UPPAbaby Knox Convertible and Alta Booster Preview

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We knew UPPAbaby was unveiling new seats at this year’s ABC Kids Expo, so we made sure to get to their booth bright and early on the first day so we could bring you all the details. The company is expanding their lineup with a convertible (called Knox) and a booster seat (Alta).

Knox

The Knox (named that because it keeps your child secure, like Fort Knox) has a lot of great features, including an innovative solution for reducing the downward rotation that happens when a rear-facing seat moves down and toward the front of the vehicle in a crash. Being able to reduce downward rotation helps immensely to reduce potential injuries to a rear-facing child. Until now, the only ways to significantly reduce downward rotation have been with load legs or Australian tethering, in which the top tether goes around the shell of a rear-facing seat and connects to the car’s top tether anchor.

Because of various regulatory issues, it’s unlikely we’ll see a convertible seat with a load leg in the U.S. anytime soon (though I’d be happy if someone proves me wrong). Australian tethering is a lightweight solution, but it also means there are straps running between the back of the child restraint and the car’s tether anchor, making it harder to load children in and out of their seats.

UPPAbaby’s solution is to use what they call a “Universal Tether.” This looks like the normal, single-strap tether parents are used to (typically for forward-facing), but when the seat is rear-facing, the tether can be routed around the back of the seat and attached to the car’s regular top tether anchor. Because it only routes around one side of the seat, it leaves the other side clear for easy loading of the child.

 

The Knox also features the company’s SMARTSecure system for installing both rear- and forward-facing. That consists of a channel for the lap belt, with an indicator that changes from green to red when it senses the seat is tight enough. Once the belt is tight, the shoulder portion slides under lock-offs that keep it secure. (When installing with lower anchors, the LATCH belt goes through the same channel as the lap belt, so the tension indicator will work for that mode as well.)

 

The Knox is rated from 14-40 pounds rear-facing and 25-65 forward-facing. You’ll notice that 14-lb minimum is much higher than most convertibles on the market. Because most parents start off with infant seats and don’t tend to put their children in convertibles until later anyway, the company feels it was able to create a better seat by focusing on a narrower range of child sizes. The higher weight minimum also means the seat installs more upright than it would have to for a newborn, which means it will take up less room in the car.

Parents who want to use the Knox from birth will have the option of purchasing a separate newborn insert. The insert is very substantial, raising the baby up so the lowest harness position will be at or below their shoulders. The insert is angled to add the additional recline a newborn would need (without requiring the seat itself to be reclined more). The design also allows an infant’s head to tilt back farther, helping to keep the airway open. If parents choose to purchase the newborn insert, that can be used from 5 pounds until the child has good head control and their shoulders reach the lowest harness position. (More exact requirements might come as the company finalizes the product.)

  

The Knox features side-impact pods on both sides and EPP foam throughout the seat. Plus there’s a removable cup holder!

The Knox should be available in the summer of 2019. Regular fashions will retail for around $399, and the Bryce fashion (gray wool with no flame retardants) will retail for around $449.

You can see the Facebook Live video we did from the show, highlighting Knox’s features:

 

  

Alta

UPPAbaby’s new highback booster is the Alta, which will be rated for 40-100 pounds and up to 57″. (It sounds like the company will recommend that children be at least 5 years old to use the seat, but we don’t know yet whether that will be a requirement or just a recommendation.) We measured the top belt guide position at about 20″.

   

Safety features include a lap-belt positioner that is required to be used at all times to help ensure proper belt fit and to reduce the possibility of a child submarining under the belt. The Alta also has rigid LATCH to help keep the seat secure when unoccupied and positioned properly when in use. The LATCH mechanism is very easy to access and store, as you can see in this quick video:

Like the Knox, the Alta has side-impact pods, EPP foam, and a removable cup holder.

The Alta should also be available in the summer of 2019, and will likely retail for somewhere around $179. (Pricing is not finalized yet.)

We’ll bring you reviews of both seats as soon as they’re available!

