Monday, April 6, 2009

Moving your child into a booster seat to soon...

Though safety-seat laws vary from state to state, all require that children under age 3 ride in a safety seat. Experts are unequivocal in their recommendations for safe riding beyond that age:

• Your child should ride in a safety seat with a five-point harness until he weighs at least 40 pounds, or until his shoulders no longer fit under the harness straps. You can use a convertible rear- and forward-facing car seat until your child hits 40 pounds, or the harness system of a car-and-booster-seat combo from as little as 20 pounds up to 40 pounds.

• Your child should ride in a booster seat from the time he weighs 40 pounds and is at least 3 years old until he's 4 feet 9 inches tall and at least 8 years old.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Using an old or secondhand car seat?

That safety seat you scored at a garage sale for a fraction of its original price may seem like a bargain, but it could cost your child his life. The same goes for that older-model seat your sister gave you after her child outgrew it.

Not only are used seats unlikely to come with the manufacturer's instructions (vital for correct installation), but they could be missing important parts, have been involved in an accident (even unseen damage can affect the seat's functioning), fall short of current safety standards, or have been recalled due to faulty design. Moreover, plastic gets brittle as it gets older, so a seat that's too old could break in a crash.

If you must use a secondhand seat, make sure it has the original instructions (or contact the manufacturer for a replacement copy), has all its parts (check the manual), has never been involved in a serious accident, and hasn't been recalled.
(Check your seat's recall status here.)

In addition, to avoid the dangers of aging plastic, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. recommends sticking with car seats that are ideally less than five years old and definitely less than ten years old. You can usually find an expiration date stamped somewhere on the seat.

More can be found on this at

We sent a blankie to Tobey and Jennifer Maguire!

With the help of Style Cafe Moms we also sent a mod dot minky blankie to Tobey and Jennifer Maguire who are expecting baby #2 in the spring. How sweet is it that Jennifer found the time to hand write a thank you note!!!

We gifted Kelly Rutherford!

Kelly Rutherford is expecting baby #2 in June. My Carseat Blankie® was one of a few companies that thought we should sent her a blankie for the baby. Thanks to for putting this together! Keep watching us! You never know where we'll be!!