Car Seats

Carseats

No Comments 08 June 2016

Green Bambino offers a variety of convertible carseats designed to grow with your child.

We have demo seats available to ensure a perfect fit for both your child and vehicle.
As an added bonus, free carseat installation by one of our nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians is included with any carseat purchase from Green Bambino.

OUR SELECTION INCLUDES:
Diono convertible carseats, the Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB & Frontier CT, and the Next Fit and Kid Fit by Chicco.

 

Car Seats

Diono Savings Event

No Comments 22 May 2016

If you are in the market for a new car seat, now’s the time to visit Green Bambino! Through May 31, all Diono convertible car seats and booster seats are on sale for 20% off our regular retail price.

In addition to this great deal, we’re offering TWO FREE GIFTS with your purchase of any Diono car seat:

  • Super Mat vehicle seat protector
  • Diono travel bag (use with any car seat you own)

These two items are gifts to you from Safe Kids Oklahoma. If you’d like to make a donation to Safe Kids, you can name your price and pay any amount you choose for the free gifts and we’ll donate the entire amount to support Safe Kids Oklahoma’s mission.

Fine Print: Sale prices valid through May 31, 2016 or while supplies last. Valid on in-stock items only. Free gifts available while supplies last (limited quantities of Super Mats available). Not valid on previous purchases. Complimentary car seat check or installation services included. May not be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotional gift certificates. Rewards will be issued on the price paid minus sales tax. You may also donate your rewards to Safe Kids Oklahoma.

Car Seats, Events, News

Car Seat $25 Gift With Purchase event

No Comments 30 October 2015

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In honor of Oklahoma’s new car seat law that took effect November 1, we have a bonus for you!

Between November 1 and November 25, receive a free $25 Green Bambino gift certificate when you purchase any car seat or booster seat at regular price. This gift certificate is yours to spend on your next purchase at Green Bambino any time through November 25, 2015.

*Free gift certificate does not combine with any other promotion or discount – that means if you use your registry completion coupon or other discount to buy a car seat, we aren’t able to offer you the free gift certificate. Promotional gift certificate must be used by November 25, 2015.

Car Seats, News

Oklahoma’s new car seat law keeps kids safer, longer

No Comments 30 October 2015

Oklahoma’s car seat law changes on November 1 to help keep our children safer in vehicles. Under the new law, children under 2 years old stay in a rear-facing car seat. Children up to 4 years old must ride in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness. Children 4 through 8 are required to be in a belt-positioning booster seat.

Why the change?

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your child rear-facing until at least age 2? Rear-facing protects the most fragile parts of a young child’s body: the head, neck, and spine. Positioning your car seat to face the back of the vehicle gives your child the best possible protection in the event of a collision.

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One of the favorite car seats at Green Bambino is the Chicco NextFit convertible. Engineered with innovative safety and convenience features, the NextFit is the easiest convertible car seat to install accurately and securely in a wide range of vehicles. The NextFit stays with your child from the beginning infant stage all the way through pre-school or later (up to 65lbs).

Features:

  • ReclineSecure 9-position Leveling System adjusts with one hand for an accurate fit to most vehicles.
  • Two RideRight bubble levels indicate the correct angle in both rear and forward facing modes.
  • SuperCinch Latch tightener with force-multiplying technology helps achieve a tight and secure fit.
  • 6 Position height-adjustable headrest for growing children.
  • One-pull harness tightener for quick and secure fit.
  • Integrated slide path makes it easy to re-position the Latch strap when switching from rear to foward facing.
  • Removable cup holder for use on either side on the seat.

Parents often express concern when their rear-facing child’s feet begin to touch the back of the vehicle seat. Rest assured that this is not a safety concern. In terms of comfort, children are extremely flexible and will have no trouble finding a position that is most comfortable to them while safely riding rear-facing in their car seat.

Green Bambino offers complimentary car seat installations and checks for all car seats purchased at our store. Checks are available for seats purchased elsewhere for a $30 fee. Please call 405-848-2330 for an appointment with one of our Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

Car Seats

Diono SALE!

No Comments 20 July 2015

Join us July 23-31 for a rare event: All Diono car seats and accessories are 15% off!

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We received our biggest order ever of Diono car seats and accessories last week, and as of this post have stock for all of the following:

  • R100
  • RXT
  • Pacifica
  • Rainier
  • Monterey High Back booster seats
  • Angle Adjusters
  • Seat Guard Complete
  • Dry Seat
  • Ultra Mat
  • Cool Shade

Floor models are available for all seat styles and you are encouraged to test fit seats in your vehicle before you buy. We do ask to hold your drivers’ license while you leave the store with our car seats.

Car seat installations are complementary with your purchase of a seat at Green Bambino. To protect the safety of your family and our staff, we try to schedule installations before 11 a.m. during the summer.

*Fine print: Sale applies to in-stock items only. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promotions, discounts or offers. No rewards will be issued on discounted Diono products, but you will get a box on your rewards card marked off. Sale ends July 31, 2015.

