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!

Friday, March 14, 2008

FREE - BABY GEAR EXPO - Travel Systems & Strollers

Come to our free online chat party! I will be chatting about travel systems & strollers. If you are expecting and are confused about your options for travel systems & strollers, this is the chat to come to!

March 30th, 9PM EST - - no password is required... just pick a username and sign in!

I will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to some lucky mom! And there will be some other prizes as well!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Online Baby Showers

Lets say you're far away from family and friends and your pregnant with your first baby. Of course in an ideal world, everyone would come out to you... or you'd get to them... but either way, it's complicated and in general hard on everyone.

A great alternative is to have an online baby shower! I'll make it fun and easy!

We have two options:


As the mom-to-be, you simply go onto our website and register for products you want. If you need help selecting these, I am at your service!

Next - find a "host" or you can self host - but I generally like to stick to the typical etiquette of baby showers... so find a friend who wants to help you organize it.

Then we pick a date and a time... just like any other shower. You give me all your friends addresses & email addresses. I will even send out real baby invitations! They will have instructions on how to access the online party. (I use -Mom Chats - Free Chat Rooms for Moms! Come see our scheduled chats, or host your own. 100% free!)

We'll send out reminders about the party via email so folks are sure to come!

The party will be just like any other baby shower... we'll chat (via online chat :) ), you'll "open" gifts (well... everyone will send you a note with the item they want to give you and why....), your guests will simply go online and "purchase" those items for you...


For this shower, you will receive a unique address for your shower. You will be given access to write some info about you and the baby! For this type of shower - I'll need:
-your name and mailing address
-a photo of you and your belly and maybe one with Hubby too!
-your due date (or when you plan to bring home your adopted child)
-whether you are expecting a boy or girl or it's a suprise
-your blog/website

As people purchase items off your registry, we will post them on the site, and you can respond and others can leave comments. The nice thing about this registry is you can literally hit "print" afterwards or we can even order you a bound book with the registry in it! What a great memory!

With eather of these options, because all items are being shipped to you, it will be free shipping for everyone! We'll play games, and you'll actually get to win extras for you and the baby! I promise it will be ton of fun and your friends and family will be glad they were able to celebrate some time with you before the baby comes. Of course, we'll have photos of your baby bump too! :)

If you want more information, shoot me over an email:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Seeing Spots...

You know those horrible primary color foam "rugs" or "mats" that people buy for their kids? They are great to play on... but terrible to have to look at! Check out these mats! I think they are great! They are called Play Spots and they are distributed by Skip Hop - the manufacturers of the best diaper bags around. The "spots" are 14" x 14" tiles -and a set includes 4 tiles for $79.00. They come in girl colors, boy colors & neutrals. You could literally use these as your rug in a nursery they are so cute!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Confused about Baby Gear???

Invite some friends over and I'll come help you sort through all the gear available!

We'll talk about what you need, what you don't need.

I'll do a safety presentation for you too - stressing carseat safety!

Plus - as a bonus - if you host, you'll get a $50 gift certificate!!!!! whoo hoo! A great way to get that stroller or carseat you've wanted!

I will gear my presentation based on the age of your kiddos - if you are pregnant and have a bunch of pregnant or new moms, I'll talk about infant gear and registry items. If you have a toddler, we'll concentrate on carseat safety, and some fun products that we have for older kids.

email me today if you're interested!

Friday, March 7, 2008


Every day I'm amazed at the blatant misuse of seats... I know I have links to some of these videos to the right... but today, I just feel like highlighting some of these... it's THAT important...

The BEST baby carrier - The Ergo

When I had my first son, I started out with a Baby Bjorn... which is great... when the baby weighs 10lbs... but at 20lbs... your back just cannot handle that!

I then bought a frame carrier... it was so HUGE! It was fantastically made (Kelty) - but man... my 20lb kid felt like 40 after just 15 minutes! I just couldn't handle that carrier... it was too big.

Then I found the Ergo Carrier... its FANTASTIC! It's a light weight cloth carrier - that can literally fold up and go in your diaper bag just like a Bjorn - BUT - it can be worn on the front or on the back - and it can be worn up to 40lbs. When you are using it like a back pack, it's so much easier to carry a baby that way then in a frame carrier - you don't even notice the weight because the child is sitting so close to your back - it eliminates the whole "leaning forward" thing.

It has a head support that you snap into place if the baby falls asleep so they don't flop around. Another nice feature is that baby is "sitting" vs. "hanging" from their hips... I've heard kids with conditions like hip dysplasia prefer this type of carrier to a Kelty or born where the pressure is on the pelvis. (but of course - check with your doctor before using with a child with this type of condition).

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Quinny & Maxi-Cosi

In a few days, we'll have the Quinny & Maxi-Cosi lines...

They have some fabulous products. For Quinny - they have the Quinny Buzz & the Quinny Zapp - both two very popular strollers. The Buzz is a full carriage setup - with an optional bassinet. It's got that "bugaboo" type style with a little more european flair... I love the colors & the fabric. It works with the Maxi Cosi Mico Infant seat too.

