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Combi Kobuk Air-Thru Booster Car Seat

When I was shopping for car seats for my first born, I believed that convertible car seats were the way to go because I thought they would be a good fit for many years.  What I did not consider was that an older child would not be very happy strapped into a restrictive harness.  That is why we just switched our last child over to a booster car seat.

Since I began looking at car booster seats, I noticed a couple of well-respected brands utilizing air flow as part of their design.  Combi was one of those brands.  This Combi Kobuk Air-Thru Booster Car Seat came to us from, an online retailer widely known for its vast assortment of home furnishings.  What may surprise some shoppers is that Hayneedle also offers everything for babies and infants for feeding, bathing, and safety above and beyond room furnishings.

The Combi Kobuk Air-Thru has all the features I normally look for in a high-back booster car seat, including being able to grow with my child, good head support and sufficient side-head protection, extra padding for comfort, a removable and machine washable cover, at least one cup holder, and the ability to transform into a backless booster someday.

Some pluses beyond the basics I was looking for are the user-friendly seatbelt guide, the ability to move the cup holder from one side to another, comfy upholstered and padded armrests, and a sleek look.

The most unique feature is the vented shell, which allows for hot air to escape, keeping my son cooler during the warmer months.  These vents are located in the headrest, the shoulders, and behind the knees.

My son is super-happy with his Combi booster car seat, as am I.  It is recommended for children between 33 and 125 lbs and my son is currently 33lbs.  Although this is not an extra wide car seat, there is definitely room for him to grow.  The one thing I would change about this car seat is to have just a bit more space underneath the padded armrest to fit the seat belt through more easily.  Although it is more secure, the space is very snug, so the seat belt does not retract on its own.  I have to adjust it manually after I fasten it.  Also, my son had to learn that he has to slide the seatbelt forward after he unfastens it.

To learn more about the Combi Kobuk Air-Thru Booster Car Seat, visit, where it currently sells for $89.99 (Listed at $99.99) with Free Shipping within the continental United States.


Have you tried your hand at designing your dream virtual backyard?  I did and it was so much fun!  As part of its Backyard Escape Giveaway, Hayneedle will be giving away a $10,000 shopping spree this summer.  All you need to do is design your dream backyard using the Hayneedle products made available to you.  The finalists will be chosen based on creative use of the products and how life-like the designs are.  A $100 Hayneedle gift card will also be awarded each week to two random entrants.  Then voting will take place to determine the grand prize winner.  You have until July 1st, 2011 to enter.  Visit Hayneedle on Facebook to learn more about the contest details.

Thank you to Hayneedle for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing a second product for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a Combi Kobuk Air-Thru Booster Car Seat (ARV $90).

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:
Browse the selection of baby and nursery products or kids' products offered by Hayneedle. Then leave a comment telling me the name of a product you would be excited to purchase for a child in your life (aside from the product featured in this article). 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, June 13th, 2011 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!