This set from Pashoshi comes packaged and ready for gift giving! Toss it in a gift bag and you would be good to go! The set comes with four super soft bandana bibs, a pacifier clip, and a toy or bottle leash! My original set had a snap set come off two of the bibs but they sent me out a new set right away and the replacement was perfect. I love the modern prints, and the toy leash is actually really useful! It is adjustable so you can have it the perfect length to not hit the ground when tossed. It has snaps on the handle end so you can attach it to the stroller, your baby carrier strap, or even the high chair. I wouldn’t leave a child unattended with it as its long enough to be a strangulation hazard. The pacifier clip has a sturdy metal clip for attaching to clothing, and the loop to attach it to the pacifier is stretchy so you can get it around the handle or through a hole if you don’t have an adapter.
Overall the price is right on this set, its adorable, and the company has warranty on their products for the first few weeks for if you have any manufacturing issues like I did. You also get a 25% off coupon for your next order when you register for the warranty! You can find them on their website: HERE or on amazon in the box below! Please Check out my Facebook page for the giveaway. Enter to win by clicking **HERE**
We had an unexpected surprise a couple of weeks ago, a positive pregnancy test! We were hoping for one more baby but had plans, and when you have plans the opposite usually happens right? I’m due early November, this will make our 5th winter baby. We only have one summer kiddo and I was really trying to space the last one out! We have: August, November, December, and 2 January’s already. That makes Christmas a challenge, and no one comes to winter parties because of the holidays, so I’m hoping this one shows up in October! October 30 sounds like a good day for a baby lol.
At least it was a pleasant surprise, and things are falling together! First appointment next week!
I am often asked what my favorite or most recommended convertible car seats are for extended rear facing!! Here are a few of my favorites that I recommend as a CPST.
1. Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat. The Extend2Fit is a brand new seat from Graco, it’s main features for rear facing are a hefty 50lb rear facing limit and an extendable leg that gives the child up to 5″ extra leg room as they grow! This is huge for Graco and it’s already a best seller. and the price point is just $199.99. The only real thing that bugs me about the seat is that the harness pads are required to be taken off for forward facing. I am hoping they change this because that could become a misuse issue. Here is the seat in Gotham fashion.
2.Graco Size4Me 65 Convertible Car Seat or clones. The Graco Size4Me, Headwise, Fit4me, & MySize are called the “clones” in the car seat world. They all feature the same shell with on hand harness and headrest adjustment, and rear face to 40lbs and last most kids forward facing until around 6+. The differences are in the fabric patterns/colors and what stores market them. The headwise markets side impact testing “safety surround” in the headrest. All of these seats are good for extended rear facing! They fit in many cars with three across and leave more legroom for the front seats as well. Here are some good links to a Car Seats for the Littles blog post Graco Clones (here). Personally I don’t use their Facebook page but their blog posts are good. Also I am throwing in the link to the Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat because it is VERY similar minus the way the recline works on the bottom, and it’s a buget friendly seat Contender Post (here).
3.Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat, or other Diono Convertible. The Radian RXT (shown in the featured image in the camouflage pattern called trekk). The Diono line of car seats (formally known as Sunshine Kids) have a wide range of convertibles that boast a super narrow footprint and rear face from 40, 45, or 50lbs depending what model you choose! You can get a three across with these even in many tiny 5 passenger cars. They have premium fabrics, and great rear facing leg room. They can be a bit tricky as they come with a few parts and have specific rules as to when and how the parts are used, but if you read the manual and meet up with a CPST you will be golden! The way these seats rear face make the seat not fit in all cars (a few Subaru come to mind) but if you order from amazon with prime you can return it if it’s not for you!
4.Clek Fllo or Clek Foonf. These seats are very similar, the Fllo is a bit cheaper, and the Foonf has rigid latch for forward facing. Both come in many colors with a black or white shell in the older models. I believe black shells are available for 2016. These fit in three across scenarios very well, have anti-rebound bars (optional), and let your child see the world! They are pretty tall seats so I keep my rear facing child behind the driver for best visibility. I have an original foonf and it is still going strong! I have the one shown in the featured image in snowberry, but recently I traded the cover off of it for green so my son could look a bit more manly in it 😉 These seats rear face to 50lbs and recently Clek released the Clek Infant-Thingy Infant Insert so you can use the seat from birth. The covers are not easily machine washable because they are screwed into the shell and it took me over a month to get my cover back on correctly after I swapped covers out (never again!), so most of the models are Crypton treated so they wipe clean very easily. The cover I traded for had some melted chocolate on it that I was not able to get completely off, but it’s not noticeable. The 2016 versions have been revamped with extra padding and larger strap covers, I can’t wait to be able to buy one since my 2012 has no soft padding in the bum (it is foam like the head wings), and I want to see how much softer it is! You can also find both seats in cute Tokidoki patterns.
5.Britax USA Boulevard or Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat. The Britax Click Tight range of convertible seats are also a great option as the redesigned headrests are reinforced providing a taller seat back for rear facing! These do have less legroom so if you have a straight up and down seat back it might not be “as” comfortable as the other options above, but many kids have rear faced to at least 3 in these with no issues. It is not dangerous for their legs to be crossed or up on the seat back. My only other complaint about the seat is the crotch buckle is short, especially when using the infant insert. I returned mine for the Diono radian rxt shown in the featured image because my son has been large since birth. Britax is know for having amazing features and fabrics, the Click Tight technology makes installing this seat rear facing for forward facing with the seat belt so easy Grandma/pa Mom & Dad can get the hang of it in seconds. My favorite is of course the Cowmooflage pattern…how could it not be?
These are just a few of the amazing options to make sure your kiddo can stay rear facing as long as possible! Also not every seat is going to be the right choice for your car, child, or budget! Please get in touch with a knowledgeable CPST or feel free to email me if you have questions or need help picking the right seat for you!!
Maxi-Cosi Mico (any version). I brought Cruz home in the Mico. It was so light weight compared to other seats, easy to use, euro routing allowed for baseless install..it was a dream! The fabrics are great, the head support and harness covers are so soft, and best of all they sell an approved Footmuff for cold weather!! They have a new version that goes up to 30lbs, but the 22lb 29″ one got us to a good age to switch to the convertible seat.
2. Chicco Key Fit. The Key Fit is a child passenger safety technicians dream. Installs so easily and even Grandma can handle it! The pull strap to tighten latch or the seat belt lock off make the installation tight every time. The only real thing to remember with this seat is that the infant bum insert must come out at 11lbs. We had this one for Nayeli and it was great, the fabric did make her sweaty but she was like that in EVERYTHING, some kids just run hot.
3. Graco Snugride (any front adjust model). There are currently a few different Graco snugrides on the market. Classic connect and click connect. I have owned both, and both are great. The difference only really matters if you are looking at the price of multiple bases or what stroller you might want to attach it to. There are a few models out there with a “rear adjust” harness, this means you need to tighten the straps on baby from the back. These can be hard to use and can lead to baby not being properly harnessed.
4. Britax B-Safe 35 (elite). The new redesigned Britax B-Safe looks ahhhmazing. This one I have not owned personally but I love the look and feel of it. Plus there are a large amount of strollers that have adapters now! Britax is known for ease of use and quality fabrics.
5. Evenflo Embrace LX. This is my go to “budget” seat. Pretty easy to use, comes in cute colors, and still has front adjust harness. I bought my nephew one of these and they loved it!