This yr marks the third time we’ve sent a staff to the JPMA present. This ginormous expo brings together lots of our favourite automotive seat manufacturers and provides them a chance to point out their latest and biggest offerings. From our perspective, it provides us a chance to see those choices in a well-lit expo hall and ask the kinds of nitpicky questions that you simply’ve come to anticipate from us. The show is a bit smaller than it’s been up to now so we’ll symbolize our go to in a single article as an alternative of in day by day roundup articles. Since we had a wonderful Canadian among us, we lovingly referred to the present as JPM-eh!
- 1 Day One
- 2 Day Two
- 3 Diono
- 4 Youngsters Embrace
- 5 GoodBaby (Evenflo and Cybex)
- 6 Cybex
- 7 UnBuckle Me
- 8 JPMA
- 9 Day Three
- 10 Chicco
- 11 BabyTrend
- 12 Other Products
- 13 Bye, Orlando!
Despite the web site and e-mail from JPMA indicating otherwise, the ground was not open to the media Wednesday afternoon as planned. Whereas we have been a bit disillusioned to not have the ability to take a look at the automotive seat alternatives early, we took some time exploring Orlando and buying at Disney Springs, so all was not lost!
We awakened brilliant and early on Thursday and arrived at the Orange County Conference Middle just as the doorways have been opening to the media.
We strolled around the showroom flooring, ending on the Britax sales space to attend their thrilling announcement about their model new multimode automotive seat – the One4Life.
We have been very grateful to be able to stream the reveal stay on our Fb web page, and our fabulous workforce was one way or the other capable of whip up a fast preview article concerning the One4Life very quickly at all!
After the Britax presentation, we crossed over to the Diono sales space to speak with their brand consultant. She showed us their new terrycloth Summer time Cowl for his or her convertible seats.
Some of our teammates thought the Summer time Cover made the seat seem like it was dressed up as a snowman for Halloween. This cowl will shield the seat cowl from wet kiddos in the summer months and assist with overheating in the seat. We guess this item would also be nice for youngsters that suffer from motion illness, since it removes easily for laundry. This item continues to be within the planning phases, so we should always see it available on the market after some adjustments.
Diono Everett NXT
We also took a take a look at the Everett NXT repair booster seat. We’ll be reviewing this seat for you very soon! The Everett NXT fix has a 21 inch prime shoulder belt information position, a 15 inch lowest belt guide position, a peak adjustment lock that may assist forestall the headrest from falling down during use, and one cup holder that may be installed on both aspect of the seat, or removed altogether.
Our favorite part concerning the Everett NXT repair was the inflexible decrease anchors and how light-weight the seat is – solely eight.5 pounds, which is sort of unreal for a booster with inflexible lower anchors.
The Everett NXT fix doesn’t convert right into a backless booster, however it ships in two pieces and requires meeting. It also has a strap to connect the two pieces.
In the meanwhile, the guide includes a warning to “not use it in any configuration other than in this manual.” We’re a bit involved that caregivers might not read the guide and will disassemble the seat to use it as a backless booster.
We additionally received to see Diono’s premium 3RXT trend. It’s referred to as Vogue and includes a wool cover, upgraded finishes, and premium styling.
There was additionally an attention grabbing display of the new Diono brand two2go. It’s two-packs of quite a lot of accessories, including their kickmats and stroller fans. This appeared like a fantastic concept for caregivers of multiple youngsters. Or perhaps these with a number of automobiles, or people who are likely to lose things.
After our Diono visit, we went back to Britax for an appointment to ooh and aah over the One4Life. Their model representative is clearly excited concerning the seat, and we are too!
Britax had half of a automotive seat on show. After questioning the place the other half was, we paused to admire how this ClicktTight convertible automotive seat was minimize in half to point out off all of the structural options.
Aspect Trip: Sun-Staches
All of this automotive seating helped us work up an urge for food so we grabbed lunch, then headed back to the show flooring for a visit with KidsEmbrace. We obtained to see their line of booster and mixture automotive seats. KidsEmbrace shared a sales space with Bummis and Sun-Staches and have been featuring their licensed superhero product strains, because who doesn’t love superheroes!
