Services

Child Safety Seat Shopping Services

In-Person Concierge Service ($40)

Did you know that approximately 80% of kids are in the wrong child safety seat?!  There are so many factors to consider when selecting a safety seat for your child that it can quickly become confusing and overwhelming.  Let Super Car Seat Geek help take the confusion and uncertainty out of the process with our exclusive Concierge Services.

Whether you choose from the In-Person or Virtual Concierge Service, Super Car Seat Geek will help you select the best seat for your child, vehicle, and budget!

During this private shopping appointment we’ll discuss which seats would be best options for your particular child, vehicle and budget. We’ll thoroughly discuss the pros, cons, quirks, etc of each seat so that you can make an informed decision, and feel confident that you’ve spent your hard-earned money wisely. 

This service a necessity for 3-across configurations!  Trying out various seats to ensure that each one installs correctly, and independently is the best way find the right combination of seats that work for your individual needs.   

Looking for a particular seat which is not available to try out locally?  I now offer the option to try out select seats for a nominal upcharge with my ala carte options, available upon request:

Rear Facing Only (Infant Carrier) Seatsala carte fee
Chicco KeyFit30$10
Nuna Pipa$20

Convertible Car Seatsala carte fee
Clek Fllo$25
Clek Foonf$25
Combi Coccoro$15
Cosco Scenera NEXT$5
Diono Radian RXT$15
Evenflo SureRide$10

Combination Seats (Forward Facing Only)ala carte fee
Britax Frontier ClickTight$20
Cosco Finale$5
Safety 1st GoHybrid (similar to IMMI Go)$10

Booster Seatsala carte fee
Clek Oobr (high back)$15
Diono Monterey (high back)$10
Evenflo Big Kid Sport (high back)$10
Nuna Aace (high back)$20
Ride Safer Travel Vest$5
BubbleBum (backless)$5
Clek Olli (backless)$10
Graco RightGuide (backless big-kid seat belt trainer)$5
Graco TurboGo (backless)$5
Safety 1st Incognito (seat belt trainer; discontinued)$5

Narrow Child Safety Seatsala carte fee
BubbleBum$5
Clek Fllo$25
Clek Foonf$25
Combi Coccoro$15
Cosco Finale$5
Cosco Scenera NEXT$5
Diono Radian RXT$15
Graco RightGuide$5
Ride Safer Travel Vest$5
Safety 1st GoHybrid (similar to IMMI Go)$10
Safety 1st Incognito (backless big-kid positioning seat)$5

Virtual Concierge Service ($30)

Unable to meet up in-person?  No problem!  The Virtual Concierge Service allows us to “meet” over the phone and/or online! We’ll still discuss the seats which would work best for your particular scenario, discuss their pros/cons, etc.  I will send you links to each seat while we’re talking about it so that you have a visual reference to follow along with.  When you decide which option is the right one for you, simply click on that link again and place your order!

Private Car Seat Installation Check

Infant Seat/Convertible or Combination Seat/Booster Seat

  • Did you know that 3 out of 4 car seats or boosters are NOT being used correctly, despite the fact that roughly 90% of caregivers think that they are using them correctly?
  • Did you know that car crashes are still a leading cause of death to children in the US, but a correctly-installed, correctly-used child safety restraint will vastly reduce their risk for injuries, and increase their chances for survival?  
Super Car Seat Geek’s private seat check services will give you confidence and peace of mind about your child’s safety.

Your car seat check with Super Car Seat Geek will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time and location.  Because our appointment will be private rather than at a clinic setting, we aren’t rushed for time.  Instead, we can take as much time as we need to ensure that you are comfortable and confident with the proper use and installation of your seat.  Not only will you learn how to correctly install it, but also how, and when to make adjustments, how to properly secure your child, how to recognize when it’s time for the “next step”, and so forth.

Unlike similar services which can easily cost a couple hundred dollars or more, I do not currently charge a flat rate* for this service. Instead, I allow you, the caregiver to decide what amount is comfortable for your individual circumstances**.  For your convenience, I accept cash, PayPal, or Venmo.

*Note: if I am traveling out of the area, I will charge a flat, minimum rate which is based on mileage
**I will always offer complimentary seat checks to families in need. Simply message me to arrange one.

Be sure to ask about available a la carte options as well!

Consulting Services

Fees vary by project.  Contact me to discuss your project and needs. 
Hourly, daily, and flat fees available.