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October 2018 Carseat, Strollers and Baby Gear Deals, Sales & Coupon Codes

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DEALS TRACKER: We find the lowest prices in October, November and Black Friday 2018 on car seats, strollers and baby gear. Bookmark this deals page and check back frequently for the latest bargains and promo code offers, so you find them here first before they sell out!

We’re the baby gear deal experts so we know where the really good deals are, on the stuff consumers actually want to buy. We scour Amazon and other retailers daily to find the best bargains*. We don’t just rely on automated tools and other deals pages, so we find the best deals for you first. This is the resource other deal pages use to find deals!

This list will be updated any time we see a great deal or promotion code below recent average prices, so you don’t have to wade through dozens of normally priced models to find the bargains. You can help us (and your fellow shoppers) by leaving us a comment if you find a deal on a carseat, booster or popular stroller that isn’t posted yet. We recommend that you bookmark this post, as we will update it regularly throughout the holiday season! If we see a bargain price on a popular model from our Recommended Carseats List, like the Britax Frontier, Britax Boulevard ClickTight, Chicco NextFit iX, Graco 4Ever, Graco Extend2Fit, Maxi-Cosi Pria, Clek Foonf or Clek Fllo, we’ll update as soon as possible!  This post and others at CarseatBlog contain affiliate links.  Please read About CarseatBlog for our affiliate policy and see our Marketing Disclosure.

What you need to know about Amazon pricing: it’s FICKLE. When a product’s price is reduced we rarely know how long it will remain at that price. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few hours. The best advice we can offer you is to ACT QUICKLY if you see a great deal on something you really need or just seriously want. Just adding something to your cart does not guarantee you that item at that price – you must complete the checkout process to seal the deal. Most items on our list offer FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS to Prime members but always double check this before you put the item in your cart and checkout. Not a Prime member? There’s a 30-day FREE trial. It’s a no-brainer! Try it out and score some great deals. You can always cancel before the 30 days is up if you’re not sold on the many benefits of an Amazon Prime membership.

Looking for more info on a certain carseat or booster? Check out our REVIEWS page. We have in-depth reviews of over 100 carseats and boosters.

Prefer to shop at other stores? If you received great advice from us or discovered a good deal here and share it with friends, please mention us and share* our links to AmazonAlbee Baby, Diapers.comTarget.com, Walmart.com, Kohl’s, and BuyBuyBaby.

Select Editors’ Picks:

These carseats may not be on sale right now, but are among our Editor’s Picks and are reader favorites, too. For current deals, please scroll to the next section.

Chicco KeyFit30  

Infant Carseat Deals:

Indicates a CarseatBlog Recommended Carseat 

Britax B-Safe 35 in select fashions for $152.99   

Britax Endeavours in “Circa” or “Spark” for $260.99 (25% Off)

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler in “Fleur” for $199.99  (29% Off) PRIME ONLY

Chicco Keyfit 30 in “Energy” for $159.99

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 in “Chili Red”for $104.99 ☆ (35% Off PRIME ONLY) 

Graco SnugRide SnugLock DLX *Extra Base* for $43.70 (51% Off) PRIME ONLY

Nuna Pipa Lite LX in “Stone” for $299.95 (25% Off) SOLD OUT

Britax Boulevard CT - splash Graco 4Ever -azalea

Convertible & All-in-One Deals:

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Britax Advocate ClickTight in select fashions for $279.99 ☆ (20% Off) DEAL ENDED

Britax Boulevard ClickTight in select fashions for $239.99 ☆ (20% Off) DEAL ENDED

Britax Marathon ClickTight in “Verve” for $249.99 (20% Off)

Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar Accessory for $34.99 

Clek Fllo 2018 in “Noire” for $299.99  

Cosco Scenera NEXT from $39.00 

Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 for $194.90 (SOLD OUT)

Diono Angle Adjuster for $6.93 (31% Off) ADD-ON ITEM

Evenflo EveryStage DLX All-in-One for $229.99

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Paxton” or “Nicole” for 89.99  

Evenflo Sonus in from $49.67 DEAL ENDED

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 in Select Fashions for $279.00  (20% Off)

