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Urban 6 in 1 Modular Stroller from Chicco

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When I recently saw the Urban 6 in 1 Modular Stroller from Chicco, I was a little sad that I didn’t see it two years ago!  This stroller is absolutely gorgeous, and would have been a dream to have for the last two years!

Urban 6 in 1 Modular Stroller Here’s a bit more about the Urban 6 in 1 Modular Stroller

Features

  • 6-in-1 modular stroller with 3 configurations: KeyFit® Carrier, Infant Carriage, Toddler Stroller
  • Accepts all Chicco KeyFit® infant car seats with included click-in adapter
  • Compact fold with quick-release wheels
  • Adjustable, expandable canopy
  • Padded push handle with 3-position, sliding height adjustment
  • Large storage basket
  • Front swivel wheels
  • All-wheel suspension

The Chicco Urban™ is a stylish, 6-in-1 modular stroller solution for your ever-changing baby!

With a simple click, baby can ride in car seat, carriage or stroller – facing in towards Mom or Dad or out to explore the world!

KeyFit® Carrier Mode
Includes click-in adapter, specifically designed to accept the #1-rated Chicco KeyFit® Infant Car Seat with an audible “click”.  (note: The Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat is not included with the stroller)

Infant Carriage Mode
Toddler stroller seat converts to carriage for smaller babies, with expandable canopy, soft fabric insert and removable all-weather boot.

Toddler Stroller Mode
Includes toddler stroller seat for older children with detachable arm bar, expandable canopy, soft fabric insert and removable all-weather boot.

Urban™ also features a padded push handle with sliding height adjustment, compact fold, linked park brakes, large storage basket, and front swivel wheels

For use from birth to 50 lbs

As if that weren’t awesome enough on it’s own, you can swap colors with an Urban™ Color Accessory Kit! Featuring color-lined canopy, seat cushion and harness covers, all-weather boot and matching tote bag in alternate color.  I am so in love with the pink color pack!

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The Urban™ Color Accessory Kit is typically sold seperately, but for a limited time, you receive a FREE Color Pack with purchase of the Urban 6 in 1 Modular Stroller!  That’s a $70 value!

For a limited time, receive a free Color Pack with purchase of the Urban 6-in-1 Modular Stroller.  Details @thatbaldchick

Chicco Shop is also currently offering a Chicco NaturalFit Giveaway (Ends 5/31/15) which gets you a free NaturalFit Gift Set with your $150 Chicco purchase!  The Chicco NaturalFit® Feeding & Soothing system is another perfect fit from the experts who brought you the #1-rated KeyFit® and NextFit® car seats.  The Chicco NaturalFit® Stages Gift Set includes all 3 stages in the feeding system, plus a bottle/nipple brush.  Visit Chicco Shop and get free shipping on select gear including the Urban 6 in 1 Modular Stroller or the new Bravo Trio System equipped with the #1 rated KeyFit® 30 Infant Car Seat and the newly designed Bravo stroller that makes traveling light and easy.


Free NaturalFit Gift Set with $150 Chicco purchase (through 5/31)!  Details @thatbaldchick

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Extended Rear Facing with the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat

“When are you going to turn that baby around?” is the incredulous question I’ve been asked several times recently.  Of course, it’s typically when people see me putting my 24 month old, who happens to have jumped off the charts at 34.5 lbs and 37 inches, into her rear facing car seat.  I smile sweetly and respond, “There are so many benefits of extended rear facing, I may never turn her around.”

My Sweet Little Miss

One of them is knowing I’m doing all I can to protect her.  She’s worth protecting!

Occasionally they will respond with, “I turned my child to forward facing at a year old.” I get it.  I really do.  I turned my oldest at one, because it’s what everyone did back then.  (I say back then like it was ages ago, when in fact it was just six and a half years ago, but it is what everyone did).

Of course, parents are often bombarded with a plethora of “advice” on how to keep their little one happy and/or safe during their growing years.  It’s important when making decisions about baby gear that parents are educated on the proper ways to use the gear, as well as what current recommendations are.  Especially when it comes to car seats!  The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that all children remain rear facing until the age of two, at the very least, but preferably for longer.  Small children simply do not have the muscle tone yet to control their head, especially in the event of an unexpected blow. In addition, the ratio of a small child’s head at this age is much larger with respect to their body. This combination of insufficient muscular capacity and a heavy head are no match for the energy and power associated with a serious car crash.

Statistics show that front end or side impacts usually involve the most force. In the event of a crash, a forward facing car seat would allow for a toddler or child’s head to suddenly smash forward, putting a profound amount of strain on their neck and spine. Although speed is certainly a factor, these types of accidents can be fatal to a forward facing child. Extended rear facing provides the necessary protection and support for the back of a child’s head, neck, and shoulders. Even after the age of two, kids are still growing into their head size, so to speak. Making the choice to keep your child rear facing as long as possible is proven to be the safest way to travel in a car.  Most state laws allow for children to be turned forward much earlier, but experts in the field of physics and car safety have released a wide variety of reports and videos demonstrating the brunt force that an accident can have on an infant/toddler crash dummy, and frankly, the results are frightening and not something I like to envision my child enduring.  So, rear facing she stays… as long as I can keep her safe that way.