I offer a variety of professional consulting services to meet a wide variety of needs including:

  • In-Service Education Sessions for teachers, childcare staff, medical staff, transportation staff, mechanics, emergency responders etc.
  • Photography and Video Shoots for print and on-air advertising, movies, television 
  • Articles for newspapers, magazines, websites
  • Parent-Group information sessions
  • Retailer product purchasing and displays
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FAQ

Q: When and where do you offer seat checks?
A: All of my seat checks are set up privately, by appointment.  Not only does this allow for us to meet at mutually convenient times and locations, but it allows for me to have ample time with my clients to ensure that they leave the appointment feeling empowered, prepared & confident.

Q: We’re expecting a baby.  How soon should we schedule our car seat check?
A: I typically recommend having your seat checked by 36-38 weeks.  I often book up several weeks in advance during busy times and/or my most requested time frames, so I recommend that you take that into consideration as well.  If you plan to contact me around the 33-34 weeks mark, you’ll have more choices available to you.

Q: What is a ‘Concierge Service’? 
A: My exclusive Concierge Service is a fabulous way to ensure that you’re spending your hard-earned money as wisely as possible.  Did you know that as many as 80% of children are riding in the wrong safety seat?!  Selecting a car seat or booster seat can be a stressful, time-consuming, and overall daunting task.
By using this service, I will assist you in selecting the very best seat for your particular child, vehicle and budget.–Whether that’s a rear facing only seat (infant carrier), a convertible seat, a combination seat, a booster seat or a multimode seat.  I tailor my recommendations for each of my clients based on their individual needs.  By meeting at a store, we can go through each of those options in detail–their pros, cons, quirks, etc and even have the opportunity (when available) to try them out in your car to ensure that they’ll work well!
The Concierge Service will save you valuable money, time and unnecessary frustration!  If you’re not local to the Lehigh Valley, PA area or your schedule isn’t conducive to meeting in-store, we also offer a Virtual Concierge Service which offers the flexibility to “meet” over the phone and/or online !

Concierge Service Options
Virtual (online and over phone) $30.00 USD
In-Person $40.00 USD

Q: Our child is starting to get close to the limits of their current seat.  When should we schedule a Concierge Service session to get your assistance in selecting the next seat for them?
A: Again, I can book up several weeks in advance depending on the time of year, day of the week and time of day you’d like to meet.  I recommend that you plan ahead whenever possible.  Since different seats are outgrown at different times, I’m happy to discuss with you when I think it would be most ideal to set something up so that you’re not rushed.

Q: How much do you charge for car seat/booster seat checks?
A: While similar services start at around $200, I do not currently charge a flat fee for seat checks.  I understand that every family has different financial situations and a fee which would be extremely reasonable for one family would be extremely cost-prohibitive for another family.  For these reasons, (unless I’m traveling outside of the immediate area) I allow the caregivers to determine what they feel is fair and comfortable as far as compensation goes.  If caregivers are unable to provide fair compensation I am still more than happy to help! I simply ask that you come to me so that I can conserve my resources as I am not compensated for my time, gas, mileage, materials or other expenses by anyone other than my clients.

Q: What forms of payment do you currently accept?
A: I gratefully accept cash, checks, major credit cards and PayPal, and Venmo at this time.  My PayPal link is: paypal.me/AbbieCPST
My Venmo name is listed under SuperCarSeatGeek

Select Whichever Option Which You’re Comfortable With
Seat Check $25.00 USD
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Seat Check $75.00 USD
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Seat Check $125.00 USD
Seat Check $150.00 USD
Seat Check $175.00 USD
Seat Check $200.00 USD
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Q: How should I prepare for my seat check?  
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Q: How else can I support Super Car Seat Geek and show my gratitude?
A: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
The vast majority of my “work” is volunteer-based (in other words, completely unpaid).  I would be extremely grateful if you’d consider making your Amazon purchases via this link: Super Car Seat Geek’s Amazon Affiliate Link (or direct links provided to you).
I also offer gift certificates for both the Concierge Service and for car seat and booster seat checks.

Q: What kind of training do you have?
A: I am a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).  I completed my week-long certification course in 2011, and am required to recertify every 2 years.  Additionally, I have received training in the safe transportation of children with special healthcare needs, the NHTSA School bus Training, and I am CarFit certified.
I consider being CPST to be my full-time job.  As such, I spend a significant amount of time attending regular training sessions, webinars, conferences, updates, etc and do quite a bit of volunteering both in-person and online.  Things change very quickly in this field and I pride myself on staying up to date.

 

Transporting Children With Special Health Needs

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In September, both Abbie and I attended a seminar at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey for the transportation of children with special health care needs, while this is not a certification, we are listed as having completed the two day course.

