The Rodi XR booster seat is one of a number of fashion forward booster seats on the market. It comes in several bright color combinations that are likely to please young kids. As opposed to cheaper, more traditional seats like the classic Graco, this seat is meant to be enjoyed by a child as “his” seat, as opposed to just “the place where he sits.”This seat is built for kids 40 to 100 pounds and the back comes off for older kids. Like almost all seats of this type, the seat attaches using the regular three-point seat belt that goes over the seat and child, holding both in together. It weighs 13.8 pounds, which is about standard for this category.
MSRP $159.99 and on Amazon.
- Energy-absorbing EPP padding around head and shoulder
- Additional cup holder
- Unique reclining position for small and large kids
- Easy to use
- Difficult to carry easily. No real grip and cuts into hands in natural carrying spot. Easy to grab seat by catch that releases headrest, which results in seat falling to the ground.
- Seat only held in by seat belt. Must be strapped in when child is not in the car or could become a flying safety hazard.
The Cloud B Sea Turtle is a fun addition to the nighttime routine. My kids say it helps them get to sleep because is has a soothing light. I like it because it turns their entire room into a planetarium, with choices of blue or green stars (and a moon). Stargazing has always been a special time for me with the kids and, while they can’t always figure out what I’m pointing at, they like the time lying on the grass staring up at the sky with daddy and talking about ‘stuff.’ While the Cloud B Sea Turtle, and it’s other endangered animal constellation brothers, can’t replace that experience, it reminds of good times we’ve had and to come. The lights turn off after 45 minutes, which is usually long after they’ve fallen asleep.
A Is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books by Lorilee Craker – If you’re looking for different names, you may want to check this book out for names with literary meaning. It’s up to date, even including Harry Potter references.
We had a chance to meet the inventor, Jose Bensoussan, of the Ubimed Cleanoz Nasal Aspirator Kit at the recent ABC baby and kids product show (2008) and he told a compelling story about this new device. The Cleanoz aspirator is meant to replace the rubber aspirator bulb given by hospitals to new parents. Many parents have been suspicious of the bulb since there is no way to really clean it out or sterilize it and it’s used inside the mouth and nose of very small babies. Better to leave it on the ground the next time it rolls off the changing table and use it as a dog pull toy. The Cleanoz does the job far better and easier using suction to gently pull mucous into a little balloon. After use, or the end of the day, you just throw away the balloon.
Baby Light and Clip – Nail Clipper for Babies If you’ve ever struggled to cut a baby’s finger or toenails, you’ll love this little gadget. It’s a very simple little tool that incorporates a basic baby fingernail clipper and a light so you can clip in the dark while they are sleeping. And, if you’ve ever cut down too close and actually cut your baby (yes, it does happen) because baby was struggling, or you couldn’t see, this clipper has finger guard so you can’t push in too deep. This may seem like just another gadget to some, but your kids will really appreciate it, up to eight years old. And the price is right at $14.99 MSRP and right now only $7.99 on Amazon (9/21/08).