Graco 4Ever All-in-One in select fashions from $233.99  (24% Off)

Graco Contender 65 in “Sapphire” from 104.99  LOW STOCK

Graco Extend2Fit in “Campaign” for $102.40 or “Gotham” $116.00  

Graco Extend2Fit in “Gotham” for $116.00  (42% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Size4Me 65 in “Addison” $154.95 (15% Off)

Graco Milestone 3-in-1 in “Gotham” for $165.98  (28% Off)

Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 in “Anabelle” for $150.03  LOW STOCK

Maxi-Cosi Magellan for $297.49 (15% Off) LOW STOCK

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 in Cerise for $189.49 LOW STOCK

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 in select fashions for $229.99 ☆ (21% Off) 

Safety 1st Guide 65 in “Chateau” for $72.00 (25% Off) LOW STOCK, PRIME ONLY

Britax Frontier CT - kaleidoscope Evenflo Maestro - Keller

Combination Seat Deals:

(Forward-Facing with Harness + Booster) 

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Britax Frontier ClickTight in “Cowmooflage” for $239.99 (20% Off)

Britax Pinnacle ClickTight in select fashions for $239.99  (20% Off) DEAL ENDED

Britax Pioneer in select fashions from $151.99  (20% Off) DEAL ENDED

Chicco MyFit for $189 ($10 Off)

Chicco MyFit LE for $237.49 (SOLD OUT)

Cosco Finale in “Realtree Camo” and “Spring Bloom” for $39.00

Evenflo Maestro Sport in “Crestone Peaks” for $68.61 

Evenflo Transitions in “Maleah” for $113.32 LOW STOCK

Evenflo SafeMax Combination in “Crimson” for $143.88 DEAL ENDED 

Graco Atlas in “Nyssa” for $83.20 (36% Off) 

Graco Nautilus SnugLock LX in select fashions for $165 25% OFF WITH COUPON CODE: CSB25

Graco Nautilus 65 in “Sylvia”  DEAL ENDED

Graco Nautilus 65 LX with Trueshield from $141.68  BACK ORDER

Harmony Defender for $78.00 SOLD OUT

Graco Affix Evenflo Amp - blue flames

Booster Deals:

Indicates a CarseatBlog Recommended Carseat

Britax Highpoint (with LATCH & SecureGuard Clip) in “Asher” or “Seaglass” for $119.99  (SOLD OUT)

Clek Oobr in “Drift” with Rigid LATCH for $199.99 (14% Off) PRIME ONLY

Chicco KidFit Zip (with LATCH) for $99.99  

Graco TurboBooster LX (with LATCH) in “Matrix” for $52.24  (35% Off)

Evenflo Spectrum in various fashions from $51.29  LOW STOCK

 

 Britax travel system  Graco travel system - soho

Travel System Deals:

(Infant Carseat + Stroller)

Britax B-Agile w/ B-Safe 35 Elite in “Black” for $314.99 (28% Off)

Britax 2017 B-Agile w/ B-Safe 35 in Red or Black for $299.99 (32% Off) SOLD OUT

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Travel System w/ SnugRide 35 in “Gotham” for $232.99 DEAL ENDED

Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect Travel System in “Pierce” for $218.63 AFTER COUPON

Graco Fastaction Fold Sport Click Connect Travel System in “Gotham” for $237.99 (20% Off)

Graco Aire3 Click Connect Travel System w/ SnugRide 35 in “Gotham” for $192.99 DEAL ENDED

Graco Modes 3 Lite Stroller w/ SnugRide 35 in “Addison” for $211.32 36% Off 

 

Baby Jogger Vue BOB Duallie

Stroller Deals:

Single strollers

Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini GT in Crimson for $259.99 DEAL ENDED

Baby Jogger 2016 City Select in Ruby for $374.43 DEAL ENDED

BOB Revolution Pro jogger in 3 fashions for $399.99 DEAL ENDED

BOB Revolution Flex jogger in 3 fashions for $359.99 DEAL ENDED

Graco Snugrider Elite Stroller Frame $64.80 (35% off)

phil&teds Sub 4 World’s Fastest Jogger in Black for $278.34 (69% Off)