The workforce from Sun-Staches was type enough to provide us a few of their amazingly enjoyable sun shades, and we made positive to put on them throughout Orlando! Our kiddos have been thrilled with these great glasses once we received residence!
The KidsEmbrace combination seats at the moment are delivery with thicker harness webbing. This up to date webbing may also be ordered for seats that didn’t come with them.
KidsEmbrace listened to shopper feedback concerning the harness twisting easily and the chest clip sliding too easily, and the thicker harness webbing appears to have solved each issues, which is great! They’re additionally working on including slits to the seats’ covers which can make accessing the belt path and installing the seats much easier.
We are so very grateful that KidsEmbrace is listening to shopper feedback and making modifications as needed – youngsters love their character seats so anything and the whole lot that makes their use and set up simpler gets an enormous thumbs up from us!
GoodBaby (Evenflo and Cybex)
After our KidsEmbrace appointment, we ran over to Evenflo and Cybex. Okay, perhaps we walked and acquired distracted by shiny issues as we made our solution to the sales space. As soon as we lastly arrived, we saw the new Evenflo Gold line, presently out there solely at EvenfloGold.com.
This line of premium seats all function the SensorSafe chest clips, premium mushy items, and a sleeker type. As well as, Evenflo Gold automotive seats embrace a 100 day trial and a lifetime warranty, including crash alternative if the seat is registered inside the first 3 months following purchase.
The Gold line additionally consists of 4 new superior fashions for the SecureMax rear dealing with solely automotive seat, noting that Three out of the 4 are the identical colors as the previous few editions of the LATCH guide! It has a fantastically detailed base and upgraded LED SensorSafe chest clip. We’re excited to take a better take a look at this seat in an upcoming evaluation.
Evenflo LiteMax DLX
The LiteMax DLX rear dealing with only automotive seat has a retail worth of $169. It really caught our attention! The LiteMax DLX has a no rethread harness, good preemie match (without head stoop), premium lower anchors and a load leg. Evenflo has been working along with many hospital NICU models to ensure that their rear dealing with solely seats not solely match preemies nicely, but make sure the baby’s head is positioned safely to protect their weak airways. It’s exhausting to tell however this material, Mallard, has some delicate, yet very cool camo print on it.
Evenflo EveryStage DLX
Whereas we have been enjoying with the Evenflo EveryStage DLX, we observed that the decrease anchors have been tangled within the harness, so we clearly took the time to repair them before shifting on. Hey, it’s what we do!
The Evenflo Triumph isn’t a new seat by any means nevertheless it’s obtained the TrueTension harness adjustment that some households love so we gave it the eye it was due by twisting the harness adjustment knob and admiring the plush, updated fabrics before shifting on.
After testing the rest of the Evenflo lineup we headed over to the Cybex booth. We have been intrigued by the brand new Cybex Cloud Q cowl that is manufactured from recycled bottles – what a cool concept!
This show showed how that process works and the way the recycled supplies magically turn into a automotive seat cover.
Cybex Sirona S
Shifting on, we visited the Cybex Sirona S – the S doesn’t stand for swivel… we asked! This seat was receiving a number of attention, so despite the fact that we had an appointment we needed to wait our flip to get our arms on the seat.
There were a couple of pre-production models out there to take a look at, but the one that was put in was the one we (and everyone else) couldn’t wait to get our palms on. Significantly. The line to the touch the Sirona S was longer than the coffee line.
With a 6 inch bottom harness place, it might fit newborns properly. We did notice some fairly extreme head droop with our Huggable Photographs doll, but we’ll see how the production version of the seat matches our dolls and new child models. The 16 inch prime harness position would make the seat outgrown early in ahead dealing with mode. Since this was a pre-production mannequin, there may be modifications between the model we noticed and the ultimate model.
