Monday, April 14, 2008

The Human Foot Print

I watched this show last night - it was produced by National Geographic... which is always amazing. It really got you thinking. Did you know diapers aren't biodegradable for up to 500 years because of the plastics? Definitely a reason to try our Bum Genius diapers or some of the many biodegradable diapers on the market. (Seventh Generation, Nature Boy & Girl and TenderCare Plus all claim to be biodegradable). But the tricky thing is, there really doesn't seem to be 1 correct answer on how to reduce our waste regarding diapers. With Cloth diapers, you waste water - and these biodegradable diapers are still filling the landfills. I guess the answer is just to get them potty trained! LOL.

here's the link to the show - it gives a lot of other awesome info!

The Human Footprint

(image by National Geographic)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Britax Frontier Update

We just learned that the Britax Frontier will have a 9 (nine) year life span and it is FAA approved on aircraft in the harness mode!

Perks of this seat:
  • Harnesses to 80lbs and roughly 53" tall child
  • Boosters from 40-100lbs
  • Latch allowed in booster mode (to hold seat in)
  • FAA Approved
  • Cup holder
  • 4 colors to choose from
  • 9 Year life span (vs. typical 6 years... due to reinforcement)

You can pre-order one today! :) Just click on our link. We are being told May arrival... but that's all dependent on britax.

Friday, April 4, 2008

20% off your order! April 4-8th ONLY!

In order to celebrate spring, we're giving our customers 20% off their order excluding strollers & car seats. Come check out some of the cool accessories from slings, to diaper bags, to bath items, to feeding supplies! Free shipping on all orders over $100 as always!

Use code: SPRINGSALE at checkout


Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Great Rear Facing Fact Sheet

I can take no credit for this one! A friend of mine on a carseat board I visit wrote this up. It is very concise and gives lots of great info. Thanks CarSeatJunkie for the info and taking the time to write this up! (she promises an extended harnessing and extended boostering fact sheet soon too!) And as always - these are suggestions - but each child/car/carseat is unique - please read your manual and please go to to find a certified carseat tech near you to check your seats!


Just to let you know, car crashes are the #2 killer of children under 1 year of age, it is the #1 killer of children 1-14.The absolute bare minimum is 1 year AND 20lbs. What is best practice? To keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. The AAP recommends keeping your child rfing until the weight limits of your seat which is either 30, 33 or 35lbs.

Another thing, MOST states have LAWS in place that say your child HAS to be in a rear facing child restraint until 1 year AND 20lbs. So ANY dr telling you that it is okay to FF them before 1 year is WRONG.I am a Child Passenger Safety Technician and I all too often see the horrific aftermaths of children who were forward facing and were involved in a car accident.

Most recently, we reviewed a case study of a 26 month old, 26lbs child who was in the middle of the backseat, ffing, in a 5 pt harness seat. A car came into their lane and they were in a head on collision at 45mph. This little girl suffered a broken C2 vertebrae. She was the LUCKIEST child. She was in a HALO for 3 months. She had to go into temporary state custody b/c the mother couldn't care for her (due to the mother being in the hospital). Evidence shows that if she were still rear facing, she would not have sustained this life threatening injury.I have had a broken neck before, my C1 and C2 vertebra's were broken. This area controls breathing, movements, etc...Christopher Reeve is a prime example of having a broken C1 and C2 vertebra in his neck. It is NOT a nice injury and I would never wish that upon anyone...especially a child.

It breaks my heart when I hear of parents ffing their child too soon. Because of this kind of mind set that it is a "milestone" to ff your child at 1 year AND 20lbs, many MANY children are needlessly injured.When a child is in a frontal, head on 35mph crash and their car seat is NOT tethered and they are using a 5 point harness, they will go forward 32". When their seat is tethered, a child will be thrown forward 28". It is imperative that families recognize the NEED to keep their children rear facing for as long as possible.

Here are several links to support keeping your child rear facing for as long as possible:;109/3/550

Here are a few crash test links to show you the difference in rear facing vs forward facing:

Here is a crash test of a 12 month old RFing

Then, here is the SAME 12 month old FFing

I think 15 links is enough for now, but I do have MANY MANY more showing support.For those who say their children were uncomfortable rfing, your child knows nothing different. In fact, their legs bending the way they do RFing is actually comfortable to a child. It may not be for an adult. A child is usually more uncomfortable with their legs dangling over the edge or close to the edge of the seat than they are all "squished" up. ALL children go through the kicking, screaming, yelling phase b/c they are active, crawling, walking, etc and would much rather be doing that than harnessed in their seat. They also WANT to see mom or dad in the car. They can hear you, but can't "see" you. They are all phases and they will pass.