Car Seats, News

Oklahoma’s car seat law changes Nov. 1

No Comments 07 July 2015

Oklahoma’s car seat law is changing on November 1 to help keep our children safer in vehicles. Under the new law, children under 2 years old stay in a rear-facing car seat. Children up to 4 years old must ride in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness. Children 4 through 8 are required to be in a belt-positioning booster seat.

Why the change?

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your child rear-facing until at least age 2? Rear-facing protects the most fragile parts of a young child’s body: the head, neck, and spine. Positioning your car seat to face the back of the vehicle gives your child the best possible protection in the event of a collision.

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Clek’s Foonf and Fllo convertible seats have been designed to not only to the AAP recommendation, but also international best practices for extended rear-facing use, which is to accommodate children in the rear-facing position until their fourth birthday and up to 50 lb. In rear-facing mode, Foonf and Fllo’s Anti-Rebound bar improves stability by limiting rotation of the car seat, helping protect your child’s head from impact in the case of a collision.

Parents often express concern when their rear-facing child’s feet begin to touch the back of the vehicle seat. Rest assured that this is not a safety concern. In terms of comfort, children are extremely flexible and will have no trouble finding a position that is most comfortable to them while safely riding rear-facing in their car seat.

To learn more about the safety features of Clek’s seats visit them at www.clekinc.com.

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Green Bambino offers complimentary car seat installations and checks for all car seats purchased at our store. Checks are available for seats purchased elsewhere for a $30 fee. Please call 405-848-2330 for an appointment with one of our Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

Car Seats, New Products

Introducing the Clek Foonf

No Comments 21 March 2013

Green Bambino now carries Clek Foonf convertible car seats!

This amazing child restraint is the narrowest in North America and will fit 3 across in many cars, and rear-faces easily in cars like the Subaru Impreza. With a 50-lb rear-facing weight limit, your child stays in the safer RF position longer. Blue Moon and Snowberry are in stock now, with Heart Shades, Shadow and Flamingo coming soon. As with all of our seats, we have floor models you can (and should) take out to your car to test fit, and a car seat install/check is free with the purchase of a child restraint from Green Bambino.

Starts at $499.

Car Seats, New Products, News

Green Bambino is excited to announce the launch of a brand new product category – car seats!

3 Comments 04 January 2013

In September, my husband and I took a three-day certification course to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs). We took the course because we encounter lots of babies and toddlers in car seats and felt we could continue our mission of providing the information parents need to make thoughtful decisions for their children.

Soon after we became certified, we realized that as CPSTs who own a natural parenting store, we could do more than just provide information, we could provide the products, too. In October, my husband and I attended the annual children’s product expo and spent many, many hours researching, interviewing and making decisions about which car seats to bring to Green Bambino.

After much deliberation, we decided on Diono and Recaro. Some of our considerations when choosing:

  • Safety – Which seats are easy for parents to install safely? As CPS techs, we understand that if the child restraint is difficult to install, it’s likely the child will be improperly secured, despite the best efforts of parents. We also looked for seats with excellent crash-test results, keeping your child safe.
  • Longevity – it is recommended to keep children rear-facing as long as possible, so we looked for seats that rear-faced to a high weight limit. We also looked for seats that have longer lives so it’s less likely your seat will expire before you are finished using it.
  • Sustainability – Recaro seats are assembled in the United States, keeping jobs here. We’ve also got our eye on a convertible car seat that will release in the next few weeks or months that is made completely in North America and even offers a recycling program for used seats.

Neither Diono or Recaro are the least expensive seats on the market, but we wanted to choose seats that had a balance of safety, durability, and ease of use. These two brands stood out from the rest.

 

These seats are currently in stock and ready for you to take home today. (Our goal is to keep these seats in stock at all times, but occasionally there may be a short delay while awaiting reorders.)  We also have demo seats available for you to test fit in your car. If neither brand is compatible for your needs, we are happy to make suggestions as to brands that might work better. In the next few days, we’ll be posting more information about what to look for when buying a car seat and tips on installing and using them safely.

We also provide car seat checks and installation help. Please call to make an appointment for this service. You’ll need to set aside 1-2 hours, bring your vehicle manual and child restraint manual, and old towel, and be prepared to crawl around your car with us. We won’t just install your seat – we teach you how to do it safely and securely.

When you purchase anything from Green Bambino, you know you are choosing from a thoughtfully curated selection of products designed to make your life easier. We appreciate your continued support of our local business and are excited to bring these new products and services to parents in Oklahoma.

 

Car Seats, Tips & Tricks

top 5 tips for safe car seat installation and use

No Comments 06 December 2012

Position the chest clip at the child’s armpit level.

Babies especially have flexible shoulders. Keeping the chest clip at armpit level helps keep the shoulder straps correctly positioned on the child’s shoulders and prevents baby from being ejected from the seat in the event of a crash.

Install the seat with EITHER the LATCH anchors OR the seatbelt, but not both.

This is hard for a lot of parents, because it’s easy to think more is better. Car seat manufacturers crash test their seats with seatbelts or LATCH, but never together. Using both systems together could negatively impact the seat’s ability to protect your child during a crash. Also, don’t use extraneous systems like bungee cords to secure the seat to the vehicle.

