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Friday, February 19, 2010

Afternoon Coffee: Booster seats & More

Baby Cheapskate recommends some booster seats under $50. Angie suggests skipping a high chair and going straight to a booster, because high chairs take up a lot of space and aren't used for a long time. However, I'm glad we had a high chair because it tilted back. In the beginning, when the boys were just starting solids at 6 months, that was important.

We've had the first booster Angie recommends, the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat,for four years now and still use it at home. It is super easy to use, and the chair wipes clean easily. However, after all of this use, I can't get the straps and buckles sparkling clean anymore. We even got two of the cheaper versionto use at Grandma and Grandpa's house. One word of caution here: the only chairs they have that can accommodate the booster are too wide in the back for the strap that's supposed to go around. It's not a big deal since the boys don't spend a lot of time there, but it's something to keep in mind. Disclosure: Product links are to Amazon. I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Another booster Angie recommends is the KABOOST Portable Chair Booster.The Kaboost (pictured, left) slips under a chair's feet to lift the whole chair up. I received one to review almost two years ago, and we're still using it. (Read my original review.) I like that Alex can get in and out of the chair by himself but once in a great while, the leg will slip out of the Kaboost and that can be dangerous. Also, the kids can't seem to help standing on it. I definitely recommend the Kaboost for older children, and not as a substitute for a high chair.

As for other topics:

I just finished reading The Futurist,a biography about James Cameron, the director of Titanic and Avatar. It's very well written and absolutely fascinating. There's a compelling anecdote on each page, from how Cameron broke into the film industry at the "Roger Corman School of Film" to how studio execs wanted Matthew McConaughey or Chris O'Donnell to play the role in Titanic that went to Leonardo DiCaprio. The story of how he came to make True Lies was just amazing. And although the book is clearly written with Cameron's blessing, it doesn't come across as overly skewed. If you have the time, I highly recommend it.

Get a printable coupon for $4/1 Method laundry detergent. (Via Deal Seeking Mom.)

Koupon Karen reports that some Shaw's stores will have free 2-liter bottles of Diet Dr. Pepper tomorrow (2/21).

Get a printable coupon for $1 off Yoplait Yo-Plus yogurt.

The Children's PlaceClick on the banner for a printable coupon for 15% off at The Children's Place. Through Monday (2/22), they have windbreakers on sale for just $10. Banner via

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