Monday, July 19, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: The First Years Compass B540 Booster Car Seat [CLOSED]

Strangely enough, even though our 3 year olds are fraternal twins, our daughter is a few pounds heavier and a couple of inches taller than her twin brother. For this reason, she was ready to graduate into a booster car seat first.

I really wanted to find a booster car seat that would last my daughter until she did not need to use any type of booster in the car any longer. This meant that I needed something that was of high quality and was fully adjustable. The Compass B540 Booster Car Seat from The First Years seemed to be everything I was looking for.

Available in 6 colors, in addition to being very stylish and attractive, the Compass B540 is very well-made. The first thing all three children noticed was how soft the fabric is. There are no scratchy tags sewn into the body, but rather the brand, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Ease of Use" rating, and the weight limit is embroidered into the fabric.

One of my favorite safety features is the extra large foam padded adjustable headrest and side wings that would protect my daughter's head should we ever have a collision. The yellow handle on the back of the head rest makes adjusting the height and width an easy task. The back of the seat is fully adjustable, so it can truly accommodate a child that is 30lbs up to 100lbs and fits the child properly. The seat back grows with your child. I know many people take their children out of booster seats when each child reaches a certain weight, but it is nice to know that parents who want to keep their children in a booster seat longer as a precaution have the option to do so.

The Compass B540 is extremely easy to install. You need only put the seat in position and it is held in place by the car's seat belt. Having arms that flip up makes it much easier to fasten the seat belt.

This seat also has one cup holder on each side. Although we do not usually have drinks in the car, these are perfect for storing other things, such as tissues or small toys. Both the cup holders and the arm rests are user-friendly enough for my daughter to move them herself.

Another extremely well-thought out feature is the built-in spot for the user-manual. This is perfect if you ever need to pass the car seat off to a friend or relative during an emergency. Also this seat only weighs 9lbs, so it is easy to transport.

The back of this seat folds down completely and is also removable. The green area on the bottom of the car seat is the lock and is clearly marked with easy-to-follow instructions. Having the seat fold down is a great feature should you need to put it in the trunk to make another seat available for an adult or older child.

Normally, I would have at least one suggestion for an improvement on a product, but neither my husband nor myself can think of even one. We are extremely pleased with the comfort level and functionality of this car seat.

To learn more about the Compass B540 Booster Car Seat, visit . This particular car seat retails for $99.99 . You can purchase The First Years Compass car seats at most major retailers of child car seats, such as Babies R Us,, Target, and Walmart.

Thank you to The First Years for sending us a sample car seat free of charge to base this review upon and for providing a second car seat as our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a Compass B540 Booster Car Seat in the color of their choice (Subject to availability) ARV $99.

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Visit the Compass B540 product pages. Then leave a comment telling me what feature of this booster car seat is most important to you AND tell me what color you would choose if you won this contest. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!