Many parents (ourselves included prior to our training) feel that LATCH is safer to use than seatbelts. Remember that vehicle seatbelts are designed to hold adult males securely in the event of a crash, so it will hold the car seat securely as well. Use whichever method fits your car best, works best with your car seat, and which you can install safely every single time.

Car seats expire.

Plastic isn’t permanent. Regular exposure to the elements – heat, cold, direct sunlight – will deteriorate plastics over time and affect the performance of the seat. Check your car seat’s manual or labeling to determine the seat’s expiration date. Replace the seat if you notice fatigue in any area of the seat or the plastic gets brittle, whether the seat is expired or not. If you can’t determine the expiration date of your car seat, assume it’s expired after 6 years.

Harness position is important.

Rear facing = at or BELOW shoulders
This prevents a rear-facing child from being thrown or compressed against the straps.

Forward facing = at or ABOVE shoulders

Don’t use aftermarket products that are made by a manufacturer other than the manufacturer of the seat.

Car seat manufacturers don’t crash test their seats in conjunction with other manufacturer’s accessories, such as seat savers, seat covers, toys, etc. If you must use an accessory with your car seat, try to purchase one made by the car seat manufacturer.
Other things to consider:

  • If your car seat has been involved in a crash of any kind, check your car seat manual for advice. Some seat manufacturers include specific criteria for whether a seat should be replaced after a crash, some state flatly that it should be replaced after any type of crash. Most car insurance companies will cover the cost of a replacement seat, but you will likely need a copy of the police report.
  • Harness straps should fit snugly. This is the pinch test – tighten down the harness, then pinch the webbing at the child’s shoulder. If you can pinch any webbing between your fingers, the harness is too loose and needs to be tightened further.
  • Don’t forward-face a child too early because their legs are bent or hanging over the edge of the seat. In the event of a crash, it’s very unlikely that a rear-facing child whose legs dangle over the sides of the car seat will suffer a leg injury. Even if they do, a child is more likely to recover fully from a leg injury than from a spinal injury suffered when forward-facing.
  • Seat installation needs to be tight. Whether you install the car seat with the LATCH or seatbelt, put your weaker hand (if I’m right-handed, my left hand is the weaker hand) at the belt path and try to move the seat. The car seat should move less than one inch side to side or up and down at the belt path.
  • Know the weight limits for LATCH. Some vehicles and car seats have weight limits for LATCH. Check your vehicle manual and car seat manual for these limits. If no limits are indicated, assume you should stop using LATCH and install the car seat with the seat belt at 40 pounds.
  • Don’t machine wash car seat straps. Harsh detergents, water or dryer temperatures, and machine agitation can damage car seat straps. Check your car seat manual for instructions on how to clean all parts of the car seat.
  • Bulky winter coats & carseats don’t mix. Adjust your child’s car seat harness to fit properly while they are wearing regular clothing (shirt and pants). If you have to loosen the harness to fit the child in the seat while wearing a coat, the coat is too bulky. The air spaces in the coat that keep your child warm compress during a car crash and prevent the seat from holding your child securely. We know cold babies can be unhappy babies, so here are a couple of tips for safe winter car seat use: Take your child’s coat off right before you put them in the seat. Secure the harness, then put their coat back on backwards. Keep a small blanket by the door in the house (so the blanket is warm). Take it to the car with your child, secure them in the seat, then tuck the blanket around them. Warm the car up for a few minutes before loading your child into the car. Just remember to keep your car doors locked. If you park your car in a garage, never let it idle with the doors closed. Open the garage door for proper ventilation.

Have more questions?  Call Green Bambino today to schedule a car seat check by one of our nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs).

Car Seats, Tips & Tricks

what to look for when buying a carseat

6 Comments 29 November 2012

When you are shopping for a car seat, there are a few key things to keep in mind to make sure you select the best seat for your needs.

Test fit the seat in your car BEFORE you buy.

  • Not all seats will fit in all cars, especially when rear facing.
  • Not all seats install easily in every car or seat position.
  • You won’t know how the seat fares in your car until you try it out.  We experienced this personally when trying to put a Diono (one of our personal favorites) in my brother’s car. As much as we love the seat, it just wasn’t compatible with his vehicle.

Many people ask us “what’s the best seat?”

  • The answer: the best seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and that you can install safely every time.

Do you have to buy the most expensive, top of the line seat on the market?

  • No. An inexpensive seat installed safely can be just as safe as a top of the line seat if it fits your child, fits your car, and you can install it safely every time.
  • Some inexpensive seats can be more difficult to install, so make sure you try it out before you buy.
If possible, buy a seat that rear-faces as long as possible.
  • It is recommended that children rear-face in a car seat until at least the age of 2 and 30 pounds, OR the upper limit of the car seat.
  • Many convertible seats can be used rear-facing to 40 or 45 lbs.
It is not typically recommended to buy car seats used or second-hand.
  • If you must do so, only buy from someone you know personally that you trust to tell you the history of the seat (whether it has been in any kind of crash).
  • Don’t buy it if the labels are missing – you won’t be able to find the model number (to check for recalls) or the manufacture date (to determine the seat’s expiration).
  • We don’t recommend buying car seats from consignment sales.

 

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