Our instructor, Jackie Stackhouse Leach, was a wealth of information and lead the class in hands on, practical approaches to learning about illnesses, conditions and transportation needs of a more fragile population of children.  The class covered some of the most common health needs like premature infants, apnea, g-tubes casts, children on the Autistic spectrum, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, spina bifida and some other less common ailments such as Pierre Robin sequence, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Achondroplasia and children with non-permanent health care needs like casts, trachs, feeding tubes and the necessity of other medical equipment while traveling.

With both Super Car Seat Geeks being in a private setting, it is unlikely that we will encounter some of the more challenging cases of transporting children, but all aspects of the class did translate to helping families with transporting children whether with special health care needs or behavioral needs.  We learned about a variety of traditional and medical seats that would be able to assist in transporting children and learned tips and tricks for behavioral issues in transporting your mini escape artists!

If your child has a medical condition, upcoming surgery or other unique challenges – contact us at Super Car Seat Geek so that we can assist you in your child passenger needs.

 

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference June 24 – 26, 2014

The faces behind Super Car Seat Geek!
The faces behind Super Car Seat Geek!

Abbie and Erica attended a technical safety conference hosted by NHTSA and the regional advocates and representatives from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico as well as many of the major car seat manufacturers.The conference was host to many classes and hands on training for those in the child passenger safety fields.

To say that we were excited is an understatement!  We drove out to State College, PA ready to learn and network.  We met many people and put faces to names.  We also are now closer to becoming trained in the transportation of children with special needs.  (Look for more information about our training coming this August 2014!)  Most importantly we learned more about implementing car seat safety and the changes in the vehicle and car seat manufacturer industries.

We took to Manufacturer updates including sessions with:

  • Bubble Bum
  • Chicco
  • Diono
  • Evenflo
  • Nuna
  • Recaro
  • Summer Infant
  • Baby Trend
  • Cybex
  • Graco
  • SafeGuard
  • Orbit Baby
  • Ride Safer
  • Uppa Baby

Each manufacture provided us with tech updates, new and upcoming developments and products, compatibility issues with specific vehicles (such as the new inflatable seat belts made by Ford and Lexus) and information about non-regulated or aftermarket product use with their specific seats.  It was great to hear all the unique features of each car seat and we were able to play with each seat, hands-on!  (That’s a CPST’s dream right there!)

Our first day was full of classes and networking (and Abbie’s Birthday!)  There were so many classes to choose from and we chose to focus on classes that would expand our curbside and class education with the parents we interact with at seat checks.

Sample of Side Impact Protection Logo

The first class we took was a Side Impact update class taught by Diono’s CPST, Allana Pinkerton.  We see lots of signs and ads for the new side impact protection and different logos but no one know’s exactly what they mean. Right now, there are no NHTSA standards for side impact, however the new regulations will finally level the playing field by ensuring each manufacturer follows the same testing criteria and that each dummy used maintains the same HIC (head injury criteria) scores. We did learn about the upcoming regulations being written, that NHTSA has regulations open for public comment so that we, the people, can comment on the language of the regulation and the engineering behind their studies to develop the regulations and the specific criteria used during testing.

The second class was Curbside Application of the New Curriculum.  While we already did an updated course on the overhaul of the original class taken to become certified,  this class provided many tips and tricks on the “curbside” education of parents.  We learned acronyms such as BBLTT (extra bacon and tomato in that one!) — which stands for Buckle, Belt Path, Lock, Tighten and Tether.  We also learned Snug to Hug – when you are holding your child and danger is approaching, you turn then away from the danger and hug them tight.  The same applies in car seats, turn your child (rear facing) away from danger and hug them tight (keep that harness tight!)

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We ended the day learning about the support materials in our home state of Pennsylvania and about the various safety materials and brochures that we can pass on to the families we interact with.  We spoke briefly about the Penn Dot’s “Yellow Dot” program and learned about some of horse and buggy road regulations in the Amish parts of the state.

The next morning was another early one, we started our morning with Crash Dynamics learning about the effects of crashes on car seats, seat belts and the subtle ways an extensive car crash can damage a harness or seat belt through “loading marks.”  We also explored how a CPST can help law enforcement in determining if car seats or seat belts were in use.  We ended the conference with Transporting Children with Special Needs with two New Jersey certified special need instructors, Jackie Leach and Tara Mohamed.  We learned how to use traditional car seats for children with special needs and how to facilitate wheel chair transport and some basics on special need seats.  We are hoping to take the class with Ms. Leach in the next few weeks.

For more information or for detailed review of what we learned this week, sign up for our upcoming class:

Super Car Seat Geek Crash Course in Safety

Or contact us to schedule a seat check today!

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