Mountain Buggy Terrain Premium Jogging Stroller in Graphite for $480.25 DEAL ENDED

Summer Infant 3D Lite in Black for $62.67 DEAL ENDED

Double Strollers  

* accepts one infant carseat; **accepts two infant carseats; @ requires adapter sold separately

Baby Trend Universal Double Stroller Frame for $66.99 ** (33% Off) 

BOB Revolution Pro Duallie Jogging Stroller in Black for $551.99 DEAL ENDED

BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller in Black for $511.99 DEAL ENDED

Britax 2017 B-Agile Double Stroller in “Black” and “Red” for $249.99 (EXTRA $50 OFF AT CHECKOUT)

Graco Modes Duo Stroller in “Balancing Act” for $239.00 ** (32% Off)

Graco Modes Duo Stroller in “Basin” for $202.20 ** (42% Off)

Graco Roomfor2 Stand and Ride Stroller in “Gotham” $108.99 * (27% Off) 

Joovy Twin Roo+ Stroller Frame for $97.65 ** (25% Off)

UPPAbaby G-Link Double Stroller “Pascal/Grey” for $399.00 (20% Off)

 

Other Baby Gear Deals:

Graco Pack and Play  Fisher Price high chair

Britax Car Seat Travel Cart for $63.35 21% Off

Graco Simple Switch Portable High Chair and Booster in “Zuba” $54.90 (31% Off) 

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with fullsize bassinet in “Zuba” $49.99 (38% Off) DEAL ENDED

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with fullsize bassinet in “Pasadena” $58.39 DEAL ENDED

Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing, Abbington $72.00 DEAL ENDED

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair $85.73 DEAL ENDED

Fisher-Price My Little Snugabear Cradle ‘n Swing $89.00 DEAL ENDED

Winco Unassembled Wooden High Chair in Mahogany for $46.21 

 


 

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Last updated 10/14/2018

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10-Year Blogiversary & CPS Week Grand Finale ~ Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max 5-in-1 Convertible GIVEAWAY!

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It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week and we’re also wrapping up our summer-long “Blogiversary Celebration”, toasting to 10 wonderful years of CarseatBlog.com! We’ve given away some awesome carseats in the last few months and we would like to thank all of our readers and followers for making us the most trusted source for professional carseat reviews, ratings, deals & news. We would also like to thank our generous manufacturer friends and sponsors for supplying all the amazing loot we’ve given away recently! Cheers!

For our Blogiversary Grand Finale, we’ve partnered with our incredibly generous sponsor, Maxi-Cosi to give away TEN brand new Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seats! That’s right, we’re giving away 10 fabulous new Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max convertible seats to celebrate 10 fabulous years of CarseatBlog! 😀 Winners will have their choice of available Magellan Max fashions.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating ~ winners will be announced shortly!

MAXI-COSI MAGELLAN MAX SPECS:

  • Rear-Facing 5-40 lbs., 40″ or less
  • Forward-Facing 22-65 lbs., 29-49″
  • Booster Mode 40-120 lbs., 43-57″

MAGELLAN MAX FEATURES:

  • 14-position headrest with no-rethread harness
  • Air-Protect technology for enhanced side-impact protection
  • Unique 3-position torso adjustments make the shell taller as your child grows
  • Magnetic “Clip-Quik” chest clip
  • Spring-assisted “Easy Out Harness System” strap covers and buckle cover lift harness out of the way for easier loading and unloading
  • Lockoffs for rear-facing & forward-facing seatbelt installations
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • 7-position adjustable base
  • Harness storage for use in booster mode
  • Premium self-wicking fabrics provide superior comfort
  • Machine washable and dryer-safe cover
  • Dual dishwasher-safe cupholders
  • 10-year lifespan before expiration

      

HOW TO ENTER MAGELLAN MAX GIVEAWAY

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure to follow the Rafflecopter instructions to like and follow our Facebook page, like and follow the Maxi-Cosi USA Facebook Page and tweet about the giveaway!