We have been pleasantly stunned to run into the mother and daughter workforce from UnBuckleMe after our Cybex appointment, so we took the opportunity to take a seat down and try and persuade mom to take the CPST course! Her daughter has taken the CPST course since we last saw her at KIM 2018.
We love that they’re taking those additional steps to ensure that their clients have all the assistance potential when reaching out to them with questions. We acquired a chance to see their new gray and white colour, exclusive to Nordstrom, and a reasonably pink choice bought on Amazon.
We finished the conference day by sitting down with a representative from JPMA’s PR group and the Government Director of JPMA. That they had a lot of great questions for us about airplane journey, where we want to see extra laws/schooling, and about Car Seats for the Littles, Inc. as a corporation. We have been honored to have been invited to a sit down with these women and we hope that we have been capable of present them with some beneficial details about Youngster Passenger Safety.
Thursday evening, JPMA cornered off a piece of the Universal CityWalk to permit the JPMA exhibitors and media to attend a personal networking social gathering.
BabyCenter offered complimentary coach bus transportation from the lodges to the get together. We loved the opportunity to mingle with a number of the model reps in a less skilled setting, and are very grateful to have been included within the evening’s occasions.
Friday morning we again arrived vibrant and early to take full benefit of our media access passes before the doors have been open to most of the people that afternoon. We began the day by meeting with our buddies from Chicco. We convinced them to do a Facebook stay for us on our Facebook web page after we acquired a chance to check out the brand new gadgets Chicco has to offer.
Chicco Fit2 LE
We started with the brand new Fit2 LE with a totally redesigned toddler insert meant to offer an improved newborn match. We’d mentioned how thick the original headrest insert was once we wrote our evaluation. Chicco listened to our feedback and took a better take a look at the insert! As we speak’s model of the Fit2’s headrest insert is thinner than the original and the insert on the Fit2 LE is even thinner than that!
The physique padding is totally different on the Fit2 LE additionally. All of this adds up to a fair higher match for the tiniest of passengers. In addition to the up to date insert, the Fit2 LE’s harness adjuster mechanism is now just like the one on the MyFit combination seat.
Chicco was displaying an previous good friend — the KeyFit. This re-lauched rear dealing with only seat has a 22 pound weight limit, and is on the market at a lower cost level than the Keyfit 30. Chicco’s brought again this previous good friend as a result of so many households choose to make use of a rear dealing with only automotive seat from delivery, however then change to a convertible automotive seat a couple of months later, Chicco intends that the KeyFit is a budget-friendly choice for those first few months. It ships with some advertising materials that introduce the NextFit Sport as the subsequent step in their baby’s automotive seat progression. Their objective is to satisfy shopper wants by providing their well known and properly beloved merchandise at a extra competitive worth range, which is great!
Chicco NextFit Sport, NextFit Zip
We moved on to the totally different types of the NextFit. The new NextFit Sport is a budget-friendly model of the NextFit. It doesn’t embrace newborn padding, so it has a starting weight of 12 pounds, and a MSRP of $249. It additionally doesn’t embrace slits within the cowl to access the belt path, so for a car seat belt installation, the caregiver will need to pull back the seat cowl to access the belt path.
The NextFit Zip has a brand new MSRP of $299 and ships with Chicco’s pretty cupfolders, and the brand new NextFit Zip Air has an MSRP of $349 and a variety of nice features.
Chicco MyFit Zip Air
The MyFit Zip Air is the MyFit that we know, however with an revolutionary cowl. The Air cover is principally a second cover that zips off, leaving the regular cover beneath. This cover provides improved air move and a water resistant backing to include spills and liquids.
Caregivers spending the extra $50 for these variations of the MyFit are primarily receiving two covers for their seats – what a deal!
Reviewer Liz was happy to see that this trim degree features a zipper that makes accessing the belt path MUCH simpler. When she reviewed the MyFit, converting it to booster mode took an unreasonably long time. This alteration will make that a lot simpler!
Chicco also redesigned their commonplace cup holder to perform better. The primary version of the cupholder will ship with the NextFit Sport, and different seats will ship with their signature cupfolder.
