Evenflo Savvy Parents Summer Travel Giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Shown – Evenflo Momentum 65 DLX Convertible car seat featuring e3 Side Impact technology that provides superior protection in side impact crashes with an expanded zone of protection.

Recently a family member borrowed my truck. They undid the car seat because they needed the space. When I went into the truck and saw that the car seat had been removed I fully admit that I was a tad annoyed that I’d have to reinstall it. Why? Because installing a car seat never seems to be a simple thing. You know what I mean. Put the car seat in the vehicle. Pull the seat belt out, all the way out. Shove the seat belt into the slot in the car seat and push it through the second slot. Let the belt slip and have to start over. Pull the belt out again, push it through the first slot and try to get it through the second slot and out the other side before the seat belt shortens and doesn’t reach. When the seat belt doesn’t reach the receiving end, curse and start again. By the fourth, fifth or tenth time maybe you get it in there. Now your car seat is belted in place but seems somewhat lopsided and a little wiggly. Pull on all of the belts, even the ones not attached to the car seat, in the hopes that things will tighten and be right. Maybe you succeed, maybe you keep trying. I don’t know about you but I find it quite exasperating.

So summer is here and school is out. I drove up the Parkway yesterday for A Day Out With Thomas. I was glad I was heading away from the shore because we saw 35 miles, literally, of bumper to bumper traffic. Insanity. Imagine all of those people in their cars, probably praying they don’t get into a fender bender or worse car accident while on a family trip. Isn’t there enough to worry about on family trips already, like trying to remember if you locked the door, turned the coffee pot off or brought your toothbrush?

Evenflo recently administered the Evenflo “Savvy Parents Survey”, a survey of 1,000 parents across the country with children under five years old. Here’s some of the stats they came up with.

  • More time on the road often puts safety concerns into high gear. And it can trigger tears of frustration – in kids AND parents.
  • The biggest worry parents have when taking car trips is that their young child will be harmed in a collision (76%).
  • Integral to a safe ride is proper car-seat installation, but a full 65% of mothers and 72% of fathers encounter challenges when installing car seats.
  • And – oh baby! – nearly half (49%) admit that installing the car seat caused them to sweat more than actually making the baby did!

Here’s some more things learned as a result of the survey.

The Seat Feat

Talk about a pain: 60% of moms and 63% of dads confess installing their car seat was challenging, while 5% of moms actually compared the experience with going through labor. And the challenge doesn’t end when the seat is installed, parents expressed other car seat frustrations: Adjusting car-seat straps got parents in a tangle the most (60%), followed by making sure the straps were tight enough (48%). It’s no surprise, as a third (34%) of parents say their child has wiggled out of their car seat and one-fifth of parents admit this happens at least once a week.

Stemming the Tide of Tantrums

All parents hope for a smooth getaway when heading out for a family road trip. So after safety, what do moms and dads worry about the most? Some 48% of parents worry about keeping their child entertained while in their car seat, 34% worry that their little Houdini will wiggle out of the car seat and 32% worry their child will have a temper tantrum. But preparation and creativity is the key to keeping car-seat-strapped kids happy: 72% of parents stock the car with toys, 54% rely on Cheerios and Goldfish snacks, 46% sing silly songs, 36% play DVDs and 27% keep books on hand. Happy kids can sometimes mean messy cars! Of the Cheerio-chompers, 37% leave behind at least a dozen Os in their seat after a road trip, and 11% leave enough for tomorrow morning’s breakfast bowl.

Pot Holes and Potty Mouths

Let’s face it … parents are humans and are not exempt to frustrations of the road! Parents admit that when in driving mode they don’t always take the high road: Almost three-quarters (74%) of moms and dads admit to cursing at another driver in their child’s presence, while 28% have flipped the bird, and 21% have rolled down their window to scream at another driver. While 30% of parents say they never swear in front of their kids in the car, 61% say they sometimes let the loose language fly.

And talk about a “wheel” distraction: attending to a baby while driving causes 38% to miss their exit once in a while, and 12% to miss their exit often and has caused 38% of parents to get lost.

To address safe travel issues the Evenflo Savvy Parent site was created. The site contains webisodes, support, advice, and entertainment.

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WIN IT!

ONE winner will receive The Ultimate Savvy Parent’s Car Kit includes the following ($100 value):

  • $25 Gas Gift Card, a little treat for mom and dad
  • Moist Wipes, for quick car clean up
  • Baby Mirror, to check out rear-facing baby while driving
  • Soft Book, to secure safety of passengers when thrown during tantrum
  • Kid/Parent Friendly CD, to inspire a family sign along
  • Car Dustbuster, for hunting down cheerios between seats
  • Window Shade, to keep the hot summer sun out
  • Animal Crackers and a Snack Trap, to carve cravings
  • Car organizer, to keep it all arranged neatly!

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

To enter visit the Evenflo Savvy Parent site and then leave a comment on this post telling me something you learned on the site.

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THE SMALL PRINT.

US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. This contest will end on Saturday 07/17/10 at 11:59 pm est. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

135 comments

Kimberley Frost July 5, 2010 - 7:25 am

I ALWAYS KNEW THAT INSTALLING A CAR SEAT WAS PRETTY BAD BUT i NEVER KNEW THE SATS. MY DAUGHTER WHO IS EXPECTING IN THREE WEEKS LIVES WITH ME SO I WILL BE HELPING HER RAISE MY GRANDSON WHILE SHE LIVES WITH ME. I HAVE ALREADY TOLD HER WE ARE INSTALLING THE SEAT ONE TIME AND WILL LEAVE IT IN THE CAR. (AND I WILL BE TAKING IT TO THE LOCAL FIRE STATION TO MAKE SURE IT SAFE).