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Now for the fine print – winner must have a U.S. address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded per winner. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count. We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason. The contest will close on October 7, 2018, and ten random winners will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

  

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Belt-Positioning Boosters with LATCH

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2018 Booster Seats with Lower LATCH Connectors

Are you looking for a dedicated belt-positioning booster with lower LATCH connectors? When you are a brand-new parent, LATCH is one of the carseat features you treasure most. It’s drilled into you that you must use LATCH to install your carseat. As you become a more seasoned parent and learn the ropes, you learn that LATCH is really a convenience feature and has its own set of rules that may preclude its use, like weight limits, being unable to use LATCH and the seat belt to install a carseat, and being unable to use it in the center of the back seat in many vehicles. But, there are many scenarios in which you can use LATCH.

Did you know that some booster seats have LATCH? It’s true! Perhaps that’s confusing to you because of those LATCH weight limits—booster seats are for higher weight kids, after all—or because you can’t install a carseat with both LATCH and the seat belt. Well, you’re right. Let me explain how it all applies to booster seats.

  

Once a child is using a booster seat, the seat belt is restraining the child. The lower LATCH connectors are only holding the weight of the booster seat. They are considered a convenience feature so that the booster doesn’t become a projectile in a sudden stop or crash when the child isn’t riding in the vehicle (always read the manual because at least one manufacturer (Chicco) requires the booster to be buckled as well as LATCHed when the seat is not being used). Having the booster “installed” also makes it easier for the child to climb in and buckle up because the booster stays in place. Just because the booster has lower LATCH connectors doesn’t mean you must use them; you can put the connectors in their storage area and use the booster seat as you would any other booster that doesn’t have the feature.

Along with reading the booster seat owner’s manual, read your vehicle owner’s manual. At least one manufacturer (Tesla) doesn’t allow boosters to be installed with LATCH, though installing harnessed carseats with LATCH is approved.

What about Combination Seats?

Combination carseats are harnessed seats that convert to belt-positioning booster seats (sometimes called harnessed boosters or harness-to-booster seats). While some combo seats are able to be installed with their LATCH connectors when converted to a booster (check the owner’s manual in the booster section), I’m talking strictly about dedicated belt-positioning boosters here.

Is LATCHing a Booster Safe in a Crash?

Well, it’s complicated. There have been very few studies done on using LATCH with boosters. Rigid LATCH, shown in the pic to the right, keeps the booster tightly coupled to the vehicle and has demonstrated improved outcomes for dummies in side impacts, though flexible strap LATCH (the kind you find on most carseats) may provide better performance in terms of keeping the seat belt in place on the dummy. And it comes down to dummies not acting like human bodies—did I mention it was complicated?

Does this all translate to increased injury? Other passengers in the back seat help mitigate injury, where the impact occurs, and safety features of the vehicle all play a role. What we do know is there needs to be more research done because it’s still relatively new with few boosters having LATCH as a feature. As the research is conducted, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

The most important thing, whether or not you use a LATCHable booster or not, is to use a booster until your child can pass all 5 steps of the 5-Step test. By doing so, you lower your child’s risk of injury by 45% in a crash.

List of LATCHable Boosters​

Belt-Positioning Booster Name

MSRP

Britax Highpoint

$149.99

Britax Midpoint

$119.99

Britax Skyline

$99.99

Chicco KidFit

$99.99

Chicco KidFit Zip

$129.99

Clek Oobr

$299.99

Clek Olli

$99.99

Clek Ozzi

Clek Ozzi

$74.99

Diono Cambria

$79.99

Diono Monterey XT

$99.99

Graco AFFIX highback and backless

$79.99

Graco TurboBooster LX highback and backless

$79.99

Harmony Big Boost Deluxe

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix

$249.99

Nuna AACE

$199.95

Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120

$299.99

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle

$119.99

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle Plus

$279.99

Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120

$199.99

Updated 9/20/18