A child is TOO tall rfing when their head is 1" below the top of the SHELL of the seat OR (check your car seat manual) if you own an older Britax, it is when the tips of the ears are even with the shell of the seat rfing.

There is NO documented cases of a child's legs being broken in crashes, but there are TONS of documented cases of children with spinal injuries.42% of accidents occur in rural settings. 25% of them occur within 5 minutes of your home.

Autopsy reports have shown that children under 2 years old are at 4 times the risk of Internal Decapitation when forward facing. What is Internal Decapitation?? Wikipedia says this:Internal decapitation, atlantooccipital dislocation, describes the rare process by which the skull separates from the spinal column during severe head injury. This injury is nearly always fatal, since it usually involves nerve damage or severance of the spinal cord. Hanging relies on allowing the subject to break their neck under their own weight.

Here is a lady that actually survived Internal Decapitation

So, as you can tell, it has ZERO to do with neck STRENGTH.

I was in a side impact crash where the drunk driver was going 65-70mph and it snapped my neck--I was 20 years old.Did you know that if YOU are in a 30mph, one vehicle accident and your child weighs 20lbs, they turn into 600lbs of force. THAT is a LOT of force for a child.

Consider this: A car going 40mph would hit a tree with the same force as hitting the ground after falling off a 50 foot cliff. A person inside the car would hit the windshield (unrestrained, of course) with the same force as hitting the ground after a fall from a five-story building.Another thing to know is that when a child is RFing, the BACK of their carseat--the part that goes behind their back and head--take the brunt of the crash force. In a FF car seat, the CHILD takes the brunt of the crash force.

This shows spine development. You can see how the spine doesn't fuse together until they are quite older.

This diagram shows you how "top heavy" children are and how disproportioned they are.

I understand that it is ultimately the parent's decision, but I want to make sure that the information is out there for the parent to make the decision. No one needs to feel bad or scared or worried. Here is the information. Some crashes are unsurvivorable no matter what safety precautions have been taken. But, I WANT your children just as safe as YOU do. I am VERY passionate about child passenger safety and child safety in general

Monday, March 31, 2008

I'm Official Now!

It's official... I'm a certified carseat tech!

Get your seat checked today - go to

also - take a minute to view some of the videos I have to the right!

Some Real Photos of the Compass True Fit

Love this seat... I really do think it's a fabulously designed seat. There are a few little things - like the middle lockoffs that take a bit to get used to - but a very comfortable, safe feeling, seat.

Here are some photos - 4.5 year old - but a peanut - 34lbs, 40". He has about 2" of growth in this seat:


And this one shows how the harness actually goes up and down without taking the cover off... so nice. No rethread harness... you just pull the buttons on the outside and slide up and down.

And here are some installed photos of the seat rear facing - the Recaro Como is next to it...



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Britax Frontier!!! Coming in MAY!

This is an awesome seat... or at least it looks to be!

Here's the stats:

  • 4 Colors are Rushmore (Grey and Black, Red Rock (Red and Black), Canyon (Tan and Black)and Pink Sky (Pink Grey and Black)

  • Retail is $279.99

  • Available in May 2008

  • Product Features: 25-80 lb. Harnessed weight capacity with 8 harness height positions and 3 bockle strap positions.

  • True Side Impact Protection, also recognized for sleep support.

  • One-hand headrest and harness adjustment for easy and accurate adjustment

  • Rotating soft-touch armrests.

  • Retractable cup and snack holders.

  • Product Weight 24 lbs.

  • Product Dimensions W x H x D 19.5 x 22 x 26.5

  • Harnessed ,headrest extended 19.5 x 27.75 x 27Booster 19.5 x 22 x 20

  • Booster, headrest extended 19.5 x 25.25 x 20

  • Interior Product Dimensions Seating

  • Compartment Height 21.5"

  • Seat Area Depth / Width 13.5" / 12"

  • Shoulder Width 15.25"

  • Harness Slot Heights 12.25" / 13.1" / 14" / 14.9" / 15.75" / 16.5" / 17.4" / 18.25"

  • Buckle Strap Depth 5" / 6.5"/ 8.25"

We have them on pre-order! :) So come check them out!