Sure we're sad to see 2011 wind down. It's been a blast, and we've loved the products and trends that captured our attention over the year. But they say the best is yet to come and certainly there are some great new products, collaborations, and introductions on the horizon. We've been lucky enough to gain previews of a few of them, and are sharing some of our things we are most looking forward to in 2012. Take a look!
With my baby's first birthday on the horizon and a preschooler who is quickly growing too tall for his car seat, I am suddenly finding myself in the market for a seat that can accommodate my older tot. Following the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's recent review of high-back booster seats, I headed down to my local baby store to test out some of the seats that received the organization's "best" and "good" bets. Along the way, I learned a bit about lap and shoulder belt positioning, ensuring that the seats we tried allowed the lap belt to lay flat across my son's upper thigh and the shoulder belt to rest at the mid-shoulder position. Check out my findings and tell me if you agree!
What preschooler doesn't want to shed the baby image of the harnessed cars seats and move to a backless booster like their friends use? Making the transition from five-point harness to a more mature one might be exciting for our mini me, but it's a bit nerve racking for us mamas. The makers of the Clek Olli booster seat have designed an exceptional model to eliminate parents' worries.
Unlike other backless booster seats on the market that just sit atop the seat cushion, the Clek utilizes the LATCH system by connecting the seat to the car, and therefore preventing it from moving during a collision. It works for kids 40 – 120 pounds and 40-57 inches tall. The plush padding and armrests make it comfortable for your tot and the interchangeable fabric covers come in everything from bubblegum camo to zebra to fit his personality. Even the $90 price is justified in knowing my small fries are secure!