Then there's the Zapp... this is one of the smallest folding strollers on the market. It's really a very cool looking piece of gear. Plus - it does work with the Maxi Cosi Mico. The only bummer is that there is no recline - but its an excellent travel stroller.

The Maxi Cosi mico has some cool color patterns. Other then that it's pretty much your basic infant seat... light weight, 5 pt harness - goes to 22lbs.
The Maxi Cosi Priori Convertible carseat has some neat features. It has a recline feature for forward facing, so you can recline your toddler without uninstalling the carseat. It also rear faces to 35lbs. It will take a toddler up to 40lbs and 43" tall (gives you about 1" more in top harness height from the Britax Roundabout). A good choice for parents who plan on having more kiddos - as this one won't be the last seat you'll ever need, but if you can pass it down, then it has some nice extras that other seats don't have - and it will last you a few more months then the Britax Roundabout.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mutsy 4Rider Light with Fun Seat

Here are some pics of a 4 year old (34lbs) and an almost 2 year old (29lbs) in the Mutsy 4Rider Light with the Funseat. It has a fabulous basket - and one of the tallest handlebars I've ever pushed. It's fantastic!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

True Fit Convertible Car Seat - Cappuccino

We have 5 of the Cappuccino seats arriving shortly! Along with a John Deer stroller (peg perego!) and 1 compass infant seat! I think this compass True Fit Convertible is going to be an awesome seat!

All Britax Seats 20% off at midnight - TONIGHT!

We have a limited number of britax seats - but all in stock seats will be 20% off as of midnight tonight! This is a fabulous sale! The prices will be reflected online - and no other discount can be used.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cool new carseat.... should arrive in March

Here's why I think this new carseat by Compass - called the Compass True Fit - is going to be a hit. First - it's going to come in 6 or so pretty nice color combinations. They have the girly, the sophisticated... they don't really have an awesome "boy" print - but lots of nice color combinations. It's proven that colors/choices do matter... not ultimately - but it draws people to the seat and Compass got it right I think.

Second - it harnesses up to 65lbs (like the britax marathon) and I've heard rumors of the top harness height being slightly higher then the marathon... but that will all be determined once we actually get our hands on these seats! EDIT: I've now heard that the top harness slot is 16.5 or 17" tall... which would be roughly the same as a Marathon.

Third - It's got a smart feature that LOTS of parents will love... the top part of the seat actually comes off the seat to allow for a better reclined rear facing position! Now I say "reclined" because I've heard that you can only use this feature until the child is 22lbs - then you must attach the top part... but again - I think we need to wait for the manual to come out for that one. But that's actually not a big deal - part of the reason it's hard to fit a bit britax rear facing for a 6 month old, is that you truly need a 45 degree angle... but once the child is 8 months +, there's really no need that the seat have to be that angled... and you can just adjust the install and there should be room for the extra height in the seatback.

Fourth - the cost is fantastic. It's going to fall in the under $200 range.

I do have a few questions about these seats... that I think will just have to wait for the actual manuals to get out - like rear face tethering - and harness height. I think these may end up being my nanny's carseats for the summer...well... not the girly print... I don't think my boys would appreciate it! :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Peg Perego Skate

We officially have the peg perego skates ready to order!

Check out this video from peg perego:

Peg Perego Skate

It looks like a fantastic carriage. I think it will really compete with the Stokke Xplory. It's sort of a bugabooish Stokke...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Uppababy Vista - a GREAT bugaboo alternative

So not to knock the bugaboo - it's a fabulous stroller and definitely created a new wave of stroller design - but for us suburbanites, it's just not really practical. First - you have to take the seat off every time you fold the stroller. Second - the fact that you have to take the fabric off the bassinet and put it onto the seat frame is sort of annoying... because I'm not likely to travel with the bassinet in the car, but it would be nice to use it for nap time. Also - the basket... like most high end strollers... is lacking. And the seat is rather smallish.

So a smart guy - who used to work in car design/development, saw a need - and started Uppababy.

The Vista has that bugaboo look. It has the seat that can face you or away from you, and a bassinet. They are separate pieces though, and can be used independently from one another. Not only are they separate, but they also come with accessories for each piece - two separate bug nets, a foot muff for the bassinet, and a rain cover that will fit both.

The bassinet comes with a mattress that has a cool side, and a warm side - and the mattress cover can be pulled off to be washed.

The Toddler seat is nice and big. The basket is just awesome. I love to take this thing grocery shopping! And it zips off in case you get spills - so you can wash it.

You can fold the stroller with the seat facing away from you - which is huge in suburbia.

The one complaint the Uppababy received was that it was wide... but they fixed that with the 2008 models - they shaved 2" off the wheels - which truly makes a huge difference.

This is a fabulous choice for tall parents too... the telescoping handle is awesome. And there is no kicking the back of the stroller because there's no rear axle.

For accessories - you can purchase a toddler step - and I have to say - it beats out the Mutsy's step! I don't' kick this one AT ALL - and you can pull it up and out of the way when you're not using it! that's such a plus!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Our NEW Website! Online shopping and Baby Registry!

Check it out! I think it turned out great! We even have a full baby registry!

Baby On The Go At Home