My best friend just had a baby girl and honored me by making me God Mother. I couldn’t be more thrilled!!! As God Mother and a CPST, It was my duty and pleasure to make sure the baby was traveling safely and I installed the car seat 2 weeks prior to her arrival.
We have installed hundreds of car seats over the years. Baby Bodyguards is known to be big fans of Britax and the Graco Snugride. My friend had received the Safety 1st OnBoard Air Infant Seat as a gift and it was my first time installing one of those bad boys. I have to admit I had my doubts about liking the seat. I have never really been a big fan of Safety 1st products and was skeptic of the new “air protect” technology. Needless to say I am a big girl and can admit when I am wrong. I happened to really like the seat. It’s good quality, easy to install and lightweight.
Other awesome features include:
Rear-facing 4-35 pounds and up to 32″ in height
Featuring Air Protect®™ revolutionary side impact technology which immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air – LEARN MORE
Extended use from a tiny 4 to a full 35 pounds
17% more leg room than most infant car seats
Customizable insert and low harness slots make the seat ideal for preemies and adjustable for growing babies
Carry Curve™ Handle features ergonomic design
Base Belt Lock easily secures your vehicle seat belt during installation
One Click LATCH installation system
Last Sunday Baby Bodyguards was at the first ever Brooklyn Baby Expo and it was amazing. Karen from A Child Grows in Brooklyn, put it together so we knew it would be.
Britax was kind enough to bring us a demo rig so Fred, who is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, could demonstrate the proper way to install a car seat. They even gave us a Britax Boulevard 70 to raffle off! It’s an awesome seat, very safe and comfy, but BIG!
It was wonderful seeing a lot of our past clients and meeting lots of expecting couples and answering their baby safety questions.
For those of you that missed it this year, it’s a must for next!
There has been a recall of the Britax Chaperone Infant Seat, models E9L69N9, E9L69P3, & EL69P5 made 4/09-5/10. The problem is with the chest clip. It is brittle and may break causing sharp edges and choking hazard. Call 888-427-4829 for instructions and a new chest clip. If chest clip is broken, remove chest clip and any fragments and discontinue use of seat until replacement clip is installed.
When we teach our clients to how to install their car seats we always urge caregivers to register the seat with the manufacturer so that they can be notified of any recalls. Recalls for small numbers of seats often don’t get a lot of media coverage. The only way you can be sure to know if there is a recall is to register with the manufacturer. Most manufacturers now allow you to register online and it only takes a minute.
We had the exciting opportunity to try out the Britax Frontier for a review which can be found on A Child Grows in Brooklyn. Needless to say we are huge Britax fans and our own 3 year old has been in the Roundabout and now the Frontier.
Baby Bodyguards is giving away the Frontier along with our complimentary car seat installation lesson by our Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, to one of our lucky readers.
In order to enter, you must
1-Become a fan of Baby Bodyguards on Facebook (just click the Facebook icon on the top of the blog)
2-For an extra entry you can become a follower of Babybodyguards on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway!
Winner will be picked randomly and announced on Facebook March 19th.
Baby Bodyguards has finally launched our Facebook page and in celebration, we would like to give away a free Car Seat Installation Lesson, to one lucky fan in the NY Metro Area.
To win, join us on Facebook and become a fan. One winner will be picked by random on February 8th and announced on our Facebook Page.
9 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly! Let us give you the peace of mind you deserve knowing your child is as safe as possible in your vehicle.
I found this article by Stephen Dubner very interesting and wanted to share it. In a nutshell Volvo has done independent crash tests and claims to have found several shortcomings with existing car seat practices. Volvo argues that:
1-Young children are much safer facing the rear of the car and should ride that way until age three or four (as they commonly do in Sweden), rather than facing forward starting at six months or one year.
2-“[C]hildren should be in booster seats until at least age 10 to ensure seatbelts are positioned correctly across their chests without riding up to their necks.”
3-“Current child seats require feeding the seatbelt and attaching a top tether, something that takes time and is often not performed properly. An RACV report in 2004 estimated that child seats were incorrectly fitted as much as 70 per cent of the time.”
After watching thres seasons of Mad Men, on AMC, a great show for those of you who have never heard of it, I got a real kick from the quote made by Henry Ford, when he was pushed to install seatbelts in Ford cars in the 1950’s. Ford feared that “selling safety” was bad for business in that it reminded people that cars were inherently unsafe.
I received an email last night from a past client who was expecting some relatives coming into town with a new infant. She wanted to know our thoughts on whether a car seat is necessary in a taxicab. It is actually a question we get asked a lot, because the law in NY reads as this:
Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers, are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts. Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab. There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install.
*NOTE – Children under the age of seven are permitted to sit on an adult’s lap.
Baby Bodyguards strongly encourages parents to always have their child in an age appropriate safety seat while riding in a vehicle.
According to Time Out New York Kids, some NYC parent favorites for portability and convenience are , the Graco SnugRide because; it can be secured in a taxi without the use of its snap-in car seat base. NYC parents also favor the Triple Play Sit ’n’ Stroll, which has wheels that let you convert the car seat to a stroller. If you need to travel lighter, try the foward-facing Eddie Bauer Portable Car Seat; it weighs just four pounds and can be used with children older than one year weighing more than 22 pounds.
For parents that don’t own a car, it is still important to know the correct way to install a child safety seat. Baby Bodyguards can let you use one of our cars while we give you the lesson.
Congrats to Dionne Sinclair of NYC, the winner of the StrollAway. What will you with all your new found extra room, now that your stroller will be tucked away out of sight? I’m sure you will make good use of the space.
For those of you that did not win, keep checking back. We have exciting giveaways coming up. Soon we will be giving away a Britax Frontier, along with a car seat installation class!