Teenage Driver Flips Off My Toddler In The Car Seat

Enjoying the Chicco Stroller

Today’s Driving Event

On our way to the dealership to pick up our now functioning car, a teenager driving a lipstick red Mitsubishi sports car pulls along side us on a quiet road at around 35 miles per hour.  For some reason he stars at me in the back seat with my toddler in the car seat.  I turn away to entertain my son then see the sports car race across our front end, nearly hitting us and shocking my wife.  Luckily there was no oncoming traffic when my wife swerves slightly to avoid being hit by this kid.

Someone please explain this to me. The teenager is driving by himself. There’s no one else on the road.  Next, he decides to give my family the finger and Continue reading

Car Seat Bestsellers – June 2010 Review

When it comes to car seats, a lot goes into the decision. How long do you plan to use the car seat (i.e. up to what weight)? What’s most comfortable so that your child may even be willing to get into it. And, of course, how much to spend? Our decision was to go with the one pictured here, the Britax Boulevard, but there are tons of options. We’ve put together our top picks to give you a starting point and lay out some of the things you can consider.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS, according to CarStrollers.com 😉

  1. Comfort – Test that your baby is comfortable and likes sitting in the car seat.  You can just go to stores and plop your baby down and see her reactions.  Also, reviews really help with this, and is how we decided on our Britax Boulevard.  You can still take advantage of online sales, discounts, and free shipping after you let your baby test out a few in the stores.
  2. Length of Use – This is critical!  The longer you plan to use it, the more you recoup your investment and the higher the weight limit you will require.  More importantly, the longer you use keep your child in a 5-point restraining system the safer she will be.
  3. Number of seats – Some people need more than one car seat either because they have more than one youngster or to reduce the hassle of taking one in and out of their two or more cars.  Our advice is to disregard this factor, and if you need more than one you should just get more of the one you chose based on the other important factors – so long as it does not make you bankrupt.
  4. Safety – Go with a brand/manufacturer with a good safety record (no recalls), as those are the ones paying attention to your child’s safety.
  5. Price – The range is great, starting at $50 and go up to $250.  The higher priced ones can generally be used for much longer because of the increased weigh capacity.  We strongly recommend looking at those which accommodate children up to 65 lbs because the longer your child is in a 5-point restraining system, the safer she is.

JUNE 2010 BESTSELLERS <<< Click for images, prices, and more information

  • Graco High Back TurboBooster Car Seat, Wander
  • Evenflo Triumph Advance LX Convertible Car Seat – Harbortown
  • Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat, Baker
  • Britax Frontier 85 Combination Booster Car Seat, Rushmore
  • Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat Base, Silver
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Matrix
  • Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat Onyx
  • Cosco Scenera Convertible Car Seat, Triton
  • Graco Spree Travel System, Barcelona Bluegrass
  • Evenflo Big Kid DLX Booster Car Seat – Cactus

Finding Your First Stroller

Enjoying the Chicco Stroller

Clearly, my son couldn’t be happier in this picture.  We bought a Combi stoller after an exhaustive search involving the entire family.  Soliciting the advice from everyone was a bit overwhelming, but it helped us pinpoint what seemed most important, the baby’s comfort.  After sitting in a Britax, Peg-Perego, and Maclaren we decided on this Combi because it offerred the widest shoulder space, a lot of puffy padding, and totally reclined.  We were shocked at how many strollers had vertical metal bars right where the baby’s shoulder blades rested.  Many of the strollers were also very narrow.

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15% Off Britax + Free SuperSaver Shipping

Right now, Amazon is unloading amazing Britax car seats for 15% off and free shipping on orders of $25 of more (with some restrictions). All of the seats are more then $25, so I don’t think you’ll have a problem Continue reading