Happy Holidays!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families, and got a day or two off of work! Maybe a family member surprised you with the joyful news of a baby on the way. Feel free to check out my posts for some great car seat or car seat accessories as a gift!
I am headed out on a much needed vacation from the 1st to the 7th. I will respond to any comments and questions as I can.

Have a great New Year!

-Chandra

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Britax Advocate Convertible Seat – One of the Most Popular Choices

 

 

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The Britax Advocate Clicktight Convertible seat is one of the most popular choices that parents choose. It comes up on many websites when I was researching the best seats. So, let’s review it and see why it is or isn’t a great choice.

Why is it so popular?

The Britax Advocate Clicktight is one of the safest car seats around. It solves two of the most common problems with car seats: proper installation and loose straps.

Following the installation instructions is super easy on this seat. It is nearly impossible to install improperly. You can feel assured that this seat is stable when clicked into place. The way it is installed looks a bit different than most seats that you see, as you lift the seat up, and the belt goes under it. Britax-clicktight

 

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Booster Car Seats – For when your baby becomes a big kid!

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Booster car seats are the last car seat that your child will use. But don’t rush into getting to this stage. In order to be following the laws, your child has to have outgrown the requirements on their front-facing seat before being moved to a booster seat.

According to AAA, the requirements normally include that your child be over 40 pounds, under 4’9″, be at least 4 years old, and at least 35″ tall. Outgrowing the front facing seat normally means the child is too tall for the harness system.

There are three types of booster seats. A cushioned seat (booster), a high-backed booster, and a convertible booster.

Convertible Booster (Harness Booster)

I’m starting backwards from my list, in case this is one of your first stops.

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A convertible booster is a seat that your child can use front facing with a 5-point harness, then use as a high-back booster, and lastly, as a booster seat.

The Graco Nautilus 65 is a great option for a convertible booster seat. Yourgraco-nautilus child can use it beginning at 22 pounds, secured with a 5-point harness system. It converts to a high backed booster and a backless booster, securing your child with your car’s seat belt. All the seat pads are machine washable, and the seat has open-loop belt guides to help you correctly position the seat belt. It is reasonably priced at $150.

High-Backed Booster Seats

Not all high-backed booster seats turn into just a booster seat, be sure to read the details when purchasing. Most are 2 in 1’s. Continue reading “Booster Car Seats – For when your baby becomes a big kid!”

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Car Seats for Special Needs Children

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If you have a child with special needs, you might be wondering if there is seat options for your child above the standard one’s you normally find on the store shelves. There is, and they have been made to adapt for your child, and I have a few of the best rated one’s below!

Britax Advocate ClickTight

The Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB Cool Flow Convertible Car Seat has an average 4.4 stars out of 5. It can be used both rear facing and forward.britax=advocate-seat

There is nothing added on to make this car seat especially for special needs children. It has a cool mesh fabric to help your child be more comfortable on trips. The seat comes with extra layers of side protection, and has been highly praised on how well it stays in place in the vehicle and how well it performs in an accident. The head protection is outstanding. This seat is just a great piece of mind for your child through their preschool years.

The installation process for this seat is as easy as buckling a seat belt. You feed the seat belt through, and click it shut. That’s it. There is a Click & Safe Snug Harness indicator, which will click and let you know when the harness has been pulled tight enough to keep your child safe. Continue reading “Car Seats for Special Needs Children”

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Car Rental Car Seats

When traveling with children, you have a choice to make. Bring your own car seat, bring it on the plane, have it with you all vacation, or rent a car seat when you get your vehicle?

Most car rental services will offer a car rental car seat. For a price. There are also some other things to take into consideration.

Cost

If you are a member of AAA, they offer one free car seat through Hertz Rental. Most dealers will charge around $15 a day per seat, with a cap of $60-70 for your trip, per seat.evenflo-car-seat

For some, that price tag might make you decide to purchase a seond car seat for just traveling purposes. There are plenty of affordable one’s out there, like this Evenflo Tribute. Continue reading “Car Rental Car Seats”

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Car Seats for Airplanes – Need help traveling?

I’m going to go over a couple of options here. Legally, you can have a child up to 24 months of age sit on your lap during a flight. You don’t have to pay for an extra seat, but if it’s a long flight, maybe you don’t want to have to hold them for the whole time. They do make car seats for airplanes, and they also make airline certified travel bags for your current car seat.

Car Seat Travel Bag

wheelier-car-seat-bagA car seat travel bag is a great idea if you do decide to hold your child on your lap, but need your car seat for the rest of your trip. It is a good way to protect your current car seat from scratches and debris while on the go.

The Wheelie Car Seat Travel Bag is easy to use when gate checking a car seat, and made of water-resistant, heavy-duty fabric. It has an adjustable interior strap to hold the strap in place, dual rubber wheels, and a solid platform to prevent dragging. Continue reading “Car Seats for Airplanes – Need help traveling?”

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