When you have a larger than average toddler, though, like I do, finding a seat that will enable you to keep them rear facing as long as possible is no easy task.  Little Miss reached the seated height limit for her convertible car seat this month, so we HAD to find an alternative.  Many car seats have a rear facing weight limit of 35 pounds.  Since Little Miss is just a few ounces shy of that, we wanted something that would give us at least to 40 pounds.  The height limit for most rear-facing car seats is that there must be at least 1 inch of room between the top of the child’s head and the top of the car seat, so we needed something that would adjust up if need be.

Graco Milestones Car Seat The Graco Milestone™ All-in-1 Car Seat fit the bill, so I was DELIGHTED to get the opportunity to review one!

Graco’s® Milestone™ All-in-1 Car Seat grows with your child. It’s three seats in one, for comfort at every stage! It’s a rear-facing (5-40 lbs.) and a forward-facing (20-65 lbs.) car seat, and belt-positioning booster (30-100 lbs.). Thanks to the Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System, you’ll adjust the harness and headrest together, for an always-right fit. The 4-position recline keeps your child comfortable, while the InRight™ LATCH system makes installation easy with a one-second attachment. The seat is side-impact tested and SafeSeat Engineered, giving you peace of mind. With loads of safety features, Milestone is an obvious car seat choice!

Little Miss was eager to check it out once I took it out of the box.

Little Miss checks out the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat

Adjusting the headrest and harness is super simple with the Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System, even with an angry toddler…

Adjusting the headrest and harness Graco MIlestone All-in-1 car seat

Securing the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat was a bit easier than adjusting the headrest and harness, because the angry toddler was not in the seat.  LOL.

Securing the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat

Once we had the car seat properly installed in the van, I wanted to make sure it was a good fit for the formerly angry toddler.  I knew getting buckled in without going bye bye was just going to make her mad again, so I resorted to a well known mommy trick… bribery… with a bit of candy!

toddler rear facing in the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat

extended rear facing with the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat

 

Ermagoodness, would you look at her?  Those cheeks! That smile! Like I said, she’s worth protecting! She may be the size of three year old, but she certainly doesn’t have the capacity to match her size, and I love that the Safety Surround™ Side Impact Technology will protect her head (and that smile) and body in the event of an accident!  Of course, she wasn’t a fan of the fact that she didn’t get to eat her candy until after we were all done–and she was out of the car seat– but we managed to get the car seat installed properly and adjusted without her melting down.

Barring a major growth surge, the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Car Seat should enable us to continue extended rear facing for at least six months, although I am hoping for at least another year.  The fact that the weight limit for the car seat as a forward-facing harness seat is 65 lbs and as a belt-positioning booster is 100 lbs means that this car seat should last us as long as she needs harness (at least 5) and then as long as she needs a booster (at least 8)!

 

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Best Buy for Education Sweepstakes @BestBuyEdu #BestBuyEducationEntry

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We love Best Buy because of their great products and great prices.  I recently learned of another fantastic reason to love Best Buy!  It’s the Best Buy for Education program, which enables IT professionals to transform their classrooms with the right advice, technology, service and support from Best Buy Education.  Best Buy has a dedicated staff to consult with schools with personal attention and help needed every step of the way.  Right now, you can transform your school by entering for a chance to win $25,000 Best Buy credit to upgrade your classroom technology! Enter the Best Buy For Education Sweepstakes for your school!
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Camp Goodie Bag for Senior High Girls

I’ve served in our church’s youth ministry, in the Senior High, for a couple of years now and thoroughly enjoy it.  The opportunity to have a positive impact on the girls in our senior high group has been a tremendous blessing to me.  This summer, I am going to do something that I have NEVER done before… I am going to serve as a group leader for some of our girls at our church district’s Senior High Camp.  I am SO excited to be going!  I only went to church camp once when I was growing up.  I was thirteen.  I still remember how much that week at camp meant to me, and I am hoping that the week I take these girls to camp will have the same kind of lasting impression on them.  With that in mind, I’ve made some Camp Goodie Bags that I plan to give to them on our trip.

camp goodie bags for senior high girls @thatbaldchick

Of course, you need a bag for a goodie bag, right?  I found these Color Your Own Butterfly Backpacks on Oriental Trading that I thought would be a lot of fun.

color your own butterfly backpack

They can color them during the van ride or during down time with the retractable permanent markersicon I picked up to put in each backpack.

retractable markers

I stopped by Family Christian and browsed their women’s devotionals, where I found enough God’s Heart for You by Janice Hanna devotionals for each of them to receive one.

God's Heart For You Devotional

I’m including composition notebooksicon for them to use as journals.

composition notebook

Of course, there may be rainy days at camp, so I thought some non-toxic nail polish from NUBAR would fit the bill.  The limited edition Royal George Blue and Royal Charlotte Pink come in mini bottles sells for just $5 at Bynubar.com.  How cute are those, right?

NUBAR Nail Polish Royal Charlotte Pink and Royal George Blue

I have a few weeks before we leave, so I think I’ll add some lip balm to the bags, as well.

What would include in a Camp Goodie Bag for Senior High Girls?

 

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