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I learned a fun way to get my children to wear sunblock is to paint it on them, or let them paint each other using a makeup brush. I love the articles they have on that site! I feel Savvy already.

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2babies1momma July 5, 2010 - 9:35 am

I learned that you are supposed to leave your child in a rear facing car seat from birth to one year, or 20 lbs. I switched my kids at 9mo. just because they had completely outgrown their car seat. I can’t remember if they were 20lbs yet… Mommy brain!

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melanie July 5, 2010 - 2:50 pm

i learned that an infant should be rear-facing from the very first trip home from the hospital up to one year of age and 20 lbs.

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Kristen July 5, 2010 - 3:16 pm

I learned how to properly install a car seat.

Idaho Jill July 5, 2010 - 3:44 pm

“When installing a child restraint the vehicle belt should be tight so that the car seat can’t be pulled more than 1 inch forward or 2 inches to the side”

I actually researched carseats for MONTHS when my daughter was young. I became a little obsessive about it & considered becoming a tech. I was just completely fascinated by the fact that there are so many misconceptions when it comes to carseats. There are new rules, too – even though the site says AT LEAST one year and AT LEAST 20 pounds, most professionals, experts, pediatricians, and manufacturers are recommending to keep your child rear facing until at least 2 years old now – it is just so much safer. My daughter is over 3 and still rear facing because she is only 26 pounds. She will remain rear facing until she reaches the rear-facing carseat limit of 35-40 pounds (depending on the carseat) because it is just SO MUCH SAFER. (you can visit http://www.car-seat.org/ for more info.)

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Ruth Hill July 5, 2010 - 3:57 pm

I read about tips for traveling with kids. I liked the ideas of making lists and scheduling bathroom breaks. Also I liked not wearing tight clothes and talking to your kids while you drive and pointing out the sights.

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The use of a belt-positioning booster seat reduces the risk for injury in children up to 8 years old.

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Tara V July 6, 2010 - 4:26 am

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Leanne July 6, 2010 - 8:27 am

Besides the tips on car seat installation I also found an awesome way to get the kids to apply sunblock…by using brushes!! Who would have thought! They can paint each other with block and help us mom’s out at the same time!
Thanks for the chance 🙂

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And I remember when the company made glass baby bottles.

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Kimberly July 6, 2010 - 4:26 pm

I learned that the site has videos showing how to properly install your child’s car seat.
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ShootingStarsMag July 6, 2010 - 11:05 pm

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Steph July 6, 2010 - 11:55 pm

I learned that they host videos demonstrating how to install car seats- which is great since I’m a visual learner!

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Summer July 7, 2010 - 12:51 am

I visited the site and learned: The best car seat is one that fits your child, fits in your car and can be installed correctly every time!

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Rachel Tiller July 7, 2010 - 12:23 pm

I learned that the car seat Absorbs energy in a broader range of side impact crashes
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amyb! July 7, 2010 - 9:58 pm

I learned this—According to a study issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the use of a belt-positioning booster seat reduces the risk for injury in children up to 8 years old.

Brittney July 8, 2010 - 1:41 am

I found out a great way to let kids put on sunblock. It will come in handy for my little nephews.

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i learned The Savvy Approach to Getting Your Kids to Wear Sunblock

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I learned that according to a study issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the use of a belt-positioning booster seat reduces the risk for injury in children up to 8 years old

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Children should stay rear-facing in the car until 1 year.

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Amanda E. July 11, 2010 - 5:24 pm

I learned tips to help keep my child hydrated while she is playing outside during this ridiculously hot summer!

Debbie Stanton July 11, 2010 - 9:02 pm

i learned that How to Recover from a Potty-Mouth Moment is coming out on 7/12 and that both my husband and i could use a recovery comeback or two for just those moments when someone misses the stop sign and nearly creams us!

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Eileen July 12, 2010 - 3:41 am

I have been reading the Savvy parents comments. I liked the one about Keeping Your KHids (and you) hydrated during summer and the idea of using melon balls on skewers to make fruit ‘caterpillars”. CUTE idea!

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I learned that Almost 25% of moms and dads admit to “flipping the bird” at another driver in their child’s presence.

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JoAnn July 12, 2010 - 8:46 pm

The number of parents that have missed their exit or gotten lost while atteneding to their kids.

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Jen M July 15, 2010 - 10:39 am

25% of parents give other drivers the finger with their child in the car! That is a strange fact!

Debbie Stanton July 15, 2010 - 1:33 pm
Amanda A July 15, 2010 - 10:33 pm

I read the article about applying sunscreen to your kids, and they suggest letting them paint it on with makeup brushes – my kids might actually go for that!

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Sarah G July 16, 2010 - 12:21 pm

I learned that their Momentum car set has a 5 point harness to keep your child safe.

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Mari July 16, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Wow your review was so exhaustive you have almost all the bullet points listed.

What I learned is:
Expanded Zone of Protection
The Momentum 65™ convertible car seat absorbs energy in a broader range of side impact crashes

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