Chicco GoFit Plus
We have been pleasantly stunned to then transfer to the BRAND NEW Chicco GoFit Plus backless booster. Chicco has patented their own premium decrease anchor connectors and are debuting them on this new seat. This booster is incredibly straightforward to move from car to car whereas utilizing the decrease anchors. Decrease anchors on a booster seat stabilize the seat and stop the booster from turning into a projectile danger within the car when the booster is unoccupied.
To “install” the GoFit Plus on the car seat merely connect these lightweight lower anchor connectors that Chicco custom made for the GoFit Plus to the car’s decrease anchors and pull the strap on the front of the seat. The uninstallation is the place things get fascinating – merely grasp the lower anchor release handle at the front and pull it forward. The anchors will loosen first after which detach from the car anchors in a single clean motion. With a MSRP of $49.99 we will see this booster being an amazing carpool choice for giant youngsters who don’t like climbing into a sliding booster seat.
After our go to with Chicco we had a quick coffee break with our associates at Concord Juvenile Merchandise. While they weren’t at JPMA in an official capability, we took a while to catch up and introduce ourselves (as not all of us had met in individual but – solely over e-mail and telephone!). We also ran over to the Cybex booth once more to get measurements and additional details for the Cybex Sirona S (which again does not stand for swivel), because our Facebook web page followers had questions on dimensions and we needed to have the ability to provide answers!
BabyTrend Cowl Me 3-in-1
Our final appointment of the conference was with BabyTrend. We had heard about their new convertible with a inbuilt canopy and have been excited to test it out. The Cowl Me 3-in-1 multimode automotive seat that has rear dealing with, ahead dealing with, and excessive back booster modes.
We saw a pre-production mannequin, so whereas the specs might change, the seat we saw had a 6 inch lowest harness position (which would be nice for small infants, even preemies!), a nice clean inner padding that would help with head stoop, a 17.5 inch prime harness position, and an 18.5 inch prime booster shoulder belt guide. At this point the principles for the canopy aren’t recognized because the seat has not undergone any testing, but BabyTrend is hoping to be able to permit the cover in all three modes.
BabyTrend can also be working on a new convertible automotive seat – the Trooper. Rear dealing with and ahead dealing with specs are usually not but finalized, however the hope is to promote it as a seat that can be used from start till booster readiness. The model we noticed has an eight inch backside harness position, an 18 inch prime harness position, a bubble degree, two cup holders, a width of 17 inches, and a target MSRP of $79.99.
With how slender and lightweight the seat is, if BabyTrend is able to launch it with the current high prime harness place, the Trooper would make a superb journey seat for use on airplanes (and everyday in three throughout situations).
BabyTrend Decrease Anchor Connectors
At BabyTrend, we also saw a redesigned lower anchor connector for the rear dealing with only seats. The plastic housing has been pared down, leaving these connectors far more straightforward to use. They’re cleverly designed to be slid into the seat bight sideways!
On the present flooring, we received a peek at the Pico by WayB. WayB didn’t have a sales space, so we have been stunned to see the Pico seat at JPMA. Pico guarantees to be an extremely compact and slender choice, which must be good for travelling. We could have a full evaluation coming soon!
Along with all of those fabulous automotive seats, there were quite a lot of new distributors who’ve developed baby restraints or baby restraint equipment. Whereas we take pleasure in chatting with the well-intentioned people who have made these products, we’d positive wish to see all of them get educated as CPSTs and study concerning the federal security requirements for automotive seats earlier than bringing their concept into the Baby Passenger Security world.
This JPMA was shorter for us, since we finished all of our appointments earlier than household/new mum or dad day this yr, however we managed to cover plenty of new seats in a jam-packed day and a half. Assembly with representatives is all the time a incredible opportunity for us to ask the technical questions our readers anticipate us to answer. In fact, a part of the fun of these occasions is seeing each other and working together to make the show a productive one. Our expectations have been undoubtedly exceeded this yr on that word!