On this episode we do an in-studio interview with Charles and Elaine from Toy Rescue with Skip and Molly. Toy Rescue is a preschool TV pilot that introduces the concept of recycling. Read Charles' blog at Magic Drawer Workshop. Watch a clip from the making of Toy Rescue.
SPEND: Custom Made for Kids
GIVE: Date for Trees
BOOK PICK: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
5 MINUTES WITH ARCHIVIST ALISON: Alison answers last week's question about whether a blog is better than a paper babybook.
Trucktown Books - In a few weeks we'll air our interview with the great Jon Scieszka.
Michael says his 6 year old loves Flight Simulator on Windows XP.
Mary recommends the Mighty Tite. Leo read online that it might not be safe. I asked our carseat expert Kate to comment. Here's why she doesn't like it:
"It can over-tighten the seatbelt. I know that sounds weird - but seatbelts are designed to strech in an accident, and loosen, which allows the impact to be less.
It also has been know to damage seatbelts to the point of needing repair.
Most after market products (mirrors, shades etc.) we don't recommend, but we leave it as a parental decision. For the Mighty Tite I won't install it, period.
The funny thing is, if most parents knew they could "lock out" their seatbelts, they would have absolutely no reason to ever buy this item.
To lock out your belt (on most cars) pull your seatbelt out all the way. You might have to give it a second tug, then it will only get tighter and won't pull out again until fully retracted in.
So, when you lock your belt out like this while installing a carseat, it will only get tighter with every push down on the carseat or ever ybump you go over in the road or every time your child jumps into their seat. It's really not hard to put your hand on the seat, just put some weight into the seat, and get a tight fit. If your seatbelt does not lock (and some lock at the belt clip), you have to use a Belt Lock which is that little gold double ended "T" shaped thing that comes with all seats.
Again - another reason people should have their seats checked and make sure they are installing their seat correctly before adding some product that was never tested with their seat or car.
Read a good summary at Seat Belt Tightening Devices, from the CPSafety.