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A Fun Father’s Day Adventure and @Safety_1st Car Seat #Giveaway

11 Jun

Father’s Day is quickly approaching.  I’ve tried to find a fun adventure for the entire family (grandpa’s included).  As I was talking with a friend, I remembered our trip to the Grand Prix New York Go Kart Raceway a few years ago for my husbands birthday.  We didn’t bring the kids with us because we didn’t know what to expect or if it was kid friendly. While I was there, I wish I had brought them so they could cheer on their dad as he raced.  There was a bouncy castle, arcade games, bowling and more for them to enjoy as well.  This is definitely on my list for a fun Father’s day adventure!

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With Racing on the mind, did you know that Safety 1st’s car seats incorporate the same technology that protects high performance drivers? As a leader in safety innovation, the patented technology is called GCell HX™.  Combined with Safety 1st Air Protect Technology, it provides full body safety protection in the event of a crash. Below are two new Safety 1st car seats that incorporate GCell HX, so dad’s little one can ride with the same technology as a racecar driver:

The Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 Air + infant car seat allows your child to ride rear facing from 4-25 pounds. It’s equipped with a 5-point harness, adjustable stay in the car base and Carry Curve™ Handle with an ergonomic design. 

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The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + convertible car seat ensures your child is safe from 5-65 pounds. Better yet, it meets the new requirements for the new 65 Pound LATCH rule.

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The Dorel Juvenile Group (maker of Safety 1st) is based in Columbus, IN where its step stools, potties, car seat bases and child safety products are 100% made in the USA. Check out the brands recent feature on AOL’s This Built America to learn more about the company.

GIVEAWAY: Enter to WIN the Safety 1st onBoard Air 35 Air + infant car seat or convertible car seat, your choice, by clicking here.  Giveaway begins now and ends June 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm.  Good Luck! 

 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from Safety 1st. A car seat was provided for the giveaway.

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Make Traveling Easier, Especially This Holiday Season!

6 Nov

It’s hard to believe Halloween is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  Every year we travel to see family.  We are in the process of figuring out how we are getting to and from.  Traveling by train and plane can get tricky because we have to think  about a car seat and booster seat to help us get to and from.  If  booking last-minute, renting from a car rental company be an option because they could be sold out.  It also gets tricky when traveling alone because I need hands to help my girls and can’t carry the booster, push a stroller and carry the luggage.  The less I have to carry, the better!

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We recently had the opportunity to try the BoostAPak, a booster seat and back pack in one created by Safety 1st and Trunki.   Did you know the law requires all children under 12 years old or 135cm in height to use a booster seat? This backless booster is for ages 4- 12 and 40-80 poundsIt is great for car pools or travel as it moves easily from car to car and fits into an overhead aircraft bin. It also has a unique, patented fold-out seat belt guides, and a durable plastic shell. Retails for $69.99 at BuyBuyBaby (click link to purchase)!

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Why we love it:

  • Easy to install
  • Small, compact and easy to store in small city apartments.
  • My daughter thinks it’s “cool”.  She WANTS to carry it on her back, making it easier for me so I have free hands to help her and her sister.
  • She can fit a pair of PJ’s, her teddy, and an outfit or two, and her toothbrush and rainbow loom for an overnight trip to visit her godmother on LI or to visit relatives in NJ.
  • My parents relocated to South Carolina.  I know I will be flying alone this summer, the BoostAPak will be great for my daughter to bring coloring books, crayons, and other toys to keep busy and I won’t have to buy multiple booster seats for cars.

Traveling this Holiday season? Here are Travel Safety tips from Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st:

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly.
  • The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.
  • Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
  • Don’t leave a child alone in the car. Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 32 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle. You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it here.
  • Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
  • Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.
  • Car seats expire! You can find the expiration date on the back of the car seat. Also, another very important tip – once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray. To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.

Safe travels this Holiday season!

Disclaimer:  I received a BoostAPak for review.  All images and opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics came from a press release or the BoostApak website.

Re-designed Maxi-Cosi Micro AP Infant Seat with Air Protect® technology

12 Aug

Picture 8I was at a baby shower yesterday and was asked a lot of questions about infant seats.  Questions about which infant seat is the safest and if there were any new to the market?  It’s been 2 years since I last used an infant seat and a lot has changed, however, I recently learned that Maxi-Cosi, has re-designed the Maxi-Cosi Micro AP infant seat using patented Air Protect® technology.

How Air Protect Works: Through the precise release of air, Air Protect compresses and shields children from side impact intrusion and immediately reduces crash forces where the child is most vulnerable-the head.  Air Protect does this by extending ride-down, the amount of time it takes to slow a child’s movement in a crash.  By extending ride-down time, Air Protect creates a slower, softer landing.

Other differences include:

  • Revised base release handle located on shell
  • Upgraded soft goods
  • Flip-out canopy visor for extra UV protection

Not only does the Micro AP come in a variety of fun, bright, and amazing colors like Passionate Pink, it is also light-weight at 8.6 pounds. The Micro AP infant seat is rear-facing and can be used from birth to 12 months.  Click the links to find out more about the Maxi-Cosi Micro AP or where to buy!

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  Information in italics came from a press release I received.  The image is from diapers.com.

Staying Healthy in 2013

15 Jan

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Knock on wood, my girls are off to a happy and healthy start in 2013. I try to stress to them the importance of hand washing or using sanitizer if we can’t get to a sink. If you have watched the news, or listened to parents talk you know there is a nationwide outbreak of the flu. I recently read that with the recent outbreak, a sports team has opted to tap elbows instead of the usual high-five after a game in hopes of preventing outbreaks among the kids- not such a bad idea when you think about kids dripping sweat and wiping noses on the field. With the large outbreak, it’s scary to think that this is only the start of the season and could go as late as May, according to the Center for Disease control.

With the promise to distribute $25,000 worth of cold & flu products to U.S. families in need, Vicks® has teamed up with the charity Baby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld. By sharing Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg’s Cold and Flu Survival Guide, Vicks® will donate a Vicks® Behind Ear Thermometer and Starry Night Humidifier to the non-profit. Find out how you can share and help those in need by clicking here.

Have a Happy and Healthy 2013!