut ... Read More »

10 common car seat mistakes

Z in his car seat

Car seats are among the most complicated pieces of gear most parents will encounter – probably more complicated than you think, so be prepared! Here’s a list of 10 mistakes a lot of parents make. If anything sounds familiar to you, don’t feel bad: I’ve been guilty of at least 7/10 of the things on this list over the years. ... Read More »

5 things to look for in a convertible car seat

Britax Boulevard Silver Birch

Making the transition from an infant seat to a convertible car seat can be tough for parents who’ve grown very attached to the portability of a bucket-style infant seat. But when a baby starts to get close to the height or weight limit of his infant seat, there’s no two ways about it – it’s time to make the switch. ... Read More »

Hello Diono

Diono RXT Car Seats

When Sunshine Kids (manufacturer of the outstanding Radian car seat) called us a few weeks ago and asked to set up a meeting, they mentioned they had some big news. But we still weren’t completely prepared for what awaited us. After 12 years as Sunshine Kids Juvenile Products, effective today the company will now be known as Diono (dee-OH-no). Why ... Read More »

Clek Boosters on Sale!

Starting Saturday, July 30th, we’re offering two of our favorite boosters at a deep discount – the Clek Oobr and the Clek Olli will each be on sale for 20% off from July 30 to August 14. If you’ve ever had trouble getting an independent child to ride in a booster, these chic seats are for you: they have a ... Read More »

Drool Sponsor Spotlight: in praise of Britax.

When our own Eli Gurock visited the Britax factory, every employee he met had the same thing to say about working for Britax: “Our job is protecting children. We keep children safe. That’s what we do.” It’s the Britax mantra: they keep children safe. And they take pride in doing it well. We asked some of our Facebook fans why ... Read More »

Why the Cybex Aton changes everything

OK, fine. It won’t change everything. But it’s going to have a huge impact on the infant car seat market. And it’s going to make the lives of countless parents much, much easier. So that counts for something, if not everything. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Cybex Aton since we first saw it more than two years ... Read More »

Orbit Baby car seats put on a few pounds

But not from extra calories (and they aren’t any heavier, either). Through some additional testing, Orbit Baby was able to raise the weight and height limits on both their Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat and their Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat. The Infant Car Seat is now rated for 4-30 lbs and 19-32″ tall, where previously the limit was 22 ... Read More »

10 reasons to get your car seat checked

NHTSA estimates that 3 out of 4 parents are using their car seats incorrectly. There are lots of different seat belts and they all work in different ways. To get a tight fit takes some practice and expertise. The angle of the car seat is important, and sometimes it takes a lot of work (and a cut-up pool noodle) to ... Read More »